โœŠ Actions Blocks, Limits & Human Behaviour ๐Ÿคฏ

This article was updated at 7th September 2019 17:52:00 GMT+1

Instagram has changed since we all started botting back in 2013. Each year Instagram has become smarter, detecting bots and automation system to prevent spam from going into their network. If you are curious about how the whole thing works, you can have a 10-15 minutes read with this official article made by them at 2017-2018. Click here to read the Press Article. In the following article, we will explain how you can avoid action blocks and what the current limits ( or we think so!). Instagram marketing must adapt, and users must understand nothing stays still

This article is a MUST read! Especially after the latest updates from June, please make sure to read the WHOLE article and follow the instructions carefully.

1 - ๐Ÿค” Main reasons why actions get blocked

Here we will describe what we consider the "main" reasons why your accounts are getting blocked on not performing well, in fact, no one knows what's actually behind their security system, so once we have more relevant information, we will update this FAQ as we find it. But we know there are 3 big roles : Proxies, Authority and Emulation/Events.

1.1 - โ›‘ Going over the daily limits

This is a common mistake, a lot of users want to do the maximum actions per day so they can benefit and quickly raise their followers and likes. Instagram will let you do it, and silently block you after a few days. If you are getting a block by Liking, Following or commenting too fast it is highly likely that your account has already been flagged, the block is just an additional alert to prevent you from going further. If you think carefully who the hell follows manually 600 users per day during 7 days and repeat this over and over? This will obviously trigger their AI Systems and throw a flag on your account, result in an action block later on.

Please keep in mind that you SHOULD use the scheduler to keep your activity as real as possible while in the same time keep your accounts off of the radar, an excellent practice would be: having days that you can schedule your account to work more, while other days make your account work less. Like a real person sometimes you have time to check some photos, sometimes you don't, so let's keep this as much real as possible.

Follows/Unfollow Limit/Threshold - 100-150 per day
Likes Limit/Threshold - 100-350 per day
Comment Limit/Threshold - 30-40 per day

Bellow, you will find a chart made actually by Instagram, describing what they consider a regular follow by a regular user, and what actual bots and abusive users does.

Instagram Tests on Follow Blocks

1.2 - ๐Ÿ“ก Bad, Flagged & Main Stream Proxy Providers

We all know when managing a lot of Instagram accounts or even if only 10 we need proxies, this is one of the main reasons that can impact your Account Performance and so contribute the action blocks as well.

Most of the standard bots will include free proxies, this is not a good practice at all because, in fact, you have no control over where the traffic is going. Let's say you are from USA, but the proxy is from Dubai, weird isn't it? Instagram obviously will detect these locations jumps, and obviously put a little flag on your account so their AI systems will perform additional checks into your account. Let's start by avoiding this and having a proxy closer to your actual account location.

Most of the users are lazy enough to get proxy providers that appear on #1 page of Google Results, this is obviously what most of the people do, they visit Google or Blackhatworld and find a proxy provider that quickly delivery your sweetie proxies.

THIS IS A BAD PRACTICE since many years we have been recommending our costumers to have a look into less popular proxy providers, this will give you a chance NOT to be associated with accounts that are probably spamming, promoting adult and so on. On IGERSLIKE, we have a few recommendations of proxy providers that we work from the past years, but feel free to find one that actually works for you.

One thing you should consider is using Residential Proxies or 4G Proxies, those are actually more expensive but worth the money, since your account will actually run in a legit IP Range.

You may also visit our PROXIES Page to get more proxy providers for Residential Proxies or even learn how to create. your OWN 4G Proxy from your local connection.

Let's say the proxy provider gives ONE proxy that is: 192.168.1.1 but in the same time the proxy provider sells the 192.168.1.2, and the second address is actually spamming the hell out and promoting adult. Since you are on the same subnet as this user, Instagram will usually consider you dangerous, because it's evident that you are the other user are coming from the same network, this is always a great thing to avoid and should REALLY improve your blocks.

1.3 - ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Aggressive, Popular & Obvious Methods

A lot of people roll on the most basic methods, let me guess? Follow + Unfollow all day long? Targetting a user with a ton of users you want to focus and like their follower's pictures? Yeah if you are included in this methods, this is definitely for you!

โ†’ Follow + Unfolllow

It's evident that if you are following a ton of users daily and in the next day or same day you are unfollowing them, you are desperate to get followers ASAP, this a NO go in the current days and will obviously flag your account in a short period. Follow + Unfollow method is more than exploited since the begin of Instagram, maybe its time to re-think your target strategy?

โ†’ Target users with a high Followers Count

If you read the article provided by Instagram mentioned in the top of this article, you will see that they also watch for specific patterns when it comes to botting, one common mistake between people using automation is targetting the same users on their niche. Usually, users with high Followers count so they can get the maximum amount of users without switching their targets often. Yeah, how about to re-think your target users and probably add more users but less popular users that are still on your niche?

โ†’ Spamming Direct Messages ASAP

If from one day to another your account starts checking your direct message inbox every 2 minutes and in same time sending the similar message over and over to non-related users, this is also a common tactic used, please try to avoid it or if you do it, please consider adding a nice pause between sending messages a do it slowly.

1.4 - ๐Ÿ‘บ Low Account Authority

One of the facts that have really HIGH relevance is the account authority, as explained in this article a lot of points contribute to account authority, here we will show some of the facts that help to improve your account authority:

Following a lot of users and doesn't have many followers
Not having a lot of pictures, low-quality content or duplicated content
No profile Picture
Only does follow + Direct Messages
Logged in Multiple Devices + Proxies
The account does activity non-stop 24/7
Target users with high Followers Count

2 - ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Steps to Bypass and Prevent from Being Blocked

Our team is continuously working on Updating our tools, so far we have added additional measure to prevent this blocks from happening, and we still have a lot of work on our way, here we will explain what is already added and what's being added in the future :

2.1 - โ›“ Adjust your Auto Stop & Pause Settings

IGERSLIKE has a unique system to adapt and react when your account gets blocked from performing an action ( formerly known as Feedbacks ). This is very important to use, especially if you are going over the limits or getting blocks often. Please visit your Configure Page under " Like, Follow -> Auto Pauses & Stops " as shown on the screenshot below and check the recommended values:

Pause on Feedback = 86400 ( 1 day ) - This will pause your task for 24 hours once we get a feedback error. Adjust this value as you wish, we recommend breaking AT LEAST 24 hours.

Max Feedback Errors = 1 ( Time(s) ) - Limit of Feedbacks in a 24 hours period. After Instagram Blocks ONE action, we will pause the account for a certain time ( a value that we will explain below ).

Feedback Pause after Limit = 48 ( Hours ) - After the Max Feedback Errors is reached we will pause the account for 48 hours to avoid more blocks.

Visit your Account Configure Page

Click the Auto Stops & Pauses Tab

Set the Recommended values & save

2.2 - ๐Ÿ“ฑ Reset Device, Change Proxy & Start Fresh

If you are able to do actions on your phone , but the actions through the automation tool are getting blocked, this method is for you. This is method should only be used if you have tried everything, but you are still getting blocked!

Why should this method work? Because usually if you can perform actions from your device is highly likely that your proxy + device combination is already flagged on Instagram, so here we will start "fresh" with a new device and a new proxy. This will trick Instagram into thinking you are actually using a new phone with a fresh/virgin IP. Its HIGHLY recommended to use a Residential Proxy, since the last update most of the standard proxy providers and datacenter proxies are blocked or flagged.

Please keep in mind this should be done AT ONCE failing to reproduce the correct steps might leave footprints, and the blocks can come again. The first step would stop all activity and switch the proxy

2.2.1 - ๐Ÿ›‘ Stop your Current Activity

If you have activity currently running its important to stop all activity and let it finish any pending tasks that are currently running if you see any "Pause" icons are you also ready to go and you should not worry about. Your dashboard should look as follows :

Activity Stopped

2.2.2 - ๐Ÿ”„ Switch your Account Proxy

After you have stopped all your activity the next step is to switch your proxy, please kindly click the " Edit Account " Button located in your Account Dashboard or Accounts Page. If you don't have yet a proxy, please visit the Proxies Page to get Purchase one from our Partners or Learn how to create your own proxy with our proxy app.

Replace your Proxy

2.2.3 - ๐Ÿ—ƒ Reset your Device

After you have switched your proxy, its time to reset your device, resetting the device will require your account to Login again, please have your e-mail or phone number on hand in case it's necessary to perform a checkpoint again, most of the cases it doesn't. Select your account or accounts from the accounts page and from the Actions menu click "**Change Device**", this method will reset all the device info and start fresh. Check the screenshot below to learn how to reset your device.

Changing the device for Instagram Account

2.2.4 - โ›ฝ๏ธ Reset your Session ( Recommended )

The reset device method is a bit aggressive if you do it often, we have discovered that usually resetting your session might be helpful to clear your temporary action blocks. This new feature basically does Logout and Login to your account ( like you were doing it from your phone), clearing & renewing your session without go threw any checkpoints, while keeping the same device details. You can find this option from your Accounts Page actions and on the "More" menu next to your account. The screenshot below shows examples for doing it in Bulk & Single Account and also how to automate it.

Reset the Session for Multiple Accounts

You may also automate the session Reset on your Task -> Auto-Pauses & Stops -> Feed Back & Blocks
Where you can choose if it should reset when a block takes place and the maximum amount of logins that can be done in a 24 hours period.

Automate the Session Reset ( One-Tap Logins ) on Feedback Section

2.2.5 - ๐Ÿšฆ Adapt Settings on Action Block ( Auto )

We have recently added a feature that can help you to avoid blocks and adapt your account settings when Instagram tells you to slow down. You can find this feature under EACH task type in the " Auto Pauses & Stops Tab > Feedback & Action Blocks " in the following example show on the screenshot we have configured the React to Blocks for the Liking Task.

Once your Limit of Actions blocks in the last 24 hours has been reached and the React to Blocks is turned on, we will update the account settings with the ones configured on this section.

Action Blocks React Feature

2.2.6 - โฑ Automatic Proxy Rotation

To also help with all these messy blocks in the previous updates, we have also added a feature to rotate proxies for your account. This feature will simply switch the default Proxy for your account every other time, you can configure how often it turns.

Account Rotation Feature

We will pick a random proxy from your proxies pool every time it rotates. By default, all proxies in your pool are enabled for rotation, in case you want to exclude specific proxies from the rotation process you may do it from your proxies page. The screenshot below shows an example of that page and the toggles you should use.

Enable / Disable Rotation for certain Proxies

Reset the Session for ONE account.

2.2.7 - ๐Ÿ›ฐ Randomize your Daily Actions Cap

It's a bit weird if you EVERY day your account is doing the exact same amount of actions, let's say every day your account mind is doing 200 Likes! This a bit strange and Instagram Artificial Intelligent system can quickly catch up on these apparent patterns.

Our recommendation is to try to randomize your Daily actions as much as possible as well as combine the scheduler to make a killer human behavior. Most of the users usually randomize as follows: 150 to 200 actions, this a low gap if you think on, means it will still do at LEAST 100+ actions every day. We recommend using more "realistic" maximum daily actions, for example: 10..240. With this values your account would be made from 10 to 240 actions per day, means some days it will do less some days, it will do more, making it more realistic in the machine learning eyes. You can find this feature under EACH task type in the " Auto Pauses & Stops Tab"

Randomize your Maximum Daily Actions

2.2.8 - ๐Ÿ“† Scheduler for the win!

You may also use the scheduler to keep your working on the average day times and rest during the night times. You can find the scheduler on the Global Options and also available on each task ( scheduling per task basis )

Activity Schduler

2.2.9 - ๐Ÿ›Œ Give a rest!

If you have tried all the above methods, but you are still getting blocks, please give a small rest into your actually, usually a 24-48 hours period without ANY activity. Please also make sure you have read all the above suggestions, proxies must be really high quality, otherwise, its highly likely that your account will continue to get blocked.

2.2.10 - ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ Learn from your mistakes

Obviously we all must learn from our mistakes, if you were getting blocks it was probably because Instagram tho you were doing something wrong, for instance liking or following too fast, using a bad/cheap/flagged proxy and so on, make sure before you start your activity again to adjust your settings, making them slower and more human-like.

2.2.11 - ๐Ÿ–ฒ Toggle Web Browser Alternative

This is a new option we have added. Now you can switch your Actions to be done Web Browser version of Instagram ( As soon iOS/Apple ) . You can find this option under EACH task configuration page. The currently supported tasks are Likes, Comment, Follow & Unfollow.. Once enabled, you will also be able to check from your accounts activity page which actions took place where. Screenshots below shows how to enable this mode and to verify proper if it's working.

Enabling the Web Browser Activty

Activity Logs Showing different Channels being used for Actions

2.2.12 - ๐Ÿ“ก Create your own 4G Proxies with our IGERSLIKE Proxy App.

We all know that proxies have a really high role to determine blocks, with most of Datacenter proxies flagged or non-working its time to move on 4G and Residential Proxies. 4G Proxies may be expensive in most of the providers, you can find 4G proxies to purchase on our proxies page or you may also create your own proxies with our Proxy Application with just a few clicks. To learn how to create your own Proxy please check our Article and Download Links : ๐Ÿ“ก Proxies - How to make your own 4G/WIFI Proxy

2.2.13 - ๐Ÿ”„ Changed your proxy? Start fresh!

If you have changed your proxy please make sure to reset your device information or reset your session before your start your automation, you can use the methods described above to reset session or device.
Why you should do this? Usually if a session or device is flagged it will make all the IPs using it flagged as well, we are not sure yet about how instagram treats this but we believe sessions can flag proxies and proxies can also flag sessions, so please make sure you start fresh when you switch your proxies, leaving no margin for mistakes!

3 - ๐Ÿคฏ Type of Blocks and How to Find Them

Previously Instagram would tell us what was exactly wrong, but this doesn't happen anymore, Instagram sends generic responses, so automation software doesn't know what to do next or how to adapt from a specific block/ban. This article is obviously theory, but they are pretty solid, we will keep these updates as we know more information.

3.1 - ๐Ÿ“’ The soft Block

Usually caused by a bad proxy and or bad/deprecated software, this block is generally applied on a device basis, means the automation software will get blocks, but the account will work just fine and able to perform actions on another device. You should take measure obviously, and fix this instantly, decrease your delays or contact an operator to verify this for you. Alternative you can use the methods mentioned above to reset your device.

3.2 - ๐Ÿ“• The Hard Block

This is more dangerous and usually affects the account itself, means no matter what device you use you won't be able to perform specific actions, this is generally caused by a constant abuse of operations, for instance following or trying to follow, like a lot of users on a daily basis, without proper delays and so on. This blocks usually take some time to get off, sometimes Instagram specifies a date, sometimes they don't. Typically, a 24 hours ban is applied, in worst cases since the last update can take 1 week or more. We are not sure yet since Instagram itself doesn't give any particular date.

4 - ๐Ÿค” Solutions, Solutions, Solutions

Yeah, the community all over is looking out for solutions, like we explained in the previous steps there is a lot of changes that need to be made actually to adapt to the new Instagram Algos.
Instagram & Automation will always be a Cat & Mouse game, so its time to perform a quick check-list on your accounts and make sure you run them smoothly, there is no SUPER BOTS or Bots that actually BYPASS lol the actual limits, this is the real world, at IGERSLIKE we are always transparent and honest with our customers.

4.1 - What we have done so far

We have added Proper Logging Client Events & Logs - When using Instagram they keep track of almost everything ( Literally everything ) that you have done on the app. How you arrive a user to perform a follow, how you entered in a particular picture or video, how do you tapped and other relevant information that CAN quickly make a difference between a BOT vs. Regular user.

We have implemented ( hell ya! ) all these events, this should improve a lot of accounts to look more real and obviously trick their systems ( or let's hope so! ). Let's say our current implementation is nearly 98% as an actual Android App, no other tools in the market have actually this kind of events implemented, making IGERSLIKE the #1 and only tool available on the market with this approach.

๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ Looking for more?

Hell yeah, there are so many theories around, but in fact, there is nothing you and we can do when it comes to server-side limitations and AI system, we must learn and adapt from our mistakes! Have some clues? Get in touch in with us! Let's make IGERSLIKE better!
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