How to Get Rid of Ghost or Inactive Followers

Do you feel that you are not getting the engagement that you should get on your awesome posts despite having lots of followers on your profile? If your answer is yes, you might have lots of ghost/inactive followers on your profile.

What is a Ghost Follower?

A ghost follower is a person who follows your account on Instagram, and who hasn’t engaged (liked or commented) with your posts for a long time.

How to Handle Them?

If you have ghost followers on your account, the best thing that you can do is block them. Yes, it will reduce your followers count, and it is a difficult thing to do, especially if you have lots of ghost followers. But trust me, it would be worth it. After all, what’s the benefit of having followers who do not engage with your content and posts. So, don’t hesitate to remove ghost followers from your account.

How to Find Ghost Followers and Remove Them?

To identify ghost followers in your Instagram:

1.      Divide your followers into small groups.

2.      See the number of posts they have published on their profile in the past 30 days.

3.      Next, see if they have a profile picture or not.

4.      See if there is a big difference between their followers and following.

How to Remove Ghost Followers?

Once you have collected all this information, the next thing you have to do is block/remove them from your profile. Yes, it is a time-consuming process. But it will allow you to accurately assess your followers and help you identify ghost followers more accurately without losing your active followers.

However, going through all your followers and removing them can be very difficult, especially if you have millions of followers in your account. But don’t worry, we got you covered.  Many apps in the market can do this work for you in a few minutes and thus save your time and effort.  So, let’s learn about these apps.

Cleaner App for Instagram

The cleaner app for Instagram is one of the best apps for removing ghost followers from your account. Using the app, you can easily unfollow your followings, unlike your liked pictures, block ghost/inactive followers, delete posts, check you unfollow and block history, and much more. The app can be very helpful if you have a large number of followers.

Insights for the Instagram App

Insight for Instagram is a small yet powerful app that allows you to manage your relationship with your followers and also allows you to download posts and stories. Using the app, you can easily identify mutual followers, your fans, recent unfollowers, ghost followers, and unrequited followers.

Unfollow Pro for Instagram

Unfollow Pro for Instagram is another great app that you can use to unfollow people or to block your inactive/ghost/ spammy followers. Using the app, you can easily identify your unfollowers, mutual followers, and ghost followers. The app is very simple to use and is very powerful.

Followers & Unfollowers

Followers & unfollowers provides insights about your Instagram profile. Using the app, you can easily unfollow people who don’t follow you (50 people at a time), whitelist your friends and family members so that they don’t get unfollowed, and much more. The app cannot identify inactive or ghost followers. However, it can be very helpful to you if you are trying to unfollow your inactive/ghost followers manually.


Removing ghost/inactive followers can be very frustrating and requires lots of research and patience. But once you remove these ghost followers from your profile, your results and engagement rate will start increasing, which will ultimately get you lots of active followers on Instagram.

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