Here's a step-by-step guide on the easiest ways to get your Instagram Best 9/Top 9:
If you're using the Top Nine app, first you have to download the app on your phone. Once you open the app, it'll ask you for your Instagram handle/username, so type that in, then hit continue. You'll be taken to the next page, where the app will ask for your email address. You can enter it if you want, but you actually don't have to -- just hit the underlined text reading, "Tap here if you don't want to enter your email," then tap "Continue without support" and you're good. You'll be taken to the next page, where your Instagram Top Nine will generate, which could take a few seconds. Once your Instagram Top Nine appears, you'll also be able to see the total number of likes you received in 2019, the number of posts you made, and the average number of likes per post.
The Top Nine website works almost exactly the same way, except there's no way to opt out of providing your email address (use your designated spam/throwaway email address for this). In this case, your Top Nine will generate on the website and they'll also send it to your inbox. The only catch with both the app and the desktop version of Top Nine is that your resulting collage will be stamped with a huge "TOP NINE" watermark, which you'll have to pay $2.99 to remove.
The Best Nine website is more straightforward, though it will take longer. Just go to the site -- bestnine.net -- on your phone's internet browser and type in your Instagram handle (for example, @thrillist), then hit the "GET" button on the right side. You'll be taken to a new page, where the site will say that it's working on creating your 2019 Instagram Best Nine. When we tried it on December 31, we received a confirmation message on the screen, saying, "Please note that now it takes like 10 minutes to complete your request due to a huge demand. Your request is already on our queue, so please come back later." While going this route took much longer than 10 minutes, the resulting Best Nine grid is watermark-free, so there's no annoying prompts asking you to pay anything.
How to Share Your 2019 Instagram Best 9/Top 9
If you decided to use the Top Nine app, there are a few extra steps you'll have to take in order to actually get you nine-photo collage. First, tap the bottom left button labeled "Customize Grid" and flips the switches for the grid options you'd like. Again, if you want to remove the watermark, it'll ask you to cough up $2.99. Hit the "Done" button at the bottom of the screen, then tap the red "Share" button on the main page. From there, it'll give you two quick options: post your grid directly the Instagram Stories or download it to your phone's photo library. If you hit the "More" option, however, you'll be able to share your Top Nine via your phone's built-in share options after you ignore yet another prompt to pay to remove the watermark. We recommend going with the the "Save to Photo Library" option, then posting it to your Instagram account from there -- exactly the same way you normally post photos to Instagram. The Top Nine website involves a similar process.
As for the Best Nine website, which results in a watermark-free grid, sharing is even easier. There isn't a long list of options. Once the site generates your Best Nine (again, that could take a while!), all you have to do is hold down on the resulting grid with your finger and save it to your phone like you do with any other image from the internet. You can save the "Original" option, which includes the stats on your total likes in the frame, or you can save the "Square" version, which is just the simple grid sans extra stuff at the top and bottom of the frame. We recommend the later because it's the simplest and cleanest for when you post it Instagram from your cameral roll.
All said, these are likely your best options for getting your Instagram Best 9/Top 9 this year. There are a bunch of other sites and apps to choose from, and they generally work the same way as Top Nine and Best Nine. In other words, you'll figure it out.
Now you'll be sharing your Best 9/Top 9/whatever to Instagram in no time... and creating a perfect cycle of likes.