8 Best Fixes For Instagram Feed Not Loading Issue

Ah, the world of Windows and its occasional oddities! Just the other day, I was sipping on my third coffee, trying to catch up on the latest Instagram posts when, poof, my feed just wouldn’t load. Surely enough, I wasn’t the only one in this boat. With a few sighs, grimaces, and some tech tinkering, I managed to find several ways to get that feed up and running again. So, if your Instagram feed is playing hard to get, worry not. Dive in, and let’s troubleshoot this together.

1. Basic Troubleshooting Steps: The Starting Point

We’ve all been there. Sometimes, the simplest actions can save the day. Before diving into the more advanced solutions, here’s a brief checklist to run through:

  • Restart your computer.
  • Ensure your internet connection is stable. Check other websites or apps to confirm this. Speedtest is a good place to gauge your connection speed.
  • Clear your browser’s cache and cookies. Old data can sometimes hinder the smooth running of websites.
Basic Troubleshooting Steps: The Starting Point


2. Update Your Browser: Old Isn’t Always Gold

Believe it or not, outdated browsers can lead to issues with modern-day applications. Head over to your browser’s official website or check for updates in its settings menu. Remember, the latest version typically packs more power and better compatibility.

3. Switch Browsers: Explore New Horizons

If updating didn’t work, consider switching browsers. Sometimes, certain websites and applications are more optimized for certain browsers. I’ve personally found that Instagram tends to behave better on Google Chrome and Firefox.

Switch Browsers: Explore New Horizons

4. Extensions & Add-ons: The Double-Edged Sword

Extensions can be a lifesaver, but they can also be a pain. Disable extensions (especially ones that block content) and see if Instagram loads. You’d be surprised at the number of times an obscure extension has been the culprit!

5. Check Your Hosts File: The Hidden Gatekeeper

The Windows hosts file can sometimes block certain websites. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ and open the hosts file in a text editor with admin privileges. If you find any entries related to Instagram, delete them.

Check Your Hosts File: The Hidden Gatekeeper

6. Update Graphics Drivers: For the Visual Buffs

Outdated graphics drivers can cause web content, especially media-rich ones like Instagram, to not display properly. Update your graphics drivers via the manufacturer’s website, be it NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel.

7. The Power of DNS: A New Pathway

Switching to a different DNS can help access sites faster and more securely. Popular options include Google DNS and Cloudflare. To change DNS:

  • Open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.
  • Right-click on your connection, choose ‘Properties,’ then ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).’
  • Set your preferred and alternate DNS. For Google, it’s and respectively.

8. Feedback & Wait: The Test of Patience

If none of the above works, it might be a server issue on Instagram’s side. Drop feedback on their official help page. Meanwhile, maybe it’s time to take that coffee break.

In Conclusion:

Instagram not loading can be a source of frustration, especially for someone looking to catch up on the latest buzz. But with a bit of patience and the right troubleshooting steps, you’re bound to find a way through.

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of WinFixo.com. I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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