How to Hide Followers on Instagram: The Ultimate Guide

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Hey there!

Wondering how to hide your followers on Instagram? You‘re not alone.

As a social media expert and tech geek, I get this question a lot. People want to control their privacy in an increasingly public online world.

In this super detailed guide, I‘ll walk you through everything you need to know about hiding followers on Instagram.

By the end, you‘ll be a pro at managing your follower list with confidence!

Let‘s dive in…

Why Hide Followers on Instagram?

Before we get into the how, let‘s discuss the why.

Here are the most common reasons people want to hide their Instagram followers:

  • Privacy – You don‘t want random strangers or vague acquaintances peeking at who interacts with your Instagram. Totally understandable!

  • Security – You‘re worried about people using your followers to cyberstalk or dig up personal information about you. Smart thinking!

  • Harassment – You want to block or limit someone who is bothering you or your followers. You have every right to do so!

  • Etiquette – You don‘t want to make some followers uncomfortable by showing connections with their rivals. A socially savvy move!

  • Professionalism – You need to maintain a particular brand image and don‘t want controversial followers visible. A wise career decision!

  • Curation – You want to cultivate a specific aesthetic or theme among visible followers. A smart social media strategy!

According to an Origami Logic study, over 40% of Instagram users worry about their privacy and security settings. So if you want to hide your followers, you‘re definitely not alone!

Now let‘s dive into the nitty gritty details…

The Limitations of Hiding Instagram Followers

While Instagram provides some options for hiding your followers, the platform doesn‘t allow you to hide them fully.

Here are the key limitations to know:

  • You can‘t hide your total follower count, only the list of names.

  • There‘s no built-in option to hide followers with a public profile.

  • Even with a private profile, your accepted followers can see each other.

  • Manually restricting or blocking individual followers takes a lot of time and effort.

  • Instagram could remove follower-hiding features without notice.

The only foolproof way to completely hide all of your followers is to delete your Instagram account entirely. But that seems a bit extreme!

The good news is you can still limit follower visibility in helpful ways. Let‘s look at your options…

Make Your Instagram Account Private

The single best way to hide your list of followers is to make your Instagram account private.

This prevents anyone who isn‘t following you from seeing your posts or followers.

Here are the steps to make your Instagram private:

  1. Open the Instagram app and go to your profile page. Tap the menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the top right.

  2. Go to Settings > Privacy > Account Privacy.

  3. Toggle the switch next to "Private Account" on.

  4. Tap "Done" to confirm the change.

And voila! Your profile is now private. People will have to follow you to access your content and followers.

Going private has several advantages:

  • Your total followers remain visible, but names are hidden.

  • You control who can follow you and see your content.

  • Your profile won‘t show up in searches or "Followed By" sections.

  • You can temporarily switch back to public anytime.

However, some downsides to note include:

  • Reduced discoverability – fewer organic followers.

  • More follow requests to manage for bigger accounts.

  • Potentially lower engagement metrics without public visibility.

  • Fewer collaborations and networking opportunities.

  • Followers can‘t tag you in posts while your account is private.

Making your account private is best if you want to completely shut out people not already following you. But what if you only want to hide your followers from specific people? Keep reading…

Hide Followers from Certain People Only

You have a few options for hiding your Instagram followers from select individuals, even with a public profile.

Unfollow Them

The simplest way to hide followers from someone is to unfollow them. When you unfollow someone, they can no longer access your profile or followers list.


  • Instantly removes their access

  • You can easily refollow later


  • They‘ll know you unfollowed them

  • You lose access to their profile too

  • Can harm friendly relationships

Unfollowing works if you want an abrupt, public break. But for a more discreet approach, consider restricting instead…

Restrict Their Account

Instagram lets you restrict accounts from certain activities without unfollowing or blocking them.

When you restrict someone, they can still follow you but can‘t see:

  • When you‘re online or if you‘ve read their DMs
  • Your followers list
  • Your posts in their feed

Pros of restricting:

  • Limits their access discreetly

  • You maintain access to their profile

  • Allows friendly public relationship


  • Takes more effort than unfollowing

  • Doesn‘t fully block profile access

Restricting is great if you want to fly under the radar. Now let‘s talk about the nuclear option – blocking…

Block Their Account

Blocking completely cuts off someone‘s access to your Instagram profile, including:

  • Viewing your profile, posts, or stories

  • Contacting you on Instagram

  • Seeing your info in their feed or searches

Pros of blocking:

  • Totally removes their access

  • Lets you cut contact without confrontation


  • The person will know if they try to view your profile

  • Feels more confrontational than restricting

  • You also lose access to their profile

Only block if you‘re ready to permanently sever the relationship. Otherwise, stick to restricting access.

Manage Followers Discreetly

In addition to hiding followers, use these tips to manage your list with discretion:

  • Review requests frequently so you don‘t miss accepting people.

  • Add real friends to Close Friends so your stories aren‘t public.

  • Make a secondary "finsta" account to follow accounts privately.

  • Temporarily go public when you want more visibility for a post.

  • Remove tagging abilities from followers you don‘t know well.

  • Delete unwanted followers instead of just restricting to keep your list tidy.

  • Don‘t engage with followers you want to hide from public view. Liking, commenting on, and replying to each other‘s content creates an obvious connection.

Can You Hide Your Following List Too?

Unfortunately, Instagram doesn‘t allow you to hide the accounts you follow from public view.

Your following list remains visible to anyone, even with a private account.

The only way to hide accounts you follow is to unfollow, restrict, or block those users. There‘s no bulk hide option for the accounts you currently follow.

Some people make secondary "finsta" accounts to follow things privately, but Instagram may ban accounts connected to the same phone number. Proceed with caution!

By the Numbers: Instagram Followers & Privacy

Let‘s look at some revealing statistics about followers, privacy, and Instagram:

  • 21% of users say Instagram is their most important social network (GlobalWebIndex)

  • Over 1 billion people use Instagram monthly, and over 500 million use it daily (Statista)

  • The average Instagram user has 150 followers (Omnicore)

  • Over 40% of users worry about privacy and security settings on Instagram (Origami Logic)

  • 68% of users have unfollowed someone on Instagram (Locowise)

  • Only 24% of teens say they make their Instagram accounts private (Pew Research)

The numbers illustrate how crucial followers and privacy controls are on the platform.

Now let‘s summarize everything we‘ve covered…

Key Takeaways about Hiding Instagram Followers

  • You can‘t hide your total follower count, only the list of names/profiles.

  • A private account is the best way to hide followers from the general public.

  • Unfollowing, restricting, and blocking let you hide followers from specific people.

  • Restricting access is discreet. Blocking is confrontational.

  • You can‘t hide the accounts you follow from public view.

  • Cultivate a thoughtful, curated follower base you genuinely want to engage with.

  • Focus on quality over quantity and meaningful connections over vanity metrics.

The Bottom Line

I hope this guide gave you a helpful overview of how to hide followers on Instagram!

While you can‘t completely hide your follower list, you can limit visibility using the right settings.

The most private option is making your profile private. For targeting specific people, carefully use unfollowing, restricting, and blocking.

But don‘t get too caught up in hiding followers. Focus on building an authentic community that cares about your content.

Balancing privacy and transparency is important on Instagram. With the right strategy, you can achieve both!

I know that was a lot of info, but I wanted to provide you with a truly complete guide. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Happy Instagramming!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.