How to See Who You Requested to Follow on Instagram

Believe it or not, seeing which profiles you have requested to follow on Instagram is not a tool that the…

Believe it or not, seeing which profiles you have requested to follow on Instagram is not a tool that the app itself makes particularly easy.

Of course, if there are specific profiles and accounts that you remember sending a follow request to, then you can head directly to those pages to find out if they have accepted or ignored your request.

But if you don’t remember, or you want to see all of the requests in a single list, you need to think a little outside the box.

Having said that there are ways of finding out which accounts you’ve requested to follow in recent days, weeks, and even months: by downloading your Instagram data.

How to Access All Follow Requests That You’ve Sent

A follow request is sent whenever you want to follow an account which is set to private. This is because a private account has to approve all follow requests, granting the user more control over who can see their posts and updates.

The best way to view all of requests that you have sent in one place is by downloading your Instagram data.

  1. Head to your profile and open the menu, by clicking on the three horizontal lines in the top right hand corner
  2. Select ‘Your Activity’
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the list of options and select ‘Download Your Information’

This will open a pop up which informs you that you can request your information at any time. Requesting a download can take a few days to process and will grant you access to a file that is private, meaning that only you can view it.

Submitting the request will start the process.

Note: it can take up to 30 days for this information to be returned to you, so it is in no way a quick fix.

How to View Recent Requests

Your search history will grant you some insight into recent searches you have made on Instagram.

Heading to the search history of your account can enable you to see which profiles you have searched for in the past few days, giving you limited information into the accounts you might have requested to follow.

However, this list is not necessarily an accurate representation of the accounts you have requested to follow. For example, if you navigated to specific accounts via other accounts you follow, they will not show up in your searches.

For the most accurate list, you will need to access all of your Instagram data as per the process above.

We hope that this helps you to keep track of your activity on Instagram – old and new!