Every faithful Instagrammer will tell you that Instagram is not only a social media platform for posting your best selfies -it is a way of life.
Since millions of users use Instagram regularly, crashes and bugs are inevitable and very common on this platform. Every bug has a fix though, and this article will help you solve one of the most common Insta issues – the Instagram story bug.
How to Fix the Instagram Story Bug
Imagine taking an awesome photo for your Instagram story. You apply desired filters and enhance your photo with suitable text. You are now ready to post it to your followers and keep it live for the next 24 hours.
You’ve done everything like you usually do, but… And this but is one of the most frustrating buts Instagrammers face – your story won’t post, and you receive an error without any explanation. If this happens, don’t despair. The following methods will show you exactly what to do when you’re not able to post your story.
NOTE: Before trying any of these methods, delete your post and try uploading it again. If this doesn’t work, continue with these methods.
Wait for Instagram Staff to Fix the Bug
One of the most common scenarios is that your Instagram app isn’t working because Instagram developers are either fixing a particular bug or working on a specific feature. It can happen that users can’t refresh their home page, view anyone’s story or post their own because something is wrong with Instagram’s servers.
In that case, all you can do is, well, nothing at all. First, you need to make sure that there is nothing wrong with your Instagram app or device and that you can’t post stories due to Instagram’s technical difficulties.
To do that, ask a couple of friends if they can post stories without getting any errors. If everyone is having difficulties it is probably a server or bug issue. You can also check Instagram’s website or official Twitter account as they usually post their activities and potential app problems there.
Restart Your Internet Connection
Internet fluctuations happen from time to time. At one moment you will have excellent Internet speed, and at another you won’t be able to play a YouTube video for a few seconds. This is quite normal.
If you are sure that Instagram’s story feature is working properly for everyone else except for you, maybe your Internet speed is exactly the reason why you can’t post your story.
What you can do in this case is to turn your Wi-Fi (or regular Internet connection) off, wait for at least 10 seconds and then turn it on again.
If you are connected to a coffee shop’s Wi-Fi network, or any other public network, you might want to try using your own Internet, as these types of networks tend to be slow.
Restart Your Instagram App
Sometimes all that it takes to fix a “temporary” glitch is restarting your Instagram app. Exit the app and clear the history of the apps that you have just recently used. On Android smartphones, you can access this feature by tapping on the two rectangles button, placed one behind another.
After that, open your Instagram app again and check if you can upload your story.
Force Close Your Instagram App
This method requires you to do a bit more work, but it’s straightforward and usually solves the problem. The exact steps depend on the operating system that your smartphone is running, but it all comes down to the following:
- Access your smartphone’s Settings
- Find and tap on the Applications option, or similar
- Find the Instagram app and select it
- Tap on the option that allows you to close this application manually
After completing these steps, try posting something on your Instagram story.
Update Your Instagram App
In case your Instagram app is seriously outdated, you will have to install the newest version of the app.
Even if you had one of the latest versions of this app, once a new update becomes available, some of the features that you have been using might get glitchy. If you have enough storage space on your mobile phone, it is best to update your Instagram app as soon as a new update becomes available. Sometimes when it releases a new feature, Instagram suppresses it and allows user on it slowly so as not to overload the servers. When this happens it also can slow down the overall app so take a deep breath and wait.
Use all of Instagram’s Features for a Better User Experience
These steps not only solve the problem in the title but most of other common Instagram bugs as well. With that said, you can use the previously mentioned methods and check if they can solve some frustrating issues that you might experience from time to time.
Finally, if nothing seems to work and you are experiencing Instagram bugs daily, check if your smartphone has enough space. If nothing else works try contacting Instagram itself to see if something got blocked.