Home » Social Media » Instagram » If You Follow Someone on Instagram Will They Know?

If You Follow Someone on Instagram Will They Know?

If you’re new to Instagram, you might be wondering, “If I follow someone on Instagram, will they know?”.

Or maybe you followed someone by accident and unfollowed them right away. Do they still get a notification?

This article will answer whether someone knows if you’ve followed them on Instagram, and more frequently asked questions.

At the end of this article, you should be able to have most of your questions answered.

Let’s get right into it.

Table of contents

1. If You Follow Someone on Instagram Will They Know?

2. How to follow someone on Instagram without them getting a notification?

3. How do you follow someone on Instagram without knowing who you are?

4. If you follow then unfollow on Instagram will they know?

5. How do you check someone who recently followed you?

6. Conclusion

If You Follow Someone on Instagram Will They Know?

So, if you follow someone on Instagram will they know?

The short answer is yes, the person will be notified that you’ve followed them.

If you follow someone on Instagram, the person will receive an “x started following you” notification if their account is a public one and a follow request notification if their account is a private one.

Each time you follow someone, Instagram will send them this notification, “x started following you”.

Instagram sends a notification to the user once you’ve followed them.

The user can see that you’ve followed them in the ‘Activity’ tab on Instagram.

If your account is public, the user will be able to visit your profile and see your username, name, profile picture, photos, and stories.

On the other hand, if your account is private, the user that you’ve followed will be able to see your username, name, and profile picture.

However, the person won’t know that you’ve followed them if they missed your notification.

There are two reasons why they might have missed the notification:

  1. They’ve recently posted something and your notification has dropped to the bottom of their ‘Activity’ feed.
  2. They don’t bother checking their notifications.

These are the two reasons why someone might not know that you’ve followed them.

So, the next time someone didn’t follow you back, do keep these reasons in mind.

They might have missed your notification by accident.

How to follow someone on Instagram without them getting a notification?

If you followed someone on Instagram, they will receive a notification telling that you have followed them.

So, is there a way to follow someone on Instagram without them getting a notification?

The answer is no.

Each time you follow someone, they’ll receive a notification telling that you’ve followed them.

There is no way to follow someone on Instagram without them getting a notification if you’re using your main account to do so.

This then brings up another related question.

Is there a way to follow someone on Instagram without them knowing who you are?

Read the next section to find out more.

How do you follow someone on Instagram without knowing who you are?

To follow someone on Instagram without them knowing you, you can use a secondary account.

If you’re utilizing a secondary account and you don’t want the person to know who you are, you’ll have to make sure that you’re not following your main account.

Otherwise, your main account will be listed as a mutual follower.

You can utilize a secondary account to follow someone on Instagram without knowing who you are.

Additionally, your number cannot be linked with your Instagram account.

Or else, your account may be listed as a follow suggestion (based on contacts).

However, if the person that you’re trying to follow has a private account, it’s not guaranteed that they’ll confirm your follow request.

After all, your secondary account might be regarded as spam.

If you follow then unfollow on Instagram will they know?

If you followed someone by accident on Instagram and unfollow them right after, will the person know (be notified)?

If you follow then immediately unfollow someone on Instagram, the person will be notified for a split-second if they’re using the app.

Here’s what happens if you follow then unfollow someone on Instagram:

  1. When you tap the follow button, the person will receive a notification that you followed them.
  2. After you unfollow them the notification will be automatically removed on their end.
  3. The person will only know that you’ve accidentally followed them if they’re in the app while you followed then unfollowed.

Hence, the only way someone will know that you followed then unfollowed them (by accident) is if they are using the app whilst you’re doing it.

How do you check someone who recently followed you?

Instagram list of followers

Each time someone follows you on Instagram, you will receive this notification, “x followed you”.

There are two methods you can use to check if someone who recently followed you on Instagram.

Instagram’s activity feed shows up to 100 of your most recent notifications. So, if you want to check your earlier followers, you can view them from your list of followers.

The first method is to check your ‘Activity’ feed.

The person who most recently followed you will be listed under the ‘Today’ section.

You can also check the time in which the person followed you next to the notification.

The second method is to check your ‘Followers’ list.

It’s important to note that Instagram shows up to 100 of your most recent notifications on your ‘Activity’ feed.

So, if you want to check your earlier followers, you have to view them from your followers list.

Your followers list is categorized as most recent by default.

So, the followers at the top of your followers list are the people that followed you recently.

Conclusion

Each time you follow someone on Instagram, they will receive a notification that you’ve followed them.

However, if you followed someone by accident and unfollow them right after, the notification will be removed.

So the next time you follow someone by accident, unfollowing them immediately will prevent them from knowing that you followed them.

But if the person is using the app while you’re following then unfollowing them, they will receive a split second notification that you’ve followed them.

Whether or not the person is using the app while you’re following them on accident is based on your luck.

Further reading (related articles)

> Hot ? How to Unfollow People On Instagram Fast

How to Unfollow Users on Instagram Who Don’t Follow You Back

If You Unfollow Someone on Instagram Then Follow Them Again, Do They Get a Notification?

P.S. If you liked this article, feel free to join our follow for follow community for Instagram: https://www.followchain.org — it’s free!

Grow your Instagram audience

Self-promote your Instagram link on Followchain — a follow for follow community for Instagram.

Author: Lim How Wei. Lim How Wei is the founder of Followchain, a community that simplifies growth and networking for Instagram users. Feel free to follow him on Instagram.

Tags

About the author

Lim How Wei

Lim How Wei is the founder of followchain.org, with over 7+ years of experience in Social Media and 3+ years of experience in investing in stocks and cryptocurrencies. He has researched, tested, and written hundreds of articles ranging from social media platforms to messaging apps.