Instagram may be the world’s largest photo-sharing platform but it isn’t entirely immune to bugs and other issues. Oftentimes, users report that new images do not show up on their Instagram feed, and even when they do, they simply won’t load. There can be multiple reasons behind this problem. In this article, we bring you the top 5 ways to fix the ‘Instagram pictures not showing up’ issue on your smartphone.
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Check your internet connection
The most likely reason why Instagram won’t load pictures is a faulty internet connection. Make sure that mobile data on your device is turned on or you are connected to an active WiFi network. Check your network provider’s app to see if you have ample data left. Open a web page or another app to see if it is loading. This will help you get an idea of whether the issue lies with Instagram or your network.
Clear app cache
Temporary files in the cache are always at risk of getting corrupted and impeding the basic functioning of the app. Here’s how you can clear Instagram’s app cache.
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 bottom of the screen.
Turn off Instagram’s data saver
Instagram has a native data-saving feature that disables the preloading of videos on the platform to consume less mobile data. While this works fine for the most part, it can often lead to pictures and videos not loading at all. Here’s how you can disable the data saver.
Step 1: Go to your Instagram profile and tap the hamburger menu at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 2: Select Settings.
Step 3: Tap on ‘Account’.
Step 4: Scroll down and select ‘Mobile Data Use’.
Step 5: Turn the toggle bar off for Data Saver.
Disable your smartphone’s data saver
Like Instagram, your smartphone has a data saver tool as well. You can set a maximum data usage limit on your device. After the limit has been reached, mobile data will be turned off on your phone. Here’s how you can disable data saver on your smartphone.
Step 1: Go to Settings and select Connections.
Step 2: Tap on Data Usage.
Step 3: Tap on Mobile Data usage.
Step 4: Click on the gear icon for additional settings.
Step 5: Turn the toggle bar off for ‘Set data limit’.
Check if Instagram’s servers are down
It is not uncommon for Instagram to experience a server outage. When the servers are down, all app activity is ceased until the servers are back up and running. You have no other option than to wait it out. To check if Instagram’s servers are down, visit the DownDetector website and search for Instagram.
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These are the top 5 ways to fix the ‘Instagram pictures not showing up’ issue on your smartphone. If the issue still persists after trying the fixes mentioned above, try updating your Instagram app. Simply go to the Google Play Store, search for Instagram, and hit Update. If you found this article helpful, let us know in the comments!
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