Are Instagram Stories Not Working? 8 Best Fixes

Howdy folks, I’ve just gotten back from wrestling with another common digital roadblock: Instagram stories refusing to play ball. After several attempts, a few groans, and a cup of coffee or two, I’ve compiled eight surefire solutions that helped me restore balance in the Instagram universe. Let’s get down to brass tacks, shall we?

1. Check Your Internet Connection

Trust me when I say, the culprit of this debacle is more often than not, a wonky internet connection. Here’s how I tested mine:

  • Try loading a webpage or even another app. If it’s taking an eon, chances are, your connection’s playing hooky. Consider switching to a different network or using mobile data.
Check your internet connection


2. Update Instagram App

An outdated app could be another suspect in this mystery. I’ve often found that keeping my Instagram app updated helps keep things running smoothly. Here’s what I did:

  • Open your device’s app store (Google Play Store for Android, Apple App Store for iOS)
  • Search for Instagram and click on it
  • If you see the “Update” button, tap on it. If you see “Open,” you’re already on the latest version.
Update Instagram App

3. Clear Instagram Cache

Your device stores temporary files to make Instagram run faster, but sometimes, these can become corrupted. Here’s what I recommend doing:

  • For Android users: Head over to Settings > Apps > Instagram > Storage > Clear Cache.
  • For iPhone users, I’m afraid you’ll have to delete and reinstall the app. That’s because iOS doesn’t let you clear the cache for individual apps.
Clear Instagram Cache

4. Check Date and Time Settings

It might sound odd, but incorrect date and time settings can throw Instagram Stories out of whack. I fixed mine in a jiffy by going to Settings > General Management > Date and Time > Toggle on ‘Automatic date and time’. iOS users can find a similar setting in the Settings app under ‘General’ > ‘Date & Time’.

Check Date and Time Settings

5. Restart Your Device

Remember the old tech adage, “have you tried turning it off and on again”? It’s a bit clichéd, but hey, it often works. Power down your device, wait a few moments, then power it back on. It helped me more times than I care to admit!

Try Restarting Your Device

6. Report the Problem to Instagram

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta bring in the big guns. If nothing else works, report the issue directly to Instagram. They’re usually quite responsive and this could help them identify a larger issue that’s affecting multiple users. You can do this through Settings > Help > Report a Problem.

Report the Problem to Instagram

7. Reinstall Instagram

As a last resort, I uninstalled and reinstalled the Instagram app. It’s a bit of a hassle, yes, but it’s also an effective method for banishing lingering glitches.

Reinstall Instagram

8. Check if Instagram is Down

Sometimes the problem isn’t on your end. Websites like Downdetector can help you figure out if Instagram is having a widespread issue. If it is, well, I usually find solace in knowing it’s not just me who’s pulling their hair out!

Alright, dear reader, that’s it from me for now. Remember, technology can be as finicky as a cat on a hot tin roof. The key is to take a deep breath and approach it systematically. Good luck, and may your Instagram stories flow uninterrupted!

Check if Instagram is Down

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Benjamin Johnson

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