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.
To clear be clear from the very start, there’s no direct way to turn off ‘Discover People’ on Instagram as it’s a built-in Instagram feature. You can't block Instagram suggestions or prevent them from showing up in suggested friends on Instagram.
However, you can make some changes related 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:
Repeat the same steps for other people 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.
If you don’t want to be notified about new people to follow on Instagram, turn off the notifications about people you should follow, i.e., turn off ‘Discover People’ notifications.
You’ve turned off the recommended accounts or Discovery People notifications on Instagram.
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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:
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 suggestions keep coming back, so the 'Discover people' is never really gone.
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?
Often, the people recommended in ‘Discover people’ or ‘Suggested or You’ are contacts synced from your phone contact list.
To stop Instagram from syncing your phone contacts and showing them as suggested people to follow, follow the steps below:
If you want to remove the synced contacts from your Instagram account:
Although you can’t completely get rid of ‘Discover People’ on Instagram, you can control who appears on the suggested people list. You can remove individual people from ‘Discover People’ on your Instagram profile.
Also, you can turn off notifications about ‘Account Suggestions’. Additionally, you can remove people from ‘Suggested for you’ in your feed and story. After you remove someone from ‘Suggested for you’, they won’t appear as recommended people to follow.