Instagram is one of the most engaging social media platforms we have today. Be it reading posts, seeing pictures, checking story updates from our friends and family, or watching trending reels, Instagram is the one-stop destination for everything we use social media for.
As much as the above characteristics have made Instagram more interesting and useful, one characteristic still remains at the core of the social media giant: followers.
There is no avid Instagrammer who doesn’t like followers. Even if you use Instagram through a private account, you would like to connect with people you know and care for. So, getting followers is never a bad idea.
Sometimes, though, you might notice something weird with your follow requests. Have you ever received a notification from Instagram about a follow request, but on opening the app, you found nothing?
Many users are lately experiencing this issue, so we prepared this blog to offer some help. Keep reading to discover why follow request not showing on Instagram, how you can fix this weird issue and see the invisible follow requests.
Instagram Follow Request Notification but No Request? Why?
On many occasions, your follow requests can disappear naturally without any technical glitch. The other person might have followed you by mistake or changed their mind soon after following you. In both scenarios, you might get a notification and see no requests after tapping on the notification simply because the person unfollowed you.
However, such situations are generally one-offs and only occur once in a long while. If you are getting these misleading notifications frequently, it likely indicates a bug or a technical glitch.
How can you check if these notifications are natural occurrences or glitches? A common method is logging into your Instagram account on the desktop. If you can see the follow request on the desktop but not on the mobile app, it means there is an issue from Instagram’s end. If you cannot see the follow requests on the desktop either, it likely points to a natural occurrence.
How to Fix Instagram Follow Request Notification but No Request
If you are convinced that the problem you are facing is the result of a bug in the Instagram app, it’s about time you started doing something about it. Don’t have any idea where to start? Don’t worry; we’re here to help.
Method 1: Log out of the Instagram app
First off, you can try out simple methods such as this one. Log out of your Instagram account from the app and log in again. The app will get refreshed, and you might be able to see the follow requests after logging in again.
Method 2: Switch to a public account
We know you want to keep your account private and aren’t telling you to switch permanently. You just need to go public briefly and go private again. Follow these steps to do that:
Step 1: Open Instagram and log in to your account.
Step 2: Go to your profile by tapping on your profile picture in the lower-right corner.
Step 3: In the profile section, tap on the three parallel lines at the upper-right corner and select Settings.
Step 4: The Settings page contains several options. Tap on Privacy.
Step 5: The Private Account option is at the top of the Privacy page. Tap on the slider once to turn off your account’s ‘Private’ status.
Step 6: Tap on Switch to Public to confirm. Your account will go public.
As you go public, all pending follow requests will get approved automatically. You can then check for any new followers if any.
Step 7: Close Instagram from in the foreground and background.
Step 8: Open the app again, and switch back to private.
Method 3: Uninstall and reinstall Instagram
We’re sure this step doesn’t need any explanation. Just uninstall the app and reinstall the latest version from the Play Store.
Method 4: Report the problem to Instagram
If the above solutions didn’t work for you, there is just one option left: Report the bug to Instagram. Here’s how you can do that:
Step 1: Open the Instagram app and go to your profile section.
Step 2: Tap on the three lines at the top-right corner and select Settings.
Step 3: On the Settings page, tap the Help button.
Step 4: The Help screen has four options: Report a problem, Help Centre, Privacy and security help, and Support Requests. Select the first option: Report a Problem.
Step 5: If a pop-up appears, select the last option: Report a Problem.
Step 6: On the next screen, explain the issue briefly– preferably in four to five sentences– mentioning how you get notifications regarding follow requests but don’t see any requests thereafter. Also mention that this is NOT a one-off occurrence.
Step 7: Tap on the Submit button in the top-right corner to submit the report.