Instagram isn’t really perfect platform you can rely all the time. You may experience error, bug or something like that. One of the most common problem using Instagram is that you can’t post on it. You wonder, why won’t Instagram let me post?
The answers are many, and the solutions to the problems are similar. However, you can’t underestimate the causes of your problems (which is that Instagram can’t post). If you don’t know the causes, it is really hard to solve this problem and continue posting on Instagram.gt
Instagram is available in Android and iPhone. Both operating systems may have different solutions to a problem. But, they’re similar. Once you know how to solve “Instagram can’t post” problem, you can fix it quickly in the future.
If your Instagram is connected to Facebook account, you may experience that Instagram is not posting to Facebook. You need different solutions to that problem.
- 1 Why Won’t Instagram Let Me Post? The Obvious Reasons
- 1.1 If Instagram Won’t Let You Post Videos/Photos
- 1.2 If Instagram Won’t Let You Post Multiple Photos/Videos
- 1.3 If Instagram Won’t Let You Post Stories
- 1.4 If You Can’t Edit Your Post on Instagram
- 1.5 If You Can’t See Post You’re Tagged In
- 1.6 Instagram Won’t Let You Post Music on Story
- 1.7 “Instagram Will Auto Post When Possible” Message
- 1.8 Instagram Can’t Post Comment
- 2 Fix Instagram That Won’t Post by Clearing Instagram App Cache
- 3 Still Can’t Post? Make Sure You Didn’t Limit Data Usage on Instagram App
- 4 Try Fixing Your Carrier or Internet Service Provider
- 5 Free Up Your Space If Your Storage is Full
- 6 Still Can’t Post on Instagram? Try Uninstalling Apps That Have Access to Your Account
- 7 Just Update Your Instagram App
- 8 Try Reinstalling Instagram App
- 9 Again, Still Can’t Post on Instagram? There’s Probably Something Wrong with Your Instagram Account
Why Won’t Instagram Let Me Post? The Obvious Reasons
When people says that they can’t post on Instagram, they could mean many different kind of posting. You see, Instagram is wide platform with some useful features and provide different kind of posting, like the post, stories, comment, and more.
You can read this section to understand more of your problem and the reason why Instagram won’t let you post.
If Instagram Won’t Let You Post Videos/Photos
The main feature of Instagram is posting as “post”, which is something that is on your feed. If Instagram won’t let you post videos or photos, the first thing that may causes the problem is internet connection.
The second thing is that you may violate Instagram policies. Make sure you post something that doesn’t contain nudity or violence. If you’ve been posting multiple videos or photos, you’re probably banned from posting again until Instagram allow you to, especially if your account is still new.
If your account is temporarily banned, you can jump to the last section of this post and read suggestions on how to fix it.
If your can’t post pictures or videos from your gallery/library, make sure you allow Instagram to access your storage, which can be done in your device’s Settings app. Both Android and iOS have it.
If you can’t post long videos, you have to know that you can only post 60 second video each clip on the post, 15 minutes video for IGTV uploaded on mobile app, 60 minutes video for IGTV uploaded on computer, and 15 seconds video each clip on Instagram story.
But, you can learn how to post longer video on Instagram if you want.
If Instagram Won’t Let You Post Multiple Photos/Videos
This depends. If you’ve been consistently posting multiple photos or videos, which can be regarded as spam by Instagram, your account is probably now banned. But, banned temporarily. You can fix that by reading our suggestions in the last section.
However, I doubt if you’re banned temporarily (if you’re not really spamming with the same content over and over again).
If you use Android, this can be traced down to Background App Refresh, which can be found in Settings > General > Background App Refresh. If you have problem with Instagram, you may need to turn Background App Refresh feature.
If Instagram Won’t Let You Post Stories
This most likely be caused by your internet connection. You see, Instagram need fast and strong internet speed to upload insta-stories. Once it fails or get stuck posting your stories, there’s probably no other way than to delete the Instagram story.
And, “post stories” can mean many different things.
If you mean sharing post to story, chances are the post you’re trying to share as story is post from private Instagram account. You can learn more about reposting Instagram video, picture, and story in many different ways.
If you mean sharing someone else’s story, then you can only do it from public Instagram account while you’re being tagged in the story.
If You Can’t Edit Your Post on Instagram
Instagram has old bug that prevent users from editing their posts. This has been fixed in the latest Instagram version. You should update it through Play Store or App Store.
If You Can’t See Post You’re Tagged In
This most likely be a manual approve tag feature turned on on your Instagram app. You have to turn it off by going to Settings (which is located in your profile page). Search in the settings “tag”. Tap “Tagged Posts”. Then set the toggle off at “Manually Approve Tags”. If you want to see old tags that haven’t been approved, tap Pending tags and approve them.
If your case is when you’re tagged in the comment of the post but you can’t see the post, the solution is by updating the Instagram app. That was bug that have been fixed.
Instagram Won’t Let You Post Music on Story
This is most likely be caused by your location (country). Some countries still don’t have access to Instagram’s music sticker. But, you can do these tricks to use music sticker in story.
“Instagram Will Auto Post When Possible” Message
This message shows up when you post something but it fails. This most likely be caused by your internet connection. Make sure you’ve fast internet connection to upload video or picture to Instagram.
If you think that could not be caused by your internet connection, you can try clearing cache by using method below (located after this section).
Instagram Can’t Post Comment
This most likely be caused by the fact that your account may have been restricted by the person who made the post. Restricting someone in Instagram is like soft-blocking because it is really subtle that the person who is being restricted doesn’t notice.
Restricting someone make their comments moderated and it needs approval for the comments to show up in the post. You can learn more about this on blocking someone in Instagram.
Fix Instagram That Won’t Post by Clearing Instagram App Cache
Instagram rely on cache to make sure the app can store temporary data so it can run faster instead of relying to your storage which is slower. However, if cache causes some problem in the app you probably need to clear it to make it run properly again.
You can do this in Android and iPhone.
To do this, open the Settings app in Android. Tap Apps or Manage Apps. Search for the app which is Instagram.
Now tap the Instagram app. Then tap Clear Data.
Tap Clear cache. Tap OK to confirm.
Still Can’t Post? Make Sure You Didn’t Limit Data Usage on Instagram App
If you can’t still post, you can try turning off feature that limit data usage on Instagram app. To do this, simply go to your profile. Tap the hamburger button. Tap Settings.
Go to Account. Then tap Cellular Data Use.
Here, make sure you turn off “Data Saver”. If you don’t want to, you can make sure you can upload high resolution media by using both cellular and WiFi.
Try Fixing Your Carrier or Internet Service Provider
If you can’t post on Instagram again, make sure your internet works normally. You can try visiting other websites in your browser to check. You can try changing your APN, managing your data plan and make sure it doesn’t limit Instagram, and more.
Free Up Your Space If Your Storage is Full
If your storage is full and can’t store more data in it, Instagram may not work properly. To solve this, just delete everything that aren’t important in your storage, like games, videos, and more.
Still Can’t Post on Instagram? Try Uninstalling Apps That Have Access to Your Account
Some apps can have access to your Instagram account and when you use Instagram app at the same time, both app can conflict and may lead you to be unable to post on Instagram.
To uninstall app on Android and iPhone, simply drag the app and drop it in the trash icon.
If you use Microsoft Launcher, you can long-tap and then tap Uninstall. Then, tap OK.
Just Update Your Instagram App
Updating Instagram app can fix the bug you may experience, and it also improve the security of Instagram app. You can do that by going to Play Store or App Store, find Instagram app, then tap Update.
Try Reinstalling Instagram App
If all of above solutions don’t work, you can try reinstalling Instagram app to see if that fix the problem. You can do that by dragging and then dropping the app to the trash icon.
If you use Microsoft Launcher, just long-tap the app. Tap Uninstall, then choose Ok.
Again, Still Can’t Post on Instagram? There’s Probably Something Wrong with Your Instagram Account
The final answer is that your account maybe temporarily banned. The reasons are many, and you can look up to these activities you may have done in Instagram app and stop doing it.
Stop Using Third-Party App to Access Your Account
There are lots of apps that can access your Instagram account to provide you automatic features like mass following accounts or something like that. These apps can lead your account to be temporarily banned, that probably make you unable to post on Instagram.
Stop Commenting & Liking from One Post to Another Too Quickly
Commenting on videos or pictures from one post to another too quickly may trigger Instagram to detect you as comment bot. If you’re doing this, then stop so you can get out of the ban as soon as possible. The same works if you like too many posts in short time.
Stop Mass-Follow, Mass-Unfollow, or Mass-Remove Follower
Instagram doesn’t allow you to mass-follow many Instagram accounts in short time. The same way works if you mass-unfollow and mass-remove follower. Stop doing this for few days and see if you can post in Instagram again.
You can also remove follower on Instagram manually instead of doing it automatically.
There are many suggestions and solutions if you can’t post on Instagram. Some people experience this for days and even weeks. If there’s a problem in your account you can try contacting Instagram to know for sure what is happening with your account.