Instagram has become one of the top social media platforms, and with that comes many advancements in its features to improve user experience. However, there are some who do not get the new features and wonder why. In this blog, we will discuss a number of reasons why your Instagram app is not updating.
Unstable Internet Connection
A stable internet connection is essential for Instagram to function properly. If your feed isn't refreshing, first check your internet connection. You may need to reconnect to Wi-Fi, reset your modem, or adjust mobile data settings.
Outdated Phone Software
Your device's operating system may not be up-to-date. Make sure your phone is updated by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
Outdated Instagram App
Instagram updates periodically. If the auto-update is disabled on your Instagram app, there's a possibility that your app is still running on an older version. Make sure you have the latest version of the Instagram app. Outdated versions might not support new features or may have bugs that prevent proper functioning. You can update the app through the Google Play Store or App Store.
Inadequate Free Cache or Storage Space
Instagram requires sufficient free random access memory (RAM) and storage space to store cache data. If your device's storage is nearly full, it might not be able to store new data for Instagram, preventing the feed from loading new posts. Clearing cache or freeing up storage space might help, so that you can update whenever there's a new version of the app.
Incorrect Date and Time Settings
Ensure that your device's date and time settings are accurate. Inaccuracies can cause syncing issues with Instagram's servers. It's often best to set your device to automatically update its date and time.
Account or Feature Restrictions
Certain Instagram features are available only to verified accounts or profiles that meet specific criteria. If you're missing features, it might be due to your account type or a violation of Instagram's guidelines. Also, some features are rolled out gradually and may not be available to all users immediately.
Software Glitches or Bugs
If there's a bug or temporary glitch with Instagram, sometimes logging out and then logging back in, or uninstalling and reinstalling the app can help reset the app's settings and solve the issue.
If you're using a VPN, try toggling it on or off, as it can affect how the app connects to Instagram's servers. Also, check if unrestricted data usage is enabled for Instagram in your device's settings, as restricted data can prevent the app from loading properly.
Site-wide Technical Issues or Hacks
Occasionally, Instagram may experience global technical issues or hacks, which can affect the app's performance. In such cases, there's not much to do except wait for Instagram to resolve the issue. You can also report the problem to Instagram's support team.
If you've tried all these solutions and still face issues, it might be worth to contact Instagram support for further assistance. Remember that the availability and functionality of certain features can vary based on your geographical location and the specific type of your Instagram account.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I update the Instagram app?
Instagram developers are always working to fix application bugs, and improve user experience and the app's functionality, as well as the app's security. Furthermore, Instagram updates bring the latest features. These are a few reasons why you should update your Instagram app.
Why does my Instagram app have a different layout?
You may have a slight difference with your profile depending on the features available for your account type. Instagram does this purposely so that there is enough room for all the options your account type has access to.