Ways To Make Your Crush Follow You On Instagram (17 Sneaky Ways)

Last updated on June 16, 2022 by Michelle Devani

Are you looking for subtle ways to make your crush follow you on Instagram?

Do you feel like they’ll be far more attracted to you if they see your awesome profile and stories?

That’s clever. Indeed, an attractive social media profile can be one of your strongest allies in modern dating. In fact, it’s arguably a must-have in 2021 and beyond.  

But maybe you’re not sure of a smooth way to make them follow you? Perhaps you’ve hardly spoken a word to them in real life? 

Either way, that’s not a problem that can’t be overcome. Below, I’ve published a comprehensive list of clever ways to make your crush follow you on Instagram. 

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You’ll find out who he’s messaging, what apps he’s using, and many other data points including his Instagram activity. The tool is 100% discreet, although you’ll need a few of his personal details for it to work.

With that said, let’s explore some ways to get that elusive ‘follow’.

17 Ways To Make Your Crush Follow You On Instagram

1. Know their interests

Instagram’s algorithm is such that it pairs you with people you have similar interests with. So, for instance, you are into cars but your crush is interested in fashion. The chances of him/her popping up on your timeline as suggested followers is almost nil. So get to know what your crush is interested in!

If he/she realizes you like photos related to their interests, their attention may be drawn to you. Or perhaps, you could follow people he or she follows, this will fool the algorithm into thinking that you know each other, and you may pop up constantly on his/her feed. And that is a step in the right direction.

2. Follow them

follow them

If you want someone to follow you on Instagram, well, it is only logical that you follow them first. It is quite an obvious rule on that app. That is just how it works! This is practically the first step to get your crush to notice your online presence and interest. So take a chance, and initiate the first step, you may be rewarded.

3. Alter your contents according to what they like

Some content on Instagram can be a total turn-off, including your Instagram name. Everyone loves to see something positive so try altering your feed and timeline into something uplifting, positive, or motivational. Unconsciously, your timeline says a lot about who you are and the vibe you emit. Nobody is into negative vibes so let your Instagram reflect that.

4. Acknowledge them physically

Your crush may not be following you because they may have not noticed you physically. In a world of crazy social media serial killers, it is advisable not to follow anyone who randomly follows you on the internet. I don’t think this is paranoia because some people unintentionally signed their death wishes because they just followed anyone.

However, if there is a chance that you know the person’s face, of course, you would want to follow the person, because “Hey, this is the one who spoke to me in the school canteen the previous week, let me follow back” is bound to run in your crush’s head because you acknowledged them physically.

Or maybe, because you interact with him/her physically, you could mention it in passing that you followed their account one time. It might prompt them to follow you. 

5. Text them

Shoot your shot! I am not saying go and type a long sexual message. It could make you look like a sexual predator! But do not be shy to send that DM. Instagram DMs have helped to spark a certain love interest and there have been numerous accounts of how two people became a couple because one was bold enough to send that dm.

So guys, take a risk and send a message, the worst that can happen is that you get ignored. The most important thing is that you still have life.

6. Tag them in your photos

Being tagged in someone’s photo gives the impression that “Hey you are important in my life, and I want you and the world to see this picture”. So it makes the person tagged feel included. You obviously want your crush to notice you so tag them in your photos, this will definitely draw their attention and if they are not following you, they would.

7. Like and comment on their recently uploaded photos

like and comment on their recently uploaded photos

Instagram is about the likes and comments! Quite obviously, if anyone interacts with your post, you follow them, so as to keep the likes and comments coming. I can’t be the only one in this circle. It is the same way if you comment and keep liking her recently uploaded photos, he/she may be curious and want to find out more about you.

If they like what they see on your account, you are sure to get a follow back. So don’t be stingy with your likes. But, don’t overdo it though, else it may look like stalking and bar the expected results you wanted to have.

8. Check out who they are following

Go through his/her followers list and know who they are following. For instance, if this person follows Billie Ellish, follow them too, so that you can be checking up on him/her so that you see what exactly about Billie Ellish they are into. Is it their way of dressing? Their music preference? Or maybe their classic weirdness? By following that mutual person or celebrity, you get to find out.

There is a chance you both have a mutual friend or follower; that way you have common ground, that is relatable to you both. Use that to find out more information about your crush.

9. Take advantage of your mutual friends

Holler at your mutual friends when you can. So, for instance, a mutual friend posted a picture on the platform or made a comment. Talk about how you need to catch up on the event or compliment that friend extensively, maybe bothering around the lines of flattery. It would give the impression that you two are tight, and even better, your crush is bound to see it.

It looks like a win-win situation to me. You get to score points with your friend and be that mystery guy or lady to your crush. He/she would definitely want to check your account out. Also, post a photo which features your mutual friends, I mean the ones you know so that you can post them. Be assured of a follow then, because his/her notifications would be filled with notifications about you.

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10. Know if your crush is single

Perhaps, your crush is ignoring you because he/she is not single, and would not want to make their partner uncomfortable in their relationship. So, try to gather information from their accounts whether they are in a relationship or not. Liking their photos is not enough to change their relationship status. 

 If they are in a relationship, they are bound to post their partners on their Instagram once in a while. It should be quite obvious unless you know personally that they are not from trustworthy sources.

11. Exit private mode

It is an unspoken rule that once you are on that app called Instagram and you need followers, you need to exit private mode if you have set it on private. Nobody would want to follow an account on any social media platform, especially Instagram, where the app users can’t see your photos which shows your face. It makes following quite difficult because they don’t know who they are following.

So why should they request to follow you, Your highness? In my opinion, it is something reserved for some celebrities and brand influencers, but even they don’t lock their accounts forever. So, remove your account from private to enable your crush to follow you.

12. Tag your mutual friends

tag your mutual friends

Instagram has this feature where it notifies your followers and your mutual friends especially when you tag mutual friends in your pictures. So don’t worry. Once your crush sees this notification with your mutual friend(s), that guy or girl is bound to see your lovely face and give you a follow.

13. Interact with their Instagram stories or reels

Interact with your crush's stories or reels. Instagram stories seem more personal than the posts or photos, so interacting with those gives the representation that you are interested in their lives. Reels are basically short videos. Participating in his/her quizzes, questionnaire, or giving an occasional compliment on their videos, is bound to make your crush follow you.

Instagram is all about the interactions, and once you are giving purpose to their accounts, they will reward you with a follow, and eventually a message from them. So, take a shot at interacting with their posts.

14. Do not fight under their posts, especially where they are being criticized

Everybody knows that in this life, you cannot fully recover from bad publicity, the best you can do is damage control. So save your reputation and branding by not indulging trouble makers on that app, especially under your crush’s posts. While you may think yourself a hero for getting back at his/her haters, you just blew your cover. 

You made it too obvious you have an interest in that person, for all you know it could have been friendly banter. Fighting under your crush’s posts presents you as not having anything worthy to do, so you stalk his/her account and get back at internet bullies. The truth is internet bullies will always exist, and there is nothing you can do about it. 

Now, you look like a stalker, and your crush would not want to follow you. So be gentle, you can fight all their battles for them. Be cool.

15. Like their older posts

Liking their older posts is a message in itself. This should probably be the last approach to get them to notice you. This is a subtle way of letting them know that they are still around. Perhaps, they were not intentionally ignoring you. So, once they receive notification of someone liking their older posts, they are bound to visit your account and follow you.

16. Make your profile appealing

Another way to make your crush follow you on Instagram is to present your profile in an appealing manner. Your crush may not be following you because your account looks so messed up and off-putting. It goes a long way to tell about yourself and he/she may not like what they may be seeing.

So, your ill-managed account may be blocking your chance of ever getting into his/her inbox. It is best if you do something about it. Make your profile appealing and you might just get that DM.

17. Slide into the DM

slide into the dm

It takes great courage to give that crush an inbox, even using the front door of being a follower, how much more using the back door called the DM. Instagram is like a house. Once you identify as a stranger, you use the formal front door route until you are considered familiar enough to use the backdoor route.

The DM is reserved for the homies, buddies, and family. So, giving him or her a message without using the proper route is likely to get the door slammed in your face. Or, maybe you will be invited to have a chat, out of curiosity maybe. Nevertheless, your message is one quick way of making your crush check out your account. And if he/she is interested in you, you will get that quick follow, if she doesn’t, well the message is quite clear. They are not interested.


What does it mean if your crush follows you on Instagram?

It could mean a number of things. It could mean that they are interested in being friends with you, or even more. It could also mean that they recognized you from wherever and want to keep up with what is going on with you from a distance. It could also mean that they were on the following spree.

Is it weird to follow your crush on Instagram?

Not at all. You just want to know what is happening in their lives and see pictures of them. Being interested in anyone’s life does not equate to being weird.

How do you make your crush jealous on Instagram?

These ways are bound to make your crush jealous on Instagram: Be flirty with someone else, post thirst traps, act like you don’t care about them, ignore their messages but post on your story, take pictures with cute people, usually of your opposite gender and lastly, talk about all of your outings with the opposite sex.

This will make your crush more aggressive in his pursuit of you. So yeah, stunt on them if you have to.

How do you get your crush's attention on social media?

Comment on their posts and compliment them where possible, send them funny messages, be friendly, be yourself, keep the conversation going, quickly reply where possible to show your interest in the conversation. Also, invest in a phone with good camera quality, so that you can take nice pictures for your social media platforms.

What does it mean if your crush looks at you?

If your crush looks at you more than is expected, it is very possible he likes what he is seeing, and is attracted to you.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, these are some guiding steps to get your crush to follow you on Instagram. Any of these ways prove that you have an interest in your crush’s life. So, they are definitely bound to produce results. Try them and you won’t regret it.

Let me know how it goes, tell me your experiences in the comments. Someone needs this, so don’t forget to share!

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Michelle Devani
My name is Michelle Devani, and I've been helping people with their relationships since 2003. In 2017 I decided it was about time I started a blog on the topic, and since then more than 2 million people worldwide have read my relationship advice. Drop me a comment below to let me know what you think.

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