How to unfollow inactive Instagram users in 2018 (Updated!)

A tutorial on how to remove ghost followers on Instagram

You’re building your Instagram business, have followed and unfollowed users in their thousands. Subsequently, your numbers have grown into their thousands. But there’s a problem: as your account continues to grow, the engagement has stagnated and just doesn’t look good.

It turns out you’re following a bunch of users who, despite the fact that they followed you back, they aren’t in the least interested in your content and therefore won’t like or comment on them.

What to do?

It only makes sense to unfollow these users to make room for others because as you probably know engagement is key to your success on Instagram.

As far as I know, unless you’re following about 10 users only, it would be a daunting task to even attempt to unfollow ghost users manually. That’s where apps/software come in.

Apps that can help unfollow inactive/ghost followers on Instagram

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can use a premium app at absolutely NO COST to you, to put together a list of inactive Instagram users.

The premium app is free to download and use for 5 days (no credit card required) but we need less than a day to have our list of ghost users ready. The premium app is Jarvee currently the most advanced social media automation tool but before you go ahead and download it here’s two this that you should know:

  1. You can automate all your activities not just on Instagram but on several other platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google Plus.unfollow ghost users multiple accounts
  2. It runs on Windows but Mac users, as well as Windows users who want to automate all their activities 24/7 even when they turn off their computer, can use this tutorial on how to set up a free VPS on which to run Jarvee.

You can now go ahead to download and install Jarvee (remember we need it for just 1 day for this tutorial). Follow that guide on how to set it up and join me back here.

How to find inactive users you’re following on Instagram using Jarvee

  • unfollow inactive users instagram Once your account is set up on Jarvee, click on TOOLS, the interface should look like in the image above. Now click on the name of the account (here: Instagram Account 1). Once you do that, you should see: Ghost followers app Once you’re here, click on the Contact tab and then EXTRACT USERS. Then move to the next step.
  • contact extract inactive users Paste the following two lines in the form:
  1. likers/YourUsername
  2. commenters/YourUsername

Your account’s username goes where it says YourUsername. extract ghost users now


  • Where it says ‘Extract 82 users for rule added below‘ you’re going to put the number of followers you have. The account I’m using for this tutorial has 82 followers.
  • Now click on EXTRACT USERS.

Allow some time for the extraction process to complete. How long this will last will largely depend on the number of followers you have.

  • When it’s finished scrapping, click on the ‘Use Extracted Users’ tab. Now SELECT ALL and then EXPORT SELECTED as shown in the image below.

export extracted inactive users


A document that contains a list of users who interacted with your posts will open. Copy all the usernames and go to the ‘Unfollow‘ tab, scroll down and check Use Whitelist. Paste all usernames and click ADD USERNAMES.

whitelist non ghost users

Allow it to finish the process.

  • Check ‘Unfollow all users followed by Jarvee‘ and ‘Also target users followed from outside Jarvee‘, scroll back up and then click on START UNFOLLOW.

unfollow all inactive users

start unfollowing ghost users

With that, Jarvee will unfollow all ghost users and leave only those that interact with your content. This should help improve engagement on your posts. Also check out this tutorial on how to encourage engagement on your posts using the Like tool on Jarvee.

Until next time!

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Noah is a technology enthusiast at heart. He writes about tech, various topics trending on digital media and offers solutions to everyday gadget issues