Accidentally sending a follow request to the wrong person on Instagram can be a potentially embarrassing mistake. As these mistakes rack up over time, you could eventually find yourself with dozens of unapproved follow requests. The good news is that the popular photo and video-sharing social networking service allows you to cancel pending follow requests as long as you meet one obvious condition: The person you’ve sent the request to has not accepted or declined it yet.
Unfortunately, it’s not possible (at least not yet!) to remove pending Instagram requests using the Instagram mobile app, but even if you rarely use Instagram in your web browser, you won’t have any problem finding and cancelling pending follow requests thanks to our step-by-step guide.
How To Find Pending Instagram Requests
Step 1: Open Instagram In Your Web Browser
The first thing you need to do, is access Instagram’s web interface. You can do this by going to Instagram.com in any web browser either on your computer or mobile device, however doing this on your computer will be much faster and more convenient.
Step 2: Log In To Your Instagram Account
It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds for Instagram to load and greet you with a login screen. Enter your username, phone number, or email address, along with your password to login. Alternatively, you can use your Facebook account to login. If you can’t remember your Instagram password (which happens quite often), just click on “Forgot password?” to reset it.
Step 3: Open The Settings Menu
Now that you’re in your account, you need to go to the settings menu. To open the settings menu, you need to go to your profile page by clicking on your Instagram account name or picture. Then, click the settings gear icon next to the “Edit Profile” button.
Step 4: Open Privacy & Security Settings
With the Settings menu open, you need to select the fifth option from the top, called “Privacy and Security“, to bring up the privacy and security settings page.
Step 5: View Account Data
Look near the bottom of the privacy and security settings page for a section called “Account Data“. Click the “View Account Data” link.
Step 6: Display Your Pending Instagram Requests
To display your pending Instagram requests, all you need to do is click “View All” under “Current follow requests“. If you don’t have any pending follow requests, you will see the following message:
Pro Tip: You can also visit the “Current follow requests” page directly by entering the following URL in your web browser after you’ve logged into your Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/accounts/access_tool/current_follow_requests
How To Cancel Sent Instagram Requests
Now that you can see all the accounts you’ve requested to follow, it’s time to cancel them.
For some reason, Instagram doesn’t let its users remove pending follow requests from the same page where it lists them (although that would be a very useful feature). To cancel a sent request, you need to visit the profile page of the account you’ve sent the request to.
Simply copy/paste the account names in your Instagram search and unfollow them. This process might take some time, depending on how many follow requests you’ve sent out.
As you can see, finding and cancelling Instagram follow requests isn’t complicated – you just need to know where to look. If you found this guide useful, let us know in the comments below. Also, make sure to follow us on Instagram!
How To Permanently Delete Your Instagram Account
Instagram is one of the most influential social media platforms of this generation, but some would argue that its influence has been mostly negative. If you’re tired of Instagram users posting edited pictures of themselves and pretending to live a lifestyle they don’t actually live, then it might be the right time for you to permanently delete your Instagram account.
However, Facebook, the owner of Instagram, doesn’t want users to leave the platform and take their data with them. That’s why they made it unnecessarily difficult for anyone to delete their Instagram account. But don’t worry, we know exactly what you need to do to delete your Instagram account for good. Let’s get started!
Download Your Instagram Data (Optional)
Before you permanently delete your Instagram account, you might want to download a copy of your data in a machine-readable (JSON) format. That way, you can read your old posts and comments offline on your computer, which may come in handy if you ever decide to create another Instagram account. Here’s how to download your Instagram data.
- Log in to Instagram on a computer.
- Click your profile picture in the top-right corner and select “Settings”.
- Go to “Privacy and Security”.
- Click the “Request Download” link.
- Confirm your email address and click “Next”.
- Enter your Instagram password and click “Request Download” one last time.
Instagram will then take up to 48 hours to collect your photos, comments, profile information, and more before emailing everything to you.
Follow These Steps To Permanently Delete Your Instagram Account
Before we start, you need to know that it’s impossible to delete your account directly from within the Instagram app. Yes, you can technically use the app’s built-in web browser to initiate the account deletion process, but, at that point, you might as well just use a regular web browser like Chrome or Firefox.
Step 1: Go To The Delete Your Account Page
First, you need to open a web browser on your computer or mobile device and go to the Delete Your Account page. If you’re not currently logged in to your Instagram account, you will be asked to do so before you can access the “Delete Your Account” page.
Step 2: Confirm The Decision To Delete Your Instagram Account
Here’s when Instagram throws in a couple of extra steps just to make the account deletion process a bit more cumbersome. To proceed, you need to specify why you want to delete your account by picking the most suitable answer from a drop-down menu. It doesn’t really matter which answer you pick, so feel free to select anything you want.
Next, you need to re-enter your Instagram password. If you don’t remember it anymore because you’ve been logged in to Instagram for a long time, you can click the “Forget password?” button to reset it. Then, click the “Permanently delete my account” button. Finally, confirm your decision to delete your Instagram account one last time by clicking the “OK” button.
Step 3: Wait Until Your Instagram Account Is Permanently Deleted
Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t honor account deletion requests right away. Instead, the social media platform will wait 30 days before deleting your account, and there’s nothing you can do about it. What’s more, it may take up to 90 days for Instagram to delete all the things you’ve posted.
Permanently deleting your Instagram account should be a fairly easy thing to do, but if you do run into any issues, let us know in the comments below!