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How to Fix: Instagram Not Posting Photos or Videos

What a depressing thing that you get everything prepared for uploading photos or videos to Instagram but the post stuck on sending! And even after a long wait, Instagram posting failed with an error message "Instagram not posted yet please try again". Is Instagram down?

Why Instagram won't let you post photos and videos? The reasons can various from Internet connection, cookies on your phone, insufficient memory storage, Instagram data settings, contents with a violation of policy, undesirable video specs to account restrictions. Whatever the cause, we've suited the remedy to the case to fix the Instagram not posting error.

1. Check Internet Connection
2. Clear the Instagram Cache
3. Free up Phone Storage Space
4. Change Instagram Data Setting
5. Edit Items to Meet Instagram Specs
6. Check the Instagram Policy
7. Contact Instagram Support

How to Fix: Instagram Not Posting Issue

1. Check your internet connection

Whether you admit it or not, internet connection comes one of the biggest reasons for Instagram not posting sometimes. Thus, before you start posting photos or videos to Instagram, make sure you have a great internet connection.

2. Clear the Instagram Cache

There is a big possibility that you cannot post your photos or videos on Instagram owing to the problem with caches stored on your phone. To fix it, you need just reset the cache data with the following steps:

On iOS device:

  1. Go to "Settings" on your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Tap on "General".
  3. Choose "iPhone Storage".
  4. Tap on "Instagram" app.
  5. Tap "Offload App" to clear the Instagram cache.

On Android device:

  1. Go to "Settings" on your Android phone.
  2. Tap on "Apps" and find Instagram app.
  3. Tap "Storage".
  4. Tap "Clear Cache" to clear the data cache.
Clear the Instagram Cache
Clear Instagram Cache

After you've done, open up Instagram app again to see whether Instagram allows you to post. If it's not fixed, there may be other problems causing this bug, keep reading...

3. Free up Phone Storage Space

When the storage of your iPhone or Android phone is filled up, you can't upload to Instagram as well. For that, the only thing you need to do is to free up the storage space. Removing some apps that you don't need and transferring photos, videos, music etc. to desktop or cloud services.

4. Change Instagram Data Setting

You know what, there is a setting witin Instagram that limits what you can upload, how often you can post photos or videos and how much data is using. If Instagram won't let you post, it might be an issue that the data limit is set too low. Frankly, raising the limit could get you out of the trouble.

  1. In Instagram app, go to "Profile".
  2. go to "Settings" and tap "Account".
  3. Scroll down until you find the "Mobile/Cellular Data Usage".
  4. Choose High-resolution media to raise the data limit.
Change your Instagram data setting
Change Instagram data setting

5. Edit Photos/Videos to Meet Instagram Specs

Instagram does have some requirements on photos and videos specs. If your photos or videos don't meet the criteria, you might fail to post them on Insta. Actually, it's quite easy to edit photos for Instagram on mobile, since the built-in Photos app is strong enough to do so. When it comes to video, it only helps with something like cropping video frame size or trimming video length for Instagram.

For more video editing and parameters settings, you're more suggested to try an Instagram video converter, like WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe. It's capable of converting any videos to Instagram supported video formats, tweaking video parameters like codec, resolution, frame rate, aspect ratio etc., trimming video length and so on.

The best photo specs for Instagram: .jpg or .png, 30 MB file size maximumly, Square (600×600 pixels min. and 1936×1936 pixels max.), Landscape (600×315 pixels min. and 1936×1936 pixels max.), Portrait (600×750 pixels min. and 1936×1936 pixels max.).

The best video specs for Instagram: MP4 (H.264 codec), frame rate at 30 fps, maximum 1920 pixels tall and 1080 pixels wide, 3-60 seconds video length, and AAC audio with 3500 kbps bitrate.

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6. Remove the Photos or Videos that May Violate Instagram Policy

Instagram has strict rules for what you can and can't upload, and they have very clever bots that detect if your photos or videos break that rules. Make sure your photos or videos do not contain any obscene content, such as nudity or violence.

7. Contact Instagram Support

If all the solutions above failed to help you out, it might be a technical problem with the Instagram app. In this case, just contact the support team and report the Instagram not loading pictures problem so they can investigate.

Bonus: How to Post Multiple Photos on Instagram

To tell a more creative and comprehensive story on Instagram, you may wonder if is it possible to post multiple photos or videos on Instagram? Absoluately YES! Here's a simple introduction on how you can post multiple photos on Instagram at once.

  1. Open the Instagram app on your phone.
  2. Tap on the + icon at the bottom of the screen to upload your camera roll.
  3. Tap the "SELECT MULTIPLE" button in the top-right corner.
  4. Select the photos you want to add to your post.
  5. Tap "Next" button to continue. You can edit them by tapping their icon in the bottom-left corner.
  6. When all finished, tap the "Next" button to add your post to Instagram.
Post Multiple Photos on Instagram
Post Multiple Photos on Instagram


author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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