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Instagram is down for some, but not all

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Instagram logo on phone (Image credit: Joe Maring / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Instagram is currently suffering from an outage.
  • While some people are unaffected, others are unable to use the social network.
  • Issues range from page refreshes timing out to not being able to sign in at all.

If you're trying to get Instagram to load and finding that you're struggling, you aren't alone. A number of people are now finding that the photo and video sharing service isn't behaving itself, although it doesn't appear to be an issue impacting everyone right now.

The problem appears to have started around an hour ago and shows little sign of improvement. While some people are reporting being logged out of their accounts and not being able to sign back in, others say that Instagram simply refuses to refresh their feeds. Just imagine the ad money Meta must be losing!

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Neither Instagram nor Meta have said anything about the issue so far, but that seems likely to change if the problems persist.

Instagram has long been one of the best iPhone apps for people who want to share photos and short videos, but it faces stiff competition from the likes of TikTok and YouTube. Outages like this won't help, of course, with plenty of options available should Instagram not work when people try to use it.

However, things aren't looking much better for TikTok right now — DownDetector reports that it too is having its own problems.

Those who are currently unable to use Instagram or TikTok should probably find something else to do and then to try again in a little while. Apple TV+ has plenty for you to pass the time with, for example!

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Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.