Getting started in Jarvee - a guide for Brands & Businesses

So you have your own brand/business and are creating nice content, regular stories, engaging with your audience and your Instagram feed looks great. Awesome, you are doing everything right!
Unfortunately only a couple of hundred people even know you exist and you don’t have $$$ to spend on marketing in other channels or SEO to get your brand recognized in an oversaturated market. If this sounds familiar then you have found the right post, read on…

This is a basic guide for those looking to get started using automation to increase the awareness of their business and find some customers. I am assuming that you have a brand account that is already established and active daily. If you have a new account then please search elsewhere on the forum for advice.

Before you use your brand account for any automation, test on a personal account to get some experience and make mistakes in a safe environment.

Why do it yourself?

  1. Nobody knows your brand and target customer like you.
  2. Employing a quality agency to manage your IG account is an expense you can’t afford (yet).
  3. You like a technical challenge and love learning new skills.

What Automation tool?
Jarvee - if you read the forum you will find it is the only one people recommend. It costs $30 per month for the basic package. I found it after researching and testing many tools. Get the free trial and you won’t look back.
Jarvee is windows based and needs to be running 24/7. If that is something you want to do at home then go for it.
If you only have Apple stuff or you don’t want to run a PC at home 24/7 then you can run the software on a Virtual Private Server (VPS). This is a nice ‘clean’ way of having the software running on a reliable datacentre windows server environment. Jarvee have a great tutorial for getting this set up on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and it’s free for the first year.

OK, so you are all set up with Jarvee software, well done and thanks for coming back.

Do I need a proxy?
It’s time to consider IP addresses: If you are running Jarvee at home then that’s good, you have a residential IP address that will be well trusted by IG. If you only have one account on Jarvee then you don’t really need to set up a proxy. This is the basic setup and perfectly good to start automating your account. Don’t automate more than one account using this method as bad behavior or a mistake on one account could affect your brand account. If you get things wrong Jarvee can do a lot of damage to your account much quicker than you could using the IG app.
If you are running a VPS or want to automate more than one account (you will do I guarantee it) then you are going to need proxies. There are loads of proxy providers out there, you will need one suitable for IG. If you have a search around you can find various recommendations on this forum but it seems that everyone’s experience is different and there are many conflicting experiences. Good ones do a free trial so you can test things before spending actual cash. A datacenter proxy should work well for our strategy here as we are not going to be pushing things too hard or posting from Jarvee.

Proxy setup
In your proxy configuration set the authorized IP to that of your VPS.
Make a note of your proxies, should be something like

Jarvee setup
We are only going to use Follow, Unfollow & Like tools as these are fairly safe. I don’t recommend using other tools without serious testing on non-critical accounts.

Settings - Enable global nightmode & randomise nightmode. Switch them on and set to reasonable hours that a real person might actually do.
Social profiles - add profile. Show proxy settings, add your proxy for the account (eg. Add your IG username & password and click ‘validate account’.

Tools - Follow - these are starting guidelines, change all the numbers slightly to make your automation more anonymous. Keep follow + unfollow actions less than 60 per hour (combined).
Wait between 4-8 min per operation
follow between 2-8 people per operation, with a delay 70-120 seconds between each follow.
Add random sleep time on.
Follow limits (SUPER IMPORTANT) - this is where you can easily go wrong as if this is not set correctly your account will just keep going and be stopped by IG.
Follow a maximum of 10 - 20 per day, increase each day with 10 until it becomes 400 max. You may want to be more aggressive with this but test and research before you do.

User filters - this is up to you, more filtering = better accuracy. We are looking to grow and find real customers, not only follower numbers.
Use the filters that segment your target customer, i.e. english speaking, skip business accounts, follow only male/female and language selection.
The following filters should be used to improve your follow back effectiveness and avoid fake accounts:
User has profile image
User bio must not contain invalid words (find an undesirable word list)
User has a number of followers / followings, 20-1500, 20-1500 - tweak this for your target customer (do research) but keep the max number low or they might not notice you exist and are unlikely to follow back.
User is not following this account
Do not follow private users
Do not follow accounts with more than 3 digits in their username (filters a lot of spam accounts)

After follow actions
Like users latest post
Like between 1 and 2 posts
Like random posts
Like before follow 50% - modify this anywhere from 20-80 for increased randomness
Like percentage 50% - this is a bit safe but IG hates automated likes so we will only like 50% of the time.

Tools - Unfollow - these are starting guidelines, change all the numbers slightly to make your automation more anonymous. Keep follow + unfollow actions less than 60 per hour (combined).
Unflollow items after a minimum of 1-1 days. this depends on how agressive you want to be unfollowing.
Wait between 4-8 min per operation
unfollow between 2-8 people per operation, with a delay 70-120 seconds between each follow.
Add random sleep time on.
Unfollow limits
Unfollow a maximum of 15 - 25 per day, increase each day with 15 until it becomes 400 max. You may want to be more aggressive with this but test and research before you do.

User Filters
Unfollow all users targeted by Jarvee - optional but recommended to keep your own follower / following ratio looking healthy
Also target users followed outside of Jarvee - good if you have already manually followed loads of people and need to tidy up.
Use whitelist is handy, add your favorite customers/friends so you don’t accidentally unfollow them.

Tools Like - Settings - We are going to keep the use of this feature minimal as we are mostly liking from follows however, we need to switch it on so we can control the number of likes given in a day. As mentioned before IG is crazy suspicious of likes and easily blocks you for a day.
Wait between 120-240 minutes between each new operation
Like limits - 10-20 per day increase each day with 10 until it reaches a maximum of 300 (or less)

Tools - Like - Sources
Like latest feed posts
Like posts of users that interacted with target posts - enter your own account here.

Tools - Follow - Sources.
You may have noticed that I did this in the wrong order! that’s because this is the big one and the bit where you need to do the work. I can’t tell you what accounts to use as it depends on your niche and target customer. So let’s start with the settings and then you can do your research.

Follow followers of target accounts
Follow the most recent 1000 followers
enter accounts of competitors or people your target customers follow and click ‘add account followers’ to add to the tool.

Follow usersd that interacted with posts on target accounts
enter accounts that your target customers like or comment on and refine the settings to suit.

There are lots of other great tools but i’ve just covered the basic (and most popular ones).

Once you get started, you can monitor and refine these sources. Jarvee gives you a follow-back ratio on each source so you can refine your sources. You will find that some sources give you numbers and some sources give quality, so don’t jsut focus on the follow back. As a brand you need social proof (i.e. followers & engagement) and you need real customers, I personally find that in my niche real customers don’t comment very much but view every story and like the posts they really love. This all depends on your customer and niche.

OK, it’s time to get started, go back to the tools page and enable Like, Follow & Unfollow for your account.

Congrats, you got started using my guide! Now the real work begins monitoring and refining your setup to perfection.
If this looks like too much of a challenge for you then I suggest searching the forum for a professional who can give you customized service and grow your social media presence. I have spent so much time on Instagram and would not recommend doing it yourself unless you really enjoy it.

Disclaimer time:

  1. The above guide is based on my personal experience and may not work for you, depending on a thousand variables your experience could be completely different so use with caution.
  2. Jarvee is addictive, you will spend much more time on it than you expect and you have a business to run so you should go and do that instead (voice of my wife).
  3. If anyone more experienced on the forum (there are many here) see any technical inaccuracies then please let me know so I can update. If any data here is too sensitive for lvl1 then please let me know as I still can’t work out what is and is not OK.

If you like the guide then please hit the like button thing, thanks.

Edited by @wortime. DM for reason if needed.
Edit: removed proxy recommendation for safety reasons.


Nice guide! Button smashed


Thanks for the smash!
I just wanted to write the guide that I was looking for when I was desperately trying to grow our IG account.


Wow thanks for this massive guide. I am new to jarvee and have used other bots before and this is perfect as it goes over everything most important. Love the valuebomb!


Nice guide thank you for your settings! definitely helps a noob like me out!

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This is just great! Thank you.

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Maybe this might sound stupid but why would you need Jarvee? Thnx

Edited by @wortime DM for reason if needed. Also, really? Come on guys. This is why we can’t have nice things ffs

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Which action will let jarvee send a connection request to IG?
what i mean is, (ie) i have 2 acccounts on the same mobile proxy, but i don’t want them to be linked together, 1 run for 12 hrs and the other for the remaining 12 hrs per day, changing ip , so for ig they are 2 account used from 2 different ip.
How can i be sure that there won’t be any connection sent from account 1 when account 2 is running?
Ovbiusly no f/u/like/posting etc. there are other thing i have to care about? like opening the setting in jarvee will send a connection? or looking at bio? or it just being active? is there a features to prevent any connection for determinied hours?
Thanks, i know that it a mess to read, pardon me <3

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Hey @Broked,

Good question. I don’t know why your want to do this but it’s still a good question.

Sleep mode set in the account settings will do this. When in sleep mode no actions will be made.
So, now account sleeps in the morning & one in the evening.

If you use embedded browser all will be undone of course.


Hi @Grillero

I don’t think I understand the question, maybe it got lost in the edit.
Jarvee is a good tool for me to increase the visibility of my brand and find new customers.
The user and scraping tools are great for finding the real influencers in my market (not IG influencers) and connecting with their network.

Also, I’m an engineer by training (20 years ago) so I enjoy learning a technical skill.


sleep mode would work but i need to do it multiple times a day.
I just need to be sure that, while 1 account it’s running, the second one, on the same proxy won’t send any type of actions.


I’m getting a lot of “please wait a few minutes” when trying to browse on mobile and the tool is running. Mostly with your settings @Avo.

How can I limit scraping/day so my account won’t get flagged?

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The only way I know to avoid this is to scrape from a different account and send the target users to the follow account, or reduce the number of filters you use.

I’m sure someone with more experience knows more…


Nice tutorial for beginners just starting out, I’m glad you took some time of your day to write this, it will definitely help a lot of people :+1:


Thank you so much for this guide, and taking some mystery out of something a bit daunting for a beginner. I m going to try Jarvee and use this as my initial guide. I only have 1 account but ultimately will have 5 accounts or more. Because of the big learning curve on this, and I need to get going asap, I ll use the amazon VPS and when I can figure out the proxies, do I switch the main account to that, or just leave it on the VPS for the remaining year? Is there any referral that I can get someone to help set me up with this ? particularly in Los Angeles?


Glad you like the guide

You will need proxies for all accounts running on the VPS, one each is best.
The VPS IP address may not work well as many say that AWS IP addresses are already known to IG.

Good luck with your setup!

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I d like to rephrase my question:
if I have an iMac and if for instance I want to automate only one account (my main account which is very important to me)

should I use VPS (with proxy) or AWS (with proxy) or raspberry proxy or install Virtual box on my iMac?

If my intention to have 3-5 accounts ultimately, which of the above?

I need to get started asap on my main account, so whats the easiest for immediate? I m thinking I should go to followliker until I get this other part figured out.

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Single account solution:
VPS is a Virtual Private Server (virtual computer), AWS is the provider (Amazon Web Services). So you will need a VPS on AWS.
If you have the tech skills, the raspberry proxy is a great solution and the best low cost solution to manage one account with a VPS. If not use datacenter proxies.
If you install virtual box on iMac it will be easy but your iMac will need to be switched on 24/7. For me this is a waste of a good iMac (I’m writing this on an iMac :slight_smile: ).

3-5 accounts:
You will need VPS & datacenter proxies.
Suggested solution…

  • 1 x VPS from AWS
  • 1 x raspberry proxy
  • 2-4 x datacentre proxies

If you think you will want 3-5 accounts then I would suggest to plan for 10 accounts, get them set up and warmed up.

Hope this helps


Great guide! I have a thread title suggestion to get more clicks.

Getting started in Jarvee - a starter guide for Brands & Businesses (by a brand/business for when your’e getting started) just starting out in getting your Brand or Business started.


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Gotta get those clicks
Gotta get those likes
Gotta get to L2

Title edited for easier reading