What is BlueStacks?

BlueStacks is a piece of software that lets you run Android apps on your Mac/PC. BlueStacks is primarily meant for running Android games, however it also fully supports regular apps, like Instagram.

BlueStacks is a well-established brand, works out of the box with minimal effort on your part and is safe to use.

Followyst and BlueStacks

Followyst works by automating Instagram app installed on an Android device. To do so, it has to connect to a your Android smartphone via a USB cable, or connect to a “virtual” device running on your Mac/PC, like the one provided by BlueStacks.

BlueStacks can emulate a set of Android devices and in most cases works with Followyst with minimal, straightforward configuration. It’s really handy when you don’t own an Android smartphone or can’t afford to part ways with your primary device during the day.

Installing and configuring BlueStacks

  1. Download BlueStacks for your Mac/PC from the official website.
  2. Locate the downloaded installer, double-click on it and follow on-screen instructions. Your Mac/PC might restart in the process. When in doubt, consult official guides for macOS and Windows.
  3. Launch newly installed BlueStacks, in case isn’t running.
  4. Enable Android Debug Bridge (ADB) in BlueStacks. On macOS, go to BlueStack’s Preferences, then Preferences tab and tick Enable Android Debug Bridge (ADB) (as described in the official guide). On Windows, go to BlueStack’s Settings (as described in the official guide), then Advanced and enable Connect to Android at….

macOS

Where to locate Preferences in BlueStacks 4
Accessing BlueStack's Preferences on macOS
Where to locate ADB setting in BlueStacks 4
Locating the ADB settings option in BlueStacks 4 (macOS)

Windows

Where to locate Settings in BlueStacks 5
Accessing BlueStack's Settings on Windows
Where to find ADB settings option in BlueStacks 5
Locating ADB setting in BlueStacks 5 (Windows)
  1. In BlueStacks’s Android, go to Google Play Store and log in with your Google account. In case you don’t have one, following on-screen instruction on how to create one.
  2. In the Google Play Store on BlueStacks, search for Instagram and Install it.
  3. Once installed, click on Open next to Instagram on the same screen. You can also later access Instagram from the BlueStack’s home screen.
  4. Log in to Instagram with the IG you want to automate.
  5. “Warm up” IG by performing the usual actions you do in the Instagram app (tap around, search, browse profiles, like content etc.).
  6. Consult our getting started guide on how to start your journey with Followyst. 

That’s it! You can now launch Followyst, with BlueStacks running, and enjoy cordless automation action 🦾🎉.

Important. Make not to use the same IG account on more than one device at the same time (including BlueStacks). It might cause Instagram to restrict some actions on your IG.

Resolving issues

Followyst doesn't "see" BlueStacks' Android device

In case you can’t select a BlueStack’s device in Followyst, try restarting your Mac/PC. Alternatively, uninstall and install BlueStack’s, making sure you follow all the configuration steps.

Followyst automation fails a lot when running with a BlueStacks' device

Try selecting and applying different device profiles in BlueStacks, as shown below:

macOS

Where to locate a setting to change device profile in BlueStacks 4
Changing device profile in BlueStacks 4 (macOS)

Windows

Where to locate a setting to change device profile in BlueStacks 5
Changing device profile in BlueStacks 5 (Windows)
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