There are times when your favorite laze around social networking platform Instagram reports outages. This situation is commonly known as Instagram down. In such situations, a lot of users are left bamboozled and don’t know what they should do. In this post, I will tell you about the current condition of the platform, and we’ll discuss that if Instagram is down right now. Additionally, I will explain how to fix and find the status of the ‘Instagram down’ situation properly.
Is Instagram Down Right Now?
Instagram is one of the most popular social networking platforms available on the web. It hosts over 1 Billion users. Out of them, more than 600 Million are active monthly. Hosting such a huge audience is not a piece of cake for anyone. Instagram may also sometime fail and start having issues. Sometimes, Instagram’s servers crash and an outage may happen. When this happens, users across the globe or a particular region are unable to access Instagram.
Currently, Instagram is NOT down and it is working perfectly fine. The last ‘Instagram Down’ occurred more than a week ago on 12th February 2020. It was one of the most notable outages of Instagram in 2020.
What happens when an Instagram Down occurs?
When an Instagram down occurs, you will not be able to access and use Instagram properly. Either you can use the Instagram features partly or the Instagram app will stop working completely. During the Instagram Down on 11th December 2019, I was only able to access the Explore page of Instagram and my Timeline was showing ‘Unable to load‘ status continuously. But, when I tried to use Instagram on my friend’s phone, the app showed just a white screen and won’t load anything at all.
So, different problems could appear for different users during the time when Instagram is down. However, you don’t have to worry about any of them as everything will get back to normal once the problem is solved. You won’t have to do anything either, everything will get fixed automatically unless there isn’t a problem with the Instagram app on your device.
How to know if Instagram is Down & Find its Current Status?
There are multiple methods to know if Instagram is down and find its current status. You can use these methods whenever you face problems like the page not loading, app crashing, white screen appearing, etc on the Instagram app to know if there is an outage happening. Also, these methods will help you know when everything gets back to normal. Let’s take a look at all possible ways to know about an ‘Instagram Down.’
1. Try using other social apps like Youtube, Facebook, etc.
The easiest method to know if Instagram is down and there isn’t any problem with your internet connection or device is by trying to use other social networking apps. You can try using Facebook, or Youtube, or any other app that requires an internet connection. If those apps are not working as well, then you should consider checking your internet connection and device for problems.
However, if other apps are working, then try using Instagram one more time. If it is still not working then you can conclude that Instagram is facing an outage right now.
2. Check Twitter.
You can go to Twitter and check there if people are talking about an Instagram outage. If they are, then you’ll see hashtags like #InstagramDown #InstagramNotWorking, etc on the trending list. You’d also be able to see tweets by other users on a similar topic. You can also check Instagram’s Twitter Handle as whenever there is a mass issue going on, they’ll probably tweet about it.
These days, you can see a lot of memes going viral on such topics whenever any website faces a halt. You can also check Facebook stories, WhatsApp Stories, etc and you’ll find people discussing the same issues if there is an outage going on.
3. Visit the third-party status checker website.
Once you get the thought that Instagram is down or there is a problem going on with it, you can visit the third-party status checker websites that will tell you about the exact status of Instagram by checking its domain activity. Such websites are developed to keep track of websites and inform others about their status, ping, and issues. You can even report if you are facing any problem with a particular website.
Here are some of the best websites to check the current status of websites.
You can visit these websites and know the most accurate status of Instagram.
How to Fix the Instagram App not Working issue?
There are certain times when there is a problem with the Instagram app on your device, not with the platform. In such situations, you can fix the problem on your own. I’ll guide you on how you can do that.
1. Check your Internet Connection
The most probable cause of the issues with not only this but other such apps is a problematic internet connection. So, the first thing you need to check if your internet is working fine. To do this, you can visit the Play Store and check if it loads, or try playing a Youtube video. If you are able to do these, then there isn’t a problem with your internet connection.
You can also try switching between Mobile Data and Wifi Connection. Sometimes, the app would start working on a different connection. Also, check for apps that may be consuming your internet on the background. If you find any, force stop it if it isn’t important.
2. Update or Re-install the app
If you are using an outdated version of the app, then there is a probability that it will start causing issues. So, you can visit the Play Store, and check if there is an update available to the app. If there is an update available, install it and all your issues will be solved.
However, if there isn’t an update available and you are using the latest version, then you have to uninstall the app, and then re-install it again.
3. Clear Cache and Restart Device
Sometimes you can solve the problem by just clearing the cache files of the app and then restarting your device. To do this, go to Settings, then find and go to App Settings. Here, scroll down to find Instagram and then tap on it. Now tap on ‘Clear Data’ and then select ‘Clear Cache.’ You can also choose to clear whole data but that will remove all the logged-in accounts from your device.
After that, turn off your device. Wait for 2 minutes. Finally, turn on the device. Now you’ll see that the problem is solved.
That’s all for this post. You have now learned to know about any outage of Instagram and also how you can fix the app not working issue. If you have any queries or suggestions regarding anything written here, you can use the comment box to reach up to me. I’ll be glad to listen you.