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Growbot for Followers

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and managing your presence on Instagram™

Growbot Chrome Extension
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Do more with Growbot, safer

Undo Pending Follow Requests
Remove Followers
Block a whole list of users
Engage everyone who posted to a certain #hashtag
Your own IP address (safer!)
Completely client side
Don't share your password!
Randomized Delays
Advanced Filters to (un)follow the right accounts
Whitelist (to keep following your preferred accounts)
Randomized Delays
Visual feedback (see what's going on in real time)

What Growbot Users Say

Frequently Asked Questions

Reporting bugs/issues/problems

Please include the entire text of the Log after you have a problem using copy + paste in your email. The Log is found on the lower right side of the Growbot window.

Also helpful is the dev tools console of Chrome. Screenshot or copy and paste of the entire console text. To open the dedicated Console panel, either: Press Ctrl+Shift+J (Windows / Linux) or Cmd+Opt+J (Mac).

Getting started

You can find your newly installed Growbot extension within the social media website. The Growbot icon will appear in the upper corner. If it's not there, try reloading the page.

Or, click the extensions icon on the toolbar of Chrome (looks like a puzzle piece), pin Growbot to your toolbar, and then use that Growbot icon to open and close Growbot.

Free Trial

The bot comes with a 3 day free trial. After that, you must subscribe to continue using Growbot.

Price and Payment

The price is $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year. Click "Subscribe Now" (if your trial is still active). Just try to load the bot if your trial has ended. You will see the two options to purchase, click one of the buttons.


One great thing about using Growbot compared to other methods is that you never have to give us your password!

The bot works within IG and will appear to them as your own IP address as well. However, you must leave the instagram window open, or Growbot will stop doing it's job. If you're not currently using Growbot it is safe to close the site.

To unfollow everyone who doesn't follow you

  1. Verify "Don't unfollow people who follow me" is checked under "Configure Unfollowing Options" (set the other options as you desire / require)
  2. Make sure the "Unfollow" radio button/option is selected
  3. Click the Process Queue button
  4. Make sure to leave the window open!

If you want to preserve the people you are already following

  1. navigate to your own account page
  2. load all your following
  3. select all
  4. add to whitelist
  5. save whitelist

Gaining Followers

Find an account which is similar to yours or that you think their followers will want to follow your account too.

(If you're a bar, find a bar in your neighborhood that is similar. If you're a store, find a store that is similar, If you're a band, find a band that's similar, etc.)

  1. Go to their page
  2. Click load all following
  3. Sort and remove accounts you don't want (e.g. account with no posts, or private accounts, or verified accounts, or whatever your criteria may be.)
  4. Save Queue (in case of crash or need to interrupt)
  5. Select the follow radio button
  6. Click Process Queue
  7. Make sure to leave the window open!

Unfollowing Filters or "It's not actually unfollowing anyone!"

If it seems to not unfollow anyone, please check the Log tab. Sometimes the number on your profile page can be cached on ig's servers. If Growbot says it unfollowed someone, you can go check, you will see you are not following them. The number will update soon.

If it is skipping people, uncheck "Do not unfollow people who follow me" and/or "Do not unfollow people who match my filters" as necessary.

The actual filters can be found by clicking the funnel icon at the top right of the queue.

What does "attempted" mean?

By default Growbot won't try to follow the same people twice. If you see the "ATTEMPTED" stamp in the queue, that means Growbot already followed (or requested if their account is private) that person.

Follow Ratio

7500 would mean they are following 7500 people (this is the maximum)

1.0 would mean the number of followers and following is equal.

2.0 would mean they have twice as many followers as following

5000 would mean they have 5000 followers for every person they are following (ex, 10 million followers, 2000 following)

(Soft) 403 / (Hard) 400 / 429 Rate Limits

Instagram limits the amount of accounts which can be followed in a given time period. Their limits are not completely known and could change at any time, and can vary from account to account.

There are three main types of limits

A 429 limit is very common. The bot will automatically wait 1 minute before trying again. It can take between 1 and 15 minutes to clear, usually.

A soft limit will be hit occasionally and usually lasts about 10 minutes, after which following/unfollowing can be resumed.

A hard limit is hit less often, but lasts much longer, usually at least 12 hours, sometimes up to 48 hours. Note: if you constantly experience hard rate limit when following, please check that you are following less than 7500 people. That is the maximum they allow you to follow.

The bot can be configured to respect these limits and wait a certain amount of time before trying again.

How to use the mother-child strategy with Growbot

In the past, tools like Growbot were even better because Instagram allowed you to follow basically an unlimited number of people in a day. Of course if you use any automation tools, you know that's no longer the case. Your account would be temporarily blocked from following or unfollowing, after only a percent of those thousands you could follow in the past.

So a better strategy these days is to use an instagram bot like Growbot with mother accounts and child accounts. The mother account as you may have guessed is your main instagram account. You post your highest quality content here, and do high quality engagement (not-automated or lightly-automated) with your followers or other accounts. Of course non-automated is always safest.

Then, create multiple other accounts of the same theme. Post similar content as the mother account, but avoid making it exactly the same as the mother. All these accounts should have the mother account linked in their bio. They can be more heavily automated. You can go through your daily ration of follows, if that child account is blocked, go on to use another child account. Some of the posts can link the @mother account in the post description. You can DM people who follow the child account back, saying to follow the mother account.

The more child accounts the better, all of them funneling traffic back to the mother. This should avoid detection by instagram's algorithm updates.

Using Growbot to implement the mother-child instagram growth strategy is a very viable and effective strategy in 2023.

Keeping it running properly OR "Growbot stops working randomly in the middle of following/unfollowing"

Make sure your computer is not going to go to sleep while it's running

Either keep the site window that Growbot is running in frontmost and active, or try to disable discarding of tabs.

  1. Open a new tab, and paste this on the address bar and hit enter:
  2. Next to any Instagram tabs you are using Growbot in, disable auto discard.

Where can I see recent photos and videos I've liked? OR "Growbot says it's liking pics but I don't see any likes in the feed or hashtag"

To see the 300 most recent posts you've liked on a mobile device:

  1. Go to your profile and tap the menu in the top right
  2. Tap Posts You've Liked

Keep in mind that there isn't a way to view posts that you've liked on the web.

Growbot won't unfollow people and keeps saying "Non-Growbot" or "followed outside of Growbot

By default Growbot won't unfollow people that Growbot didn't follow just because most people want to keep their original following. You can disable this by clicking the Settings cog icon, and unchecking "Don't unfollow people followed outside of Growbot" under "Configure Unfollowing Options."

Cancelling your Growbot subscription

Sorry to see you go. Can I ask why you're choosing to cancel and if there's anything I can do to keep you as a subscriber?

You can cancel at any time. Just email from the email address you signed up with. For expedited service please include the last 4 digits of your payment card and the expiration date.

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