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How to See Who I Accidentally Unfollowed on Instagram?

Did you accidentally unfollow someone by accident on Instagram?

If you unfollowed someone by accident, you can follow them again if you’re still looking at their profile.

However, if you unfollowed them and exited out of their profile, you might lose them.

This is because you might not remember the username of the person you unfollowed.

If that’s the case, how are you able to find the person back?

In this guide, you’ll learn how to see who you unfollowed or Instagram, whether purposefully, or by accident.

Table of Contents

  1. How to See Who I Accidentally Unfollowed on Instagram?
  2. Use a third-party app
  3. Check the likes on your posts
  4. Browse through your list of followers
  5. FAQ
  6. Conclusion

How to See Who I Accidentally Unfollowed on Instagram?

To see who you accidentally unfollowed on Instagram, you can either use a third-party app, check the likes on your posts, or browse through your list of followers.

You can either use a third-party app, check the likes on your posts, or browse through your list of followers to find the person that you accidentally unfollowed.

Unfollowing someone by accident on Instagram is fairly common.

This mistake is direr if you’ve accidentally unfollowed someone that you know, or that you’re close with.

But the worse part is, you might have forgotten the name or the username of the person you unfollowed.

As such, you won’t be able to search for them on Instagram.

Thankfully, there are other alternatives to find and follow them back.

Let’s get to each of these methods in detail.

1. Use a third-party app

The first solution to see who you accidentally unfollowed on Instagram is to use a third-party app.

You can install a third-party app from the App Store/Google Play store to check your Instagram insights.

Typically, you can find these apps by searching for “Instagram followers” or “Instagram insights”.

There are multiple reporting features in these apps. You can check your unfollowers, blockers, ghost followers, etc.

Most of these apps also allow you to check who you unfollowed and who you’re not following back.

You can check who you accidentally unfollowed on Instagram using an Instagram analytics/insights app on the App Store/Google Play Store.

The two features that you can use to see this are “Users I’ve unfollowed” and “I’m not following” (or something along the lines of it).

These two features can be used to check who you accidentally unfollowed on Instagram.

However, the “Users I’ve unfollowed” feature is usually a paid feature.

This means that you have to buy the feature in the app in order to access it.

Nonetheless, paying for these features is worth it if you’re planning to consistently clean your Instagram account.

Here’s how you can use these couple of features.

“Users I’ve unfollowed” feature

How to see who you unfollowed on Instagram

The “Users I’ve unfollowed” is usually a paid feature. So, skip to the next step if you don’t want to pay for this.

The feature is self-explanatory.

The “Users I’ve unfollowed” feature shows you a list of people that you’ve unfollowed.

Once you paid for the feature, all you need to do is to access it.

The feature shows a list of people that you’ve unfollowed on Instagram.

As such, you’ll be able to know who you’ve recently unfollowed without hassle.

“I’m not following” feature

Users that you're not following on Instagram

The “I’m not following” feature only works if the person that you accidentally unfollowed is following you.

For this method to work, the person that you accidentally unfollowed has to be following you.

If the person isn’t following you, you won’t be able to find them from the list.

In other words, the person that you unfollowed has to be following you.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to find the person that you recently unfollowed.

Firstly, select the “I’m not following” tab. After you selected it, you’ll see a list of people that you’re not following back.

In the list, you can find the person that you’ve unfollowed by accident.

If your followers/following ratio is close to 1:1, you’ll have an easier time finding the person.

However, if your followers/following ratio is close to 2:1, finding the person that you accidentally unfollowed will be much harder.

If that’s the case, this method might not work for you.

2. Check the likes on your posts

Instagram likes

Next, you can check the list of likes on your posts.

The general idea is to browse through the likes on your posts. Then, find the people that liked your post that you’re not following.

There’s a high chance that you unfollowed someone that liked your post before.

You can check the list of likes on your posts, scroll to the bottom, and find the people that you’re not following.

There’s a high chance that you unfollowed someone that liked your post before.

To begin with, here’s an introduction to the order of the likes.

Fundamentally, the people (that you’re following) that liked your post will be at the top of the list.

On the other hand, the people (that you’re not following) that liked your post will be at the bottom of the list.

What you can do is to scroll down the list and view the people that you’re not following.

The list of likes is ordered by the people that you’re following, followed by the people that you’re not following.

Based on the pre-requisite that you have posted something before, and that the person has followed you, here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can do this:

  1. Go to your profile and tap on one of your posts.
  2. View the likes on your post.
  3. Scroll down the list and view the people that you’re not following.
  4. If you happen to recognize someone that you unfollowed by accident, you can follow them back.

This method is quite demanding as you might have to go through multiple lists of likes.

Hence, it’s better to download a third-party app (from the first method) to check who you unfollowed instead.

That being said, you still can use this method if you recently posted something, and that the person is already following you.

3. Browse through your list of followers

Instagram followers

The last method is to browse through your list of followers.

Similar to the previous method, the person that you accidentally unfollowed needs to be following you on Instagram.

Otherwise, this method would not work.

In a nutshell, you need to go to your list of followers and find those that you’re not following back.

If you happen to vaguely remember the person that you’ve unfollowed, you might be able to find them in your list of followers.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can do this:

  1. Go to your profile and tap on “Followers”.
  2. Scroll down the list and pay attention to the people that you’re not following back.
  3. If you happen to recognize someone that you unfollowed by accident, you can follow them back.

Again, this method is quite demanding as you need to vaguely remember the person that you unfollowed.

In addition, the person needs to be following you in the first place.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to find them in your list of followers.

FAQ

Can I see who I unfollowed on Instagram?

You can see who you unfollowed on Instagram using a third-party app.

Search for “Instagram Analytics” or “Instagram Insights” on the App Store/Google Play Store and download one of the apps on the search results.

In this example, I’ll use the app, “Followers Plus” by 2 Creative Monsters.

Select the “Users I’ve unfollowed” feature (this is normally a paid feature) to see the users that you’ve unfollowed on Instagram.

Alternatively, you can select the “I’m not following back” feature (free feature) to see users that you’re not following.

Using this feature, you can find the user(s) that you’ve accidentally unfollowed if you vaguely remember them.

How do you undo a Unfollow on Instagram?

To undo an unfollow on Instagram, you need to find the person that you’ve unfollowed and follow them again.

Unfortunately, Instagram does not have an undo feature, so you’ll have to follow the person again if you unfollowed them.

If you forgot who you unfollowed, you can use a third-party app to see who you unfollowed.

However, you need to have used the third-party app on your device prior to unfollowing the person.

Otherwise, the app may not be able to track who you’ve unfollowed.

Conclusion

If you unfollowed someone by accident, you can follow them back again if you haven’t exited out of their profile.

However, if you left their profile, the person that you unfollowed might be gone forever.

This is inevitable if you forgot who you unfollowed.

Fortunately, there are three methods that you’ve learned in this guide to see who you accidentally unfollowed on Instagram:

  1. Use a third-party app.
  2. Check the likes on your posts.
  3. Browse through your list of followers.

All in all, using a third-party app is the best way to see who you accidentally unfollowed on Instagram.

I highly recommend that you download an Instagram analytics app that tracks this.

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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.