How Does Instagram Suggest Friends? | 2017


How Does Instagram Suggest Friends?

If you haven't noticed on your most recent Instagram follow spree, Instagram suggests friends, users, and followers when you choose to follow someone or go to their Instagram page. But, how does Instagram suggest friends? How does Instagram suggest followers for you based on someone's profile? Does Instagram know how much you stalk Jim from sales? So, here's an investigation into how Instagram suggests friends!

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How Does Instagram Suggest Friends?

For those of you wondering how someone found you on Instagram or how Instagram suggests friends when you follow someone else, don't worry. Instagram isn't monitoring your every move. Well, kind of. The Instagram algorithm for suggested followers is always watching. Here's what determines someone's friend suggestions on Instagram:

  • If you have mutual friends/followers

  • If you have shared your phone contacts with Instagram

  • If you linked social media accounts, Instagram can find your friends from Facebook on Instagram

  • Posts you have liked

  • Similar profiles in terms of hashtags

  • Who you follow on Instagram

  • What you search on Instagram

  • Accounts that are followed by someone that you follow

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What Is The Suggested Friends Feature On Instagram?

If you're not sure what we're talking about, don't worry! Here's how to find your suggested friends. You can either go to your own profile or another person's profile to find suggested Instagram friends to follow.

  • Go to an Instagram profile

  • Find the "Follow/Following" button at the top of the profile

  • Click the arrow next to the "Follow/Following" button

  • Your suggested friends will show up

  • Happy following!

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Stop People From Seeing Suggested Followers After Following You On Instagram

Hate the Instagram follower suggestions on your profile? Well, you can opt out of the feature all-together! Nice, right? Here's how to stop people from getting suggestions to follow other people after they follow you on Instagram.

  • Go to your profile

  • Click the "person" icon on the top right

  • Select the "Edit profile option

  • Tap or click next to "Similar account suggestions"

  • Click submit

Happy following!

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Also, if you have more unanswered Instagram questions you can always go directly to the source for answers by going to Instagram's Help Center.

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