Reaching social media stardom is quite exciting, but it also comes with a lot of challenges. One challenge, though seemingly trivial, is that after you surpass 10K followers on Instagram, you cannot see exactly how many you have.

This abbreviation is due to the way the follower counter on the social media platform works.

You can always turn to one of many third-party and analytics tools to check your follower count.

Gramblast is a great example. But there’s another way to check your follower account without using any external tools.

Hover Over the Follower Count

If you’ve got close access to a desktop computer, you can quickly check someone’s follower count using This is done by using your mouse to hover over someone’s follower count.

To check the exact number of Instagram followers:

  1. Go to
  2. Go to the Instagram page you want to check.
  3. Use your mouse to hover over the follower count.
  4. This will display the exact number of Instagram followers.

Convert to Instagram Business Account

After converting your Instagram account to a business page, you gain access to valuable analytics tools, one of which includes a follower-based stats page.

To do this:

  1. Open Instagram 

Instagram settings

  1. Tap the menu button (three vertical lines) in the top right
  2. Choose the Settings option in the lower right-hand corner

Switch to business account

  1. Select Switch to Business Account (it’s free)
  2. Read through the tutorial

After you’ve changed your account to a business page, you can access your analytics from the same Settings menu.

  1. Navigate to Settings > Analytics > Followers

From here, you should be able to see a variety of information pertaining to your followers, including their age, location, gender, and more. You’ll also be able to see exactly how many followers you have, in real-time.

Use a Third-Party Tool

If you don’t want to convert to a business account, for whatever reason, you can also rely on third-party tools to see your true follower count.

Because the steps for viewing follower count differs for each tool, there are no exact instructions.

However, some of the best third-party tools are listed below:

  • Socialblade – Just type in your username to lookup stats
  • Gramblast – Type in a username to see stats
  • Ninjalitics – Type in a username
  • IGBlade – Like the other tools, just type in a username

Some of the tools — Ninjalitics, for example — might take a day or two to populate the results.

After you enter a username, it will ask you to return later at which point you can see up-to-date stats. Although the initial scan isn’t ideal, you can check anytime after that for real-time follower counts.

Instagram doesn’t make it easy to see your follower count after you pass the 10K mark, but that doesn’t mean it has to be complicated to find out.

In fact, it’s downright easy whether you choose to convert to a business profile, or you opt to use a third-party tool instead.