How To Disable Similar Account Suggestions On Instagram Profile

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If you haven’t observed the Instagram Suggested users drop-down arrow when you visit someone’s Instagram profile or vice versa then this article will let you know about it. Also, you will get to know how to turn off Instagram Similar Account Suggestions on your profile and at the same time stop your account from being suggested on profiles of others.

Before starting, let us explain which drop down we’re talking about. Visit your Instagram profile on the app from your friend’s account. Now, notice a downward arrow button to the right of the Follow/Following and message button. The drop-down is shown on your Instagram profile when someone visits it. It shows similar accounts to yours to anyone who visits your profile and taps on the drop-down icon.

Instagram similar account suggestions

Similar Account Suggestions is an Instagram feature that gives you suggestions to follow other similar accounts based on the Instagram profile you followed. It is, of course, useful as it makes sure that you follow users that are relevant to your profile or interests. Moreover, you can get additional followers and reach as it suggests your profile on other users’ profiles.

However, if you don’t want your account to be suggested on anyone else’s Instagram profile then you can do it. This will also remove account suggestions for other users on your profile. Here’s how.

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Turn Off Similar Account Suggestions On Instagram Profile

Note: Before proceeding, please note that, if you turn off a Similar Account Suggestions option on your account then your account will also not appear as a suggestion on others’ Instagram profile.

Similar to blocking access to third apps on Instagram turning off suggested users for the Instagram profile can be done only from the Instagram website on desktop and not from the mobile app.

  1. Go to Instagram from your Windows PC or Mac. Log into your account if you haven’t already.
  2. Click on the Profile icon at the top right corner.
  3. Under your Profile select Edit Profile.
  4. Under the Edit Profile Section at the bottom, you will find Similar Account Suggestions. Uncheck the box next to it.
disable similar Instagram account suggestions

5. Click on Submit to save the changes in Settings.

With this, the suggested arrow is removed from your Instagram profile.

stop your account from being suggested on Instagram

Now, users can’t get to know similar accounts to yours and your account won’t be suggested on others profile.

How Does Instagram Suggest Similar Accounts?

Have you ever wondered how actually does Instagram Suggest Similar Accounts on your profile? To understand this you will have to understand Instagram’s suggestion algorithm. There are a set of rules which determine similar account suggestions on Instagram. An account will be suggested on your profile as a similar account if:-

  • You have liked similar posts or have followed similar accounts on Instagram.
  • You have linked your Facebook account on Instagram, then it suggests your Facebook friends as similar suggestions.
  • Your Instagram searches are similar.
  • Your profile is similar to someone in terms of hashtags.
  • you have given your contacts access to Instagram. Then by scanning their database, they suggest your contacts (who have an Instagram account) as a similar account on your profile.

So, these are some rules that Instagram keeps in mind before it suggests similar accounts.

Also Read: What Is Your Instagram User ID?


We hope all your queries about Instagram suggestions are solved with this article. Now you can turn off Instagram similar account suggestions if you don’t want to show similar accounts on your profile to anyone who visits it. Also, you can stop your account from being suggested to others.

If you have other problems with Instagram, like not being able to post photos, check our blog for more tutorials.

If you face any trouble then you can let us know in the comments below.

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Hemant Mendiratta

Hemant Mendiratta is a passionate tech blogger, avid gamer, and social media guru who keenly monitors useful apps and gadgets. He is the ideator of our Instagram tool StoryHoot which allows watching Instagram stories anonymously. You can connect with him on: Facebook, Twitter.

15 thoughts on “How To Disable Similar Account Suggestions On Instagram Profile”

  1. It’s still crazy after all these years! Whether the box is checked or unchecked, it does not work to get rid of that list which takes up a quarter to a third of my screen. I don’t want Instagram’s “Suggestions for You”, but I’ve seen the solution you give also from others and …it just does not work, even when I restart. Sorry…but I’m frustrated to the hilt! Any current enlightenment here? Help!

  2. Hey!
    Not sure if you are still answering questions on this? But I checked the box to be suggested and everytime I go back to my profile hasn’t changed? And when I go back to my settings it is magically unchecked again?

    Anyway to fix this?


  3. I have tried your suggestions many times without any success. How can I contact instragram for their assistance. I really don’t want my name to appear on anyones suggestion list nor do I want to receive any suggestions for followers. So irrating.

  4. I know this is an old thread but I cannot turn off suggested users. I go to desktop app and do as instructed and uncheck the box. I log out log back in and the tick comes back. Incredibly frustrating. Have tried different browsers still no joy. Have you any ideas on what to do? Cheers

  5. Hey, is there a way we can change those suggested people? Can I somehow manipulate the people I want suggested on my profile?

  6. Hi
    Just read your bio and it says you are enthusiastic about helping people with tech stuff. Can you help me please to resolve an Instagram problem? I have tried to contact Instagram via Twitter and via Report A Problem on my phone but have had no reply, despite trying numerous times.

    I am having problems with the latest version of Instagram on my iPhone and was looking for articles on your site to see whether there would be anything helpful. I used to have the older version and wish now I had not updated to the newer one because I find it very difficult to work with it.

    The main problem is that when people like or comment on my posts, I used always to see these individually in a list. Now, as soon as I click on someone’s profile who liked my post or commented in order to reciprocate or reply, the list immediately disappears instead of staying as it used to in the older version of Instagram. When this list jumbles up, it shows up as Seen and New under YOU. Instagram must think I am a computer because there is NO WAY I can see and remember all the people who have seen my posts in one short glance. Anyway, the only way I have then to go to and these new likes and comments is to go through all my posts – usually the most recent – and try to see which likes are most recent in order to like their posts back. On top of this, the new likes are not shown in chronological order under individual posts, so I cannot even remember who has just liked my posts and which were older.

    This is driving me crazy as it is taking too much time. In the past, the list used to be static and new likes were added above.

    I was speaking to another Instagrammer and he does not have this problem with one of his accounts but DOES have this problem with a smaller Instagram account. However, he did not know how to help me.

    Can you help please? I would be happy to contribute something towards your time and efforts if the cost wasn’t prohibitive. I think I would prefer to downgrade Instagram on my phone but cannot find a way to do so. Otherwise, I’d really appreciate it if help can be had for sorting this main problem out.

    Other things I do not like are Suggestions. How do I get rid of these? If I want to look for something, I would prefer to look for that something on my own.


    • Hi Janz,
      Yes, the way notifications are being shown have changed and I am also experiencing it on all my Instagram accounts. I cannot be of much help here.
      For the search suggestions, you can clear them using the steps mentioned here –
      If you meant suggestions for similar accounts on your profile then you can turn them off using the method given in this article –

      I hope this helps you.

      • Hi
        Just to let you know that I also tried to get rid of suggestions before asking on this forum. I tried it a few times, including waiting more than 24 hours for it to work. It did not work. Have you any more ideas of how to get rid of them?
        By the way, do you still have that problem with the likes? Mine remains the same. Aargh!

        • Hello,
          Unfortunately, the notifications for likes still remains the same for me too.
          For account suggestions under my profile, I am able to disable/enable them.
          Maybe you are talking about some other suggestions I am not quite sure.


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