Instagram Feed couldn’t be refreshed – what to do?

Alana Grace

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You’re seeing an error message on the Instagram homepage stating that your feed couldn’t be updated? There can be several reasons for this. Here, we’ll show you how to solve the problem.

Check internet connection

One of the most common reasons why Instagram doesn’t update your feed is a slow or “delayed” internet connection. If the connection isn’t fast enough or not working at all, Instagram can’t load the latest photos and videos. This can also happen if the connection is overloaded due to high traffic, such as during a big game or on New Year’s Eve.

So, make sure you have an internet connection by loading a webpage in your browser. Also, check that the Wi-Fi isn’t turned off in your settings. You can find this in the “Connections” section.

Check Instagram server

Due to the high demand from over a billion Instagram users, the server can become overloaded and show errors to users. However, this doesn’t happen very often, and server outages are usually quickly resolved. You can search on the website for Instagram to see if there is currently an outage. If there is an outage, there’s nothing more you can do except wait for Instagram to fix the issue.

Update Instagram

Sometimes, you need to update your daily applications like Instagram, WhatsApp, etc., to ensure stability and reliability.

So, open the Play Store or App Store and update the Instagram app to the latest available version. Then, open Instagram and try to load the homepage again.

Set time and date automatically

It may seem strange, but Instagram may not function properly if you haven’t set the correct time and date on your smartphone. If Instagram’s time and date don’t match the ones you’ve selected, the app may encounter conflicting values, leading to problems. To prevent this, set the time and date on your smartphone to be automatic.

Log out and log back into Instagram

One possible solution to the feed problem is to log out of the app and then log back in. This will remove any possible corrupted files that were temporarily created for your account and also help perform an update during the login process.

Clear Instagram cache

You could experience performance issues if Instagram’s cache files are full. These temporary files are stored on your device to reduce loading time. However, if the cache storage is full, the app may not function properly. Therefore, you should regularly clear the cache of Instagram. To do this, open the settings of your smartphone, go to the App List, select Instagram, and then in the menu, you can clear the app’s cache under “Storage and Cache“.

Restart your smartphone

A system restart can fix most temporary glitches and errors with apps. Android users should hold the power button and select the “Restart” option. If you have an iPhone, hold one of the volume buttons and the side button until you see the slider on the screen. Then, drag the slider, wait for about 30 seconds, and hold the side button to turn the phone back on.

Reinstall Instagram app

Often, the problem lies with the Instagram app itself. Uninstalling and reinstalling the app can help resolve the issue of the feed not updating. So, uninstall the Instagram app like any other app. Then, restart your smartphone and reinstall the app from the Play Store or App Store.

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