Instagram API changes – 4/4/2018

Instagram has made some sudden changes to their API without even warning developers. Users are not allowed to get any media of other users. Only own feed media and hashtag media.

Instagram gave us no warning before 04-05-2018 for the sudden changes unfortunately. These changes affect all Instagram Plugins. We are very sorry for any problem caused by these unforeseen changes.

How will these new API affect the Enjoy Instagram plugin?

User Feeds
It is still possible to display your own Instagram account, however, Instagram has removed the ability to display user feeds from other Instagram accounts which are not your own. For example it’s not possible to display Instagram feed by a public profile not owned.

“Like” Feeds
It is possible to display “Likes” by Instagram feed not moderated but no longer possible to display “Likes” by moderated feed. In this last case, for Lightbox option, you will display only the pictures.

Public Comments
It is possible to display comments on your own user feeds, but it is no longer possible to display comments on Lightbox for moderated Instagram feed.

We apologize for any inconvenience or frustration caused by this unforeseen change.

Team MediabetaProjects

Below the Instagram communication:

To continuously improve Instagram users’ privacy and security, we are accelerating the deprecation of Instagram API Platform, making the following changes effective immediately. We understand that this may affect your business or services, and we appreciate your support in keeping our platform secure. 

The following capabilities will be disabled immediately (previously set for July 31, 2018 or December 11, 2018 deprecation):

  • Follower List – to read the list of followers and followed-by users
  • Relationships – to follow and unfollow accounts on a user’s behalf
  • Commenting on Public Content – to post and delete comments on a user’s behalf on public media
  • Likes – to like and unlike media on a user’s behalf
  • Subscriptions – to receive notifications when media is posted
  • Users Information – to search for and view users’ public content
  • Some information on Public Content returned through hashtag and location search – Name, Bio, Comments, Commenters, Follower Count, Following Count, Post Count, and Profile Picture


The following will be deprecated according to the timeline we shared previously:

  • Public Content – all remaining capabilities to read public media on a user’s behalf on December 11, 2018
  • Basic – to read a user’s own profile info and media in early 2020

Additional resources for your reference:


The Instagram Platform Team