How are the followers and following lists on Instagram sorted or ordered?


How is the sort order for Instagrams followers and following lists determined?

There are lots of reason you might want to know the sorted order of your followers and following lists on Instagram. like, how does Instagram determine who's at the top of your followers list?

Good news is, that when it comes to the sort order of your Instagram followers and following lists there are only two possible ways they are sorted by Instagram.

1. If you have less than 200 friends you follow or are following on Instagram:

  • the sort order will be organized alphabetically by the name on their profile NOT their username. If they do not have a name on their profile, they will be sorted by most recent above the alphabetical list.

2. If you have more than 200 friends in your followers or following on Instagram:

  • The sort order will be organized by most recent interaction. So this means in the order in which you followed them or they have followed you.


The top account in your following or followers list on Instagram may also be influenced by the frequency that you visit or interact with an account or an account visits or interacts with you. While this is not verified yet byInstagram it seems that many Instagram users on the net have noticed this factor influence their Instagram list sorting order.

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You can find more information and questions at the Instagram Help Center.

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