Instagram not working on iPhone 12 Pro? Fix


The loading and flawed working of Instagram has been pretty common issues on the iPhone 12 Pro. Numerous users facing the problem reached out to us via different mediums and complained about it. Thankfully, it is something that can be successfully addressed. In this tutorial, we bring you possible solutions that will help you to fix Instagram not working issue on iPhone 12 Pro.

Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, but when it’s not working it can be a frustrating experience. The servers are generally reliable, but for those unfortunate occurrences when Instagram isn’t working on iPhone 12 Pro, we put together a list of ways to fix it. Follow the troubleshooting guide below to fix any Instagram problems you might be experiencing on your iPhone 12 Pro.

1. Check if Instagram is down

If Instagram isn’t working on your iPhone 12 Pro, it could be the case that it isn’t working for anyone. Before you take any more drastic measures check whether or not Instagram’s servers are down.

There are a number of websites that let you do this, but the one we recommend is Down Detector. It essentially collects information from social media platforms like Twitter and combines it with user reports on its own platform. When you check Down Detector’s Instagram page and it will display one of three messages:

No problems at Instagram
Possible problems at Instagram
Problems at Instagram
You can also report any issues you’re having to notify other users of any issues. If it turns out that Instagram is down, there’s little you can do but wait. If it isn’t, check the next solution.

2. Restart the Instagram app

If Instagram’s servers are fine and it still isn’t working on your iPhone 12 Pro, try closing the app and reopening it. To do so: swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the app switcher. Swipe up on the Instagram app to close it.
Reopen Instagram.

3. Check Restrictions for Instagram

Screen Time makes it possible to impose a time limit and other kinds of restrictions on apps. Since Instagram is not working appropriately, let us invest a quick moment to confirm that it’s not restricted.

Open the Settings app and tap on Screen Time.
Tap on App Limits and ensure that Instagram is not added here.

If it is, tap on it and finally tap on Delete Limit.
Now, tap on Turn off the toggle for Content & Privacy Restrictions.
After following the above steps, launch the Instagram app, and see if it loads or not.

4. Clear History and Website Data

Are you facing trouble while using Instagram on Safari or any other iOS browser? Deleting the history and website data will do the trick.

To Clear Safari’s History and Website Data, go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data.

5. Update the Instagram app

Closing and reopening Instagram will fix most problems, but if it doesn’t check to see if you’re using the most recent version of the app. Newer versions often contain bug fixes in addition to new features. Follow the steps below to check for Instagram updates on iPhone 12 Pro:

Start the App Store app.
Tap the Today tab.
Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen.
Scroll down and check for updates, or tap Update All.

6. Check your connection

If your Instagram feed isn’t loading or you aren’t able to upload pictures, it may have to do with your internet connection. If you’re using a Wi-Fi connection, there are several things to do when this happens, and any one of them may solve the issue. Try each of the items on the list below.

Turn off data and switch to Wi-Fi.
Move closer to your router.
Reset the router, even if your internet works on other devices.

See also: Internet not working on iPhone 12 Pro?

When none of the above fixes do the trick, try turning off Wi-Fi entirely and see if Instagram starts working with just data. If it does, it’s about time to buy a new router, but if it doesn’t then move down to the next potential solution.

7. Restart your iPhone

Like many tech problems, the simplest and most effective solution is to restart the device. When Instagram isn’t working on iPhone 12 Pro, the same logic applies.

Reset your iPhone and it may instantly solve your Instagram woes. Just hold down the side button and either of the volume buttons until you see the power off slider. Drag the slider from left to right to turn off your iPhone. If that doesn’t work, move on to the next solution on the list.

8. Uninstall and reinstall the Instagram app

Occasionally a bug can appear when installing or updating Instagram that causes it to stop working. The only way to remedy this is to uninstall and reinstall the app. This “nuclear option” takes the most time and may require you to re-enter your credentials, but it’s virtually guaranteed to get Instagram working again.

Once you delete an app, it removes the associated data, and after reinstalling, everything starts afresh. As Instagram is not working on iPhone 12 Pro, let us try this solution as well.

Press on the Instagram app icon from the Home screen and tap on Delete App > Delete.
Now, press on the App Store icon, and tap on Search. Type ‘Instagram‘ and tap on the download icon.
Once the download completes, log in to the app again.

See also: The fastest way to charge iPhone 12 Pro

9. Update your iOS Version

If you are still having Instagram issues on iPhone 12 Pro, update your phone. It will ensure better compatibility with Instagram (and other apps). Consequently, the ongoing working issues may be successfully taken care of.

10. Check the list of known issues

If you’ve tried everything on the list and Instagram still isn’t working on iPhone 12 Pro, it may be a legitimate problem or bug within the app. You can keep track of these on Instagram’s list of known issues.

Known issues may have a temporary fix, so be sure to check out the link above for the latest. Failing that, you may just have to wait until Instagram is back online with a fix to share your pictures and catch up with friends!

That’s it for our list of ways to fix Instagram when it stops working on iPhone 12 Pro. Did we miss any potential fixes? Let us know in the comments and we’ll get them added to the list!

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