Can’t follow people on Instagram fix 10

Today’s fix is directed at Instagram and involves an issue where you Can’t follow people on Instagram and how to fix it. Basically when you hit follow instead of following the person you want to it ends up a few seconds later unfollowing the individual. This will happen no matter who you try to follow and no matter how many times you hit the follow button. So this is a Can’t follow people on Instagram fix that should fix the issue for most if not all persons who are having this issue.

The Issue

Instagram users when faced with this issue will be unable to follow others. As soon as you attempt to follow anyone on Instagram you will be automatically see it unfollow them as the button changes from following and shows the option to follow again. This will repeat rendering one of the main features of Instagram useless as you can follow your favorite profiles or anyone.

Can't follow people on Instagram fix

Video Demonstration:

You can watch the video below or continue reading the directions to fix your problem.

How to Fix the issue?

1. While being logged into your Instagram account on your phone go to the profile page where you can see all your posts by clicking on the head icon bottom of the screen.

2.Click the three vertical dots in the upper right of the screen to access options.

3.Under Follow People click on Facebook Friends and when the log in window appears go ahead and log into your Facebook account.

4. Go back to Instagram and find anyone you want to follow and attempt to follow once more. This time you should be able to follow anyone without being automatically unfollowed.


If the above does not work then try this:

1.Go to settings.

2.Scroll all the way down and log out of your account.

3.Now log back in to your account afresh and try following some one and you should now be able to follow people easy.

4.Variation: A variation of the above that might help some people is that when you log out of Instagram you will need to uninstall the App and install it over and then log back in before this will work.


This one is more of a Workaround that should work really well:

1.If you still cant follow anyone then open a web browser and go to

2.Log into your account on the Browser and not the App.

3.Now search and follow anyone you want and you should be able to follow them as normal.

4.when you go back to the App you will see that all the people you follow while logged in on your browser you have followed in the App as well.

Final Thoughts

This is a relatively easy fix and hopefully it was enough to fix your Can’t follow people on Instagram issue. If it did please let me know below in the comments and also do share this article with some one else online to get the word out there how to deal with this issue. Also do check out a few more of our articles.

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10 thoughts on “Can’t follow people on Instagram fix

  • adnan

    can you please help me i cant follow more than 25 poeple on instagram there is a limit even if i log in to facebook :/ please reply to me

    • Ricardo Gardener Post author

      If that did not work try signing out of both accounts and sign back in. Also borrow a friends phone and try your account of their Instagram by signing in an see if its a phone based problem or account level issue.

  • Soheil

    Hi there Thank you for these great information
    But I have more serious problem instagram won’t let me to follow more than 40 people each time, I did all the solutions but it did not work 😣

  • Tom

    Just FYI, I tried 3 of your methods above. I was already logged into Facebook, apparently, because my friends appeared. I also logged out and back in. This did not fix the issue. I just deleted the app and reinstalled and still the issue persists. I understand I can go to a browser but that is more trouble than I wish to deal with, just to follow someone. Have you heard of any more fixes? I appreciate your article as this issue is not easy to find online…

    • Ricardo Gardener Post author

      Yes one possible reason why you may be having issues is because you have been banned (temporarily) this may be because the system flagged your account for doing something that looks robotic such as Mass follow lots of people,Liking or commenting in mass. If so then that could be the reason or it may be a mistake and you did not do any of this. You can clean up your account by going to profile then setting, under Account click on Posts you have liked and go through select any mass liked posts and unlike them.
      If you do this enough and removed the ones that you have liked in mass especially from one account then the system may start allowing you to follow people again. Same applies to comments and following in mass. Simply clean up your account and don’t do anything spammy in the future.

      • Tom

        Thank you for the fast reply! I don’t think I’ve been banned by IG. I haven’t done anything in large amounts, and I should have mentioned, my following issue is annoyingly random. Sometimes the follow won’t “take”, no matter how many times I try. But then, another time it works fine. No rhyme or reason to it. But thank you just the same for the suggestions!

        • Ricardo Gardener Post author

          OK my friend I am wondering if its a bug as some users definitely did something and got the effects you describe while others are innocent. The tips here do work but not in all cases as each case in different and there is no one size fits all solution.

  • Jack

    So if you make a new second account on Instagram and you start to have followed a lot of people. And now can’t follow anyone. Instagram marks you as a bot? What can you do about that?

    • Ricardo Gardener Post author

      Ultimately there is very little you can do -Simply do not do anything that may seem bot like or that may be perceived as you trying to game the system. Creating a second account and following a abnormal amounts of people is an action I would consider bot like or an attempt to game the Instagram system.