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Instagram loading screen issue: Quick Fix

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Instagram is by far one of the most popular social media platforms in the world right now. However, no matter the refinement, every tech product suffers the occasional bugs and glitches, and Instagram is no exception.

In this article, we’re talking about the Instagram loading screen issue, its causes and the solutions you can try out.

Why does this happen?

While it’s hard to pinpoint the exact cause of the error, it most likely happens because of the following reasons:

  • Instagram is down.
  • Internet connectivity issues at your end.
  • Outdated Instagram app.
  • Outdated phone software.

Also read: Does Instagram notify when you screenshot a story?

How to fix this?

Here are a few solutions you can try out. 

Restart your phone 

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, restarting your device can do wonders with seemingly random issues. If you’re not getting your Instagram notifications, try restarting your phone to see if it fixes your issue.

Check Instagram servers

If Instagram servers are having some issues, then there is nothing you can do to fix this error. You will have to wait for the servers to come back online. The servers generally get fixed in a few hours. To check if Instagram servers are working correctly, head to Downdetector.

Update Instagram

Using an older version of an app can cause glitches. To fix this issue, go to the Play Store > Apps and Games. If there is an update available, update the app and try to restart the app.

Make it a point to update the apps as soon as it arrives.

Re-install Instagram

If none of the above-mentioned steps worked for you, reinstalling the Instagram app might help your case. Uninstall the app and then head over to the Play Store to reinstall. Remember to clear the app’s cache and data in the device’s storage before uninstalling it so that no corrupt cached files are accessed by Instagram when reinstalled.

Reset your network connection

Not having access to the internet can cause Instagram not to work. To fix this, go to Settings > System > Reset options > Reset WiFi, mobile and Bluetooth.

Also read: What is Vanish mode in Facebook and Instagram?

Clear out the cache

Clearing out your cache on Android can eliminate any corrupted cache files your app may have saved, which could be causing problems. Here’s how.

How to fix the 'Instagram notifications not working' issue?
  • Head over to your phone’s settings and tap Apps and notifications.
  • Tap on Show all apps and find Instagram from the list. If you’ve recently used Instagram it’ll show up in the recent apps as well.
  • Locate Instagram in this list.
How to fix the 'Instagram notifications not working' issue?
  • Once on the app settings page, tap on Storage and cache
  • Tap on the Clear cache button to clear out all the data your app has stored. 

Update your phone

If nothing else works, it could indicate a problem with your phone. Try checking for a software update if available and see if that fixes the issue.

On Android

Open your device’s settings and follow the steps mentioned below.

How to fix the 'Instagram notifications not working' issue?
  • Scroll down and tap on System. 
  • Tap on Advanced.
  • Tap on System Updates to check for any available updates. 

On iOS

Open your device’s settings and follow the steps mentioned below.

How to fix the 'Instagram notifications not working' issue?
  • Tap on General.
  • Tap on Software Update to check for any pending updates and install them.

Also read: How to turn off read receipts on Instagram?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: