Understand why several unofficial Instagram apps have stopped working

Do you use any unofficial customer Instagram? If the answer is “yes”, try to open it and see if everything is operating normally. It turns out that many applications stopped working last Wednesday (1/6), for not following the rules that were announced at the end of last year.

These rules were dictated by Instagram, limiting access to its API and establishing several deprivations for third-party applications. All developers who want to use the API now need to go through a strict review process.


To be approved, apps must follow the following intentions:

  • Apps that help people share their own content with third-party apps.
  • Apps that help brands and advertisers understand and manage their audience and media.
  • Apps that help content producers (broadcasters and publishers) to discover content, acquire digital media rights and share media with due credit.

The note released in November 2015 enforced the rule for new apps and allowed six months for apps launched before the date to make the necessary changes and remain active. However, many of these were taken on the air exactly on the scheduled day (1/6). These rules also extended to websites that used the API and are already offline, with Gramfeed and Mixagram.

Although it seems like a very drastic measure, it will not be the end of applications and websites – they will only go through a more rigorous screening. According to Instagram, this measure will prevent malicious applications from accessing user data and using it illegally. Everyone can still submit their applications for review and, according to them, will be gladly evaluated.

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[via MacRumors]