F.A.Q.

Inssist stands for "Instagram Assistant". It is a powerful Chrome Extension (plugin, addon) that brings Instagram Mobile View to your desktop browser.

It allows posting photos and videos, working with stories, managing comments and sending DMs as if you were using a mobile version of Instagram web app.

Bloggers, photographers, marketing specialists, business owners use Inssist to save time and improve their Instagram workflow.

Yes. By design Inssist surfaces Instagram features that are already present on Instagram.

Inssist does not collect, transfer or store your Instagram or browsing data away from your PC or does anything shady.

Using Inssist is similar to using Instagram Web App on your mobile device.

Inssist saves a tremendous amount of time. You no longer need to transfer photos or videos back and forth between the PC and Mobile Device just to post them.

It is also much more convenient to send Direct Messages from the Desktop app rather than type them on Mobile.

Inssist is the only extension that can Post Videos: that includes Stories, IGTVs and Video Posts.

Photos posted with Inssist have a better quality comparing to other desktop posting solutions and even to posting from Android devices due to optimized compression algorithm.

Posting photos, videos, IGTVs and Stories, commenting, downloading posts, dark mode and direct messages plus a ton of UI/UX improvements and bug fixes — all these features are free.

Additional features such as grid post planner, scheduling, analytics, insights, ghost mode, zen mode and multiaccount support are $5 / month.

These features are optional.

Due to limitation of the underlying Instagram Web API there are some things that Inssist can not yet do:

  • Mentioning accounts on Video Stories. Mentions on photo stories is supported though.
  • Adding GIFs, Music, Location and Hashtag stickers to Stories. All these features are sadly not yet available on the Instagram Web API.
  • Watching or posting Reels and editing Highlights. An official Instagram Mobile App should be used to work with Reels or edit Highlights.

We are going to add these features to Inssist as soon as they become available on the Instagram Web API.

Inssist has a Post Assistant module (the second button on the left) which works through Facebook Scheduling API and support drafting, posting and scheduling Carousels (multi-image posts).

Inssist is the only app that can post and schedule Carousels to Instagram from desktop.

By using Post Assistant you can also select Thumbnails (Covers) for your videos.

Inssist is distributed through the official Chrome Web Store.

To get Inssist to your browser, please navigate to Inssist Plugin Page and click the "Add To Chrome" button. All Chromium based browsers are supported.

Please navigate to chrome://extensions link in browser, locate Inssist and click Remove button.

If you had a PRO subscription, you can cancel it from the FastSpring website. Make sure to enter your email address to log into FastSpring.

You can also cancel your subscription from the app by locating the Billing tab and clicking Manage Subscription button.

Please open the Instagram home page in your browser, log out and log back in under a different Instagram ID. Inssist will understand that the accounts has been changed and will switch over.

Inssist works on every Chromium based browser: Chrome, Chromium, Vivaldi, Brave, Opera, Microsoft Edge and others.

We also plan to release native desktop apps (MacOS / Windows / Linux) in the future to support a wide range of Desktop systems.

This may happen due to a plugin conflict, during a Chrome version update or if you accidentally disabled the plugin in a Chrome Toolbar.

To enable Inssist, please open chrome://extensions link in Chrome, locate Inssist and click a switch to enable it.

Inssist respects Instagram request rate limits and deliberately slows down analytics and insights requests to Instagram to avoid request blocks.

However, in some cases Instagram may limit Session and IP request rates further causing request blocks.

Request blocks are lifted automatically and if you experience request blocks, please wait from 24 to 48 hours before running Insights or Analytics tasks.

Unfortunately, Instagram does not support DM-ing videos on their Web platform.

Consider uploading videos online with free options such as We Transfer and sending a link through DM.

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If possible please also attach a screenshot of the Console tab as it may contain some errors. You can open the console tab by right-clicking in Inssist page, selecting Inspect and then switching to Console tab at the top.

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Inssist needs to be able to make calls to Instagram.com website. Please make sure you can browse the Instagram website and post pages while your VPN is on.

For image and video aspect ratios supported by Instagram, please check one of these references: Inssist.com, Later.com or Tailwind.com

You can resize photos and videos to 1.91:1 — 9:16 aspect ratios with one of these free online tools:

If a video does not upload, please ensure it is of one of supported formats & codecs, e.g. MP4-h264 or WEBM. You can convert video format with these free tools:

Our guide on uploading videos can be found here.

Instagram.com and Inssist relies on Emojis built into your OS. There are know issues with rendering Emojis on Windows 7 for example.

If you have Windows 7 and Emojis do not render properly, try installing an update from Microsoft Support website.

Due to technical Instagram API restrictions to scheduling, Inssist relies on Facebook API to schedule posts.

Scheduled posts are sent to your Instagram account by Facebook. Facebook account is required only to deliver the posts to Instagram.

To setup scheduling, please open Inssist and click the Post Assistant module on the left. Inssist will try to configure the scheduling for you automatically.

To cancel scheduling and disconnect Instagram account from Facebook, please navigate to Facebook Pages List, click on the Facebook Page created by Inssist.

Then open Page Settings and disconnect Instagram from Facebook under Instagram tab on the left.

If automated setup fails for whatever reason, you can follow these steps to setup the scheduling manually:

  • Make sure to login to Facebook. Facebook account is requires for scheduling to work. If you do not have a Facebook account, create one at facebook.com
  • Create a Facebook Page under Facebook Pages List
  • Navigate to the Facebook Page, click Settings button on the top and click Instagram tab on the left.
  • Click "Connect Account" button and pair Instagram and Facebook accounts. Facebook will ask you to upgrade your Instagram account to Business in the process.
  • Done! Navigate back to Inssist and schedule some posts.

If you spotted a bug or manual setup fails at some point, please reach us at @ and attach a few screenshots to illustrate the problem.

You can use Analytics to track who unfollowed you and engage with them to reduce followers churn.

You can also welcome new followers which again can be found under Analytics tab.

You can use Insights to figure out when yours competitors post, what hashtags they use, download their followers or followings, what posts bring the most engagement and more. This gives an idea of what your competitors or accounts similar to you are doing.

Inssist can check any public Instagram account profile to find out if account is a spam or a real person or business.

It does so by performing a set of checks against account posting times analysis, followers / followings ratio and other variables.

To find out if Instagram account is a spam bot, navigate to that account in Inssist page and click "CHECK IF BOT" button at the top of the profile.

Inssist can scan any public Instagram account profile to find out how active account followers are. A formula for Profile Engagement Rate is:

[ likes + comments * 10 ] / followers_count

Likes and comments are counted on the recent 12 posts, with the most recent post excluded for precision.

The higher Profile Engagement rate the better.

Insights can be run from the plugin page under the Tasks icon found in the sidebar on the left.

Click "ADD TASK", enter account username (e.g. your competitor's), number of followers and followings to scan and start the Insights task.

Inssist will collect data on user's followers, followings, posts, hashtags and posting times which then can be browsed or exported to EXCEL / JSON for inspection.

You can also engage with the followers by liking their posts from Insights panel or sending DMs.

Inssist analytics works out of the box. Please open the plugin page and click the Graph icon on the left.

Clicking "CHECK NOW" will perform Account Analytics check. Inssist will scan your followers and compare the follower lists to find out who followed or unfollowed you in the time periods between the checks.

Inssist respects Instagram request rate limits and the more followers you have the longer the check takes.

You can close Inssist tab while the check is running. Please make sure the Chrome is running and connected to Internet for the scan to finish in background.

You can then export the new followers and un-followers lists or engage with them, for example by liking their posts or sending them Direct Messages from Inssist.

PRO version includes the following features:

  • Scheduling: posts grid planner, calendar and time slots; photos, carousels, IGTVs and videos scheduling and automated posting.
  • Gathering account insights: followers and followings export, hashtags, posts and posting times.
  • Monitoring account analytics: scrapping new followers and un-followers, hashtags and post stats.
  • Multi-account support without Instagram re-login.
  • Ghost mode for your Direct Messages, filtering chats in DM, Zen Mode for your Instagram home feed.

All paid features are optional and are available through the monthly PRO subscription.

Sure. Simply sign into your Inssist account on a new PC and you should get your PRO license activated.

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Inssist is provided AS IS. We do not offer refunds, even if it shut down willingly or unwillingly. Please read our Terms of Service for more info.

We aim to provide a free-to-try demo period for every paid feature so that you can preview them before making a purchase decision.

We suggest making sure that Inssist FREE works for you before purchasing a PRO license.

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