Instagram now deleting photos uploaded by unofficial Windows Phone apps [Update]

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When developers started figuring out how to upload photos to Instagram without official APIs and permissions we knew this day could come. The problem with unofficial apps is that they can be rendered useless at the drop of a hat if the official company realizes what’s happening. That is exactly what has happened with Instance, the popular Instagram app.

Yesterday evening Instance users started noticing some odd behavior with the app. There were many reports of log-in issues on Reddit, but a much bigger issue has arisen since then. Windows Phone users are now reporting that photos are being deleted a few seconds after being uploaded to Instagram. Looks like they have finally wised up to what Windows Phone users have been doing.

Daniel Gary, developer of Instance, says that Instagram is deleting the photos after they are uploaded. This leads us to believe that Instagram can’t figure out how to block the photos from being uploaded in the first place. So instead they are just waiting around for photos to be uploaded, and then hitting the delete button. The good news is that this doesn’t affect Hipstamatic, but using that app has its own problems.

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days without an official Instagram app.

UPDATE: An Instagram spokesperson has reached out to us with a statement on the situation:

We recently made an update to the systems that we use to fight spam to help prevent future attacks and increase security. As part of this, applications accessing Instagram against the terms of our API may also be affected. This update does not specifically target any particular app or platform.

[via The Verge]


  • Edgar Cervantes

    That is so not cool. What issues do they have with third-party apps? There is no other option for Windows Phone. If they won’t release an app they should at least be more understanding.

  • Yeah, it’s mind boggling to me.

  • J

    From memory, they didn’t want 3rd parties submitting images to their service as it wasn’t guaranteed the images would match the size and/or quality that the office app provides.

  • J

    official*