How to Mass Unfollow on Instagram in 2019
Note: if you’re not interested in why you should mass unfollow on Instagram and just need a tool to start unfollowing right away, use AiGrow.
With a few clicks, you can begin automatically unfollowing all users who aren’t following you back. Plus, as you continue to follow new users, it will automatically unfollow all users who don’t follow you back within a certain amount of time.
This way, not only do you keep a natural-looking follower/following ratio as you continue to grow, but you can also rest assured that every new follower you gain is genuinely interested in your Instagram page.
Click the button below to start unfollowing right away, or read on to learn more about why should mass unfollow on Instagram.
How do you know if you need to perform a mass unfollow on Instagram?
Ass odd as it sounds, it’s important to first understand why someone would want to unfollow users on Instagram in the first place.
Why would you need to perform a mass unfollow on Instagram?
On Instagram, people make snap judgements based on what they see from your channel. One of the ways people judge your page is by the number of people you follow.
Following too many people can signal that you’re a spammer, you poorly use an automation tool, or that there is something generally bad about your channel that is making people not want to follow you back.
Whatever the reason is, following too many people without having an equal amount of followers is a signal to people that there is something fishy about your page. Fishiness is not how you build a successful Instagram page.
If this situation describes you, a quick and easy way to defish your page is to perform a mass unfollow on Instagram.
How to know if you need to perform a mass unfollow on Instagram
Here’s what your follower/following ratio says about you according to Workmacro (the number represents the ratio of your following compared to the number of follower you have – 400 is <0.5x of 1,000, 500-1,000 is 0.5-1x of 1,000, etc.):
<0.5 Spammer: You are inexperienced with Instagram automation tools and are spamming followers in hope for follows back.
0.5-1 Suspicious: You are likely to be using Instagram automation tools, but are following the wrong people or has poor quality content leading to poor follow back rates.
1-2 Normal: You have some success with Instagram automation, but need to focus on other strategies to drive more engagement.
2-10 Micro Influencer: Users that are either master of Instagram automation or has incredible content to grow their account.
10+ Influencer: Likely to be micro-celebrities or rising stars that are popular on other social media channels.
If you’re in the <0.5 Spammer or 0.5-1 Suspicious bracket and you want to add some credibility to your channel, you need to mass unfollow on Instagram.
Who should you include when performing a mass unfollow on Instagram?
Knowing who to unfollow can be tricky, but here are three basic kinds of Instagram users you’re going to want to unfollow:
- Inactive accounts
- Bot/Fake accounts
- Those who haven’t followed you back (to a degree)
How do you mass unfollow on Instagram?
You could certainly remove every person you follow who fits the descriptions listed in the article above all by yourself, one by one, but depending on how many people who follow, this can be extremely time-consuming.
Here’s how to speed up the process and mass unfollow on Instagram (using tools where possible), depending on the kind of users you want to unfollow:
Someone who hasn’t been active since 2016 is probably worth unfollowing.
While you can manually go through and unfollow all the users who are inactive (haven’t posted in a while, page no longer exists, etc.), this can be super time-consuming.
Bot accounts are trickier to identify because they can often closely mimic human behaviour, but here are some tell-tale signs that a user you are following is a bot and is worth unfollowing:
- Humongous following but small number of followers (what we’re trying to avoid, ourselves….)
- Followers largely consist of new or inactive accounts
- Large following but terrible or non-existent content
If you find a user you’re following to portray any of these signs, best to hit the unfollow button.
Bot accounts can also act similarly to inactive accounts in that they don’t engage with any content or post any new content. This type of Instagram user is what is often referred to as a “ghost follower” and can be mass unfollowed using the same tools listed above.
Users who haven’t followed you back
A common way to legitimately build your Instagram is by following similarly-sized and similarly-themed users in your industry. When reciprocated, this method of growth benefits everyone – particularly smaller/newer channels just starting out.
When you follow a large number of users and they don’t follow you back, however, it can lead to you following too many people with few too many actual followers to balance things out.
A simple way to make sure that every one of your follows is reciprocated is to use a tool like AiGrow.
If you follow a user and that user doesn’t follow you back within a certain amount of time, you will automatically unfollow that user. This is also a super easy way to maintain a proportionate follow/following ratio.
With AiGrow, you can even set unfollow/follow cycles. This is very helpful for Instagram users wanting to clean up their following before they dive back in to growing their page.
If you don’t want to clean house before growing your Instagram, AiGrow also allows you to grow your Instagram account while simultaneously unfollowing users who don’t follow you back.
Cleaning up who you’re following makes your profile look more trustworthy to visitors, more attractive to potential followers and brands, and narrows down the content on you’re Instagram feed to stuff you actually want to see.
Start unfollowing right away by clicking the button below.