How To Get More Instagram Followers Without Posting Pictures

How To Get More Instagram Followers Without Posting Pictures

What if you want to have a lot of followers on Insta without actually posting pictures? It doesn’t really matter if you don’t post (a lot), having a lot of followers definitely increases the credibility of your account, and it’s also pretty damn common to look at the number of followers to determine someone’s popularity.

Getting Instagram followers organically is already pretty tough, and it’s not exactly easy to grow your following to a substantial amount if you’re not publishing any content.

Maybe you’re camera-shy, just don’t like posting or you only post stories? If you don’t post any actual pictures or reels, you also can’t use Instagram hashtags which are used to find new people in the Discover section of the app.

Whatever your reason is not to post on Instagram, there are still a couple of methods you can actually have (a lot) more followers on the social network without doing anything.

Should I just buy fake followers on Instagram?

No, absolutely not! Buying fake followers goes against Instagram’s terms and conditions and will likely put your account into bad standing. Here’s how noticeable those fake followers are on TikTok, for example.

Additionally, these fake followers are usually extremely noticeable (no profile pictures, weird Instagram account handles, all from the same country…) meaning other people will definitely notice that you’ve bought those followers.

In short, Instagram followers are a complete waste of money and time. Luckily, there are ways to get genuine Instagram followers without posting, so let’s check them out!

How to get more Instagram followers without posting via Twitter

It turns out that you can use other social media platforms to get more Instagram followers with ease! Of course, it will take a little bit of work, and the whole idea of getting more Instagram followers is based on reciprocity: or in other words, Follow for Follow.

Step 1: Find people who will follow you back

What you’ll want to do is hop onto Twitter, and search for the terms “Instagram” and the #followforfollow hashtag. You’ll see hundreds of tweets of people sharing their Instagram profiles who will also follow back. This one is just an example, we’ve blurred out the details to protect their privacy:

How To Get More Instagram Followers Without Posting Pictures

Twitter is a great medium for this because most tweets are public and you can connect on there with just about anyone in just a couple of clicks.

Step 2: Follow them, send them a message on Instagram, and let them know you’re from Twitter

If someone just gets a random follower (especially in the age with tons of spam followers), chances are they won’t know that you actually want them to follow you back! That’s why we would recommend sending the people you find with the #FollowforFollow hashtag a DM on Instagram, to let them know you’re from Twitter and that you’d appreciate a follow back.

How To Get More Instagram Followers Without Posting Pictures

How to get more Instagram followers without posting via Reddit

Another absolutely brilliant source of follow-for-follow communities is the ones on Reddit, the self-proclaimed front page of the internet. If you haven’t heard of Reddit before, it’s basically a huge community that is split up into different subcommunities (or subreddits, as they like to call them). Luckily for you, there’s also a Follow for Follow subreddit (r/followforfollow) where you can gain more followers on Instagram without posting a single picture.

Tip: If Reddit isn’t loading or is loading awfully slow for you, you’re probably not alone. Reddit is actually offline often for a number of reasons we’ve explained in our article on Reddit downtime.

Step 1: Look for relevant people or accounts in the /r/followforfollow subreddit

This subreddit is heavily tailored towards Instagram users, although there will be the occasional person on there who will want to use the follow for follow or follow/unfollow method on their TikTok account.

You can also see the “Instagram” flair next to the title of a Reddit post, that way you can know for sure that these people are looking for the same thing you are: Instagram follows without necessarily posting and using hashtags in your content.

How To Get More Instagram Followers Without Posting Pictures

As you can see, a lot of these people are looking for permanent follow for follows, meaning that they don’t want either one of you to unfollow after a certain period of time. Let’s take a look at one of the posts just to give you an example:

How To Get More Instagram Followers Without Posting Pictures

Step 2: Follow them, send them a message on Instagram, and let them know you’re from the subreddit

Just like in our tip about finding #followforfollow users on Twitter, it’s a good practice to send someone a DM on Instagram after you’ve found them via Reddit – just like the example above states. Simply letting them know that you’d definitely appreciate them following back will definitely help out.

Usually, they’ll answer within 24 hours and follow you back as a thank you!

How to get more Instagram followers without posting via Facebook follow pods and engagement groups

There are dozens, if not hundreds of Facebook groups with bloggers, Instagrammers, and other creators who want to join forces and create large Instagram accounts. Some of these groups are focused on liking each others’ posts, but there are also groups out there to increase the amount of (permanent) followers.

Step 1: Find suitable Facebook groups to get more Instagram followers

Just by using the search bar, you can find a lot of groups that are just absolutely perfect for getting more Insta followers without posting. Use terms such as “Instagram”, “growth pod”, “follow for follow”, “engagement”, or “like pod” and chances are you’ll find a ton of them in a matter of minutes. Here’s an example of one of those groups, and this one even has almost ten thousand members!

How To Get More Instagram Followers Without Posting Pictures
Source: Facebook

Step 2: Respond to “Follow for Follow” posts or users and send them a message on IG

As we’ve mentioned above – most of these Facebook groups are really meant to get more likes on posts, but there are definitely follow-for-follow activities as well. It’s just a matter of looking around. Sometimes, you’ll also see that users actually mention that they #followforfollow, a perfect opportunity to get more followers, but don’t forget that you’ll have to follow them as well.

A positive thing about these Facebook groups is that there are certain rules in place and reciprocity is 100% expected. That means that you won’t deal with users who won’t follow you back (or unfollow you after a while) and things are regulated. People who break the rules are removed from the group – so you can pretty much expect not to have any issues when you’re trying to get followers via this method.

After you’re done following someone, shoot them a quick DM on Instagram to let them know you’re from the Facebook group so they can follow you back.


Can you really get more Instagram followers without posting pictures? Yes, absolutely! You don’t need to buy fake followers, but you can actually gain more real followers by finding other people who want to reciprocate under the #followforfollow philosophy. You can use other social platforms such as Reddit, Twitter, and even Instagram’s sibling Facebook to find these people and get more followers without anyone doubting their authenticity.

Further reading

Wondering what the next big thing is, and what could eventually replace Instagram? Perhaps you’re worried if Instagram will ever die out? Feel free to read our insights above.

Paul Alexander

About the author

Paul Alexander has a Master of Science degree in Communication Studies and is a licensed teacher in Flanders, Belgium. He's been passionate about writing and technology ever since he was little and has more than ten years of experience in the vastly interesting world of consumer electronics and social media. He is also the founder of

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