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Why does Instagram say ‘no internet connection?

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Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms of our time. With millions of users worldwide active on the platform pretty much all the time, an abrupt interruption would be somewhat troublesome.

In this article, we’re going over the no internet connection error in Instagram and sharing some of the ways using which you can get rid of the problem.

Also read: Why does Instagram keep crashing? 8 Fixes

What causes the Instagram no internet connection error?

Well, as the error suggests, the leading cause might be the lack of an active internet connection. Additionally, any VPNs or Proxies you might be using might not be functioning or may be misconfigured. 

Although rare, sometimes the issue could be on Instagram’s end; a server outage could very well trigger this message on the app.

How to fix the Instagram no internet connection error?

Here are a few solutions to fix the Instagram no internet connection issue. 

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 your app

Another thing you should try is looking for updates for the Instagram app. Head over to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and check if you’ve got any updates. If any updates are available, install them right away and try again. 

Reinstall Instagram

If updating didn’t work, try removing the app from your phone and installing it again. This can help freshen things up and eliminate any corrupt files or data hindering app functionality. 

Reset Network Settings

Resetting your network settings can also help resolve any internet or connectivity issues your phone might be facing, which would consequently be causing problems with Instagram’s functionality.

Check how our detailed guide to find out how to reset network settings on Android and iOS.

Clear the app cache

Clearing the app’s cache can eliminate any corrupt files or data that might interfere with Instagram’s functionality.

How to fix the 'Instagram notifications not working' issue?
  • Tap on 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.
  • Tap on Instagram.
How to fix the 'Instagram notifications not working' issue?
  • Then tap on Storage & cache.
  • Then tap on the Clear Cache button.

Try signing out

You can try signing out of Instagram and signing back in again to check if that resolves your issue. 

How to fix the 'Instagram notifications not working' issue?
  • Tap on your profile picture at the bottom-right of the app.
  • Then tap on the triple horizontal bar (hamburger) menu icon at the top-right.
  • Tap on Settings.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the next page and tap on Log Out.

Also read: What happens if you delete the Instagram app?

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: