Wondering what Instavast is about? Does it work as promised or is it a waste of time? Is it safe? Can it deliver the results you need?
In this Instavast review, I’ll do my best to answer those questions, and examine the tool to see if it’s legitimate and worthwhile. We’ll also see how it holds up when compared to our recommended Instagram tools.
What is Instavast?
Instavast works much like other Instagram tools we reviewed, with a few key changes. First of all, Instavast offers four services: Instagram bot, Auto DM, Comment Tracker, and Post Scheduler. The main issue here is that you have to individually subscribe to each service.
When it comes down to it, expect to pay around $40/month for the full package. As far prices are concerned, this tool leans toward the pricier end of the spectrum. We’ll talk more about the prices later on in this review.
The good news is it runs in your web browser, so there’s no need to download any files. That’s always a bonus. There’s also the option to buy Instagram likes and video views, as well as a handful of free tools.
Our Recommended Instagram Tools:
We’ll be taking a closer look at each of these services, but first, let’s run through our list of recommended Instagram tools. These tools have been tried and proven, we highly recommend them, and they both offer free trials.
Upleap is our recommended Instagram tool because it assigns an account manager to you, instead of automating tasks with a bot.
It’s a little expensive, but it’s much safer than Instagram bots, and the results speak for themselves. If you’re worried about bots, I recommend Upleap.
On the other hand, we have KENJI, a full-scale AI-based Instagram bot. The awesome thing about this tool is their machine learning features which mimic the way regular humans interact with their accounts.
It takes a month or so for the bot to figure out how you use your Instagram account, but when it starts working the results are incredible. Highly recommended.
Instavast First Impressions:
Getting started with Instavast is fairly easy, although they do require users to register with them, where they ask for your phone number.
Personally, I don’t really like entering my phone number online, and I know most people feel the same, so that’s one downside. On the other hand, there are buttons to register with Google, Vkontakte, and Twitter.
Once you make an account, the next step is to connect your Instagram account by entering your Instagram username and password.
On this page, you’ll notice a warning saying if you have trouble signing in you can download their app, which sometimes works better than the browser. I connected my test Instagram account with no problems.
When using this tool, one tip to remember is the app has a built-in proxy list but you need to choose one that’s in the same country as you. If you select a different country, it will look strange on Instagram’s file, because they’ll see you logging in from multiple countries. This is important to remember, as it will help you avoid Instagram’s ban hammer.
Instavast Features Explained:
Getting back on the subject, look at the Instavast services we mentioned earlier, starting with the Instagram bot. Remember, you have to activate each of these services, and most of them cost $10 for 30 days. On that note, there are some free tools too, which we’ll discuss a little later.
Instavast can also work with most social media platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and others. The features for the other platforms are a little different. Regardless, we’ll stick with Instagram for now.
1. Instagram Bot
We’ve seen these services before, and Instavast is no different. Their bot provides users with the opportunity to automate practically every Instagram task, such as Auto-Like, Follow and Un-Follow, Direct Message, and Schedule Posts.
To get started you need to add a new target, which can either be a competitor, location, hashtag or custom. Whatever you enter as a target will start the bot, so make sure it’s relevant to your profile.
Most people will start with competitor accounts. If you’re not sure what username to enter, simply type in a keyword, and a list of accounts will show, then just select the most relevant one.
Keep in mind the bot doesn’t immediately start, it takes an hour or so to start seeing results. Even when I added targets and activated it, I didn’t see any results, until a day later. As usual, you can customize all the settings too, such as; activity speed, filters, unfollow schedule, and limits.
2. Schedule Posts
To use this feature, click on the Posts tab, then Scheduled Posts. Instavast makes it really easy to upload a file from your computer and schedule it to be published.
If you design most of your marketing material on your computer, this will save you a lot of time. On that note, you also can create and save drafts as well as crop and edit images. I found the upload speed a little slow, but overall the service worked as advertised.
3. Manage Comments
In the comment tab, you can view all and manage all the comments on your Instagram profile. This makes it easy to quickly reply to fans or delete undesirable comments.
There’s also a feature called Negative Comments which will automatically detect and delete comments that are inappropriate or spam-like.
4. Auto Direct Message
With their direct message service, you can automatically send a message to new fans. In other words, whenever a new person follows you, this feature will send them a direct message.
It’s quite useful for sharing more information about your profile or business. What you want is to write a message that sounds human, otherwise, people will assume your account is all spam.
That wraps it up for Instavast’s core services. Overall, the services seem to work as promised, but we have seen the same services many times before, so nothing special here.
How Much Does it Cost?
As mentioned earlier, each of the main services cost $10 for 30 days. There’s an option to start a free 3 day trial on each of the services, but you have to click on each one you want to use.
If you want to use everything together, then you have to either purchase a subscription to each product or top-up your account balance.
To use everything together, you’ll have to either purchase a subscription to each product or top-up your account balance.
Although some people might complain they have to subscribe to each service, I think it can be rather useful. Chances are you only really need to use one at a time, anyways.
For example, most people will want to use the Instagram bot and avoid other products. It makes sense to only pay for what you use the most.
Generally, for the full-deal you’re looking at a $40 a month bill.
1. Buy Likes and Views
To use this feature you’ll need to add money to your balance. There are many packages you can choose, from five dollars to $300.
This service is rather self-explanatory. If you want to boost the exposure of an Instagram post, click on the Buy Likes/Views button, select the type of likes, and then choose the post from your profile you wish to promote.
While looking at the type of likes, it’s clear most of the views won’t be from real humans. I assume they rotate proxies from various countries to create views on your account. You can choose Brazilian Likes, Russian Likes, Chinese Likes, USA Likes, and more.
In short, if you want to give a post the appearance of popularity, this is one way to do that, although it won’t actually convert to sales.
What About Free Tools?
Below are some of the free tools found on Instavast.
1. Instagram Hashtag Generator
Wondering what sets of hashtags to include in your post? This tool is designed to help. Thankfully, this is a free tool, and anyone can use it.
What it does is finds all the most popular or relevant hashtags around a post or keyword. I typed in the keyword travel, and here are all the recommended hashtags:
Notice the red button? Use that to copy all the hashtags and paste them wherever you please, makes it easy to boost the reach of your posts. I like this tool, and it’s nice they offer it for free.
2. Banned Hashtags
As you know, there are many hashtags that are not appropriate, and Instagram does it’s best to flag accounts using them.
This tool makes it easy for you to avoid all the banned hashtags related to your industry or business. To keep your account clean, you can also add these to the bot as filters, so it won’t interact with blacklisted accounts on your behalf.
4. Instagram Downloader
The way it works is quite simple. What you have to do is copy the website address of an Instagram post and the tool will download the image to your computer. Not only can you download images, but also user stories and profile pictures.
From what I can see, it looks like a grey-area tool designed to download other people’s content and share it as your own.
What I Liked:
Here are some of things that I liked about this app.
1. Flexible Pricing Structure
For starters, I like their flexible prices. Not only are the services cheap but they also let you choose which ones you want, instead of selling one subscription for all of them. This makes it easy to pay for the ones you want to use, instead of paying for them all when you only really need one.
2. Good Support
Secondly, their support is great. You can find a lot of information in the support section, from set-up guides to frequently asked questions. If you can’t find what you need, there’s always the option to contact support by submitting a ticket. On that note, I like how there are little “Read Our Advice” buttons next to every menu.
3. Control Your Limits
Third, you can set your own limits, instead of using whatever setting the bot chooses for you. I would recommend new members to put the limits lower than the default values, to be on the safe side.
Of course, this also means you can increase the limits, over the safety levels, and that will likely lead to a ban. Still, I thought it was great to set your own limits on every action.
What Could Be Better:
Here’s what I think they can improve…
1. Their Branding
Instagram has made it clear they don’t appreciate tools or businesses using the initial “Insta” in their name. The word “Instavast” is quite similar to the word “Instagram” and many automation tools with similar names have been shut down due to copyright. I can’t say for certain if this one will be shut down, but it’s a little risky.
Read Instagram’s branding guidelines for more information. The rule regarding wording is #2 in their general guidelines.
– Instagram’s guidelines.
Don’t modify, abbreviate or translate the word Instagram to a different language or by using non-English characters, or use any of our logos to replace it. Don’t combine “Insta” or “gram” with your own brand.
2. Confusing UI
I found myself clicking on various menus, trying to figure out how the tool works. It’s a little complicated, and there’s a learning curve that’s sure, although it’s not nearly as complicated as other tools like Jarvee.
3. No Live Chat Support
At the moment, Instavast doesn’t offer live chat support. Submitting a ticket is the only way to contact support. I feel like there should be a live-chat feature.
4. Buying Likes and Views is a Grey Area
Basically an attempt to trick Instagram into thinking the content has more views than it really does. I don’t support the idea of buying likes or views because it comes across as fake. Genuine content will be shared if it’s worth sharing and you shouldn’t force it.
5. The Bot Follows Everyone
Even though can add a blacklist in the filters, the bot will still follow every account it comes across, which are mostly empty accounts with one or two posts and most. When I used the bot on my test profile, a lot of random profiles with numbers in their name ended up following me. I had to manually clean the account.
Wrapping It Up:
To wrap up this Instavast review, I would like to say I think the tool is decent and the pricing is definitely on the cheaper side. On the other hand, it doesn’t make the cut to be on our list of favorite tools because I feel like it will clash with Instagram in the near future, not to mention the other cons.
Notice how our recommended tools don’t use the words “insta” or “gram” anywhere in their names? That’s a sign the company understands copyright and trademark laws.
Overall, Instavast is an okay tool to try out for a bit, although I don’t recommend it for long term use. If you follow their guidelines and keep the account activity limits low, there’s a good chance you can build a following without any issues.
Nevertheless, if you want something for the long-term, I highly recommend checking out one of our recommended Instagram tools. Thanks for taking the time to read this Instavast review. If you found it helpful, or have any questions, leave a comment below.