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How to find your best nine Instagram photos of 2018 before anyone else

Revisit your most-liked moments of 2018.


John-Michael Bond


Posted on Dec 12, 2018   Updated on May 20, 2021, 11:39 pm CDT

Instagram is often criticized as a place that allows people to present a hyper-idealized version of themselves. But in a world that has quickly become a blazing dumpster fire, where’s the harm in that? Instagram is for flirting, reposting memes, and getting over 200 likes on that one really good selfie you took in the summer. Thanks to Top Nine, you can remember your Instagram best nine of the year with ease.

Top Nine is an app and web service that scans users’ Instagram accounts and collects their best nine posts from the year into one image. Top Nine draws from your posts that got the most likes throughout the year, letting you see the moments your followers personally liked the most.

Beyond collecting your best posts, Top Nine’s algorithm tracks how many total likes you got during the year. The mobile version also tells you how many posts you made during the year and your average number of likes per post. Ready to see your best nine? Here’s how to use the sites.  

Find your Instagram best nine with a web browser

Step 1: Visit the Top Nine website and enter your Instagram handle.

Step 2: Enter the email address you’d like your Top Nine collage sent to.


Step 3: Check your email. Within a minute your Top Nine will be delivered. Click the “Download it now!” button and save your best nine photo to your computer.

Find your Instagram Best Nine with the mobile app

Step 1: Find the Top Nine app in the iOS or Android store. If you’re strictly a Windows phone user, you’ll need to use the website.

Step 2: Launch the app and enter your Instagram handle.

Step 3: Enter the email address you’d like your Top 9 sent too.

Step 4: Enjoy your best nine photos directly from the Top Nine app. In a matter of seconds, Top Nine will show you your top posts of the year. Users can save their Top Nine directly to their device’s photo roll by hitting the “Save to Photos” button. Your Instagram best nine will also be emailed to you directly.

How to revoke access from Top Nine

You might want your Top Nine photos without giving the app and website access to your Instagram all year. Top Nine understands and has made it super easy to make your data private again once you get your Nine. Here’s how it works.

Step 1: Visit the Top Nine “forget me” portal.

Step 2: Enter your email and press “Submit.”

 It takes up to 30 days to clear your data. Considering how busy Top Nine’s service is during this time of year, it can take up to 30 days for them to delete your data. Give it time, and you’ll be clear.

Celebrity Instagram best nine

Now that you know how your Top Nine turned out, let’s take a look at how the year went for some of the world’s biggest celebs. 

Drake celebrated with fans, filmed a music video, and shared a baby photo.

Cardi B’s Top nine showcased her pregnancy and glamour throughout the year.

Beyonce’s best nine Instagram posts give fans a look at the three F’s of Bey: family, fashion, and flawlessness.

Barack Obama’s Top Nine showed him goofing off with Joe Biden and celebrating his family.

Ariana Grande’s Top Nine gave fans a look at her music videos along with two somber memorials to Mac Miller.


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Finally, the Daily Dot’s Top 9 showcased some of our most touching stories of the year. From the Dad calling for changing stations in men’s bathrooms to an accidental double proposal that warmed the internet’s heart, it’s been another wild, viral year on the internet.

Let us know on Twitter what your Top Nine Instagram photos of the year were.

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*First Published: Dec 12, 2018, 6:00 am CST