Update: September 9, 2019 (2:00 PM): No, there's nothing wrong with you, Instagram is down! According to Down Detector, the app is experiencing problems around the world, with problems starting late this morning (in the US).
Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, but if it doesn't work it can be a frustrating experience. The servers are generally reliable, but for those unfortunate events when Instagram doesn't work, we've put together a list of ways to fix it. Follow the troubleshooting guide below to resolve any Instagram issues.
Instagram not working?
1. Check if Instagram doesn't work
If Instagram doesn't work for you, it might be that it doesn't work for anyone. Before taking further measures, you must check whether or not the servers of Instagram are down.
There are a number of websites you can do this with, but the one we recommend is Down Detector. Just check the Instagram page of Down Detector and it shows No problems on Instagram Possible problems on Instagram or Problems on Instagram . You can also report problems that you must report to other users.
If Instagram doesn't work, you can just wait. If this is not the case, keep scrolling down the list.
2. Restart the Instagram app
If the servers of Instagram are OK and it still doesn't work, try closing and re-opening the app. On Android Pie this is easy and only takes a few seconds. The exact steps may differ slightly depending on the smartphone that you use.
How to close and restart Instagram
- Tap the square at the bottom right.
- Swipe Instagram to close it.
- Reopened Instagram .
Restarting the app can be a quick fix, but if the problem is more serious, further steps are needed.
3. Update the Instagram app
Closing and re-opening Instagram solves most problems, but if it does not check that you are using the most recent version of the app. Newer versions often contain bug fixes in addition to new functions. Follow the steps below to check for Instagram updates.
How to update Instagram
- Open the Google Play Store .
- Open the menu by tapping the hamburger icon at the top left.
- Tap My apps & games .
- Tap Update next to Instagram, if available.
Also read: How to update apps in the Google Play Store
4. Check your connection
If your Instagram feed does not load or if you cannot upload photos, this may have to do with your inter net connection. If you use a WiFi connection, there are several things that you can do if this happens and one of these problems can solve the problem. Try each of the items below.
- Disable data and switch to Wi-Fi.
- Move closer to your router
- Reset the router, even if your internet works on other devices.
Also read: What to do if your phone does not connect to Wi-Fi
If none of the above solutions work, try turning Wi-Fi off completely and see if Instagram starts to work. If this is the case, it's time to buy a new router, but if it isn't, it's time to go to the next possible solution.
5. Restart your phone
6. Uninstall the Instagram app and reinstall it
Occasionally a bug may appear when installing or updating Instagram which makes it no longer work. The only way to fix this is to uninstall and reinstall the app.
How to remove Instagram
- Open Settings .
- Tap Apps and notifications .
- Search and select Instagram .
- Tap Delete .
From there, search Instagram in the Google Play Store and reinstall it. It automatically installs the latest version, but you may have to enter your login details again.
7. View the list of known issues
If you've tried everything on the list and Instagram still doesn't work, this may be a legitimate issue or a bug in the app. You can keep track of these on Instagram & # 39; s list of known issues.
Known issues may have a temporary solution, so check the link above for the latest.
That's it for our list of ways to fix Instagram when it stops working. Have we missed possible solutions? Let us know in the comments and we will add them to the list!