Right now Instagram is one of the famous photo and video-sharing social media platforms. According to Statista, the estimated number of Instagram users in 2023 could reach 1.28 billion worldwide. So, protecting user privacy is the topmost priority of the Instagram platform. Instagram does provide various features to its users to protect their accounts from misuse. One such feature Instagram provides to its users is to hide their follower’s visibility from other users. In this post, I will discuss this Instagram feature and also guide you step by step on how to hide followers on Instagram.
How to hide followers on Instagram –
You can hide followers from both personal and business accounts and you could hide your followers from both mobile and PC. I will guide you through all the methods one by one –
Some important things need to mention here, hiding followers on Instagram mean you can hide the list of followers’ name or profile but you cannot hide the display number i.e. the total number of followers you have and also the total number of following. Also, to hide your followers you need to private your Instagram account. Your Instagram post will not be visible to other users.
So having said that let’s jump to the methods step-by-step –
How to hide followers on Instagram using a personal account –
From Android –
Step 1 – First login to your account and click the ‘Three horizontal lines’ which can be found at the top end on the right-hand side.
Step 2 – A screen will appear in front of you with lots of options. Click the ‘Settings’ option.
Step 3 – Another screen will appear with lots of options, click the ‘Account’ option.
Step 4 – In the ‘Account’ option you will see lots of options such as ‘Personal information’, ‘saved’, ‘close friends, etc. Click the ‘Contact syncing’ option.
Step 5 – If the contact syncing is ‘on’ by default, turn it ‘off’.
Step 6 – Then go back to the ‘Privacy’ screen and you will see the ‘Private Account’ button. Click the button. A screen will appear with the dialogue ‘ Switch to private’.
By doing this you can hide your Instagram followers.
From Desktop –
If you wish to hide Instagram followers from your desktop, then follow these steps –
Step 1 – Open your browser and go to Instagram.com. You can see your Instagram account. Click the ‘Setting’ option as shown in the below picture.
Step 2 – A popup will appear, click the privacy and security option.
Step 3 – Here you can see multiple options under Privacy and security. Under ‘Account Privacy’ click the box near the dialogue ‘Private account’.
By doing these steps from your desktop you can private your account and also hide your Instagram followers.
How to hide followers on Instagram from a business account –
Well, Instagram will not allow business profiles to make an account private. If you want to hide your followers you need to switch back to your personal account.
Below I have mentioned a guide step by step so you can switch back to your personal account and hide your Instagram followers.
From Android –
Step 1 – Go to your Instagram business profile, and click the ‘Three horizontal lines’ that can be found at top of the screen on the right-hand side.
Step 2 – Click the ‘Settings’ option.
Step 3 – In the ‘Settings’ section, you will see the ‘Account’ option. Click it. Now scroll down a little bit and click ‘Switch account type’.
Step 4 – A popup will appear, click the ‘ Switch to personal account’.
By doing this you can switch back to your personal account and make your account private.
From Desktop –
Step 1 – Go to Instagram business profile settings. At the bottom of the left hand, you will see ‘Switch to Personal Account’. Click it.
Step 2 – A screen will pop up. Click the ‘Switch back’ option. You” redirect to your personal account.
How to hide followers on Instagram from friends –
Above mentioned methods are to hide Instagram followers from other users who are not your followers. But what about your follower’s friends?
Suppose you want to restrict your friends to see your other followers or your personal account. Then how can you hide it from them?
Well, you can do this in three ways, one is by removing the friends from the follower’s list, another way is by restricting the accounts and the last one is by blocking the accounts.
Following is the step-by-step guide to three methods to hide Instagram followers –
Removing Method –
Step 1 – Go to your Instagram profile. Click the ‘Followers’.
Step 2 – You’ll see a list of people who already following you. Find the friends that you want to remove.
Step 3 – You’ll see a ‘Remove’ button near the user. Click it. A screen will appear at the bottom of your mobile screen. Tab the ‘Remove’ option.
Restricting method –
Step 1 – Go to your privacy section, Scroll down a little bit, and you’ll see under the ‘Connections’ option “Restricted accounts’ option is there.
Step 2- Tap the ‘Restricted accounts’ option. A new screen will appear, here you can search the friends and restrict it.
Blocking method –
Step 1 – Go to your privacy section, Scroll down a little bit, and you’ll see under the ‘Connections’ option ‘Blocked accounts’ option is there.
Step 2 – Tap the ‘‘Blocked accounts’ option, and a screen will appear. You’ll see a ‘+’ sign at the top of the screen, click it. From there you can see a list of people, find the friends that you want to block, and tab the block option near the user profile as seen in the below picture.
That’s how you can remove, restrict and block from seeing your followers. Now your friends cannot see your followers or the following users or the Instagram posts.
I hope from the above-mentioned step-by-step guide you can easily hide followers on Instagram. If you have any suggestions regarding this topic i.e. how to hide followers on Instagram, then please feel free to comment down below.