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How to Fix “Welcome to Instagram”

Are you getting a “Welcome to Instagram” message?

If you are, you won’t be able to see new posts on Instagram (only old posts).

Here’s the second part of the message, “When you follow people, you’ll see the photos and videos they post here”

The message either happens when you’re new to Instagram or if you don’t follow anyone.

However, it can happen as a bug/glitch if you’re not new to Instagram.

As of May 2022, a ton of users are experiencing the welcome screen even though they’ve used Instagram for multiple years.

As a result, many are confused as to why this happens.

In this article, you’ll learn why you’re getting the “Welcome to Instagram” message and how to fix it.

Why my Instagram is showing welcome to Instagram?

Instagram is showing you “Welcome to Instagram” either because you’re new to Instagram or you’re not following anyone.

However, the message can happen due to a bug/glitch.

In March 2022, many Instagram users got the message on their homepage.

However, most of them have already used Instagram for multiple years.

Although they follow a lot of people, they are unable to see new posts.

Other users are able to see posts on their homepage, but only old posts are showing—even if they refresh it.

This is because Instagram was down on that day, and it can also happen today.

Hence, if Instagram is down, you can only wait until the issue is resolved.

How to fix “Welcome to Instagram”

To fix the “Welcome to Instagram” message, you first need to check if Instagram is down.

If Instagram is down, you need to wait for a few hours until it’s back up.

Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do to fix it if Instagram is down.

This is because the problem is on Instagram’s end and not yours.

However, if Instagram is not down, it means that you’re either a new user, or you’re not following anyone.

If that’s the case, you need to start following some people to see posts on your feed.

If that still doesn’t fix the “Welcome to Instagram” message, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling Instagram.

1. Check if Instagram is down

The first step is to check if Instagram is down.

There are a couple of ways to check if Instagram is down.

Firstly, you can visit downdetector.com and search for Instagram.

When you’re visiting the website, make sure you’ve selected the US version of it as it’s more accurate.

To do so, click on the globe icon and select “US”.

Once you’re on the page, you’ll see a graph called “Instagram outages reported in the last 24 hours”.

If there’s a huge spike in the graph, it means that Instagram is most likely down.

Another way to check if Instagram is down is to search for “Instagram down” on Twitter.

Alternatively, you can search for the error message that you’re experiencing and see if anyone tweeted about it.

Make sure to filter the tweets to “Top” and “Latest” respectively.

2. Wait for a few hours

If Instagram is down, you need to wait for a few hours until the Instagram team resolves the issue on their end.

Similarly, if Instagram is not down, you can wait it out as the message might be caused by a temporary bug/glitch.

In May 2022, the “Welcome to Instagram” message was a global issue as Instagram was down.

After a few hours, the message was gone and everyone was able to see their feed again.

Several media outlets also reported that Instagram was down at that time.

Hence, you can do a Google search for “Instagram down” and check the latest news.

If you’ve encountered an error on Instagram, you’re most likely not the only one experiencing it.

3. Follow people on Instagram

If you’re new to Instagram, you may get the “Welcome to Instagram” message.

This is if you skipped following people on Instagram.

If you’re not following anyone on Instagram, you won’t see any posts on your feed.

Instead, you’ll see a “Welcome to Instagram” message that prompts you to follow people.

Hence, you need to follow people to get rid of the message.

After you’ve followed some people, slide down your feed to refresh it.

When your feed is refreshed, you will start seeing posts from people that you follow.


Instagram has a ton of issues considering how long they’ve been on the App Store and Google Play Store.

In some cases, you can only see old posts on your feed and new posts won’t show even if you’ve refreshed the page.

Whenever you experience an error on the app, you should refrain from panicking.

In most cases, your account is not hacked and the error is caused by a bug/glitch.

Most errors can be fixed by simply waiting for a few hours.

You can also try uninstalling and reinstalling Instagram as it can fix certain issues within the app.

This is because the app’s cache will be cleared and it will be updated to the latest version.

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