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What Does it Mean When the Following Button is Green on Instagram?

Have you seen some profiles on Instagram that have a green following button and wondering what that is supposed to mean? 

Normally, when you follow someone on Instagram, the following button won’t appear in green color. However, in a particular case, the following button somehow appears in green. 

By the end of this article,  you will surely understand why the following button appears in green in certain profiles and why Instagram makes it that way.  

Without any delay, let’s dive right in. 

What Does it Mean When the Following Button is Green on Instagram?

Here’s the thing, when you see the following button appears green on someone’s profile, that means they are one of your close friends on Instagram.  

That is to say, the green following button indicates that you have added them to your Instagram Close Friends. Anyone that is not part of your Instagram Close Friends, the following button won’t be in green color.

green following button

Now you know the reason behind the green following button on Instagram. So what can you do if you don’t want someone to be on your Instagram Close Friends list anymore?

The step of removing is quite simple. All you need to do is to click on the following button in the person profile and remove them from the “Close friends” option. Once you do this, the person will no longer be on the list, and the following button will no longer appear in green.  

How to Add Someone to Your Close Friends List?

Adding someone to your Instagram Close Friends is simple. The same as removing from Close Friends, you need to go to the person’s profile, tap on the “Following” button,  then select “Add to Close Friends List”.

Right after you do that, the following button on that person’s profile will automatically turn green. Remember, you can only add someone into your Close Friends list when you already follow them.  

Here is the summarize step-by-step guide on how you can include someone into your Close Friends List on Instagram:

  1. Go to the person’s Instagram profile 
  2. Follow their account by tapping on the follow button.
  3. Tap on the “Following” button and you’ll see a drop-down menu 
  4. In the drop-down menu, tap “Add to Close Friends List”

As already mentioned, you need to be a follower of the person before trying to add them as Close Friends. So what if they have set their Instagram account as a private account? Can you just add them with the same step? 

Unfortunately, in this case, you will have to wait for them to approve your following request to continue with what you intend to do. Only when they have approved the request will you be able to add them to your Close Friends list. 

The whole purpose of Close Friends is to allow you to share your Instagram stories only with a group of selected people. That is to say, whenever you post a story and select “Close Friends”, only people in the list can view your story. 

Hence, if you want to share your Instagram stories only with certain group of people, you can do that by adding them to your Instagram Close Friends list. 

Whenever you make and share a story exclusively to your Close Friends, people inside the list will see a green ring around your story. 

How to Know if You are Close Friends with Someone?

How to know if someone you are following also follows you and has added you to their Close Friends list. The same as when you add someone as Close Friends, when they added you as their Close Friends, they will see a green following button on your profile. 

Close Friends With Someone

However, this information is only accessible from their end. The only way for you to know if they included you in the Close Friends List is by their Instagram stories. 

If you saw a green ring around their Instagram stories, this indicates you’re part of the list. As previously mentioned, the green ring around story means the posted stories are exclusively for Instagram Close Friends. 

If you don’t see a green ring around that person’s Instagram story, it can mean two things:

  1. They haven’t added you as their Close Friends on Instagram
  2. They haven’t yet posted any stories specifically for their Close Friends

Why Can’t You Follow Someone on Instagram?

Not being able to follow someone is a common problem on Instagram. Instagram has set a limit on how many people you can follow per day. 

Thus, one of the reasons why you are unable to follow someone is that you might have hit your daily follow limit. Or, another reason could be that person has blocked you – maybe they liked a photo accidentally and blocked you immediately (Ouch!). 

If you are encountering a problem in following someone and confident above reasons are not the reasons for the error, you can try below tips to see whether it solve your problem:

  • Restart Instagram and check your follow list
  • Try again after rebooting your internet device
  • Restart your device, connect to the internet, and hit the follow button

What Does a Green Dot Indicate on Instagram?

We know that the green following button on a profile means they are your close friend. But, what about the green dot that you see while talking to someone in the Direct Message? 

Well, that’s how you know whether someone is online or not. The green dot indicates the person is currently online. Thus, if they are not replying to your messages even with the green dot showing, you’ve got a bone to pick with them. 

However, it doesn’t work on every profile. You will only be able to see the green dot when both of you are following each other. Besides, you will need to have message exchanges first in order to see the green dot. 

Final Thoughts

Following Button Is Green

Everyone have their own close friends. If your close friends are on Instagram too, you can actually create a separate list for them. 

Here is how you can add someone as a close friend on Instagram. 

  • Go to your friend’s profile and make sure you follow them
  • Click on the following button
  • Just click on “Add to Close Friends List” 

To know whether if someone is on your Closer Friends list, you can confirm it by seeing a green following button on that person Instagram profile. 

Unfortunately, you are unable to know if someone added you on their Close Friends list. The only way to know is by observing their stories.

Whenever a story is shared only to people that inside the Close Friends list, the posted story will surrounded by a green circle. Hence, if you notices green circle around your friends story, that means you are on their Close Friends list. 


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