Hashtags, subscriptions, characters, what limits on Instagram?


Just like any other social network, Instagram has its own rules of use to prevent spam and the misuse of automation techniques on its platform. Here we are going to list the main limits not to be exceeded in order to stay under the radar, not to have your account suspended and to have all of your publications validated.

How many hashtags can we add to a photo, video or comment?

Currently, Instagram limits the number of hashtags you can add in the description of a photo or video as well as in a comment to around 15.. Depending on the accounts, this limit can be higher with up to about 30 hashtags max by post and/or comment.

What happens if we go over?

If you want to post a photo or video with more hashtags than allowed, Instagram can automatically remove your accompanying text on post, which will greatly reduce its range. It is therefore necessary to be very careful with this limit.
When posting a comment with too many hashtags, Instagram will notify you with a red exclamation mark that it has not been posted. You can then delete it, redo it and republish it.

How to get around this limit on the number of hashtags?

If the number of hashtags is currently limited per post or per comment, it is not for the entire post.. Thus, nothing prevents you from adding the most important hashtags in your publication and then from comment on your own post using complementary hashtags that you absolutely want to include in your photo or video.

If the number of hashtags to be added is more than 60 (which we don’t recommend in all cases), you might consider using another account to comment and add more hashtags, which would then allow you to remain a little more under the radar…

How many followers can you have on Instagram?

The technique of mass subscriptions, targeted or not, always works on Instagram to quickly increase its number of followers.

But now, if this technique can work, Instagram will not allow an account to :

  • Follow more than 7500 people maximum
  • Follow more than 160 people per hour

How to bypass this limit linked to the number of subscriptions?

If this limit already makes it possible to follow a significant number of Instagram accounts, growth hackers will not let themselves be slowed down by this simple limitation… To circumvent this limit on the maximum number of subscriptions on Instagram, it is actually enough to use a tool like Crowdfire which allows you to quickly Unfollow (no longer follow) accounts that do not follow you back.

Unsubscribe limits on Instagram

With regard to these unsubscribes, there are also constraints to consider.

It will be advisable to allow a period of time to pass before carrying out this cleaning which will allow you to re-follow other accounts in an attempt to quickly increase your follower count. However, it should be kept in mind that you will not be able to unsubscribe from more than 160 accounts per hourunder penalty of risking the complete suspension of your account.

Instagram and the maximum number of “Likes”, limits?

Instagram can block accounts that achieve more than 300 Likes per hourso it is strongly advised to stay below this limit.

If liking the photos of accounts in an area very close to yours can have a real interest in attracting attention to your own Instagram account, it will therefore be necessary make sure to stay below this limit of 300 “likes” per hour if you use an automation tool to do it.

It should also be borne in mind that this limit of the maximum number of Likes given can change at any time…

What are the character limits on Instagram posts and comments?

3 elements are affected by the character limits on Instagram: the biography, the publications (photos or videos) and the comments:

  • The biography of an account cannot be longer than 150 characters (hashtags included)
  • A publicationof any type, cannot contain more than 2200 characters (hashtags included)
  • Comments may show ” […] » in the feed if they are more than 240 characters but they have a very high maximum character limit that is difficult to reach (more than 1000 characters)

What is the number of comments not to exceed on Instagram?

As we have seen, Instagram has set limits on all of its interactions to prevent too much spam. Comments are no exception.

It will therefore be necessary to be careful not to exceed 60 comments per hour so as not to be cataloged as a spam account by Instagram.

What are the limits for private messages?

For messages, there are also limits to protect users from possible spam or malicious accounts. Some use this channel to contact people directly for commercial purposes. But, most of the time, the accounts that contact us through this channel are fraudulent and labeled as spam.

If you mean well and don’t want to end up in the spam of the person you want to contact, here are the instructions to follow:

  • No more than 10 private messages per hour, and 50 – 100 per day.
  • Do not copy and paste that you send to several people. Instagram will see it, especially if you do it in a tight time frame.
  • Give preference to private messages to accounts that are subscribed to you. Too much messaging to people who have no interaction or connection with you will not be beneficial.
  • Finally, avoid sending links from the first message exchanged with the person.

What limits for the frequency of posting on Instagram?

Whether on the total number or the frequency of publications, Instagram currently has no limits. (except perhaps if you publish several publications per minute, which would appear more than doubtful for the social network).

What are the other limits present on Instagram?

Apart from all the quantitative limits that we have just seen, there are also “qualitative” limits. Concretely, these are the various limits which are not linked to a number of actions but to the way you use the network.

Among them, of course, is age. Currently, Instagram is restricted to people over the age of 13. We find everything related to the purchases and sales of accounts, which are not tolerated by Instagram. In the same vein, everything related to bots, purchases of likes, subscriptions or comments are of course prohibited.

Posting images with explicit sexual content is also prohibited, as on most social networks. In fact, one can generalize to the prohibition of publication of all types of content that are not suitable for everyone. Same thing for private content that does not belong to you, you do not have the right to make it public on Instagram.

The purchase and sale of products prohibited by Instagram is also a reason for suspension (tobacco, alcohol, etc.). We can generalize by saying that any illegal, fraudulent or deceptive activity is prohibited.

Finally, we find everything that revolves around identity theft, as well as requesting, registering or using someone else’s password.

Most of the diverse and varied limits we just listed are fairly common across all social networks.

What to do if your account has been suspended for violating Instagram terms and conditions?

First, if you verify your account with your phone number, be aware that Instagram will generally be more “lenient” with you.

If your account has really been suspended after overdoing it on automation techniques, don’t hesitate to fill in the hacked account form. In this way, you can indirectly make Instagram understand that you are not the source of these violations. Once you have completed this form, you should be able to regain access to your account quickly.

If you want to learn more about the subject, you can consult Instagram’s rules of use. If you have already had an unfounded bad experience with these limits, do not hesitate to share it with us in the comments.



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