Instagram is a popular social media site where people can post pictures and videos, follow others, and interact with what they post. Instagram has several privacy choices to keep user information safe, but many people want to know who else has just started following. In this piece, we’ll look at different ways to find out how to see who someone recently followed on Instagram and just started following. Please remember that it’s important to respect other people’s privacy, and it’s very important to get permission before using any of these ways.

Manually Scrolling Through the Following List

To check how to see who someone recently followed on Instagram, all you have to do is look through the list of people they are following. Do these things:

  • Open Instagram on your phone or tablet.
  • Find the picture of the person you want to know more about.
  • If you tap on their page, it will open.
  • Tap the “Following” button on their page to start following them.

You can see the most current accounts that person has, followed by scrolling through the list below. Remember that if the person follows many accounts, this method may take too much time and be useless.

Third-Party Applications

Several third-party apps and websites say they can tell you about someone’s Instagram behavior, such as who they’ve followed recently on Instagram. But be careful when you use these tools because they might break Instagram’s rules and put your account at risk. Also, some apps and websites may ask for your Instagram login information, which could put your personal information at risk.

It’s important to know that Instagram blocks and stops these third-party tools from working. If you do these things, your account could be suspended or closed. It is always best to use legal means and respect the privacy of others.

Mutual Friends’ Following List

If you have friends in common with the person you’re interested in, you can look at their list of who they’re following to see if they just started following the person your interested in. Do these things:

  • Open Instagram on your phone or tablet.
  • Look for the picture of a friend you both know.
  • If you tap on their page, it will open.
  • Tap the “Following” button on their page to start following them.

You might be able to find the person you’re interested in by looking through the list of people your shared friend is following. But this method only looks at your common friend’s accounts, so it may not give you a full picture.

Instagram’s “Activity” Tab

The “Activity” tab on Instagram shows you what people in your network have done recently, like liked, commented on, or followed you. Even though this tab doesn’t tell you who someone just started following, you can figure it out by watching what they do. To get to the “Activity” tab, do the following:

Looking at the Likes and Comments

Even though this method doesn’t give you a straight list of recent follows, looking at a user’s likes and comments can show how they interact with others. By looking at what they’ve done recently, you might be able to find accounts they’ve interacted with, which could mean they’re following you. Here’s how it works:

Open Instagram on your phone or tablet

  • Go to the person’s page to learn more about them.
  • Scroll through their posts and pay attention to the accounts they’ve liked and commented on.
  • Visit those accounts to see if the person has recently followed them.

This method takes some detective work and may not give you 100% accurate information, but it can give you hints about who the person has been following recently.

Instagram Stories

People use Instagram Stories to share information that disappears after 24 hours. You can’t see who someone just started following through Stories, but you might find signs if you look at their Stories. What you can do is:

  • Open Instagram on your phone or tablet.
  • Go to the person’s page to learn more about them.
  • See if they’ve put up any new Stories recently.
  • Please pay attention to the tags, mentions, and exchanges in their Stories.

People sometimes tag or talk about accounts they just started following in their Stories. If you pay attention to these tags or comments, you might find the accounts they are following.

Talk to the person

If you know the person well and want to know more about them, you could openly and honestly talk with them. Respectfully show your interest and ask if they can tell you about the people they’ve been following recently. Communication is very important; if you are clear about what you want, you can avoid mistakes and build trust.

Follower Notifications

Instagram might let you know when someone you’re following starts following a new account. If you have Instagram set up to send you push messages, you may get these alerts. Even though this method isn’t perfect and depends on luck, it can give you real-time information about who someone is following and who they just followed.

Remember that it is essential to put safety and permission first. Ensure you have the person’s okay whenever you want to look at their Instagram. Healthy interactions, both online and off, are built on trust and respect.


Finding out who someone just started following on Instagram can make us curious. Even though there are ways to do this, like scrolling through following lists, using third-party apps (with care), checking mutual friends’ following lists, looking at likes and comments, watching Instagram Stories, relying on follower notifications, and having open conversations; it’s important to respect privacy and ask for permission. Instagram has different privacy settings to keep users safe, and if you try to look at someone else’s behavior without their permission, you could get in trouble. Always put trust, conversation, and doing things the right way at the top of your list when using social media.