Before June 2021, you were able to see all your Instagram followers in chronological order, with the most recent followers at the top of the list.
This was helpful in many cases for both personal and business profiles. You could easily see who followed you since yesterday and follow them back.
But there were also privacy concerns as some users were using the feature to snoop around other people’s profiles and see who has been following them recently.
Starting in June 2021, you can no longer see Instagram followers in chronological order. The algorithm mixes them and shows different lists to different people.
Even if you open your or someone else’s followers list at different times, you will get a different list.
However, there are ways you can get around the new limitation. This article will help you how to see most recent followers on your Instagram.
Why Instagram Removed the Chronological Order?
Although it seems like a great feature to see your recent followers at the top of the list, it was a privacy issue for some people.
A lot of people were using this feature to keep tabs on their friends, girlfriends/boyfriends, and spouses.
Apart from the privacy concerns, the new algorithmic order also offers an alternate, supposedly better user experience, as your most interactive followers are not listed at the top.
So keeping up with the privacy trends lately, Instagram introduced a few features, including the ability to show your stories to close friends only and the chronological order of your followers.
How to see most recent followers?
Now that we know you can’t see your most recent followers inside the Instagram app or browser version, the question is, is there any other way to see most recent followers?
The answer is YES.
There are two ways you can still see your most recent followers in order. One is using chrome extension to export your followers list, and the other is using third-party apps.
Use Chrome Extension
Chrome Extensions can be used to export your followers list in CSV or Excel format. The resulting followers list will be in chronological order.
There are a lot of Chrome extensions in the Chrome web store, but the three extensions below are the most effective ones. I have used them myself and can vouch for them.
1. IGExport – IG Follower Export Tool
This is one of my favorite tools for exporting followers in chronological order. It is easy to use and has a very clean interface.
After you install the chrome extension, you can export your or someone else’s followers in just two clicks.
Once you put in the Instagram user name for which you want to download the followers list, you can click “Export Followers” and the tool will do the rest.
You will get a nice list of followers when the processing is complete (see image below). The list will be in chronological order.
The free version allows you to export first 500 followers (which is enough if you are looking for the most recent followers), but if you want more, you can buy the pro version, which will cost you $19.95 and will let you export up to 50k followers.
2. InsFo – Follower Export tool
InsFo is pretty similar to IGExport in its functioning and user interface. With a few clicks, you can download followers list as CSV and the list will be chronologically sorted.
After you install the extension, put in any Instagram username and click “Start Exporting” and the list will be exported.
With the free version, you can download the first 500 followers list, but you can get additional credit by signing up with your Gmail account.
3. IG Follower Export tool
IG Follwers Export tool is an easy-to-use Chrome extension that lets you export followers list for your own profile as well as for any public profile on Instagram.
You can download list of followers to CSV file along with helpful public metadata like profile picture, username, followers/following count, public email, and bio.
To use the extension, install it from Chrome web store and follow the following steps:
- On your Chrome browser, sign in to your Instagram account.
- Click on the extension icon in your toolbar to open a dialog window.
- Select if you want to export your own followers or any other user.
- If you want to also export metadata (name, profile pics, email etc), click “Profile” box.
- Click “Go” after you select.
- The tool will process the followers list, and you can download the data in CSV format.
With the free version, you can download the first 500 profiles that have followed you. To get more, you will have to buy the pro version, which is available for $11.98 per month.
Use Third-party Apps
Chrome extensions are probably the easiest way to see your recent followers in chronological order, but if you use Instagram on your phone and not on your PC, I have another solution.
Many third-party Instagram analytic apps let you connect your account with them and they pull data from your account and produce actionable analytics.
Brands and influencers use these apps to better understand their audience engagement.
One of the core features in these third-party apps is followers tracking which you can use to keep an eye on your followers growth.
Note: Using unauthorized apps to access your Instagram can temporarily or permanently suspend your IG account.
Below are three well-known apps that you can use for this purpose. These apps are approved by Instagram, so using them won’t get your account banned.
Iconosquare is social media analytics software for marketers. It has a lot of built-in tools to track different engagement matrices.
One of these tools is the ability to keep track of new followers.
To use the app, you must sign up for an account (14-day free trial) and connect your Instagram.
Once connected, you can go to the followers list and see all your recent followers. You can also keep track of your followers over time and track your social media progress.
Since this is an official Instagram partner company, your account will be safe when used with Iconosquare.
Snoopreport is designed specifically to keep track of your favorite Instagram accounts like celebrities, brands etc.
It allows users to see what other people on Instagram are liking and following.
It allows you to follow up to 100 profiles and see what these accounts have liked recently, who they are following and who have been following them.
You can use this tool to see your or someone else’s followers list quite easily.
Although it is designed to be a legitimate tool for social media tracking, people have been using this to keep tabs on their spouses and see who has been following them recently.
3. KidsGuard Pro
KidsGuard is a tool designed to protect kids against online harassment or misuse of social media apps.
You can install this on your Kids phone and remotely monitor all their social media activities.
One of the app’s features allows you to keep track of your kid’s Instagram followers list and check who has been following them.
The Internet is a dangerous place for innocent kids, and keeping a check on who your kids has been talking to or interacting with is of utmost importance.
There is a lot of potential for misusing this app and it has serious privacy concerns. People have been reported to install this on their spouse’s phone to check if they are cheating in their relationship. But software is as good as the people using it.
Conclusion – How to See Instagram Followers in Chronological Order?
Instagram used to show the followers list in order of when they followed the account. The most recent followers were shown on the top of the list. However, that changed in mid-2021.
Now Instagram sorts the list using a number of variables, and you can no longer see your recent followers on top.
However, there are still ways to see your list in chronological order. You can use Chrome extension to export the followers list and see them in chronological order or use analytics apps.
Is Instagram following in chronological order in 2023?
No. Instagram ended the chronological order of the followers list in June 2021. Now the list is arranged in a random order to mitigate privacy concerns.
How do I sort my Instagram followers by date?
There is no way for you to sort your Instagram followers by date. Instagram does not show the followers list in chronological order.