Considered the king of engaging visual content, Instagram has been the fastest-growing social media platform on the internet in the last few years. It is believed that this platform might even surpass the legendary Facebook and YouTube in the upcoming time.
With its striking features, you can create eye-catching reels and showcase your skills and talents through videos and pictures. The scope of Instagram is growing surprisingly fast with each passing day.
All kinds of social media influencers, be it in the fashion, humor, fitness, art, or travel niche, find it to be a creative space to share a variety of content and are highly active on it.
As history has taught us, with the fast growth of any such platform comes the threats of spam accounts that target and threaten countless innocent users and spread hate content.
To protect its users from spam accounts, Instagram has put in place various rules, regulations, and limitations, which help them detect any unusual activity on the platform and take strict, immediate actions for it.
The “We Limit How Often You Can Do Certain Things on Instagram” message is one such limitation that some of you might have seen on the app at times.
If you’re wondering what this message is all about and how to get around it, we’ve got you covered!
In this post, iStaunch will teach you how to fix we limit how often you can do certain things on Instagram.
So keep reading to find the answers to all your questions.
What Does “We Limit How Often You Can Do Certain Things on Instagram” Mean?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to Instagram or have been using the platform for years; you cannot hope to learn about all its limitations and rules.
With that being said, it’s not necessary that you’ll see this message only when you’re doing something wrong. Sometimes, it might be a response to your sudden overuse of some of the platform’s features.
If Instagram notices any unusual activity from your account, it will send you this message:
“Try again later. We limit how often you can do certain things on Instagram to protect our community. Tell us if you think we made a mistake.”
In some cases, this message is also sent to you as a pre-ban warning. If you fail to recede to it, your account can be banned by Instagram indefinitely.
If there’s one thing you need to know about social media platforms like Instagram, it is that they hate spam. Spamming will not only make these platforms an unsafe space for its users but can also raise questions on their credibility and security.
To avoid these things from happening, Instagram has added a variety of rules and limitations for its users.
If you’re unable to access your account thereafter, it should generally take 24-48 hours for you to regain control of it.
In most cases, the freeze or suspension lifts in a couple of hours, but users are suggested to wait at least 48 hours if that doesn’t happen. However, if your account remains suspended even after 48 hours, you should contact the Instagram Help Center for further support.
What Are the Instagram Limitations
If Instagram has sent you the “We Limit How Often You Can Do Certain Things on Instagram” message, it indicates that you have perhaps violated one of its limitations. But how will you figure out which one was it?
Factors that Determines Limitations
Before we discuss these limitations, it is important to note that not all individual accounts will face the same limitations.
While some major limitations, such as posting forbidden content and character limit, is the same for all users, the likes/comments/ following limitations can vary for different accounts.
Following are some of the factors that determine the limitations:
- How old is your account? New accounts have a higher limit than the old ones.
- The number of accounts that you follow as well as those that follow you.
- The average engagement and activity of your account; accounts with higher engagement are allowed more activities.
With these factors in mind, we’ll give you a general idea of the limitations that are valid for an average Instagram account user below.
1. Limitation on Posting or Sharing Forbidden Content
Instagram has strict rules and regulations for all its users, just like most social media platforms when it comes to forbidden content.
Following is the list of the kind of content you should never post or share on this platform:
- Hate speech
- Intense or violent videos
- Encouraging violence or self-injury
- Sexual content
- Buying or selling alcohol, tobacco, or firearm
- Buying or selling live animals
- Threats of vandalism, financial, or physical harm
- Blackmail or harassment
- Illegal prescription drugs
- Online gambling
2. Limitation on Following/Unfollowing
Did you know that Instagram counts both following and unfollowing as the same actions? In other words, whether you’re following or unfollowing other accounts, Instagram will categorize it as the same action.
The daily limit of following and unfollowing set by the platform is 200 follows/unfollows. So, whether you’re following 200 people in a day altogether or following and unfollowing 100 accounts separately, you will end up hitting the limit.
If you’ve made a new Instagram account, you should be even more cautious of this limit, lest you want Instagram to consider your account as spam.
3. Limitation on Liking Posts and Commenting on Them
Do you enjoy double-tapping every single post or reel you see on Instagram?
Well, worry not, Instagram has set the liking limit keeping in mind the average likes its users use in a day; the limit is at 1000 likes. So, even if you’re using Instagram 3-4 hours straight, you’re unlikely to reach that limit.
When it comes to commenting on posts, all of us can agree that writing too many comments takes a lot of time that we generally don’t have. Keeping that in mind, Instagram has set the commenting limits to 200 comments a day.
Moreover, the Instagram AI also views posting the same commenting multiple times as suspicious. So, if you’re doing it to win a giveaway, be careful of touching the limit.
4. Limitation on the Captions and Comments Character Count
As you already know, Instagram is a platform that prioritizes visual content over written ones. Keeping that in mind, it ensures that the users write captions and comments that aren’t considered too long to read.
The character count limit on Instagram captions and comments is set at 2200 characters. However, if you think you can more to say, you can always add multiple comments after the caption; many Instagrammers are doing it.
5. Limitation on Sending Direct Messages
How many people do you talk to on Instagram DMs on a daily basis? Any average Instagrammer’s answer should range between 10-25, right? Well, Instagram allows you to send much more DMs than that; the daily limit of DMs you can send here is 80.
However, if your daily direct messages cross 80, the Instagram AI will notice it and might send you a warning. They can also lock you out of your account temporarily.
The whole purpose of adding hashtags on Instagram (or any other social media platform) is to broaden the exposure of your post/story. These hashtags can attract the attention of users that follow or like similar content, thereby increasing your content’s visibility among the desired audience.
However, Instagram believes in the fact that there’s only so much attention you need. Therefore, it has set its hashtag limit to 30 per post or story.
7. Limitation on Duration of Videos and IGTV
While Instagram encourages its users to create visual content that’s both static and moving (photos and videos), it must add some limitations to the duration of these contents. Otherwise, the platform would soon start resembling YouTube.
Therefore, any video you post on Instagram can only be 60 seconds long, and those in your story can be up to 15 seconds long.
Because many Instagrammers were facing issues with such a short length, the platform rolled out two other features: IGTV and Instagram Live. On the IGTV videos, you can upload pre-recorded, edited videos that range between 15 seconds and 10 minutes in length.
While on Instagram Live, you can add even an hour-long video, as long as it’s being recorded live. But that’s it, and you cannot add a video on this platform (either pre-recorded or live) that’s longer than 60 minutes.
8. Limitation on Adding Story
How many stories can you possibly add on Instagram in a day? Even if you’re on vacation or traveling to an exciting club or restaurant, you would upload about 40-50 stories in a day, right?
Well, Instagram allows you to do much more than that. The daily story limit of Instagram is 100 stories, which its users rarely cross.
However, if you happen to have shared 100 stories today and have more to add, all you need to do is wait for 24 hours after the first story was added. As soon as some of your old stories disappear, you can start adding new ones.
9. Limitation on Tagging in Your Post, Story, or Comments
The feature of tagging other accounts in your posts or stories was meant to include the people who are present or were taking the pictures/ videos you upload. But some
Instagrammers tend to use it to gain popularity, just like hashtags.
If you’re one of these, you should know that the maximum number of accounts that you can tag in a particular post or story is 20. In the case of mentioning people in your comments, this limit is even lower: 10 per post/comment.
10. Limitation on the Character Count Username & Bio
As you already know, Instagram lets you choose a unique username for your profile; it could be your real name (if available) by adding other characters to it or a pet name that most people know you by. The platform has limited the character count of this username to 30 characters so that users don’t end up making them too long and difficult to read.
As with the bio on your profile, it’s meant to be short and concise, enough to give others a general idea of who you are, what you do, and what your interests are. And according to Instagram, 150 characters are sufficient to achieve that.