Can’t follow people on Instagram fix 38

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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38 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.

  • Symone Tomlinson

    I only follow 270 people, i havnt followed anyone in over 24 hours and i cant follow anyone i try to. i tried all methods listed here and none of them worked. I only have 1 account as well

    • Ricardo Gardener Post author

      Another thing that may cause users to have issues where they cant follow anyone on Instagram is that if you use any third party software that does anything such as allow you track and unfollow users that are not following you or some other Instagram tool these can affect your account in weird ways. You will need to stop using these apps and uninstall them.

  • Nikki

    I don’t have Facebook but I am able to follow people on Instagram via Safari on the iPhone but not with using the app itself. When I check the app it does show me following back those I couldn’t. Is this a bug?

    • Ricardo Gardener Post author

      Every case is different, sometimes users use third party apps to do things such as track who actually follows them back and this causes issues, other times they do spamy actions such as mass liking or following. These can trigger the system to take away privileges versus outright banning you. Doing what the article indicates most times gets you back on track but sometimes you might be overlooking something you are doing or someone that uses your phone which might have gotten your device flagged.

  • Dusty Rhodes

    I have tried everything I can to fix this. I have no idea what the problem is. I have NEVER mass liked or followed EVER. I report this problem over and over. Even accessing the reporting from the Help menu and DETAILING the issue. Its never gets solved. This is really distressing because I am a social media manager as well. Just started working on a major account (this happened way before that). Im so distressed but nothing seems to work…

    • Ricardo Gardener Post author

      Sorry to hear that Dusty Rhodes I feel your pain. Maybe your activities due to your job means you are way more active than a normal user and your activities are being seen as spammy or above the human average? Just a though as the system seems to flag these cases automatically and you know what can happen when a bot is trained to flag suspicious activities-it usually learns as it goes along.Maybe if you could talk to the right person at Instagram they could look at your case and have it dealt with directly.

  • Asia Daluddin

    Im temporary blocked from unfollowing people. I’m been using a third party app for quite some time with no problem. But few days ago I can’t unfollow anyone anymore. I mass unfollowed people and I usually can unfollow again in a couple of hours. But this time, it’s been 3 days. I deleted the third party app but still. What should I do?

    • Ricardo Gardener Post author

      Seems if you still persist after been warned with a short block from unfollowing (or other activity) the idea is that they are telling you to stop your activities that you are doing. Seems they have escalated your cases and the punishment has gotten very severe. Its hard to say when if ever they will lift the block on you. But wait a bit longer and if you regain functionality then stop the spammy activities you are doing.

  • paul sousa

    i rarely use Facebook and instagram and i can cant follow people, i follow them then i wait about 5 seconds to see if it worked it and it does not, i did the method on the video but i am still having problems what can be the issue still? and i dont use any third party apps for instagram i just use it for social reasons

  • Stephen

    Tried all the work arounds and none of them fixed the problem. I even logged in on a web browser. I am still unable to follow people and there is no explanation why. I’d try to contact Instagram but its basically useless as they refuse to respond anywhere you try to contact them.

        • Monica Foy

          I’m sorry to hear that! How did you lose the account? Business wise? Or you lost access to the instagram acct? I’ve found that I can still add people, 25 at a time every 15 minutes or so. I guess something is better than nothing.

  • Helen Gregory

    I’ve tried all the above methods, including deleting the app and opening in a web browser and I still can’t follow anyone. I previously used Instagram every day but for the last couple of months have let it lapse. I’m abroad for a week and have posted some photos and have followed a few (less than 10) people who’ve followed me and suddenly I can’t follow anyone.

    It’s incredibly frustrating. Any more tips? TIA

  • Monica Foy

    I’m also having this problem. I tried logging into Facebook, didn’t work. I tried uninstalling the app& restarting my phone but that also did not fix the problem. I even logged onto a browser but I couldn’t follow anyone. It’s such a weird sudden problem! I have an LG G5. I wonder if it’s some weird bug? But since it affected my browser experience also, I don’t think it’s phone related.
    If anyone figures out what’s going on or how to fix it, please respond!
    Thanks in advance!

  • emily

    Hi, I am desperate for help to fix the problem I have with my instagram. I have messaged customer services so many times, and no reply.

    When I go on my story, (either threw swiping right, or pressing on the small + sign on my profile picture), and I take a picture or video, I dno not have the “+ your story” option.

    I only have the options to ‘save’ and ‘sent to’. The only way I can post my story is to ‘send to’ and select my own profile from the list.

    I have logged onto other devices and do not have that problem and yet the settings are all the same.

    I have uninstalled and reinstalled the app several times. Restarted my iphone and ensured my iOS is up to date.

    PLEASE if anyone could help me, I would very much appreciate it.

  • Allysa Peck

    I’m still having the problem as well. I’ve submitted several reports and gotten no response. It’s been over two weeks! I can comment and like things, I just can’t follow people back. D:

  • NicholasNS_sTaR

    IG really pissed me off so bad. Like I do not follow , like , comment or sale stuffs frequently in a short period but I still cannot follow people. The method I have tried and still do not work 🙁

  • Maleesha

    Hello I’ve read your post and all the comments that followed and I think I know why my problem exists.
    I unfollowed 77 people through a third party app at once and now I cannot follow anyone.
    I tried reinstalling the app, tried logging back in etc.. , the only thing that worked was following people from going to in a browser.
    How do I know if my “ban” is temporary or not?
    And how long will it take for them to lift my “ban”?