A common problem that people face on Instagram is that it won’t let them post a photo or video. There are a number of reasons this can happen, and this post will walk you through the different methods on how to fix it.
Instagram Won’t Let Me Post
The issue with Instagram not letting you post is usually caused by a bug in the temporary data that Instagram has stored on your device. Clearing this data will fix usually fix the issue. Here’s how to do it:
Clear the Instagram Cache
The main reason why people suddenly can’t upload photos to Instagram is because there is a problem with the cookies that Instagram has stored on your phone. In order to fix this, you just need to reset this data.
Clear the Cache on iOS
- 1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage
- 2. Look for the Instagram icon then tap on it
- 3. Tap ‘Offload App’ to clear the Instagram cache.
- 4. Open up Instagram again and see if it lets you post now
Clear the Cache on Android
- 1. Go to Settings > Apps
- 2. Scroll down until you find Instagram
- 3. Tap ‘Storage’ > ‘Clear Cache’
After doing this, all of the data that Instagram has stored on your phone will be reset. Of course, all of your account data, such as your posts, photos, comments etc. will still remain on Instagram. This method just removes the temporary data that Instagram has stored on your device i.e. the cookies. Because of this, you will need to sign back into your account. You should now be able to upload photos without any issues. If you still can’t, then there may be other problems causing the bug, and we have outlined all of the solutions to these below.
Change Your Instagram Data Setting
There is a setting within Instagram that places limits on what you can upload / post, as well as how often, in terms of how much data it’s using. If Instagram isn’t letting you post, it’s possible that this limit is set too low. To raise the limit, do the following:
- 1. Go to your Profile -> Settings
- 2. Tap ‘Account’
- 3. Scroll down until you find ‘Cellular Data Usage’
By doing this, Instagram won’t eat up as much of your phone’s cellular data, or Wifi bandwidth, when uploading images and videos.
Instagram’s Photo Policies
Instagram has strict rules about the kinds of photos you can upload, and they have very clever bots that detect if your photo breaks these rules. Make sure your photo does not contain any obscene content, such as nudity or violence.
Free Up Space on Your Phone
If your phone’s memory / storage space is full, this could be preventing you from uploading photos to Instagram. To fix this, try removing some apps that you don’t need and closing apps that you aren’t using.
Is Your Account New?
If your account is new, Instagram will has restrictions on how many posts you can create in a short space of time. You can try to bypass this issue by making your profile look more legit, such as uploading a profile picture, having a bio, and interacting with other users by liking and commenting on their content. If this doesn’t fix it, you may just have to wait some time until your profile becomes older.