How to see someone’s recent followers on Instagram? (2023)

Recently updated on October 30th, 2023 at 02:09 pm

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How to see someone’s recent followers on Instagram? In the past, Instagram arranges your followers according to how long you have been friends with the person. You will see the most recent friends at the very top of the list. On the other hand, you will see your older friends as you scroll down. Sadly, this feature has been removed. After June of 2021, Instagram rolled out an algorithm that lists down Instagram followers in a random manner.

If you see your follower list from two different devices, you will see followers in different order. It is part of Instagram’s newly adopted best practices. 

In the article, we will be looking at how to check someone’s recent followers on Instagram using third-party apps.

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How to see someone’s recent follower on Instagram?

After the recent Instagram algorithm update, you can no longer see followers listed in chronological order. Also, you can no longer check someone’s recent followers on Instagram.

In the below segment of the article, we will discuss specific techniques that still let you track recent users who followed your account on Instagram. 

The first technique involves checking the followers from the mobile app (iOS and Android device) and the web version.

Visit someone’s profile and tap on the Followers list from your mobile. There you will see their followers displayed in chronological order. This means the recent followers will be displayed at the very top.

However, you might need to refresh the list multiple times before landing on the list that has been organized in chronological order.

Also, this does not always guarantee that recent followers will be right at the top since there is no way to actually knowing that.

By using this technique you may just get an idea on who the most recent followers are but they are not in chronological order.

This will work from the web version as well.

· From your web browser, open Instagram.

· Type in the Instagram username of the account you want to check.

· Select the profile, and visit their profile.

· Select the Followers tab.

· You will see your recent friends on top.

There is no way to know the order of followers on Instagram. If you are lucky, you will see a list of followers in chronological order.

However, you also might be presented with a randomly assorted list with no meaningful order.

Don’t worry. There are other ways you can check someone’s recent list of followers on Instagram.

In the later parts of the article, we will be looking at how to use third-party apps to see new followers on someone’s profile on Instagram.

How to see when someone started following someone on Instagram?

Instagram is undoubtedly one of the most popular social media platforms. The sheer number of media content uploaded on this platform is enormous.

Instagram is so popular because it has excellent and entertaining content.

Thousands of Instagram users do not actively post or interact with other people’s posts on the platform. However, they are merely spectators.

They like to see what others are doing, which celebrity is visiting which country, and more.

With the earlier version of Instagram, you could see which accounts have been following you and for how long. You could see the exact date when someone started following you on Instagram.

Currently, you can no longer see for how long you have been following someone. Also, you cannot see from which date someone started following you on Instagram.

This is because, unlike Facebook that has a detailed Activity Tab, Instagram prefers to keep this information a secret.

If you check your Activity Log on Instagram, you will see all your activities are listed saying “abc” minutes ago. Instagram will not divulge the exact date and time of any activity on the platform of any user.

The only two activities you can track the date and time are Direct Messages and Instagram recent posts.

Instagram considers the information from when someone started following you a direct violation of their privacy policy.

How to see who someone recently followed on Instagram?

 Unfortunately, you cannot see who someone recently followed on Instagram. You can see the total number of followers someone has on Instagram but not the most recent followers.

The only way to do this is to keep a lookout on the account and write all the names of who the person follows in an excel spreadsheet and constantly update the spreadsheet. 

This is a tedious process that will require you to keep monitoring the person’s account. 

Can you sort followers by date?

Last year, Instagram rolled out a new feature that lets users arrange their followers in categories. By default, there are only two categories.

The first one organizes your most recent followers in one group.

And the other categorizes your oldest followers in another group. 

However, you cannot see the exact date when someone started following you.

Also, you cannot check the exact date and time for all the activities of your followers on Instagram. In their activity log, and even in yours, you will see each activity accompanied with vague time details such as “abc” minutes ago.

How to categorize users on Instagram?

Instagram allows users to categorize all their users in discrete categories. Using this feature, you can put your most recent friends in one category and the rest in another.

It’s already been a long time since Instagram rolled out a new feature that allows users to organize their followers into different meaningful categories.

We all know that Instagram has no shortage of quality content.

But unless you get to see something new on your Instagram feed (Home page), you might grow bored due to a lack of different content types. This is where the Category feature comes into play.

The default categories are- 

  1. Content or account you engage the most with
  2. Content or account you least engage with. 

After you do the sorting, you will have two groups of followers.

The first will include accounts you primarily interact with (like, comment, DMs, shares). On the other hand, you will have another category that lists all the users you have the least interaction with. 

Related : How to hide followers on Instagram

If you are an influencer or a content creator, this feature works wonders. Imagine you have a lot of followers (10 million+) following you on Instagram. You can’t engage with all of them.

And most importantly, you might also have your close friends and other family members following you on Instagram. You might want to see what they are posting.

Once you categorize your followers, you can easily toggle between these two categories.

Apps that can be used to see a friend’s new followers on Instagram?

In the above section, we have looked at categorizing followers on Instagram and seeing your recent followers both from the web version and the Instagram app version.

Now let us look at how you can check recent followers on Instagram using third-party apps :

1. SnooprePort

With SnooprePort, you can keep an eye out for other people’s activity on the platform. With this tool, you can see what content your favorite celebrities and friends interact with.

Unlike other online tools, SnooprePort does not need you to download an app. 

You get to use all of its features from the cloud-based web version. Using this tool, you can track users’ activity logs (likes, comments, app purchases) spanning as much as 12 months. 

It shows other vital Instagram statistics too. You will be able to check other users’ activity in a detailed report.

2. KidsGuard Pro

KidsGuard Pro is an app that helps you keep an eye on what your kids are doing online. It is seen as an effective tool to protect your children from inappropriate content on Instagram.

To use it, you must download and install this app on the child’s phone that you want to track.

How do I know who stalks my Instagram?

Like Facebook, Instagram does not reveal the identity of other users who viewed your profile. This feature is not available on Facebook, Snapchat, and of course, Instagram.

Another key metric to look at is Instagram insights. However, this feature is only available if you use a business account.

There are also no valid third-party apps that can help you check who stalked your Instagram profile page. If any third-party app claims to do so, they directly violate Instagram’s terms and policies.

If you have a private account, stalking will not do much. Users can only see your bio and your follower count. Other than that, they might be able to see your mutual followers if you have any.

If you are new to Instagram, try not to accept ghost followers or fake followers. Often they are created to stalk people.

If you receive spam DMs, you can reach out to the Instagram help center.

Related : How to see what someone likes on Instagram?

How to see what someone likes on Instagram

The slow method of knowing recent followers:

While there is no exact way of knowing recent followers on Instagram, another more time consuming way is to check if there’s someone new liking or commenting on that person’s account.

This feels a little like stalking an account but if this will give you an idea on new people who are engaging with the content that may have not done so in the past.  


1. Does Instagram show followers in order?

Unlike Facebook, Instagram does not show the followers in any meaningful order. This means you will not be seeing followers list organized in alphabetical order.

Instagram has a strict privacy policy. People who are not on your follower’s list will not be able to see which accounts have started following you recently.

However, if you have less than 200 followers on Instagram, there is a strong chance that your follower’s list will be organized alphabetically.

The list follows a simple rule: you will see the most recent followers at the very top of the list. As you scroll down, you will see the old followers on your account.

Even for public accounts on Instagram, you cannot see who are the most recent followers.

2. How is the default following sorted in Instagram?

There is no particular order on how followers lists are organized on Instagram. The app does not arrange the followers on your list alphabetically.

A special piece of algorithm arranges the users on your follower’s list. Also, if you check the people who have liked your posts, you will find no meaningful order. This indicates that it also follows a special algorithm that Instagram has kept a secret.

However, there is one default setting that organizes your followers on Instagram. As you scroll down the list of your followers, you will see the oldest followers. And at the very top of the list, you will find the most recent followers.

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Haider Khan is your trusted source for online safety tips, insightful app reviews, and expert guidance on social media apps. With a focus on digital security and helping users make informed choices, Haider is your go-to expert for a safer and more enriching online experience. Education: Bachelor's in Journalism || Previously worked at eXputer

1 thought on “How to see someone’s recent followers on Instagram? (2023)”

  1. “Instagram has been very serious about its privacy policy” I am sorry but this is one of the most blatantly false sentences on the internet. A whole host of basic features, like replying to specific messages or responding to a message with an emoji are not available in most countries of the world and the sole reason for it is because instagram was proven to be stealing data. Laws were put into place to stop this and instead of changing their platform instagram instead forced a simplified version of their service on all countries with data protection laws. So the current state of affairs is that america and a small number of other countries have full instagram but the caveat is that instagram *are* stealing and selling their data and most countries in the world have a barebones version lacking even basic features but the only data being collected is the agreed upon stuff in the tos.
    Instagram 100% did not stop organizing follower lists by date for “privacy”, it is simply a by product of stripping features and therefore lines of coding from their app


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