How to See Sent Requests on Instagram iPhone?

– Shashank Chauhan


Navigating social media platforms can sometimes feel like maneuvering through a labyrinth, especially when trying to manage your connections. Instagram, as one of the most popular social networking apps, is no exception. Have you ever wondered how to see who you’ve requested to follow on Instagram, particularly if you’re using an iPhone? Or perhaps you’ve changed your mind about some of those follow-up requests and want to cancel them?

In this blog, we’ll guide you through these processes with a step-by-step approach, making it easy for you to manage your Instagram interactions.

How to See Who You Requested to Follow on Instagram (Step-by-Step Guide)

  1. Launch the Instagram App: Begin by opening the Instagram app on your iPhone.
  2. Access Your Profile: Tap your profile icon located in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  3. Navigate to ‘Your Activity’: Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top-right corner. From the menu, select ‘Your activity’.
  4. Request Your Data: Here, you need to tap on ‘Download your information’.
  5. Enter Your Email: You will be asked to enter an email address where Instagram can send your data. Enter it and then tap ‘Request Download’.
  6. Confirm with Password: Enter your Instagram account password for verification and then tap ‘Next’ in the top right corner.
  7. Check Your Email: After a short while, you’ll receive an email from Instagram titled ‘Your Instagram Information’.
  8. Download the Information: Tap on ‘Download information’ in the email.
  9. Log in via Safari Browser: This link will redirect you to the Safari browser. Enter your password again and tap ‘Login’.
  10. Download the File: Tap ‘Download information’ again in the browser.
  11. Locate the Downloaded File: Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone, scroll down, and select ‘Safari’. Note the location next to ‘Downloads’.
  12. Access Files App: Now, open the ‘Files’ app on your iPhone.
  13. Navigate to Downloads: Under ‘Locations’, tap the folder where Safari downloads are saved, as identified in Step 11. Usually, it’s ‘iCloud Drive’.
  14. Unzip the File: In ‘Downloads’, tap the downloaded zip file to unzip it.
  15. Explore the Unzipped File: Open the unzipped folder.
  16. Find Pending Follow Requests: Inside, look for a file named ‘followers_and_following’. Open it and tap on ‘pending_follow_requests’.

How to Cancel All Sent Follow Requests on Instagram

  • Select Usernames from the List: Tap on any username in the list to open their profile in the Instagram app.
  • Confirm Opening Instagram: A prompt will appear asking, “Leave Files and open this link?”. Select ‘Open’.
  • Cancel the Follow Request: On the user’s profile, tap where it says ‘Requested’ to cancel the following request.


Managing your digital footprint on social media is crucial in this interconnected world. By following these steps, you can easily keep track of whom you’ve requested to follow on Instagram and cancel any pending requests you no longer wish to maintain. This enhances not only your online privacy but also helps in curating your social media experience to better suit your interests and connections. Remember, staying informed and in control of your social media interactions is key to a positive online experience.

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