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How to Fix “Allow Instagram to access your camera and microphone”

Are you getting an “Allow Instagram to access your camera and microphone” error?

Here’s the second part of the error, “This lets you share photos, record videos, and preview effects”.

Followed by, “You can change this anytime in your device settings”.

You’ll then be given an “Open Settings” option where you can change your settings.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix “Allow Instagram to access your camera and microphone” on Instagram for iPhone and Android devices.

Why can’t I access my camera and microphone on Instagram?

Allow Instagram to access your camera and microphone

You can’t access your camera and microphone on Instagram because you didn’t allow Instagram to have access to them.

If you’re using an iPhone, you can allow Instagram to access your camera and microphone by opening the Settings app.

After you’ve opened the Settings app, scroll down, select “Instagram”, and enable “Microphone” and “Camera”.

Lastly, force close the Instagram app and re-open it.

However, if you’re still experiencing the “Allow Instagram to access your camera and microphone” error, it means that it’s a bug or a glitch.

In some cases, the bug/glitch might be caused by the latest Instagram update.

If that’s the case, Instagram will release a follow-up update to fix it.

As of 14 September 2022, many users are experiencing issues with their cameras and microphones on Instagram.

“So glad to see others having the same problem. I thought I was the only one”.

“All of my permissions are enabled, but the app is still not working”.

Although they’ve given Instagram access to them, the pop-up still appears.

Because of this, they are unable to use the stories feature or post pictures.

If you’re facing the same issue, you’re not the only one.

How to fix “Allow Instagram to access your camera and microphone”

Instagram camera access

How to fix “Allow Instagram to access your camera and microphone” (5 methods):

  • Allow camera and microphone access: Open the Settings app > Instagram > Microphone/Camera > Enable.
  • Download an older version of Instagram (for Android devices): https://instagram.en.uptodown.com/android/versions.
  • Uninstall and reinstall Instagram.
  • Update Instagram to the latest version (if you’ve already done so, you need to wait for another update).
  • Wait for 24 to 48 hours.

The first step that you should do is to check if Instagram is down.

To do so, you can go to DownDetector.com/status/instagram or search for “Instagram down” on Twitter.

If there is a spike in the graph on DownDectector, it means that the app is probably down for everyone.

If you’re getting the error message even though you’ve allowed camera and microphone access for Instagram, it means that it’s a bug/glitch.

Bugs and glitches happen all the time on Instagram.

Sometimes, an update will introduce bugs to the app.

If that’s the case, Instagram will release a follow-up update to fix those bugs.

If you’ve already updated the app to the latest version, you need to wait for a new update.

It’s almost certain that it’s a bug if you enabled camera and microphone access but you’re still getting the pop-up message.

On September 14, 2022, many users are unable to use the story feature or post pictures on the app because of the “Allow Instagram to access your camera and microphone” error.

This is a known bug on the app and Instagram is working on a fix for it.

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