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Since Instagress and a few other Instagram automation tools were shut-down and ceased activity, you may wonder where you can turn for your automation fix. (I must point out that Instagram does not allow posting from third party applications and if they suspect you are using automation, you could be banned.)

To be fair, we all knew this was coming and with algorithm changes and drops in engagement, it’s the signs of things to come in the world of automation, especially in social media. Automation may no longer be a good form of sustaining of your account. For marketers, automation was like a plumber using a wrench to loosen the pipe: it made life easier, especially when growing multiple accounts.

If you are a regular user this change may have not ground your gears, however business and marketers are feeling the pinch.


Overall you should not rely on automation as a basis of building your social accounts, as when comes to interaction and engagement platforms will just turn into a population of bots. Given this, you can see why Instagram had to clamp down. It’s possible other platforms will follow this method as well, as it does devalue the platform.

Some food for thought as communities aren’t just built with likes: you need to make connections and put effort into growing genuine engagement. With most automated software the downfall is they only see hash tags and locations, and sometimes this leads to awkward situations like unrelated commenting on an unrelated post that has nothing to do with your niche.

But for those of you who do feel the need to operate an automated solution, here are a few that have the nostalgic feel of Instagress — use and enjoy at your own risk 🙂


Let’s start with Archie. It’s a great tool, with pricing starting from $19. This software will like, comment, and follow accounts that are relevant to your inputs based on hash-tags. You can also post on a schedule. This software acts in the most natural way and, according to their website does not make your accounts appear to be a bot. Archie features include:

  • Scheduling posts
  • Automatically liking of pictures
  • Auto-comment
  • Auto-follow accounts
  • Free trail
  • Up to 10 Accounts

2. Instazood

Instazood is a well-crafted Instagress clone. The user interface isn’t the greatest but this software does what it says on the tin. It runs quite smoothly and gains followers fast. It works just like Instagress: it follows, likes, and comments, based on your preferences and is a really cheap piece of kit. There are also module add-ons such as Direct Messaging, comment tracker and so on. Instazood features include:

  • Hashtag and Account Targeting
  • Scheduled Posts
  • Multi Accounts
  • Statistics
  • The success rate of Targets
  • Post from Dashboard
  • Follow, like, comment, unfollow
  • 3 free trial days.


Followinglike is up there with Massplanner and Followliker. It’s a very powerful piece of kit and also works with Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, and Pinterest, all at the same time and 24/7. This software has so many features but it’s important to mention the most important one: it can simulate human operations very well without detection, enabling you to grow your account quickly and efficiently. Followinglike is a like batman-utility belt for Instagram and social media in general. FollowingLike features include:

  • Auto-liking
  • Auto-unfollow
  • Auto-follow back
  • Auto-commenting
  • Unlimited Accounts
  • Assign Proxies
  • Spin Content

We’ve tried and tested dozens of social media automation tools. Automation on its own will never be the best way to get the most out of any platform. When used with finesse and intelligence, you can get some really good results and it’s always reassuring to go to sleep at night with knowing that your accounts can still be out there working in the background.

Instagram is changing. They will continue to adapt to those trying to latch onto their platform and I imagine they’re going to keep shutting down automation tools wherever they can. In the Dream Team Secrets Instagram Course we won’t just be teaching you about secret automation tools, that’s just a small part of the course. You will learn how to get the most out of Instagram for business, how to grow audiences, how to increase engagement, how to generate the perfect hashtag strategy, how to manage growth and content for multiple accounts, and where all of the best engagement groups and marketplaces are.

Full deets of the course can be found here: