Why can’t I follow someone on Instagram?

+72 votes
asked Jun 1, 2018 in Computers & Electronics by Sherry (850 points)
edited Jan 12, 2019
When I tried to follow someone and clicked the blue button, it turns green for a few second, and then turns blue again. I checked and I wasn’t following them. Closing the application and retrying it doesn’t help either. I even deleted and reinstall the apps just to make sure. Nothing is working! Please help!

1 Answer

+19 votes
answered Jan 10, 2019 by Candice (690 points)
edited Mar 30, 2019 by Kris
The first thing that comes to mind when failing to follow someone on Instagram is that you’ve been blocked by the one you tried to follow. If that is the case, try asking the person to unblock you, good luck with that, treat them to something nice if you are really desperate, might be worth the effort.

On some occasion, however, the application might encounter a problem in the system, usually after you followed and unfollowed a mass of people in a short period of time. Instagram will prevent your account from doing so for a few days, since it thinks you are a “bot” designed to do so, the same kind that allows anyone to buy a service for tons of instant followers and “likes” on their account. Just wait for a few days and Instagram will sort it out, and let you follow anyone again. It’s a measure to prevent their servers from clogging up. So don’t overdo it. You can’t follow more than 7500 people too, but if that’s the case, a message will show up that says “You can’t follow any more people”.  Or try to restart your phone. That always helps on any electronic devices. If all else fail, it’s probably a temporary error that will be fixed sooner or later.
commented Apr 14, 2015 by Kaley (470 points)
edited Aug 23, 2015 by Kris
I can't follow someone on Instagram too, this is just the answer to why can’t I follow someone on Instagram!! Thanks!
commented Jan 3, 2016 by Siljo3 (100 points)
Hello, i have problem. I follow/unfollow around 8000 people, currently i am following 821 people and if i push button "folllow" it goes to green and immediatly back to blue. If I unfollow 10 people, i will Be able to follow 10 people. But this number is constatly falling. Yesterday i was able to follow till 831 people, now till 821. You think I shouldnt follow any people for a few days? Or do I have a huge amount of pending request? Please help me, Matevz
commented Feb 17, 2016 by saida (100 points)
Hi! I have the same problem as you do. Did you find out the answer? Why does this happen?
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