“Instagram Feed Not Refreshing” – What To Do? Top Ways to Get Your Instagram App Back on Track
Nothing makes one panic as being unable to satisfy our “Instagram” cravings. Generally, Instagram works like a breeze, loading your newsfeed with Insta-worthy image after image. With that said, the popular social media photo-sharing app is not immune to technical problems like the notorious 5xx server error.
And, one such common technical issue is the notorious – “Unable to Refresh Feed,” message.
Here, we help you deal with this problem and get your Insta fix immediately. Read on to find out the common reasons for this problem and the best ways to resolve it.
Fix #1: Check Your Internet Connection
While this may appear too simple, this is very often the cause for the issue. Instagram is an internet-dependent app and requires a stable internet connection to update the newsfeed. Check if your internet connection is steady by using other apps like Google, Chrome or Facebook.
If you have poor connectivity, then this is most likely the cause for the issue.
Fix #2: Exit and Reopen the Instagram App
If you find that you’re unable to refresh your Insta feed, the first step is to check your internet connectivity, as mentioned above. If your connection is fine, the next step is to exit the Instagram app. Remove it from the list of recently opened apps. Wait for a few minutes, and then reopen your app. In most cases, this fixes the issue.
If not, check out the next fix on this list.
Fix #3: Restart your Mobile
If restarting the Instagram app doesn’t resolve the issue, then you can try rebooting your mobile. Power off your phone and restart it. When you do this, your mobile OS (Android or iOS) shuts down all the background programs and restarts them again. This way, if the issue is because of a background program, then it may get resolved.
To power off your phone, long press the power button and tap of switch off or reboot. This is a quick and easy fix that may work at times. Just give it a try, before proceeding further.
Fix #4: Do Nothing
Yes, plenty of times – the error is not on your side, but because of Instagram. You may have installed a bad update that crashed your app. In such cases, there’s nothing much you can do. Instead, wait for Instagram developers to come up with a patch that resolves the issue.
The good news here is that – Instagram has plenty of users, over 1 billion active monthly users. So, the chances are high that others will also face the issue, thereby bringing it to the attention of Instagram. You can expect Insta developers to come up with a solution for the issue, within a day or even hours.
Keep an eye for updates on the Play Store or iStore. Once you update your app to the latest version, the issue is likely to get resolved by itself.
If a bad update isn’t the problem, there are other fixes that you can try.
Fix #5: Clear the Cache of your Instagram App
This is one of the most popular ways to reset a faulty Instagram app. Here’s how to do it:
- Tap on the Settings icon on your phone
- Head to the Apps tab → Application List → Instagram
- Tap Storage → Clear Cache
Now, open Instagram and check if the issue is resolved. If no, you can try the following solutions.
Fix #6: Reinstall the Instagram App
This is another common troubleshooting method. By removing the current version of the app and reinstalling it, you download the latest version of the app, which at times may fix the issue.
Here’s how to reinstall the Instagram app on your phone:
- Head to the Play Store (for Android) or the iStore (for Apple) and search for Instagram.
- On the app page, tap the Uninstall button.
- Tap ok to proceed.
- Once the app is uninstalled, reinstall it again.
- Then, reboot your phone and open Instagram.
Fix #7: Remove Offensive or Inappropriate Comments and Posts
If you have inappropriate or offensive comments and posts on your Instagram account, then this may be the reason why your Instagram feed fails to update. If this issue cropped up, immediately after you posted something that may be inappropriate, then you need to remove the comment or post before you can proceed.
To do this switch on your desktop or laptop, and open instagram.com on a web browser. Enter in your account details and log into the web page.
Post: If Instagram finds a particular post offensive or inappropriate, it will send you a message notifying you to remove the post, as soon as you log into your account, from a browser. Make sure to delete the offensive post or replace the images in it, with new appropriate ones.
Comments: There may be offensive or inappropriate comments on your post.
How do you find inappropriate comments? Instagram doesn’t allow comments with double hashtags (##) or with the symbol “√.”Look for these comments and remove them from your post. Make sure that the hashtags are used the right way on your posts and comments.
Once you have deleted the inappropriate comment or post, sign out from the webpage, and try refreshing your feed on your mobile, to see if it works.
Wrapping up – Don’t Panic, the Issue Mostly Resolves by Itself
As mentioned in the beginning, the problem is mostly on Instagram’s end. Instagram is one of the most popular social networks, so the app is quite robust, and the problem will probably be resolved quickly by Instagram’s developers.
In the meantime, try going online and checking out Instagram communities like downdetector.com to see if others are facing the same issue. If yes, you can be sure that the problem will disappear soon. If no, you can try out the other fixes listed here.