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How to fix the Instagram Checkpoint Required error?

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Instagram is a staple in our daily digital diet, but sometimes, it serves up an error that can leave users hungry for solutions. The ‘checkpoint required’ error is one such issue that can disrupt your social media routine.

Many users are at a loss for what to do in this situation. This article provides a detailed analysis of this error, including what it is, the possible reasons behind it, and how to fix it.

What is the Instagram checkpoint error?

One major cause of the checkpoint error in Instagram is when the platform detects unusual activity on your account. As part of the usual security check, Instagram shows this error.

If you are signing in from a new device or are using a VPN, you are more likely to see this error.

Other possible reasons for this error are glitches in the app, an outdated Instagram app, or network issues. Using third-party apps to sign in on Instagram can also lead to this error and, eventually, an account ban.

Finally, server outages can also result in several errors on Instagram, including this one.

Also read: Why don’t I have Instagram Notes?

How to fix Instagram checkpoint required error?

Now that we understand the possible reasons behind the Instagram checkpoint required error, let us dive into the fixes.

Check for server outages

It is possible that Instagram is down now and people worldwide are receiving different errors. To assess the server situation, you can head to any third-party platform like Downdetector.

If the server is down, there isn’t much you can do but wait for the outage to be over.

Restart you device

Another major step is to restart your device to resolve any minor glitches in the app.

This solution has proven incredibly effective for thousands of individuals who have encountered the same error message. Try it and see the results for yourself!

Update Instagram app

Keep your Instagram app updated to protect yourself from vulnerabilities and bugs. This will also help resolve issues such as the required error message for the Instagram checkpoint.

Here’s how to update the Instagram app:

  • Open Instagram and then tap on the profile picture at the bottom right of the screen. Now, tap on the hamburger menu icon at the top right and select Settings.
  • Now, tap on About.
  • Tap on App updates.
  • Now, turn on the toggle beside Auto-update Instagram. Under the Notifications heading, turn on the toggle beside the Instagram update available option to get a notification when the New Update is available.

Fix your internet

If your internet is unstable and is losing network continuously, it may lead to the checkpoint required error on Instagram.

Head to our detailed article on what to do if the internet isn’t working to find out detailed ways to resolve the issue.

If you discover that the problem is not with the internet, but with the WiFi, then head to our article on what to do if the WiFi is not working for solutions.

Turn off VPN

As explained earlier, if you use a VPN to mask your IP address, Instagram servers may not verify you. Hence the checkpoint required error.

To fix the issue, turn off the VPN while you are using Instagram so that the servers can verify your identity and location and allow you to access the platform.

Disable your Instagram account

If you think that your Instagram account has been scrutinised by the company, you can temporarily disable the account until the heat subsides.

Here’s how to disable your Instagram account:

  • Open Instagram and then tap on your profile picture icon.
  • Next, tap on the hamburger menu icon at the top right.
  • Now, tap on Accounts Center.
  • Now, tap on Personal details.
  • Next, select Account ownership and control.
  • Finally, tap on Deactivation or deletion.

Reinstall Instagram

If nothing works, the only option is to uninstall and then reinstall it from the Play Store or App Store.

In conclusion, the checkpoint required error in Instagram can be caused by various factors, including minor bugs in the app, use of VPN, and network issues. Follow the instructions given above to resolve the situation quickly.

Also read: How to delete a group in Instagram?

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here:

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