Learn How Instagram’s Algorithms Work From the Ground Up

Since its inception in 2010, Instagram has attracted users of all stripes, ensuring the platform’s continued success. People of all walks of life (from A-listers to small companies to nonprofits to those just trying to keep in contact with loved ones) have continued to utilise the app as a promotional tool and social medium.

Why do certain consumers and brands stand out more than others when everyone has access to the same data? To what end does Instagram’s algorithm choose which posts you might like? In what ways may Instagram help digital marketers better comprehend and effectively place digital content?
Understanding Instagram’s algorithmic structure will provide the solution to this question. Since the functionality of Instagram is not defined by a single algorithm, digital marketers would do well to have a knowledge of how the app is designed to function for each of its many pages.


Depending on whether area of the app is being utilised, Instagram employs a separate set of algorithms. The algorithm that determines what you see on your feed and in your stories may vary somewhat from what you see on the explore page. In general, Instagram’s algorithms are based on users’ interests, engagement, and how recently content was posted.


Instagram is aware of the accounts you follow and the posts you read often. It keeps track of the types of postings you enjoy and the length of time you spend on them, as well as any trends that may indicate the genres to which you are drawn. Users’ interactions with both the people they do and do not follow are tracked by the programme.

This is exacerbated when users choose to follow specific hashtags and can even be influenced by websites visited by the user outside of the app itself. Say you’re interested in learning leathercraft and you find a website dedicated to the subject, you could start seeing more tweets with the hashtag #leatherwork, for example.


Depending on how often a user opens Instagram, the app may choose to display material in reverse chronological order or provide personalised recommendations. Instagram will choose whether to display you stuff in chronological order or depending on what it believes you would want to view based on how often you use the app.

Instagram users who check the app regularly will have a chronological feed, which displays posts in the order in which they were created and gives priority to those from people they engage with. A user’s likelihood of seeing material suggested based on their most recently liked, commented on, or saved photographs increases with the frequency with which they use the app.


Timeliness refers to the time and duration that material is being seen and read. Timeliness may play an important part in deciding which audiences are exposed to information and how many people are really more inclined to connect with it on Instagram, even more so than the interactions and frequency of Instagram posts.

Based on their audience size and how often they use the app, each user will have a prime window for publishing content. Instagram’s algorithms are likely to reward individuals who post the most recently, during active periods of the day, depending on their tailored feed and followers’ activity levels.


With a better understanding of what goes into Instagram’s algorithm, we can examine its implementation in more detail. The order in which items appear in users’ feeds is determined in a variety of ways.


The algorithm powering the feed and stories pages relies heavily on information about the uploaded material and its originator. Instagram’s algorithm is more likely to favour something if it was uploaded more recently, had a lot of likes, and the author of the posted item is more popular.

If a popular user has a lot of followers, posts often, and generates a lot of engagement, the algorithm is more likely to prioritise that user’s material.


The algorithm on the explore page is similar to that on the Feed and Stories pages; however, instead of being based on users’ interactions with accounts they already follow, it is based on how users interact with sites they do not currently follow.

If a person is interested in a website that discusses the use of food as medicine, for instance, they may see the post featured on the explore page, rate it, like it, bookmark it, and comment on it as they would any other post.

Instagram would then utilise this data to determine what kind of material the user is interested in seeing more of on their explore page. The more the user interacted with posts on healthy eating, the more likely Instagram would recommend similar posts to them when they clicked on Explore.

In general, the information displayed on a user’s explore page will be determined by the signals gleaned from the user’s engagement with or interest in previously displayed information.

Signals for the explore page’s algorithm will include information on the post and the originator of the post, as well as the user’s prior interactions with material supplied by the explore page.


Instagram’s algorithms take into account a wide range of information, including users’ interests, activity levels, follower counts, and the time and date of posts. Although the algorithm may vary significantly across the various app features, the fundamental notion is that interaction and interest will be major considerations when determining which posts to display Instagram users.