How to Remove “Discover People” on Instagram

Ivana

6 min read

Table of Contents
  1. Can you remove the ‘Discover People' feature on Instagram?
  2. How to turn off notifications about people to follow
  3. How to remove people from ‘Suggestions for You’ on Instagram

How to Remove “Discover People” on Instagram

Have you seen the ‘Discover People’ feature on your Instagram profile? The feature is how Instagram suggests accounts of interest - users who don’t follow you or you don’t follow them, people who are in your contacts list or mutual friends.

As much as Instagram wants to help you connect with new people, the ‘Discover People’ feature may be a bit frustrating.

This is why, in this article, we’ll discuss how to remove the Discover people or people suggestions on Instagram.

Can you remove the ‘Discover People' feature on Instagram?

To clear the air at the very start, the ‘Discover People’ feature can’t be completely turned off as it’s a built-in Instagram feature.

However, you can make some changes as to who appears in the list of suggested users and how the suggestions appear to you.

To get rid of 'Discover People' on Instagram, t.e. remove certain people from the recommended accounts:

  1. Open the Instagram app.
  2. Tap on your profile picture in the bottom-right corner.
  3. Tap on the profile icon preceded by a ‘+’ next to the ‘Edit profile’ button.

Tap on the profile icon preceded by a ‘+

  1. To remove certain people from the suggestion list, tap on the ‘x’ icon in the upper right corner of the suggested Instagram account.

Tap on the ‘x’ icon to remove suggested Instagram account

Repeat the same steps for other people that you don’t want to appear in ‘Discover People’ and Instagram will no longer show them again. This way you can remove irrelevant users from suggestions.

How to turn off notifications about people to follow

If you don’t want to be notified about new people to follow on Instagram, you can also turn off Discover People on Instagram, or more precisely, turn off the notifications about people you should follow.

  1. Open the Instagram app.
  2. Tap on the profile picture in the bottom-right corner.
  3. Tap on the three-line menu in the top-right corner.
  4. Then, navigate to Settings > Notifications > Following and Followers.

Select 'Settings'

Go to 'Notifications'

Tap on 'Following and Followers'

  1. Scroll down to the ‘Account Suggestions’ section and check the ‘Off’ option.

Turn off 'Account Suggestions'

You’ve turned off the recommended accounts or Discovery People notifications on Instagram.

How to remove people from ‘Suggestions for You’ on Instagram

Apart from Discover People on your profile, another way Instagram suggests people for you to follow is in the ‘Suggestions for You’ in your feed. This is how to remove suggested users:

  1. Open the Instagram app or go to Instagram.com on a web browser.
  2. Scroll through your feed until you see a horizontal list with suggested accounts labeled ‘Suggestions for You’. It usually appears close to the top of your feed or after the first or second post. Alternatively, it appears on a user’s profile you don’t follow and whose account is private and as a ‘Suggested for Your’ story.

'Suggested for you' on Instagram web

'Suggested for you' in a user's private account

'Suggested for you' in story

  1. Swipe through the list and tap on the ‘x’ to the right of a suggested user to delete them.
  2. You can also click or tap on ‘See All’ above the list of suggested users, which will take you to the ‘Suggested for You’ page in the app or the ‘Suggested’ page on the web version.

Suggested for you - See All

  1. Unfortunately, this page will not offer the ‘x’ next to each suggested user. So if you want to remove people from the ‘Suggested for You’ list, you need to go back to the vertical list, which makes it easier to delete multiple suggested users.
  2. To remove the 'Suggested for You' in a story, tap on the three dots in the top-right corner and select 'See fewer suggestions'. This way, you'll tell Instagram that you don't want to be shown 'Suggested for You' in story.

Tap on the three dots > See fewer suggestions

Update: From recently, there’s no option to remove suggested people on the web version. You can only remove people from ‘Suggested for You’ on the app.

However, even if you delete all suggestions from the list, when you refresh the page, Instagram will keep bringing forth other suggestions to follow.

After you delete a suggested user, they won’t be suggested to you to follow anymore.

Further reading: Can I Hide My Following and Followers List on Instagram?

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