Instagram is home to some of the freshest and most engaging bite-sized content on the Internet. Instagram Reels have become wildly popular in a very short period of time. One of the reasons behind this popularity is the special focus on making Reels easy to share within the platform and even outside of it. Of late, users have noticed a glitch that keeps Instagram from loading the correct Reel once they click on the link shared with them on a different Instant Messaging app. Repeatedly clicking on the Instagram link opens up a different Reel every time. Luckily, we make have a few fixes for you. Here’s how you can resolve the ‘Instagram loading the wrong Reel’ issue on your Android smartphone.
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Switch to Instagram Lite
As the name implies, Instagram Lite is a smaller and faster version of the Instagram app. The Lite version occupies less storage space on your phone and consumes considerably less amount of data than the regular app. There are a few drawbacks, though. Instagram Lite does not allow swiping gestures on its interface, so you will have to rely on tapping the icons to access basic features. Instagram Stories on the Lite app may take some time to load as well since the app cuts down on data usage by not preloading them.
The good news is that the Lite version of Instagram does not have the annoying bug that loads a different Reel when you click on a shared link. Clicking on a link shared with you through WhatsApp, Telegram, or any other IM app will load the correct Reel. You can download Instagram Lite from Google Play Store by clicking on this link. Launch the app after it is installed and log in using your Instagram handle.
Clear app cache
If you don’t want to switch to Instagram Lite, you can try clearing the app cache before clicking on a link. A cache stores temporary files to ensure that an app runs faster. Once you launch an app, it reaches the cache to access stuff like banner images, scripts, files, and other multimedia without needing to download them again. If you haven’t cleared the app cache in a long time, a corrupted temporary file may keep it from working properly. Here’s how you can clear Instagram’s app cache on your smartphone.
Step 1: Go to Settings and select Apps.
Step 2: Scroll down and select Instagram.
Step 3: Tap on Storage.
Step 4: Select ‘Clear Cache’ from the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
Update the Instagram app
Any glitches or bugs are generally resolved with a quick update. Check if there is an update available for Instagram. Go to Instagram’s page on Google Play Store and tap on ‘Update’. Sometimes an update may take some time to arrive. You can also download a previous version of the app from third-party app stores like APKPure and APKMirror. It is possible that an older version may not face the same issue on your device.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Instagram not loading the correct Reel when I click on a link?
An internal glitch or bug may be keeping Instagram from loading the correct Reel when you click on a shared link. Try clearing the app cache or using Instagram Lite to get rid of this issue.
How to fix Instagram Reels if they are not loading?
If Instagram isn’t loading Reels for you, try updating the app and clearing the app cache. You can also try checking whether Instagram’s servers are down.
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These are the best ways to fix the ‘Instagram loading a wrong or different Reel on clicking a shared link’ issue. If the issue still persists after trying the methods mentioned above, report the problem to Instagram. Go to Settings>Help>Report a problem to let Instagram know about the issue you’re facing.
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