Every Instagram addict wants more likes, and that means getting more followers. However, it’s just as important to retain your current followers. But can you really see who unfollowed you on Instagram?
A quick Google search for this problem will yield a bunch of guides and apps, so I tried out each of those guides and each of those apps, going till the fifth page of search results. Here are my results.
Brace Yourself for Disappointing News
I tried some of the most oft-recommended and popular tools for this problem. Among the many, many apps I tried were:
- Followers+ (iOS and Android)
- Unfollowers for Instagram (Android)
- Social Bakers
- Instafollow (iOS and Android)
- Social Insight
No matter which app or service I used, there was no way to see who has unfollowed me on Instagram. Much like how you can’t see who viewed your Facebook profile, this is an impossible task.
For some unknown reason, Instagram simply does not want you to know who has unfollowed you. Maybe it’s because politeness and “following back” is one of the unsaid tenets of social networks. But I’m only guessing here.
The bottom line is that Instagram’s new rules for third-party app developers don’t allow them to build this feature anymore. Multiple developers I’ve spoken to have confirmed that it would violate Instagram’s permissions.
What You Can Get
Right now, the best you can get is numbers (i.e. the number of people who unfollowed you). All these apps are able to track your profile, which means they know how many followers you have at any point. And in case you lose a follower, they know that. With simple math, they can report the number of unfollowers, but can’t say who you lost.
However, these numbers are available only from the point when you first use the app. It can’t look at your account history to find who unfollowed you in the past, so that’s still a big limitation.
Is There a Way to Find Out? Yes, But It’s Tedious
While Instagram and third-party apps won’t let you do this, you can still find out who unfollowed you manually. It’s tedious, but hey, it’s the only real option right now.
- Install any one of the apps listed above and sign in. I recommend Unfollowers for Instagram if you’re on Android and Instafollow for iOS users.
- Go to MagiMetrics and sign up for an account. You can also use CrowdBabble or any other similar service.
- Authorize it to analyze your Instagram profile.
- Export a list of your followers to CSV or Excel.
- Save this list and rename it with the date.
- When Unfollowers or Instafollow shows someone has unfollowed you, go back to MagiMetrics and generate a new list of followers.
- Compare the first list with this new list to find duplicates in Excel.
By simple elimination, you know that the names which aren’t in the duplicates are the profiles that unfollowed you.
This is an option that only social media professionals might want to use. MagiMetrics lists only 100 profiles for free, and you’ll have to pay ($100 per month) if you have more followers. CrowdBabble is a paid app anyway, costing about $30 per report. Those are steep costs!
But if you absolutely need to know who has unfollowed you, then this is how you get it.
Be Careful of Apps That Promise This
The big lesson from this article is that you need to be more careful about which apps you authorize to get your Instagram data. In the quest to find out who unfollowed you, you might be giving your data to apps that aren’t trustworthy. Remember, your privacy (and security) are at stake here.
In case you have already tried some of these apps, then I suggest you revoke their permission to your Instagram. Go to your Authorized Applications list and mercilessly click the “Revoke Access” button.
While you’re at it, it might be worth your while to clean up other social media accounts. The easy way to do this is to go to MyPermissions.
Don’t Be Obsessed About Unfollowers
It’s easy to get locked into a social network’s statistics. There are some excellent analytics tools to see how you’re doing Instagram. But don’t obsess over these things.
Just because someone unfollows you on Instagram does not mean you’re doing a terrible job. This is a slippery slope, and if you go down this path, social networks will make you sad. Instead, enjoy your Instagram as a way to escape reality for a few seconds — nothing more, nothing less.
Do You Think Instagram Should Show Unfollows?
In a way, it’s a step in the right direction when it comes to privacy. In an age where we share too much information online, perhaps it’s nice that we can avoid hurting someone’s feelings inadvertently.
But it’s not like Instagram doesn’t have this information. It is simply disallowing third-party developers from having it. And let’s not be naive, the company has its own Instagram Insights tool for businesses, where this feature could be worth a few bucks.
What’s your take on the whole thing? Should Instagram let anyone see who unfollowed them? Or do you like that your actions are hidden from those it might affect?
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