Instagram is one of most popular social media apps where people can select from numerous appealing filters for their images and videos and share them instantly after applying the selected filter.
There are many other exciting features available on Instagram like the business tool, which can be used for business promotion and marketing purposes.
Another feature of Instagram which attracts people is that they can create multiple accounts on Instagram and use them for personal or business account according to their desire.
Like other social media apps, Instagram also allows its users to follow each other’s accounts. People love to follow the Instagram accounts of their celebrities or brands as well.
So it is a greater chance that someone might create a fake account for any celebrity or someone you might know, and you unknowingly start following them. Same is the case with the followers.
There are followers of your Instagram account who are not there to like/comment on your Instagram post, but they kind of spy on you and keep an eye on your activities. Such ghost followers can potentially harm your privacy and even delete your account intentionally.
There are many ghost accounts active on Instagram nowadays and such social media users register themselves on the app just to follow the accounts of active users.
These ghost accounts don’t take part in social activities available on Instagram, like making a comment or like some photo rather they mess with their accounts unknowingly and post from their accounts which can potentially disturb the privacy of the accounts’ holders.
They can damage the account by reducing engagement activities. They never buy any services as their actual purpose is adding spams and pumping over other user’s reputation.
Beware of Ghost Followers on Instagram:
The account which seems suspicious with a large number of followers without any recent activity might be a ghost account and can deteriorate your account.
How to identify the ghost followers:
Instagram has its own policies to clean up the application and remove ghost accounts, in order to make the environment safe for its active users. However, the active users can identify ghost followers themselves and get rid of them promptly.
Block the accounts which seem ghost accounts
An instant way to get rid of fake accounts ghost followers is to check the profiles of your followers and analyze their engagement on their Instagram profile.
You can check when last time they uploaded any image or video on their own profile and how much active they are on their account. If you see no recent activity and the last posting was done 3 or 4 months back, then those accounts might be ghost accounts.
Easy steps to block the unwanted or ghost followers on Instagram
Go to your Instagram profile by entering your login information and check your followers in the “Followers” tab to see the list of all the accounts, who are following you.
If you can identify some unknown followers or you don’t want someone to check your posts or news feed, then go to his profile and look for arrow icon on the top right of his profile.
You will get an option to block the account. Click that option and a notification will appear to confirm, if you are sure to block or dismiss that account.
Once you block the ghost follower account, he will not be there on your follower’s list and he will also not be able to:
- Search for your profile using the search bar
- Access your photos or videos and see likes/comments on those images/videos
- See the previously liked images/videos before being locked
Sometimes you are still able to see the deleted followers in your list and their accounts are not gone. This might happen due to the caches of Instagram on your device.
In such case, you can either clear your cache and open your Instagram profile again, or you can just wait for few days to get the changes effective on your account.
Crowdbabble: An affordable app that can assist you in getting a complete list of followers and sort them accordingly.
If you have a thousand numbers of followers and you cannot just check each one’s profile then Crowdbabble is your solution.
This app allows you to download a complete list of all your Instagram account followers by just filling a form after paying for their required fee. Although it is not a free app, yet it is one of the affordable solutions with effective results.
The Download All Instagram Followers form of the Crowdbabble mainly requires your email address and Instagram username to provide you the required list in Excel, CSV or both.
Once you get the CSV list containing the detailed information about your Instagram followers, you can filter out the ghost accounts easily, and block them as mentioned above.
Crowdfire app: Another manager for your Instagram and twitter account
Mostly people use Crowdfire and many other apps to increase their no. of followers on their Instagram or twitter accounts. The best feature of the Crowdfire app is that it can give you an insight of the activities of the followers on your account.
In this way, you can instantly check the ghost users, who are in actual inactive users on Instagram and get rid of them instantly.
IGExorcist: the free tool to come to your help
IGExorcist is a free tool which helps to check the empty followers who are following you. These accounts remain inactive but can damage the privacy of the account.
This app helps users to get rid of them and save their accounts from the destructive activity. The app works on the following principle that it cross-check the account which is followed and interact with them in past 300 days.
The user needs to sign-in its Instagram account through IGExorcist website and allow to access by putting the Instagram account in it. After that user needs to click the Request Rebuild button.
By following this process user is able to view the list of accounts which are inactive.
The app checks your follower’s list thoroughly to extract suspicious followers which are following you. The request might take some time if other requests are already present in the queue.
The criteria which this app follows to eliminate ghost followers is that the app check the accounts which are following you but you are not followed them.
The accounts which followed you but don’t like or comment since last 300 days are considered as empty accounts. The app applies a filter on this criteria to remove ghost followers and doesn’t remove good accounts or accounts which user follow.
The app allows you to delete any account from the list which you considered as inactive with you. In default settings all the inactive follower’s delete but a user can protect any account by simply clicking on account picture.
The app catches that accounts which start following you but don’t have any integration i.e. liking or commenting.
InstaGhost app will give you the option to eliminate the Instagram ghost followers
InstaGhost app recently launched by the developers assists to identify ghost users on the basis of the recent activities of the followers. If any follower is inactive for long or he has stopped liking or commenting on your posts, then this app will identify it as a ghost follower.
Also if some follower has no recent activity or post on his profile, he will be counted as a ghost by the InstaGhost app. One attractive feature of this app is that it can eliminate the ghost followers for you after identifying them.
The InstaGhost app can tell you the analytics of how many followers are ghost on your Instagram account. It also tells you the percentage of the followers in your contact list.
However, the major drawback of this app is that you can’t actually see the profiles of the ghost followers. So you might not be aware of the followers who are inactive. The developers should look into this matter to make this app more useful for the Instagram users.
Followers+: Another handy app to give you all the analytics of your followers
Using this app, you can scroll through your followers list to analyze their activities in the recent times. This displays the total likes of your followers, photos posted by them in a week, likes their uploaded photos, fame and acclaim values.
In this way, you can visualize the statistics to identify which users are not active and they might be ghost users. So, you can easily identify them and delete them instantly.
Although these apps are very useful with their features to identify the unwanted or ghost accounts which could cause harm to the privacy of your account, yet these apps cannot be fully trusted in their identification.
Since, there might be a possibility that all these accounts which are extracted by these apps are not fake accounts.
The user needs to verify the list of ghost accounts before clicking the deletion button. Some people merely use a Twitter account just to follow news and sports.