Followliker tutorial
For Instagram (beginner friendly)

So you want to setup FollowLiker huh.

Well that's great, because:

This tutorial is from 3 years or more experience of using FollowLiker to grow various Instagram accounts to 100,000's of Instagram followers.

Bonus: safe and effective settings

This tutorial will give you settings which keep your Instagram account safe by not spamming on the platform. You will also get my recommended settings to gain thousands of followers and boost engagement too!

Let's dive in:

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FollowLiker Tutorial Sections

Creating a project

Open up FollowLiker and create a new project.

You can do this by going to File > New Project... (top right of the application)

FollowLiker Tutorial - New Project

When  creating a new project, make sure to tick box/select "Each account should have separate settings.".

FollowLiker Tutorial - Save Project

This ensures that every Instagram account you put in FollowLiker has it's own settings and isn't copying them from one account.

I like to call my project "Global" as I know it's going to be my project where I place all my Instagram accounts.

You can call your project anything you wish though :)

Make sure to save it in the FollowLiker folder (should be default) and click "Save".

Pro Tip:
You never have to save your project after this. FollowLiker automatically saves any changes you make when you close the application.


General Settings

Thumbs up! New project made.

Now you're going to change the general settings.

Go to File > General > Settings...

FollowLiker Tutorial - General Settings

We want to change some options here and I'll explain them:

FollowLiker Tutorial - General Settings

Account per Proxy: 3
This setting tells FollowLiker how many Instagram accounts it should run on one IP address. You want to only automate 3 accounts on 1 IP address to stay safe.

Account Threads: 100
Account threads means how many accounts to automate at the same time, setting this nice and high just makes FollowLiker automate all your accounts at once.

Automation Interval: 30-60 seconds
This is basically FollowLiker's break between doing tasks. For example you follow 10 people, then FollowLiker takes a break for 30-60 seconds (random number each time). We just speed this up to ensure all tasks are completed each day. If you ever find that your tasks are taking too long, simply half this number. If your tasks are completed too quick, double it.


Hit "Save" and let's move on to the next section.

We are ignoring the other tabs as they're more advanced settings and this is a beginner tutorial. If you're interested in learning about advanced FollowLiker settings you can have a look at The Ultimate FollowLiker Course by clicking here


Accounts table (Adding your account)

Let's add your Instagram account to FollowLiker.

This is super quick and simple

A rule of thumb in FollowLiker: If you see white space - right click to bring up a menu.

Right click in the Accounts Table > New...

FollowLiker Tutorial - Add an account

Add in your username and password to connect to your Instagram account:

FollowLiker Tutorial - Add Account

Ignore the proxy field and click "Save".


Wizard Tasks

It's time to choose Instagram tasks to automate.

Double click your account in the accounts table.

Alternatively: Right click your account > Custom Settings... > Wizard...

FollowLiker Tutorial - Open Wizard

This will open up the wizard where you will choose what you want FollowLiker to automate.

To gain followers you are going to select:

FollowLiker Tutorial - Wizard Tasks

Scrape User
Scrape means find in FollowLiker. This task finds users for us to Follow.


FollowLiker will follow targeted users based on queries you set up (next part of the guide).

This tells FollowLiker to unfollow users you are following.


Retrieve Existing Followers and Followings (optional)
This setting tells FollowLiker to find everyone you were previously following and also everyone you are already following.
If you don't want to unfollow people you are currently following: turn this off.
Leave it at it's default 260 setting.


Shuffle Tasks
This will randomize how the tasks are executed. If this was off FollowLiker would do this:
Follow > Unfollow > Follow > Unfollow > Follow > Unfollow etc...
If we turn on shuffle tasks it makes it more human. It would look like:
Follow > Follow > Unfollow > Unfollow > Unfollow > Unfollow > Follow > Unfollow > Follow > Follow > Follow > Unfollow etc...


Advanced Settings
This will show us more options in the task settings.


Why these tasks?

You are going to be following users and then unfollowing them to keep a cycle of fresh users finding your account.

By following a user they will get a notification that you followed them, this is the 'best thing you can get on Instagram: a follower'. The goal is that they will follow you back in return because the users you target will be interested in the photos/videos you post and your profile.

We will look at how to target users in the next section of this FollowLiker tutorial for beginners.


Instagram Follow Limit

You can only follow 7500 users max. That's why we need to unfollow everyone we follow. Yes some people will unfollow you but you don't want them sticking around as they didn't care about your content, which will affect your engagement rate negatively.


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Task Settings

Awesome! You have selected tasks.

Let's start adding settings.

Press "Next"

You will see this window of lots of buttons. Because this is a beginner guide we will skip over this.

FollowLiker Tutorial - Wizard Blacklist and Whitelist

To not leave you hanging, here's the useful buttons do:

In this table you can add in usernames of Instagram accounts to avoid.
Enter the username like so: username


Blacklist Words
In this table you can right click and add in keywords or #hashtags to avoid on Instagram.
To avoid a word type it in like: nastycontent
To avoid a hashtag type it in like: #nastycontent


This table lets you add in usernames of Instagram accounts you don't want to unfollow.
Enter a username like: usename


Whitelisted Words
These are words or hashtags you can specifically target. It's not a great option as it reduces the amount of users you can find.


Press "Next" and you will be in the Scrape User Settings (aka Find Users Settings)

You are going to select the following:

FollowLiker Tutorial - Scrape User Settings

Scrape User Limit: 40
This is the maximum amount of users followliker will find. It does this multiple times a day so you can leave it at it's default.

Ignore private users
They generally don't want to be followed by random peeps so we keep it on :)

Ignore users with no profile image
This takes away spam profiles, inactive accounts and generally less dedicated Instagram users.


Next you want to Right click in the query table > New...

FollowLiker Tutorial - Scrape User New Query

Before we jump ahead, let me explain how this works.

You are going to be finding users who have commented on and liked a competitors posts (videos/photos).


Because they're the most active users who care about that competitor's posts.

Your posts should be very similar to this competitor as that way when you find this user and follow them, they will see your Instagram profile and be interested in your posts.


You are now going to add two queries to do this.


Query #1 - Users who commented

This query tells FollowLiker to find users who have commented on an Instagram profiles posts.

You will want to add a username like so: @username

The @ specifically tells FollowLiker to find posts that username has uploaded, not comments containing the "username" you entered.

FollowLiker Tutorial - Scrape Users who commented

Press "Save" and repeat the step of Right clicking the the query table > New...


Query #2 - Users who liked

This query tells FollowLiker to find users who have liked an Instagram profiles posts.

You will want to add a username like so: @username

The @ specifically tells FollowLiker to find posts that username has uploaded.

FollowLiker Tutorial - Scrape Users who liked

Replace @username with a competitors Instagram username.

For example you could use @GQ if you are a male clothing company.

This will find users liking and commenting on GQ's posts: these users are most likely interested in male fashion/clothing.


You can add multiple queries, I generally repeat this step 4 more times: totaling 5 competitor accounts with 10 queries.


Here's what your FollowLiker Scrape User Settings should look like:

FollowLiker Tutorial - Scrape User Settings


The other queries are optional to use.

The two queries mentioned above are the BEST to get ACTIVE and ENGAGED Instagram followers.


Here's a quick reference to all the queries and information about them:

  1. To find/follow users who posted photo that has a particular word/tag in its caption, select "Users Who Tagged" under "Query Type", enter the keyword/hashtag in the "Query" field and save.
  2. To find/follow a user's followers, select "User's Follower" under "Query Type", enter the Instagram username of the user in the "Query" field and save.
  3. To find/follow-back your followers, select "User's Follower" under "Query Type", enter your Instagram username or this tag: <@myusername> in the "Query" field and save.</@myusername>
  4. To find/follow users who liked a photo or a photo that has a particular word/tag in its caption, select "Users Who Liked" under "Query Type", enter the keyword/hashtag/photo ID/photo URL in the "Query" field and save.
  5. To find/follow users who commented a photo or a photo that has a particular word/tag in its caption, select "Users Who Commented" under "Query Type", enter the keyword/hashtag/photo ID/photo URL in the "Query" field and save.
  6. To find/follow users by keyword/hashtag (in profile or username), select "Normal Search" under "Query Type", enter the keyword/hashtag in the "Query" field and save.
  7. To find/follow a user's following, select "User's Following" under "Query Type", enter the Instagram username of the user in the "Query" field and save.
  8. To find/follow only users suggested to your account by Instagram, select "Suggested Users" under "Query Type" and save.
  9. To find/follow users by location, select "Location" under "Query Type", enter the name, zip code or address of the location in the "Query" field and save. Example: New York, United States. You can also use this page to get valid locations:
  10. To find/follow users who liked a specific user's photos, select "Users Who Liked" under "Query Type", enter @username in the "Query" field and save. Example: @CNN
  11. To find/follow users who commented a specific user's photos, select "Users Who Commented" under "Query Type", enter @username in the "Query" field and save. Example: @CNN

Press "Next >"...

You are going to change the settings to the following:

FollowLiker Tutorial - Follow User Settings

If your account is new to automation please be aware of your Daily Follow Limit. Start small and grow to this number daily.
Day 1: 25-75
Day 2: 50-100
Day 3: 75-125
Day 4: 100-150
Day 5: 150-200
Day 6: 200-300
Day 7: 300-400
Day 8: 400-500
Day 9: 500-600
Day 10: 600-700
Day 11: 700-800
Day 12: 800-900
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Follow to Following Ratio: 0.00
This keeps a ratio of how many people your following to how many followers you have. Honestly it's useless for growing your account so keep it default 0.00 and this basically means "no ratio".


Follow Limit: 6-12
How many users to follow in one Follow task interval. Each time FollowLiker says "lets follow some users" it will follow anywhere between this number.


Daily Follow Limit: 800-900
Like mentioned above, if you are new start small. Instagram has a daily limit of following 1000 users. I aim to keep your account safe and stay 100 under this limit. Your follower gains will still be epic.
This number means how many users should FollowLiker follow per day.


Delay Follow: Fast 28-38 seconds / Safe 38-48 seconds
This is the delay between each user FollowLiker follows. This works along with the Follow Limit setting. FollowLiker will follow 6-12 users, between each user it follows it will wait 28-38 seconds.
Fastest case scenario: You follow 11 users with a delay of 28 seconds between each user. That's 5 minutes to follow 11 users.


Follow Users who have: 0-500 Followings
A great setting to basically ensure you don't follow anyone who is following over 500 Instagram accounts.
Why enable this? To reduce competition when you post. For example if you post an image and someone is only following 500 people (let's say 10% of them are also uploading, that's 50 people) you are competing with 50 people to get your post in front of that user. If another user is following 5000 people (10% upload, that's 500 users posting every day) you have to compete with 500 other posts.
This setting will help you get more engagement over time, as your posts compete with fewer users and get seen more :) #yay


Ignore Private User
Once again ensure we don't follow private users as they generally don't want random peeps following them :(


Press "Next >"

You will now want to setup the Unfollow User Settings like so:

FollowLiker Tutorial - UnFollow User Settings

Follower to Following Ratio: 0.00
Same as the following setting. Basically useless and just keeps a ratio of how many users your following to how many are following you. Keep it at 0.00 to turn it off.


Unfollow After: 2 Days
After we follow users, give them 2 days to follow you back otherwise unfollow them. They didn't care or are not active enough.


Unfollow Limit: 5-10 default
How many users to unfollow during an Unfollow task interval. This happens multiple times a day like all the tasks :)


Daily Unfollow Limit: 810-910 (the same as Daily followlimit + 10)
You always want this to be the same as your Daily Follow Limit + 10. You want to add the +10 so you are always unfollowing more then your following. This will ensure you never reach the Instagram limit of following 7500 users.
If your Daily Follow Limit is 400-500, then your Daily Unfollow Limit should be 410-510.


Delay Unfollow: Fast 28-38 seconds / Safe 38-48 seconds
The time between each user FollowLiker unfollows.


Don't Unfollow Followers: Turned off
This will tell FollowLiker to unfollow people who are following us. We need to disable this so we never reach the 7500 follow limit.


Blacklist Unfollowed Users
This setting will place everyone you unfollow in your blacklist (talked about in the beginning of this section). The blacklist contains usernames you want to avoid/not follow. This will ensure after you follow someone, they will never be followed again by your account.


Press "Next >".


Finally to finish up you want to choose your automation time.

I like to automate between 12am-12am which is 24 hours.

Alternatively, you can automate during the day time when people are most active such as 6am-11pm.

If you are not sure, leave the default 12am-12am as it gives you the most time to complete all your daily tasks.

FollowLiker Tutorial - Automation Time


Whoooo! Press "Finish"

FollowLiker is setup and ready to automate. You can start automating by pressing "Start"

FollowLiker Tutorial - Start

It's normal for the progress bar to never reach 100% as you will forever be continuously automating until you press stop.


You can then see (after 24 hours) your gains by Right clicking your account > Statistics...

FollowLiker Tutorial - Statistics

And you're done!

If you have any questions check out the FAQ below or leave a comment below.



Does my computer need to be on for FollowLiker to work?

Yes, you will need to have your computer on (not asleep) with FollowLiker running for it to work and complete actions such as Following, liking and so on.


Can I do liking, commenting, DM'ing etc...?

You can do anything you wish :) This FollowLiker tutorial is a beginner guide to focused on gaining followers. You can check out my Blog or Youtube channel to find more guides specific to those tasks.


FollowLiker is not working, help!

Right click your account > Activity Log and see if there are any error messages.

If this doesn't help please contact FollowLiker support by clicking here


How do I contact FollowLiker for support?

You can contact them here


Do you teach other social media stuff?

Yes I do - check out my blog for more tips


My daily limits are not being reached, how do I fix this?

You will want to go to File > General... > Settings...

Reduce your Automation Interval down to 15-30 seconds.

If your daily limits are still not reaching the required time. Either increase your automation time (end of the setup wizard) to 12am-12am OR reduce the automation interval down to 5-10 seconds.


Do you offer Instagram/FollowLiker coaching?

Yes you can see all the information and book a call with me by clicking here


Is there an advanced course where I can learn everything about FollowLiker + the best settings to use?

I sure do! You can see it here: