How to Get Rid of Spam Instagram Apps & Stop Auto Likes

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Instagram account holders have been hit with a wave of spam lately, and from a different source than many have previously experienced. I'm talking about the auto-like or auto-follow phenomenon, where Instagrammers suddenly notice they're following unfamiliar accounts. How does this happen? Insta-following seems to happen when Instagram apps are granted more access to our accounts than they should have. Let's learn how to revoke permissions from spammy apps so we can reclaim our iPhone's Instagram feeds.

Related: How to Create an Instagram Account on iPhone

How to Get Rid of Instagram Spam:

You'll need to sign in to your Instagram account at instead of using the Instagram app for this tip.

  • Tap on the gear icon on your profile page.
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  • Now you'll see a menu of options, tap on Authorized Apps.
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  • Now you'll see which apps you've authorized to access your Instagram account, and what permissions they have.
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  • To remove an app's access, tap on Revoke Access.
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If you want to be extra sure you won't have an auto-follow problem anymore, change your password after you've revoked access to all the Instagram apps that had permission to follow and unfollow accounts on your behalf. I hope this helps get your iPhone Instagram feed back to how you like it!

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    Leanne Hays

    Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

    In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.