How To Unfollow On Instagram

For many people, late-night scrolling through Instagram is their favorite part of the day. It is perfectly normal to want to filter your feed so you only see the posts you enjoy.

Unfollowing someone on Instagram means their posts, reels, and stories will no longer appear on your Instagram feed.

This is how to unfollow on Instagram:

  1. Go to the account you want to unfollow. 
  2. Press the “Following” button,
  3. Select “Unfollow.” 

This article will show how easy it is to unfollow an account from the Instagram app or in a web browser. Let’s dive in.

How to unfollow on Instagram on mobile

If you predominantly use Instagram on your smartphone, like most users, these are the steps you need to take to unfollow accounts:

Step 1: Open the profile you want to unfollow

Open Instagram (and log in if logged out) and use the search bar to find the account you wish to unfollow.

Step 2: Select “Following”

Tap the “Following” button, and a menu of options will appear. 

Select following to open up a menu

Step 3: Select “Unfollow”

Select “Unfollow.”

how to unfollow on instagram

Note: If the account you wish to unfollow is private, a pop-up will appear asking for confirmation; select “Unfollow” again to confirm. If you unfollow a private account, they will need to approve your follow request again if you decide to follow them again. 

How to decrease the number of accounts you follow

Sometimes, you are scrolling through your IG feed, and it seems crowded with posts you are not interested in seeing. If you wish to declutter your IG feed, here is what you can do. 

Step 1: Open Your Instagram Profile 

Go to the Instagram app, and open your profile.

Step 2: Open your following

On the top right corner of your screen, you will see numbers labeled “Following” click on those numbers. 

Select your following

Step 3: Select “Least Interacted With”

A category labeled “Least Interacted With” will now be on your screen. Select this option. 

Select least interacted with

Note: This category shows accounts you do not interact with, such as accounts that have posts you do not like or stories that you do not react to. 

Step 4: Select “Following”

Scroll down the list of accounts to find an account you no longer want to follow. Press the “Following” button next to their name.

tap following to unfollow an instagram account

When the button turns blue and says “Follow,” they have been unfollowed. 

Alternatively, you may also want to skim through all accounts you follow and pick which ones you no longer wish to follow. In this case, you can go through your following list and select the “Following” button next to their username, and they will also be unfollowed. 

How to unfollow accounts from a desktop device

To unfollow an account using your laptop, whether it be windows or mac, the process is very similar to the one on your phone.

Here is what you need to do:

Step 1: Open Instagram.com

Open Instagram.com in a browser and log into your account. 

log into your instagram account

Step 2: Open your profile

Click the small circular icon in the top right corner of your screen with your profile picture, and a menu of options will appear. Select “Profile.”

Select your profile in the top right corner

Step 3: Select “Following” 

Click on the option “Following,” and a list of all the accounts you follow will open.

tap the following button

Note: The “least interacted with” category is only available from the mobile app.

Step 4: Select “Unfollow”

Select the button next to the profile you wish to unfollow labeled “Following.”

A pop-up will appear asking for confirmation, select “Unfollow.” 

Confirm to unfollow

How to unfollow a specific user on desktop

If you do not wish to scroll through your following and you want to unfollow a specific account. Here is what you need to do:

Step 1: Open Instagram.com 

Go to your Instagram home page and log in to your account.

Step 2: Search for the username of the account to unfollow

Use the search bar in the top middle of your screen to write the username of the account you wish to unfollow.

Search for the user you want to unfollow

Step 3: Select the “Following” Icon

Press the “Following” icon (it looks like a person with a tick next to the option labeled “Message”).

Select the following icon

Step 4: Press “Unfollow” 

A confirmation will appear; click the “Unfollow” button. The account is now removed from your following list. 

confirm to unfollow the instagram account

Final thoughts on unfollowing on Instagram

Unfollowing accounts on Instagram can be a great way to declutter your feed and only see posts you are interested in.

You can either follow the steps above for mobile or use our desktop device instructions. Whichever method you choose, ensure you are comfortable with the number of accounts you follow.

If you want to unfollow a blogger whose posts you feel are no longer relevant or a friend posting too many pictures of their baby, removing their online presence from your account takes a minute.

David Woutersen

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David Woutersen

David is the founder of Outofthe925.com and has been in the social media industry since 2017. Since then, his mission has been to help others take control of their online presence. For some, this has been earning an income online, while for others, it's teaching how to use social networks more effectively. And each year, he continues to help millions with strategy, troubleshooting, and inspiration.