Instagram is the new favourite destination for social media users, and the Facebook-owned platform is giving every reason to be so. While new features keep getting added to the platform like the IGTV long-form video support and more, another nifty feature is being tested by Instagram as we speak.

An Instagram public account is a great way to connect with new people and share all your photos and videos with the world. Celebrities, public figures, social media influencers and many others prefer having a public account to get better exposure and help fans to connect easily. On the downside (there's always a downside), public accounts can be tough to handle when it comes to monitoring followers.

Having more followers on Instagram is the goal for many, but sometimes there is an urge to get rid of some because of how they behave. Blocking a follower will do the trick, but if it feels weird to block then Instagram's new feature is here to the rescue. Another trick to remove a follower was to block him or her and then unblock her. But the final option, if nothing worked, was to turn your public account into a private one.

The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017
Instagram is getting a new featureREUTERS/Thomas White

All three methods seem too drastic for a simple task of getting rid of certain followers. It will soon change.

According to The Verge, Instagram is testing a new feature called "Remove Follower" on Android devices. The purpose of the feature is to allow account holders to manually remove certain followers without blocking or notifying them. Hence, helping users go through this simple method of removing a follower instead of jumping through hoops.

How to use "Remove Follower" on Instagram?

If you are among the lucky few who got the new feature on their Android version of Instagram, here's how you can get started.

  • Go to your profile page
  • Tap on followers
  • You'll see an icon with three vertical dots on the extreme right end of the user's name
  • Tap on it and you'll see "Remove Follower" option

With a single tap, you'll be able to remove a follower who keeps posting awkward and embarrassing comments on your posts without notifying the person. This will make it easier as you won't have to face the "why did you block me on Instagram" conversation, instead leave them puzzled on whether they were following you in the first place.

Instagram hasn't revealed when exactly it plans to roll out the feature to all of its users, but we can expect it to happen soon. This new feature follows yet another useful feature that helped users ignore people without upsetting them. Instagram rolled out "mute" feature in May as a way to stop seeing certain people's posts in your newsfeed.