Instagram is one of the most favorite social media platforms for marketing managers. Here, brands can eloquently present their products, interact with the target audience, and build a solid online presence. Moreover, Instagram offers a marketplace for retailers to promote their goods. So, there is no wonder that brands now see this social media platform as an opportunity to improve their profits.
However, it’s not always simple to promote brands on Instagram, especially for social media managers who are working with several clients. Here's the good news: Most of the issues that arise can be fixed with proxies. In this article, we'll answer the most common questions users have when trying Instagram proxies.
What is an Instagram proxy?
Proxies are remote devices or servers that you can use to change your IP address. Once you connect to a proxy, you reroute your traffic through it and pick up its IP. The destination server will only be able to see the IP address of the proxy you’re connected to — but not your real one. Thus, you can fake your location and hide your data when needed.
Instagram proxies are just proxies that are used for Instagram. There are two kinds of them: datacenter and residential. Datacenter proxies are servers that are located in a data center. Using them you’ll share the server — and consequently, the IP address — with other users who are connected to the same proxy as you.
Residential proxies are real devices with IPs issued by internet service providers. They will provide you with better coverage since you’ll appear to Instagram as a resident of a certain country.
🛫 Further reading: Residential Proxies: A Complete Guide to Using Them Effectively
🚁Further reading: What Are Datacenter Proxies and When You Should Use Them
How to get an Instagram proxy?
It’s quite easy — just choose a proxy provider and get as many IP addresses as you need. However, you want your vendor to be ethical. For example, we at Infatica have a set of rules we follow meticulously to protect the privacy and other rights of our clients and partners. We always verify our customers to make sure no one is using Infatica proxies for illegal purposes.
Thus, we protect you from the damage the illegitimate use of this service can do. Also, we make sure our proxies remain whitelisted for you to not experience issues when using them. This is just a glimpse into our rules — you can read about our ethical guidelines here.
We offer flexible pricing plans to let you get as many IPs as you need while staying within your budget. And if you can’t decide how many proxies you need, simply drop us a line and tell us about your project — we will help you choose the suitable plan or create a tailored one just for you.
How to unblock Instagram with a proxy?
If you were blocked by your IP address, you can simply connect to a proxy — you could even choose the country you’re based in, if you want — and then log in to your Instagram profile. The social media platform will see the IP address of the proxy server instead of your real one. Therefore, it will allow you to access the content.
And if Instagram blocks your access to certain content or to the whole platform because you’re located in a country where this service is forbidden, you can fake your location with proxies to gain access. It will let you remain anonymous as well.
What about a free Instagram proxy?
You can find free proxy providers, but we advise you against using them. First of all, such vendors usually don’t worry about the intentions of their users. It means that you can be exposed to a potential threat connecting to spoiled proxies. Or, in the best-case scenario, you’ll just struggle with a list of almost entirely blocked IPs.
Moreover, free proxies are usually datacenter ones — while they’re suitable for bypassing IP blocks and geographical restrictions, they won’t be sufficient for other social media management needs such as maintenance of multiple accounts. Therefore, with a free proxy provider, you won’t have much flexibility in your activities. Finally, proxies are quite affordable, so there is not much sense in trying to save money on this service.
Why use a proxy with Instagram?
There are several reasons why you’d want to use proxies with this social media platform. Here are the most popular use cases:
- Bypass geo-restrictions. Proxies will let you fake your location by covering your authentic IP address with another one allowing you to gain access to the content.
- Bypass IP blocks. If your IP address was blocked by Instagram, you can solve this problem by using proxies.
- Let a single user manage multiple accounts. Use a different residential proxy for each of your accounts to prevent Instagram from getting suspicious.
- Let multiple users manage the same account. For example, your brand is located in the US, and your social media manager lives in Europe. You can use the same proxy to log in to your account so that Instagram doesn’t suspect anything.
- Verify ads. Use proxies to change your location and see if you’ve targeted your ads well and avoid ad fraud.
- Use Instagram bots and other automation tools. Proxies will let you avoid getting banned.
How to set up an Instagram account using a proxy?
There is not much difference between using Instagram with and without proxies. To enter an existing account or create a new one, connect to a proxy located in the desired country, then open Instagram and use it as you usually do. The fact that you’re rerouting your connection through a proxy doesn’t impact the app itself — only the servers of Instagram can detect changes of IP addresses. So you won’t notice any difference using this social media platform with proxies.
Of course, if you experience any issues using Infatica proxies, or if you have any more questions — don’t hesitate to contact us. We will provide you with all the information you need and guide you through processes you’ve found to be complex.