How to Create an Instagram Best Nine Collage

Showcase your top nine Instagram posts

A man looking at his Top 9 Instagram post on his iPhone during New Years.

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A popular Instagram trend that pops up every December and January is the Top Nine Instagram Collage post. This type of Instagram post features one single image containing smaller versions of the nine most-liked images posted from an account during the past calendar year. The Top Nine Collage, also referred to as a Best Nine Collage, is generally a great way to reflect on the year gone by. It also works as a quick way to find out what sort of posts your followers enjoy the most.

Best Instagram Top 9 Creation Methods

The most popular way to create a collage of your nine most-liked Instagram photos is to use one of the many apps or websites specializing in this one specific feature.

There are various app options for iOS and Android, in addition to a large number of websites. Before you choose a service to create your collage, though, it’s incredibly important to check the following before diving in:

  • Does it ask for your email? Some services, like the popular TopNine.co website and app, collect your email address for marketing purposes. If you’re concerned about your privacy, it’s best to avoid services such as this.
  • Does it leave a watermark? Some Instagram collage services embed a massive watermark over the finished image that essentially renders it useless. Websites and apps that do this often charge a fee to have the watermark removed.
  • Does it ask for your Instagram login information? Collage apps and websites that require your login information have been known to get Instagram accounts shut down or locked due to suspicious behavior caused by the collage creation process.

The easiest and safest way to make a best nine Instagram collage is to use 2017bestnine.com on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The instructions below will cover this method.

How to Create a Top 9 Instagram Photo Collage

To make an Instagram photo collage, you’ll need to have an active Instagram account with at least nine posts from the previous calendar year, a web browser, and an internet connection.

Your account must be set to Public for this to work. To change this setting within the Instagram app, tap Settings > Privacy > Account Privacy and make sure the option next to Private Account is disabled. You can make your Instagram account private again as soon as you have your Top Nine Instagram collage image.

  1. Open your favorite web browser and go to the 2017bestnine.com website.

    Making a Top 9 Instagram collage on the 2017bestnine website.

    Despite the website address and name, the website will create a collage for whichever year was the previous one.

  2. Enter your username into the Instagram ID field.

    Making a Top 9 Instagram collage on the 2017bestnine website.

    There’s no need to type the '@.' Also, make sure to remove any spaces. 

  3. Select GET.

  4. The website will now fetch your Instagram post data. This can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.

    Making a Top 9 Instagram collage on the 2017bestnine website.

    Don’t select anything while this process is completing and don’t refresh the web page.

  5. Once your best nine Instagram collage loads, select Square. This will give you a clean image without any additional text that you can download.

    Making a Top 9 Instagram collage on the 2017bestnine website.
  6. Right-click the image and save it to your device.

    Making a Top 9 Instagram collage on the 2017bestnine website.

    If you’re using a computer, you’ll now need to send the image file to your iOS or Android device with the Instagram app installed. This can be done via email or by uploading it to a cloud service like OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

  7. Open the Instagram app on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet and create a new post as you usually would, making sure to select your recently created Instagram photo collage as your image.