As we all know, Instagram is playing a huge role in our daily lives, whether we use it for personal purposes or to promote businesses or brands. Nobody can deny that the times Instagram is down, and it stops working, we all feel frustrated and try to get it to work again.
In the year passed by, Instagram had lots of issues and went down several times which got users to report Instagram problems one after another on their social media accounts or to forums like Reddit. Users all around the world faced issues with loading Instagram feed, sign up and sign in processes, sharing posts, etc.
Why is Instagram not working?
Since Instagram is a huge platform with millions of daily active users, the servers might sometimes crash, and stop working, and Instagram tries to solve such issues as soon as possible.
Most of the times, Instagram problems happen because of an outage on Instagram servers itself, and the app goes down for everyone. But there are times the problems you are facing with Instagram are from your own device or network connection, and they are not global issues. So how do you check if Instagram is down globally or it is just your app that is not working?
How to check if Instagram is down?
As I mentioned earlier, the Instagram problems might be happening only to your app and are not related to an Instagram outage at all. So when you find that Instagram is not working, the first thing is to check whether the problem is from your side or it is down for everyone. Below I’ll point out a few ways to figure this out.
- Search related hashtags to Instagram down on Twitter
Twitter is the best resource for up to date news on every subject. Anything happening to the world will be announced at Twitter and might even go trending. When Instagram is down, or it stops working, hashtags such as #Instagramdown, #Instagramdownagain, and #instadown, will become trending on Twitter. Users will use these hashtags in their Tweets to report that Instagram is down, and they are facing some issues. So it would be wise to search these hashtags on Twitter to see if anybody else is facing Instagram problems or it is just not working for you.
Also, there is an account on Twitter, specifically related to updates on whether Instagram is down or not. Follow the “Instagram down” account to keep up with possible Instagram outages.
- Try status checking sites
Most of the Instagramers are not aware of the fact that there are some sites which check the status of different websites and report if they are having issues. Such websites give clear answers on whether the problem lies on the Instagram servers or with your device.
These sites give exact information when Instagram is down, and they even show which places in the world are having issues with Instagram and what their issues are.
Below, you can see a still from Down detector website. You can clearly see Instagram reports for the moment, below the graph. In this picture, for example, 66% of Instagram users are having issues with the Instagram feed. So it can be concluded that it is not just you having these issues.
Click on the “Live Instagram outage map” to see exactly in which countries Instagram is down at the moment.
- Check to make sure you have the latest version of the app
Lots of Instagram problems happen when you do not have the latest version Installed because Instagram keeps giving out bug fixes in every update they publish. So when Instagram is not working, check that the app is up to date before start looking at other causes for the problems you’re having.
- Visit the Instagram help center for possible issues
Another option to check whether Instagram is down globally or not is to head to its help center and check for outages on their servers. There is no exact “Is it down” option, so checkin “Known issues” to see if any of the problems match your current issue.
How to fix “Instagram is not working”?
If you have checked and found out that the majority of users are facing issues and Instagram keeps stopping for them as well, then be sure there is something wrong on the Instagram’s servers, and the only thing you can do is to keep patience and wait until these problems are resolved.
But in the case you realized Instagram is not working only on your account, try the steps below to fix any Instagram problems you might be experiencing.
- Close Instagram and re-open it
The first thing every person does when their Instagram is down is to close the app and restart it. This solution might solve any minor issues on the platform since it restarts the app once again.
- Check your Internet connection
Sometimes the problems we have on Instagram, such as slowdowns or failing to load news feed and sharing posts, is because of poor internet connection. In such cases, make sure the connection is not interrupted and is not facing any problems. If you are using a Wi-Fi connection, try moving closer to the router or restarting it. If the mobile-data is on, switch to Wi-Fi or turn off the mobile data and turn it on again. Also, turn the airplane mode on, and after some seconds turn it off. This makes the mobile-data to reset and might help.
- Update Instagram to its latest version
As mentioned previously, Instagram often includes bug fixes along with new features in new updates. So whenever Instagram is down, and you have issues with the app, try checking for newer versions and update the app if you haven’t yet.
- Uninstall Instagram and re-install it again
This one is one of the most common fixes for Instagram not working. Maybe during installation or updating the app, a bug has appeared, and this can only be fixed by re-installing the app once again.
- Try restarting your device
If none of the above fixes worked for you, the last solution is to restart the device. Restarting devices fixes any minor tech problems we have with our phones and it is proved that most on minor Instagram problems would be fixed with this solution as well.
What to do not to lose time when Instagram is down?
Most of us use Instagram with the purpose of promoting something such as a business, brand, product, or even a person. So the times Instagram is not working and is down we feel frustrated, and we would stay behind the marketing plans we have made. For example, after lots of analysis, you have found out that the best time to post on Instagram for your content is from 3 to 4 pm, and exactly at these times Instagram crashes and stops working.
That’s really disappointing, and you will lose the best time to post due to and Instagram outage.
I have a solution for this issue. Why not scheduling Instagram posts so that you’ll not worry about losing a chance of posting at the best time to get the most engagement.
Try scheduling all Instagram posts and set a prepared date and time so the posts would be published automatically at the time set without even having to touch your phone. The best Instagram post scheduling tool around is Instazood. I compare Instazood to huge schedulers such as buffer and later because they are really hard to use and they do not have an easy-to-use dashboard. But this service has the most user-friendly platform of all and comparing the price; it has the fairest price as well.
The Instagram outage is not a new thing to happen, and there have been a lot of times our Instagram accounts stopped working and went down. But the Instagram problems we are experiencing might not be related to Instagram’s servers and can be happening only to us. Now you know how to check whether Instagram is down for everyone or only for you and the possible fixes on how to solve these issues.