Copy and Paste these Instagram Hashtags for More Followers and Likes

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Copy and Paste these Instagram Hashtags for More Followers and Likes

By Jason A. Howie   /     May 25, 2012  /     Articles  /     
Copy and paste these Instagram Hashtags

Copy and paste these popular Instagram Hashtags for more likes and followers

Regularly I will be reviewing the top Instagram hashtags for tags that have the most pictures and followers. These tags will always be applicable to every photo, no matter how it was taken, what it is of, or what filter you used, these tags are just for the best photos and have the most followers. So always remember to add more tags that are relevant to the photo. For example: #love #dog #flower #philadelphia are more descriptive of a photo. Bookmark this page on your phone’s home screen for easy reference.

The Top 15 Most Popular Instagram Hashtags:

#like #instagood #photooftheday #follow #instalike #instamood #igers #all_shots #picoftheday #instadaily #bestoftheday #igdaily #followme #webstagram #tweegram

Also with over 15k photos, I love to monitor the #aptsonic which are photos fellow readers of this article have posted and tagged.

iPhone/Android users Copy and Paste the above hashtags into your notepad app and save them for easy access, but don’t forget to check back next month for the updated list. I promise to keep this list of instagram hashtags updated with the most popular hashtags.

Instructions on how to use hashtags in Instagram:

  1. Take or import your photo with Instagram
  2. Manipulate the photo as you want, click done.
  3. On the next screen in the caption area type in a relevant description, this is also where you want to place your tags*
    • You can either type or copy and paste your hashtags into the caption field.
  4. Then Select the sites which you want to share the photo with and press done.

*Since I use Facebook a great deal I prefer to type out an interesting caption out and then to post my hashtags afterwards.

To add Instagram hashtags after the fact follow these simple steps:

  1. Follow the steps above but in step 3 instead of inserting hashtags into the caption area, just type out what ever is relevant and select the sites which you want to share the photo with, then press done.
  2. After you press done Instagram will process and upload your photo.
  3. Press the comment button below your latest photo
  4. Either type out or copy and paste your tags into the comment field and press done.
  5. That’s it!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @JasonAHowie

About Jason A. Howie

An unabashed marketing geek with a love for both the analytic trends and the creative possibilities in social media marketing.


  1. Justin Daniel Says: June 9, 2012 5:43 pm

    It’s only 14 tags since you used “#instadaily” twice. And you spelled 4 of them incorrectly:

    “#photoftheday” should be “#photooftheday”
    “#insagramhub” > “#instagramhub”
    “#pictoftheday” > “#picoftheday”
    “#igaddict” > “#igaddicts”

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    • Jason A. Howie Says: June 9, 2012 6:35 pm

      @facebook-15615011:disqus thank you for pointing out the duplicate I changed it to #ignation and corrected 3 of other mistakes. #igaddict has over 2.2 million photos though so that one is at least correct. Thank you again! That’ll teach me for updating posts in the middle of the night.

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  2. bberg1010 Says: June 20, 2012 6:15 pm

    For future updates, could you provide more information about the hashtags? I feel like using all of these hashtags in every single picture I upload would be considered spammy, and not every picture would be applicable within the stream. Could you provide insight on how to best use these within our social strategy?

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    • Jason A. Howie Says: June 20, 2012 8:02 pm

      @bberg1010:disqus Thank you for you comment and you brought up some interesting points which have resulted in this long response, I apologize in advance.

      I will follow up with a post about what the different hashtags represent later this week. But for now:

      As to your point with photos not being applicable to a particular stream or tag with the above hashtags, every month I chose from Webstagram’s Top 100 Tags list, ( specifically looking for general use tags that have mass appeal.

      When I originally wrote this article I debated with myself about how many tags are too many. Ultimately after checking some people that I follow and a number of different popular photos on instagram within these same tags I chose 15 as my max for this article. I’ll admit even 10 seems long but I also considered the four points below I do to be less spammy.

      1st I only apply these tags to photos that I think are interesting and engaging
      2nd I always respond to likes and comments and usually get more engagement from doing so and I always appreciate the feedback myself.
      3rd From time to time I like and comment on my followers pictures.
      4th With 40 million users the shelf life of hashtags is very very fast, many people want to have their photos appreciated as well. So I consider it diversification to draw more attention to your photos and your brand to use a number of hashtags. But there is a limit especially if there is no relevancy.

      People are smart they know you want them to look at your stuff they’ll forgive hashtags for a really good shot or interesting picture. (But don’t post hashtags on Facebook that’s just annoying)

      For a social media strategy it is a little tricky to find a balance of pushing your content but also being a part of the conversation. For a brand I would start with a little research into which hashtags fit your strategy; by the way is a great way to do this from a computer.

      To give you an example of my own use in a recently I offered some social media advice to a manager at Baby Blue’s BBQ here in Philadelphia. (Btw great place, I highly recommend it) Obviously they were tagging their photos with #bbq and #philly but national tags might not bring more local patrons to their tables and bar, the #philly tag might help some but the city is kind of spread out. So doing a little research into instagram and hashtags we looked for into their local and city wide areas and at first we found out that the hyper-local news reporters have instagram too. Which Baby Blue’s now follow and engage with on both twitter and instagram. Additionally we found that there is a popular hashtag used by the students in one of the surrounding colleges. They capitalize on this tag by engaging the students and by posting their own pictures for the students to see as well. Another idea we came up with was to make up a hashtag which they follow for patrons to post their food and drink to and the user with the best picture that month gets a prize at the end of the month.

      Obviously the use has to fit your strategy and focus on your market segments. If you’re a national brand you would be focusing more on mass appeal use the above tags but if you’re focusing on a local market or a specific market segment you would want to focus more on the influencers and hashtags that apply within that segment or area.

      I hope I answered your questions or at least gave you some ideas which lead you to your answers.


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    • jasonahowie Says: June 29, 2012 11:44 am

      BBerg1010 you’ll find that I’ve begun listing more information on the hashtags at this address: I hope this helps you!

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    • Jason A. Howie Says: July 9, 2012 1:38 pm

      BBerg1010 you’ll find that I’ve begun listing more information on the hashtags at this address: I hope this helps you!

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    • Shane Says: September 18, 2012 1:12 pm

      I’m sure like google they are gonna update the system and hash tags won’t mean crap anymore. It’s gonna be a legit description and people will do searches like “cute puppy” or something like they do on google. It’s like a hung google image search with just random photos always. Half of who I don’t know… If anyone would like to follow me it’s @McLovinPics

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      • Jason A. Howie Says: September 21, 2012 9:36 pm

        Shane you have a good point in that it is becoming increasingly hard for users to monitor these more popular hashtags, so I suspect to see some differences in how and which hashtags are used in the months to come.

        But I don’t see Instagram getting their users to categorize their photos like flickr, tumblr, or pinterest do with their posts. So I’m willing to bet you’re right that they will improve the search functionality but I still think that hashtags will be a major part of Instagram going forward.

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  3. Dwayne Gantala Says: July 12, 2012 10:35 pm

    Thanks so much for the tip. Anyhow, could you please critique my photos? My IG ID is @thesilentguy. I would really appreciate it.

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  4. Mike Burns Says: August 15, 2012 6:06 pm

    Follow me on instagram @dinkdink92

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  5. Tyler Morrison Says: August 17, 2012 3:27 am

    Android Users may want to check out a handy Hashtag tool specifically designed for Instagram called Hash-a-Gram (in Google Play Market)

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  6. Fabio Lalli Says: September 13, 2012 3:56 pm

    Hi guys!
    Have you read this post ? This is the new follow button on Followgram: with this follow-button users can follow directly! 😉

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  7. Nath Says: September 19, 2012 11:54 pm

    Follow me… @nath_swayr

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  8. kayla Says: September 23, 2012 9:15 pm

    Great article!! You can follow me too 🙂 @kaylamflores

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  9. Claudia Felix Garay Says: October 15, 2012 5:38 pm

    Follow clauds_love

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  10. sandy boland Says: October 17, 2012 2:55 am


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  11. Sophie Morcom Says: November 21, 2012 2:55 pm

    Oh My God! I love Jason !!
    Can you do a favor and follow me? 😀
    My username is @itssophiemorcom
    MUCH LOVE. :* <3<3

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  12. Franny Says: November 29, 2012 8:38 am

    Jason excellent post and very informative! I did have a question for you though and I’m hoping you know.

    I’ve noticed some users that have anywhere from 5k up to 20k plus followers while only following only a handful of people. Additionally their photos arent spectacular rather everyday photos of themselves. These aren’t prominent people so I’m really curios how do they obtain a massive following?

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    • Jason A. Howie Says: November 29, 2012 5:30 pm


      In some cases they may have followed a lot of people in exchange for a follow back, and then unfollowed them once they reached a certain number of followers. Unfortunately I have seen this done on twitter and its probably just as likely on Instagram.

      Another way to do this is a gig site like Fiverr has people that will do a task for 5 dollars. In some cases a vendor might offer 500 followers for $5 or another might offer 5,000 followers for $5. The vendor will then use a bot to create 5,000 fake accounts and then follow people that paid him $5. These types of followers slowly disappear over time as anti spam tools catch up. Its a funny practical joke to play on people at times, it happened to me. I have 3,400+ twitter followers, only around 400 I suspect to be real.

      The other thing might be that the person is genuinely popular in their professional or social circles. Remember with Instagram you’re only seeing a small piece of that person; they might be known for something much larger outside of Instagram.

      Those are just 3 ideas that came to mind, hope they helped.

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  13. ♚ C h y n n a ♚ Says: December 5, 2012 5:35 am

    I used to use these hashtags, in fact, i’ve also gone through the top 100 hashtags from web.stagram. one night i went crazy. i just kept copying and pasting the hashtags to my old photos. i got a lot of like on my old photos, not to mention, people were also looking at my most recent upload. and i reached over 100 for the first time! unfortunately now a days it seems as if my hashtags aren’t working. i even post pictures during the popular time of the day (when i get the most likes) and i made sure my profile is public. any ideas on to why my hashtags aren’t working? also i’ve noticed the people who do like it (one or two every hour!) are either my friends (real people i know) or a fake account. but now i can’t even get more than 10 likes!! help.

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    • Jason A. Howie Says: December 5, 2012 10:55 pm


      I’ve too have noticed this. The problem is there are just too many people posting now. These hashtags are just too popular and the feeds are filling quickly. I might instead focus on photo specific hashtags, ie #flower #rose #redrose as well as your growing your other social networks then driving traffic to instagram.

      Hope that helps.

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  14. Kerri.Mallon Says: December 5, 2012 3:26 pm

    thanks (y) 🙂 follow please, i follow back @kerrimallon

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  15. Ana Says: December 12, 2012 10:58 pm

    siga-me anaguimara3s

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  16. disqus_2jkIJ49YqW Says: December 23, 2012 11:51 pm

    follow instagram : reechakhu

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  17. jane Says: December 30, 2012 11:46 pm

    Any idea why my hashtag isnt working? :'( it works before but now my hashtag is not appearing on the hashtag page

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  18. jane Says: December 31, 2012 5:02 am

    Any idea why my hashtag is not working? Its not appearing on the hashtag page

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  19. ambreen11 Says: March 12, 2013 2:43 am

    Really excellent instagram hash tags you have published here. I will surely bookmark this page for using hash tags on pictures. Thanks

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  21. revital Says: October 7, 2014 2:11 pm

    read a lot of comments here. learnt some stuff so thank you! if you want to check my profile: revital_snaider is my profile name

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  22. masons Says: October 29, 2014 4:17 am


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  23. kristalyn davis Says: August 9, 2015 6:27 pm

    Add me on imstagram @__angels__from__hell__

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