Re-connecting Instagram Shopping

mikeatstnkyllc
New Member
1 0 1

After a failed attempt to set up Instagram Shopping and endless talks with Facebook's Support, I was advised to delete all connections and start from scratch. 

I deleted the catalogs and shops on Facebook, deleted the Facebook Sales Channel on Shopify, and as a result the commerce account disappeared as well. 

I recreated the Facebook Sales Channel, connected it to our Business Manager, set up Facebook Shop - all good. 

But now...I'm trying to connect Instagram Shopping and it seems the app has remembered the Instagram account. Rather than starting set-up from zero, it only gives me the option to continue setup. And when I do, it's telling me the account wasn't approved for Facebook Shopping. 

When I try to set up Instagram Shopping through Facebook's Commerce Manager, I get the following:

"This Instagram business account is already linked to a Commerce account on Shopify. As of August 31, you'll be able to finish setting up checkout on Instagram from your Shopify account."

Is there anyone that has run into this issue or could lend a helping hand? Dealing with Facebook and Instagram is just a nightmare...

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PaalCoffee
Excursionist
10 0 5

I'm having the same problem. Also struggling to get my Instagram account verified for shopping. Instagram support tells me the website linked to it doesn't have products available for direct purchase. I have no clue why they say that. The website is a Shopify store, the IG is linked to my FB-page in Business Manager. The domain is verified. I've taken it all down and started from scratch - still same problem.

If anybody has a solution to this, please let us know.

tomajuli
New Member
1 0 0

Hello, have you figured out a solution? This has happened to me too, after messing up my first instagram review. Decided to start from scratch and ran into this error.

ModestHut
Excursionist
14 0 11

ok, so i've been dealing w/ fb for about 7 months and it's a **bleep** nightmare.  It's unbelievable how shitty they can possibly make it for a business who is trying to get by and just screwing them w/ issues that they have to tend to instead of working on their business.  I have a wack but working cheat i found tho.  Lmk if it works for anyone else.  So instagram keeps saying im still connected to my old commerce acct which i'm not (but somehow it says i am).  I have 180k followers on insta and needed to be able to tag my products like i did b4.  Only way to add products as well as posting a product pic at the same time is to go to your fb page, go to publishing tools and create a post.  Click on both fb and insta and if ur situation is like me (commerce acct passed w/ fb but screwed on insta) upload a pic and go tag your products.  When you publish the post it goes to ur fb page as usual and also goes to ur insta.  If u click on "view shop" in insta nothing will show up on ur side but the post shows up as well as the tagged products.  If you click on the little shopping bag you can see the product that you tagged is now in your "shop".  Keep repeating the process so you can keep adding more products to your shop.  It won't be organized but it's better than nothing.  Everyoone else who comes to your insta, and views your shop can see your products but just not pretty like how u set it up in ur commerce acct.   You can actually post a product post, get that product in your shop on insta, delete your post and the product will still stay in there.  HMU if this works for you or if it's only a weird bug i found just like all the other 10000000 bs bugs fb can't fix for me. info@modesthut.com

TripleSnakes
Tourist
4 0 1

I just encountered this issue as well -- anyone else had any luck here?

ModestHut
Excursionist
14 0 11

I have been working w/ fb for 7 months w the exact same issues.  If u need help let me  know…….this is kinda the origin  story.

 

"

I can tell you the root issue.  It all started when I was using the old shopify Facebook Shop app and somehow was able to set up shipping through fb and instagram through the old app.  I then got  an order and it showed up in fb but didn’t show up  in shopify, which it was supposed to.  The next morning I didn’t know what to do so I downloaded the Shopify  app on my  iPhone and for some reason was able to upgrade to the new FB/Insta app in Shopify right away!  I was excited but when your setting up the new app it deletes old commerce acct and makes a new shopify commerce acct in FB. When that happened I couldn’t see the order that my customer bought that was through purchased through my old (yesterday’s) commerce acct.  This is the time where I was able to talk on the phone and talk w/ 2 people on beans  (screen share)  bc they hadn’t seen anything like that before. I  asked them to make sure they stay in contact with me just to make sure everything gets set up right after they  go into the system and delete my commerce acct but once they  did I never heard back.  Ever since then I’ve been getting flagged for not following policies and weird things here and there and it has been destroying my business.  I can see and hook up  my catalog of 840 products to Instagram and tag my pictures and anyone can see all my products but my shop can’t be organized which is a huge mess.  On my FB page I personally can tag pictures with my products in them and it looks like others should be able to see them too but no one can.  So I don’t have a Shop ON FB which is killing me and I can’t use business suite and many other interesting content sharing and event tracking updates that ya’ll have made in the past months.  I have 170k+ Followers on  INSTAGRAM so for this not working for 5 months I’m about to have to close my business down.  Please help me and I will give you whatever you need and cooperate with you in any way.  If I could screen share or talk w/ someone over the phone it would make things much easier.  THATS HOW IT ALL STARTED.  I’m not  sure why no one can help me out on this issue.  Also, I’ve been flagged for not complying with monetization policies but on instant articles it says it’s a partner monetization issue but when I try to appeal it says I can’t because I’ve done nothing wrong and on the content side I have no idea what piece of content they are talking about so I can’t appeal something that I don’t’ know about."

 

 

ANOTHER EMAIL 

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So this has been my issue for 7 months that I’ve been trying to get fixed and I’m still emailing fb trying to explain the issue but maybe u can help.  I’m ok with my commerce acct being deleted and thats actually what FB had to do the first time I had issues.  I set up  my shop thru shopify and when I first connected I was somehow able to set up fb/insta checkout w/ the old app that they had.  So when I got an order fb sent me an email letting me know but it didn’t show up on shopify’s side.  I tried to update the fb/insta app on shopify on all three browsers and for some reason it wouldn’t let me.  So the next day I dl’d the shopify app on my iPhone and on that I was able to update to the new fb/insta app.  Only  thing that I didn’t know at the time is that whenever you  go through that process it deletes ur old commerce acct and makes a new one. So now I had an issue bc everything was hooked up correctly  but now the order that I had from the previous day disappeared bc it was under my old commerce acct that was now deleted.  I was able to screenshare w fb twice and they saw the issue and understood so they deleted my commerce acct so I could restart again and also canceled that order.  Ever since then I’ve had so many  bugs and issues (all to do w/ my commerce acct) that it’s killing my business and driving me crazy.  I feel like I spend 50% of my time dealing w/ fb/insta issues instead of working on my business now.  When I try to delete my catalog it says I can’t bc of integrity policies that I crossed but I’ve done nothing wrong.   I just sell home decor and furniture and am a small business (just me)!  "

Kitler
New Member
2 0 1

I'm in this same boat. My IG store was suddenly disconnected 3 weeks ago and I've jumped through every hoop that I possibly can to get it all working again. Today, after receiving the email *once again* that my shop was invalid, didn't have any products and my website doesn't exist and I could appeal it I just told them GFY and I'll just put "link in bio" as this is easier than spending another minute trying to solve this issue. Good luck, everyone!

migreen06
Excursionist
17 1 15

Hello,

I am having the same issues. Did you ever figure out how to fix it?

 

ModestHut
Excursionist
14 0 11

So i've had the same issue for 8 months now and I kept having hope bc I have  179k followers on insta and fb would tell me, "oh yah, we can disconnect that instagram for u in 7 days if you just send us ………". I always would send everything to them since i'm the only one on the acct and run the whole business but after 8 months nothing has changed.  I actually started a new instagram page and fb page and business manager just to see if things  would work and they work perfect.  It actually pisses me off bc i have a brand new insta acct w/  100 followers that works perfect w/ fb page, insta and shop but my main instagram is stuck to this damn rejected commerce acct.  They said one thing i did wrong was merge the old page that was in that old comm acct w/ a  new fb page i made but someone from fb helped me through that process and told me it wouldn't mess up anything.  I got two emails today……one saying,

"Hi Barrett,

I hear you Barrett and I would also like you to use your preferred Instagram account for your Shop to continue what you have started. However, regulations are put into place on our platform.

I know that this is a tight spot to be at, and we want to extend as much help as we can, however, we're bound with the limitations of what we can only cover in these kinds of instances. We're with you in this current predicament that we're facing, and we regret that we are not able to proceed any further with your rejected Commerce Account.

We greatly apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you.

For anything else, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we'll be glad to assist.

Thank you for contacting Commerce Facebook Concierge Support. Have a great day!


Thanks,

Ann"

 

THEN I GOT ONE SAYING THIS…….

"Hi Barrett,

Thank you so much for your continued patience in bearing with the investigation.

Regarding your issue, we have confirmed with our specialist team that we will be able to remove the Instagram @ModestHut (ID: 17841410467873730) account from the connected Commerce account.

However, since the Commerce account is owned by another business. Due to legal/privacy concerns, we need you to provide a screenshot showing that you owns this Instagram account.

An example of proof is a screenshot that shows the primary email on the Instagram account is the same as your business email. This will help to prove your have the ownership of the Instagram account."

 

So i've pretty much  given  up hope but of course when someone emails me saying they can disconnect it i'm going to give them everything they need.  It's so much bs bc it has everything to do w/ the fb/insta shopify app the **bleep** up connections and rejects commerece accts or makes new ones for u when it was supposed to replace it.  Anyway….good  luck and if u have specific questions just email me at info@modesthut.com

ModestHut
Excursionist
14 0 11

well, holy shit, I know this won't give much help to people but all of a sudden my Instagram w 177k followers that was stuck to a rejected comm acct bc of Shopify's app magically transferred into a commerce acct that was approved that was also hooked up to my FB page.   It has been 10 months dealing w/ FB trying to figure this out and now my insta has a shop and I can tag things and it's great.  Only thing is that I populated the products through my pixel and not through the Shopify app and I'm extremely scared to go through the onboarding process w/ Shopify's app.  Right now, I'm just gonna leave it as it is and if anyone has any questions just let me know and  I might be able to help.  I'm basically an expert now.

 

So magically my instagram transferred out of my rejected commerce acct and into an approved comm acct. Just as usual, another thing happens that doesn't make any sense but it finally benefits me for once. The only thing is that I still don't have access to branded content bc of a lack of presence which is bs obviously. I also would like to have something in a written form saying that if I go through the onboarding app that fb made for Shopify and things disconnect and commerce accts get rejected for no reason that FB will help me fix the issue right away and won’t make me wait 10 months like they did on this one.