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Instagram Stories Not Uploading: How to Fix

If your Instagram stories are not uploading, it can be the most frustrating error.

Maybe you tried various ways and means to fix the error, but none of it works.

Typically, you would be able to post photos, but not videos on your story.

Lots of other Instagram users have faced this issue before, so you’re not alone.

This article will guide you on how to fix the error and get your stories successfully uploaded on Instagram.

How to fix Instagram stories not uploading

Upload failed Instagram

To fix your Instagram stories not uploading, the top three solutions are to stop using a GIF, save the story and re-upload it from your gallery, or to update Instagram.

If your Instagram stories are not not uploading, you can either try to stop using a GIF, save the story and re-upload it, or update Instagram to the latest version.

These solutions are tested and proven to work, so one of them should be able to solve your uploading issue.

However, if you still have issues with uploading your stories, you can try using the solutions below.

1. Stop using a GIF

The first method is to stop using a GIF in your stories.

If you use a GIF in one of your stories, you may not be able to upload it because it crashes Instagram stories.

This is apparent if you’re using an Android device (e.g. Samsung S7 edge).

Once you stop using a GIF in your stories, you will be able to upload them.

However, if you happen to use a GIF again, your story might not be able to upload on Instagram.

In addition, you might not be able to post photos on Instagram while the issue is active.

2. Save the story and re-upload it

Insatgram save story

Secondly, you can try saving the story on your gallery and re-upload it.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can do this:

  1. Go to your Instagram stories.
  2. Take a photo or a video and edit it if you want to.
  3. Once you’re finished with editing, tap on ‘save’.
  4. Exit your stories and tap on ‘discard’.
  5. Go to your Instagram stories again and upload the saved story from your gallery.

This solution takes quite a lot of work, but you will be able to upload an Instagram story after!

3. Update Instagram

Updating Instagram typically solves the latest bugs and glitches on Instagram.

Sometimes, the previous Instagram update might contain some bugs or glitches.

So, you’ll always have to keep Instagram updated, especially if the update description includes, “Bug fixes”.

Here’s how to update Instagram on an android device:

  1. Navigate to Google Play.
  2. Tap on apps and games on the options toolbar.
  3. Find Instagram and tap on ‘update’.

Here’s how to update Instagram on an iPhone:

  1. Navigate to the App Store.
  2. Tap on the profile icon on the top-right hand corner of the screen.
  3. Find Instagram and tap on ‘update’.

However, if you can’t find Instagram in your updates tab, then it is up to date.

4. Uninstall Instagram

Uninstall Instagram

Forthly, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling Instagram.

Uninstalling Instagram will delete its data.

This means that it might resolve some issues after you re-installed it.

Reinstalling Instagram will also install its latest updates, so it will be up-to-date.

To uninstall Instagram on both an Android device and an iPhone, long-press the app and tap on ‘Delete’.

After deletion, search for Instagram in the Google Play Store/App Store and reinstall it.

5. Clear your cache

Clearing your Instagram cache will delete your previous data (e.g. loaded images/videos).

This might help solve your Instagram stories from not uploading as they will be reloaded.

Here’s how you can clear your Instagram cache on an Android device:

  1. Go to your phone’s settings.
  2. Tap on “Apps and Notifications”
  3. Find the Instagram app, tap on “Storage”, and clear cache.

Here’s how you can clear your Instagram cache on an iPhone:

  1. Go to your phone’s settings.
  2. Tap on “General”, then “iPhone Storage”.
  3. Tap on “Delete App”, then re-install it.

Unfortunately, to clear the Instagram cache on an iPhone, you’ll have to re-install the app.

Offloading the app will not clear the Instagram cache.

6. Turn on Airplane Mode

Airplane mode

If your Instagram stories get stuck on posting, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Turn on Airplane Mode.
  2. Turn of your wifi.
  3. Delete the stories and force close the Instagram app.

This will fix your stories from getting stuck.

7. Use another device

The last straw is to use another device to upload stories on Instagram.

This is a foul-proof method of fixing your stories from not uploading.

Simply use another device (that has no issue in uploading stories), log in to your account and upload your story.

Android devices are more likely to have issues in uploading, so you can try using an iPhone instead.

Why are my Instagram stories not uploading?

Your Instagram stories might not be uploading either because Instagram has a bug, you don’t have an internet connection, or your WiFi is too slow.

Do keep in mind that even if you have an internet connection, it might be too weak to be able to upload videos.

Even if you have an internet connection, its speed might be too weak to upload videos.

If you think that’s the case, then you should try testing the speed of your internet.

Use an Internet speed test like Ookla to test both the download and upload speed of your internet.

Internet speed test

When you’re testing the speed, you should look at the upload speed.

Typically, you should aim for an upload speed of over 100 Mbps.

If your upload speed is below 25 Mbps, then your video might not be able to upload a story to Instagram, especially if its a long one.

If you’re on WiFi and your upload speed is low, you might want to try switching to your mobile data, and vice-versa.

Why is my Instagram story stuck at posting?

Your Instagram story is stuck at posting because Instagram has a bug, or your internet connection is poor.

If your Instagram story is stuck at posting, you can use method 6 to delete it.

Here’s a recap on how you can delete your Instagram story if it’s stuck at posting:

  1. Turn on Airplane Mode.
  2. Turn off your WiFi.
  3. Delete your story.

Airplane mode will stop your mobile data which can be very useful in resolving connectivity issues.

Hence, the next time you’re facing issues with your internet connection, you can try turning Airplane Mode off, then on.

Why are Instagram stories not showing up?

Instagram stories not showing

Another common issue Instagram users face is that Instagram stories are not showing up on their timeline.

If Instagram stories are not showing up, you can either set your date and time to automatic, or delete the music story on a desktop.

There might be an issue with Instagram music, so you can try deleting your story with the music feature on a desktop.

Additionally, if your date and time needs to be in sync with Instagram, so you need to set your date and time to automatic for stories to work.

Conclusion

In this article, you’ve learnt why your Instagram stories are not uploading, and how to fix it.

If your Instagram stories are not uploading, it might be because Instagram has a bug, or your internet connection is weak.

There are several ways you can use to fix it, so you’ll have determine the cause of your error first.

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