How To See If Someone's Following You On Instagram

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How many times in your life have you tried to see if someone follows you on Instagram? Facebook is, of course, the ideal platform for stalking, but sometimes, you don't want to learn their entire life story. You just want to see if they like you enough to want to see your selfies and throwback Thursdays when they open Instagram first thing in the morning — the truest indication of respect there is.

It's always been possible to see your Instagram followers, but until recently, it took some finagling. First, you had to head to your profile to find your list of followers, then you had to scroll through hundreds (or maybe thousands, you popular fellow) of usernames in search of a specific person. Depending on how many people follow you, this could be a huge undertaking, and you always ran the risk of missing their name on the list. The alternative was even worse: You had to slog through their list of followers to see if your username made the cut. Basically, the situation was less than ideal.

Luckily, Instagram makes it super easy to check if someone's following you now — here's what you have to do.

First, Go To Your Profile Page

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If you have the username of the person you want to check is following you, you should be able to check directly from your profile page whether they're following you or not. Note, though, that this will only work if you're using the mobile app, not desktop.

Tap "Followers"

At the top of the your profile page, you should see three numbers. One indicates how many Instagram posts the user has ("posts"), another indicates how many people are following them ("followers"), and another indicates how many people they are following ("following"). Tap the "following" number, and it should open to a list of the public accounts that are following you.

Search For The Person's Username

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From there, you should be able to type in the name or username of the person you're checking up on into the search bar to see if it comes up; as you can see, if the person is not following you back, their name won't appear.

You can also check this by going to the other user's profile, and searching through their "following" list to see if your name comes up, but so long as both of your accounts are public, they'll reflect the same thing — either their username will pop up, indicating they follow you, or it will say "No users found."

Regardless of whether or not you're disappointed by the end result, at least you can take comfort in knowing you can find out as fast as this. It used to be that Instagram was less upfront about whether or not another user was following you — before an update that started rolling out in September 2017, your best bet was to either scroll through the list of people following you and see if their name popped up. Now it's as fast as tapping a few buttons (and presumably tapping a few more for a good old-fashioned "what the heck?" when you see your mom isn't on team follow back).

This post was originally published on September 9, 2017. It was updated on June 5, 2019.