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11 Common Instagram Problems and Fixes



Whether Instagram is down or you are just having a bad day, you are bound to run into Instagram problems. Here’s a walkthrough of how to fix Instagram Problems in 2018 and Instagram problems today, so you can share your photos and watch your favorite Instagram stories.

There are two major causes of most Instagram problems. The first is that Instagram is down or there is a problem with your Internet connection. The second is that something is wrong with your Instagram app, which may cause the app to crash or simply stop you from posting to Instagram. We’ll help you figure out what Instagram error codes mean and how to fix other problems.

Is Instagram Down?

Check to see if Instagram is down.

Check to see if Instagram is down.

The first thing to do is check to see if Instagram is down. Although it rarely happens for everyone at the same time, there are short periods where Instagram is offline due to a problem with Instagram servers.

Today, October 24th, Instagram is down for many users. There are many tweets about the issue. You can check out the fixes below, but keep in mind there is an issue with Instagram itself.

You can check to see if this is happening on Twitter and on Down Detector. On both sites, you will see user reports of Instagram problems and exactly what they are seeing. There is no official Instagram Help Twitter account, so don’t share any details with an Instagram account on Twitter if you are looking for help. You can check to see if the official Instagram account posted any status updates about downtime, but this doesn’t always happen.

How to Fix Instagram Account Problems in 2018

On August 14, 2018 Instagram acknowledged a problem accessing accounts. They are investigating the error and issue, saying, “We are aware that some people are having difficulty accessing their Instagram accounts.”

If you get an email from Instagram saying you changed your email account, look for the link that says “revert this change” and click it.

Once that is done you need to change your Instagram password. You can use a tool like Lastpass to do this.

If needed you can use the details on this page to restore access to your Instagram account and link to a new email address.

You need to revoke access to third-party apps and you may want to enable two-factor authentication.

Instagram also has a dedicated team working on this issue. If you contact them for help, you will hear back soon.

How to Fix Instagram Problems

How to fix Instagram problems fast.

How to fix Instagram problems fast.

What’s the first thing to do when you have Instagram problems? Thankfully we have a short list of three things you can do to fix most Instagram problems in under 5 minutes.

Step 1. Restart your iPhone, Android or tablet. Hold the power button and turn it off. Wait at least 15 seconds on the iPhone and a minute on Android phones before you turn the device back on.

Step 2. Uninstall Instagram and Reinstall. The next thing to try is deleting Instagram from your phone or tablet and reinstalling it. You need to know your password since you will need to sign in again for this to work. Your photos and profile are safe on Instagram.

On the iPhone or iPad, hold down on the app until you see a small x. Tap on the x to uninstall the app. Find Instagram in the app store and reinstall it.

On Android you need to go to Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> Instagram. Tap on Uninstall. Go to the Google Play Store and find Instagram to reinstall.

Step 3. Check Your Internet Connection. You should try on cellular and on WiFi. You can also try to turn Airplane mode on and then off. This can reset issues with your connection. You may want to try this before you uninstall the app.

How to Fix Instagram Posting Problems

You may run into a problem posting photos to Instagram or even leaving comments and liking photos. If you’ve been on a spree of uploading, liking and commenting, you may have bumped into an anti-spam limit that is meant to protect the community.

How to fix Instagram posting problems.

How to fix Instagram posting problems.

Check your signal to see if you can do other things online. If you can access other websites and apps then you may need to continue troubleshooting Instagram. If you have issues with other services, or they are slow, you can try connecting to WiFi or turning airplane mode on and off.

The next thing to do is see if you can upload from a second Instagram account. If you don’t have one of those you should try to sign into Instagram using a browser on your phone or computer and then change something small in your bio. This can fix the problem and allow you to start posting to Instagram again.

If Instagram crashes when you try to upload a photo, you should restart your phone to see if that solves the problem. If all else fails, you can contact Instagram for more help and see if there is a problem with your account.

How to Fix Instagram Login Problems

How to fix Instagram login problems.

How to fix Instagram login problems.

When you can’t login to Instagram it’s a major problem for you, but it is something that you can easily fix. The first thing to do is re-type your username and password and attempt to log in again. You can also try this on your computer.

In the app on iPhone or Android, you can choose to send an SMS or Log in with Facebook on Android or to send Login link on iPhone. This will help you log in with the right credentials easily.

A common issue that you run into when you try to reset your Instagram password is that you don’t have the right email account linked. If you have Facebook and Instagram you can reset your password with Facebook, which is an easy option for many users.

If your Instagram password reset email doesn’t work, you can try sending it again, and then make sure you don’t add any extra spaces to the link if you copy and paste it.

How to Fix Instagram Problems with Facebook Permissions

If you accidentally delete Instagram from your Facebook account you may not be able to post from Instagram to Facebook. You can try these steps to re-connect Facebook and Instagram.

  1. Delete Facebook and Instagram from your phone.
  2. Go to Facebook Settings and remove Instagram permissions.
  3. Install Facebook and Instagram, then connect the two services.

If your photos are showing up on the Newsfeed, Facebook and Instagram are aware of the problem and working on a fix.

If friends can’t see your Instagram posts on Facebook you may need to change these Facebook Instagram permissions.

In cases where you see an error that your Instagram Photo album is full on Facebook, you can change the name of your current Instagram album on Facebook and a new one will appear when you share to Facebook again.

How to Fix Instagram Tagging Problems

How to fix Instagram tag problems in comments and photos.

How to fix Instagram tag problems in comments and photos.

There are a number of Instagram tagging problems that include not being able to tag friends in photos and problems with blocked Instagram hashtags that can prevent your image from appearing in searches.

If you can tag someone in your photo, but they are no longer tagged later they may be removing the tag. You can untag yourself from a photo by tapping on the photo, then on your name and then on More Options where you will see an option for Remove Me from Photo.

When you cannot add more hashtags to a post or paste in a large number of hashtags you may need to limit this to 25 or fewer hashtags per comment or post. Using too many hashtags is likely a spam flag and Instagram may be blocking this.

How to Appeal Your Instagram Account Disabled

If you log in to Instagram and see that your account is disabled you have broken a community guideline or the terms of use. Or at least your account raised the flags that triggered this.

When you log in you may be able to appeal an Instagram disabled punishment. There will be directions in your app to do this from your phone. There is no guarantee that you can recover your account if this happens to you.

Instagram Comment Problems

You may need to update your Instagram profile to fix some problems.

You may need to update your Instagram profile to fix some problems.

There are Instagram comment problems where you cannot comment on popular Instagram accounts with a newer account or you cannot tag multiple users in the same comment.

This is all due to Instagram cracking down on spammers. If your profile looks like a spammer based on your profile picture or bio link and you are constantly tagging people or only commenting on popular accounts you may run into comment problems.

You cannot leave a comment that includes;

  • More than 5 @ mentions
  • More than 30 hashtags
  • That is the same comment multiple times (even emoji)

If you have an error commenting on Instagram, remove a few hashtags or @ mentions.

Louise M shares a strategy to gain back the ability to comment. It boils down to use Instagram like a normal user, not a spammer. Check out the information towards the bottom of the post, but ignore the instructions to reset your iPhone network settings.

How to Fix Error: You Can’t Follow Anymore People on Instagram

If you try to follow a new person and you see the error, “You can’t follow any more people.”, you are already following 7,500 people. That is the maximum number of accounts you can follow on Instagram.

To follow a new account you will need to unfollow some of your current friends on the service. This is to combat spam on the service. If you see people following more than 7,500 people they were doing it before the new rules took effect.

What to Do if Someone is Threatening to Share Photos or Videos of You

If someone on Instagram is threatening to share photos of you that you don’t want online, Instagram offers some advice on what to do. This is a serious problem that you need to deal with in three ways immediately.

  • Contact local law enforcement and report this to them.
  • Block this person. Depending on your privacy settings, people on Instagram can see a list of your followers and who you follow. Once you block someone, they no longer have access to your profile.

Instagram has more on this problem, with input from ConnectSafely, so that you can use Instagram without this threat.

How to Report Instagram Problems

How to report Instagram problems.

How to report Instagram problems.

If you run into other Instagram problems you can’t fix, you can message Instagram from inside the app. Go to your profile and then tap on settings by tapping three dots on Android or the gear on iPhone. Scroll down and tap on Report a problem. Choose Something isn’t working and type out what is wrong with Instagram on your phone.

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