This guide will provide you with all of the information that you need to determine why you are following random accounts on Instagram.
Why Am I Following Random Accounts on Instagram
There are times you might find that you are following accounts you never did before or don’t recognize. You might. Ask yourself why.
1. Third-Party Apps That Have Access to Your Instagram Account Are Following People
This can happen when you are using your account to sign up for different things. This is because you will also sometimes be signing up to follow them or the people that run them. There is most likely a check that you missed and didn’t uncheck.
You can unfollow them if you don’t want to follow anyone that has to do with that app or if you just don’t remember why, you are following them.
It’s pretty easy to do and you can do it without changing a ton of settings. If does take time to manually go through everyone and there are other ways that will save you time if you want to try them.
Fix 1: Revoke Third-Party Apps in Settings
This is one of those easier ways that you can get rid of the accounts that you got because of the third-party app.
You can do it all at once and even after you have already set it up. You may still have to go back and find the accounts that it added, but if you are looking for it before you have given Instagram access then you’ll be able to keep it from happening at all.
If it is because of something you get access to, then you can turn it off and also be able to get rid of some of the accounts that got attached, but you might have to look for them.
This is because you don’t know what exactly is attached all the time. Take a look and see what accounts you just don’t want to follow and go from there.
2. People Are Reactivating Their Accounts, So Your Following Increases by One
This happens a lot more than you might think. Sometimes the accounts will start showing up one by one on your Instagram. You may not even notice until they post something unless you keep track of the number of accounts.
If you find that you are getting a lot of accounts that you didn’t know you were following, it’s possible it’s a glitch. Your account could be just receiving a ton of accounts that have been reactivated because there is some kind of glitch that you aren’t expecting.
This can make a ton of people come through all at once. There is usually not a bunch of accounts that you will have pop up all at once, but sometimes that does happen. This is especially true if they are related to a certain topic or a certain account holder.
3. Instagram Unsuspended Someone’s Account So Your Following Increased by One
Sometimes Instagram will suspend an account for some reason. When that person gets their account back, it will come back up as someone you follow because you did before they were suspended.
This will increase your follower count by one. If you are watching it to make sure there are no bots following you, this might be a bit alarming. You can check by looking at the accounts and seeing what one is new.
If you have too many, you can still kind of go through them and see if you can find the one that has come back for you. It’s possible, you can look at each account by the date that you followed, but if you don’t know when you followed them, this can be a bit tricky.
Your best bet is to pull up any account you don’t recognize and see if you really want to follow them in the first place or you want them to follow you. If you don’t, you can block your account from them.
This is only a good idea if they are a bit or if they are not someone you want at all to know about you. There are some accounts that are predatory and should be avoided.
If you feel like that is the kind of account that is following you, go ahead and get it blocked to keep you safe and anyone you might have attached to your account. Sometimes the accounts are suspended for reasons that are really not happening.
That is something the person can get fixed fairly quickly, but they might not and that can cause an issue if you are trying to keep the numbers a certain amount or the people attached to your account a certain type.
The best thing you can do is to go over the followers and see who is good for your brand and who is not.
Then get rid of the people that don’t’ fit what you’re looking for. This can keep your marketing more centered and keep your account more targeted for the people that will really benefit from it.
4. People Are Accepting Your Request
If you have sent out some follow requests, it’s possible that they have been approved. If you are looking at your own following, you may have just approved a few requests yourself.
If this is the case, but you can’t remember who you approved, you can go back and look at your latest followers and be able to see who they are and what they post.
You can decide from the accounts and the types of posts they do if you want to keep them on your list. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to let it go and let them follow for a little while.
If you notice that it’s not working for you, then you can block them or keep them from following you. This is going to be most helpful if you are watching for bots or if you are looking at who your followers are for marketing reasons.
Sometimes you might just want to allow anyone to follow and sometimes you just want a certain type of person to follow a certain account.
Keeping track of the accounts you have following you, is a good way to get information and know what you want to post about on that account.
If it’s an account that is for your business, you want a certain type of customer to follow you so you can market something that they will be interested in.
Fix 1: Only Follow Public Accounts
If you don’t want to have any surprise people following you or you are following them, then you might want to consider only following public accounts. This will keep your following numbers fairly steady.
There will probably be a lot less problems with the number of followers you’ll see and the amount of people you’re following. If you do find that it’s still happening, you might want to look at the possibility there is a glitch somewhere.
You can log out of your account and then back to see if that helps. If you are still seeing problems with your following, then you might want to contact Instagram.
If there is a weird glitch, then they should be able to tell you or at least give you an idea as we when it might be taken care of. You can also check out their social media postings to see if there is a known issue before you contact them.
Sometimes there is just some weird thing that happens with these apps, and they are giving you the wrong numbers. Once the glitch is fixed things will go back to normal and your numbers will go back to what they were before.
If that doesn’t fix your issue, you can go through manually and see what private accounts that might be following you.
These are usually the ones that are the issue because they can be bots, or they can also be people that just want to follow you and don’t interact with your account. This can be frustrating if you are using the account to sell a product or business.
That is because you won’t be able to market your products to someone that isn’t interested and maybe shouldn’t even be following you.
5. Someone’s Logged into Your Account
If you have had your account on any device, you don’t have any more or a public computer, then it’s possible that someone else is unknowingly logged into your account. This can happen if you forget to reset the device or log out of public devices.
You can also have this happen because a child or something like that is logged in with their account and it’s connected to yours. This can be frustrating if they are messing with your account and you didn’t realize it.
You can log out of their device if it’s an issue because they are getting into your account and using it instead of yours. You can log out of everything that is logged into the account and then log back in. There are a few different ways that this can work for you.
Fix 1: Log Out Sessions That Are in Places You’ve Never Been
The best way to fix this is to log out of sessions that are in areas you don’t know. You can choose to log out of everything and then change the password and log back in. This will keep people from getting into your account and causing you issues.
If you are still having issues, then you might want to contact Instagram to find out if there is an issue with the account and if that could be causing the problem. Sometimes it’s something that is going on with Instagram that is causing your issues.
You might not be able to log out of every instance that you want to because of something that is going on with them.
This is usually something that can be fixed by Instagram, and you can either get control of your account or you can possibly get some help with getting the account back if something has happened and it won’t let you in.
If you find that you can get in, but the other accounts didn’t get disconnected, then you can try to log out on all your devices and see if that will clear the other log ins.
It’s sometimes something small that is causing the issues and you might not have even thought about it.
If you are still having trouble and you can’t figure out what is keeping you from getting all the unknown areas logged out of, then you can contact Instagram and see what they say.
6. Someone Hacked Your Account
Sometimes you don’t do anything at all, but somehow someone will get access to your account. This can cause you so many problems because they can follow people you don’t want to and send malicious messages to your followers and friends.
They may also post things that are not appropriate, which causes problems if you are building an online image for you or your business. If they are putting images that will get your account banned, then it’s a huge problem.
They may decide that your account is an issue and ban it and if this happens you won’t be able to get it back at all. They will want all of your information and if you can’t give it to them, they will not allow you to fix your account and get it back.
You can also keep an eye on your account in order to make sure that there is nothing wrong with it while you wait. They may choose to only use the account to follow a bunch of weird accounts that you don’t recognize.
They may also want to have other accounts follow you. If you notice the weird accounts following you, then you can keep track of them for when you get your account back. Then it will be a lot easier to go in and manually remove them.
Fix 1: Change Your Password
You can try to get access by using the forgotten password option and see if that will give you access again. If it does, then you will want to change the password to something that no one might know.
If that doesn’t work, then you can also contact Instagram and see if they will help you to get your account back. If you can prove it’s your account and that this is not your content, then they will be more likely to give you back your account, and you won’t lose anything.
If they can’t verify you, then you will have a harder time getting it back. They may also not listen to you if the account was banned first, and it was a really bad violation. This is because they are trying to keep everyone safe.
You can check the account to see what is going on with it while you are trying to figure it out. If there is no reason for it to be acting the way it is, then you might want to look further into the account.
You will also get an email if they decide to ban the account for some reason. It will tell you why you are being banned and what you can do about it.
This is something that you will probably want to keep a watch on in order to make sure your account is still live while you are getting everything fixed.
Fix 2: Turn On 2 Step Verification
One way to keep your account safe is to enable two-step notification. This will keep your account safe and will get you in control of your account. There are a lot of people that will challenge your accounts just because they can.
When you have two steps on, it will send you a code that will let you know when someone is trying to get into it, and you will have the option to change the password or to allow them to access it.
Then you will also have more control over your account. You don’t want to have any issues with it, and this is the best way to secure your account for the future.
You can also set it up so you have more control over your account for the future and any other accounts that might be associated it the main account.
All the settings will go to the same email or phone number. This will help keep everything in one place and make it super easy to use.
There are a lot of reasons you might have more followers than you thought on your Instagram account.
The good news is that you can get it all fixed if you know what to look for.
The best thing you can do is secure your account the best of your ability and then look at everything that you can do in order to keep the follower count the number you want and the followers the quality you want.