Can’t Upload Photos to Threads? Do This!

Can't Upload Photos to Threads

Why Can’t I Upload Photos to Threads

1. Internet Is Bad

Another major reason why photos won’t upload to Threads is when the internet connection on the device is poor. 

Photos require a stronger internet connection to Threads than written text. This is because of the higher amount of data that need to be transmitted per second to maintain the quality. 

Fix – Restart Connection

The first step to take when troubleshooting internet connection issues is to restart the connection. From time to time, the network adapter on mobile device you are using threads on may run into a temporary glitch causing it to receive weak signals from your router or cellular data.

To fix this, simply restart the connection and try uploading the photo again.

To restart connection on mobile device

  • Tap the WIFI or Cellular Data icon once to turn it off
  • Tap it again to turn it back on, and ensure that it is connected to the right network

Fix 2 – Restart Router

If restarting the internet connection on your device does not clear the problem, then the issue may lie with your internet source. If you are using a router, it’s possible that it has run into a glitch or bug. For example, when your router becomes hot, when it stores up too much electricity, or when some circuits in its board disconnect, the router starts to deliver poor signals to your device.

To fix this, you need to restart the router using the steps below:

  • Unplug the router from power supply
  • Wait 2 full minutes (this will allow the router board to cool)
  • Then plug it back in and wait for it to show the internet connection indicator
  • Try Uploading a video again. 

If the internet issue persists, you need to contact your ISP (internet service provider) to report it.

Fix 3 – Reset Router

If the problem does not lie with your ISP, it may be that your router has run into a serious bug that a restart cannot fix. In that case, you would need to reset the router to factory settings. Please note that this reset will also delete your WIFI name and password, and all settings and customizations on it.

To reset your router:

  • First go to the website of the router manufacturer to download the user manual. This will provide you with details like login credentials and IP address when setting up your router again
  • Leave your router turned on
  • Use a paperclip to press and hold the Reset hole at the back of the router for 10 seconds. This will reset the router
  • Then, log into the router using the details you obtained and set up your WIFI again

2. Bug on Threads App

Fix – Restart App

The very first thing to do whenever you want to fix a bug is to do a restart. When you restart an application or a device, the currently running programmes that may have malfunctioned are offloaded, and the system is loaded from scratch. 

To restart Threads app

  • Press the Home button on your mobile device to exit the app
  • Swipe the Threads app away from recent items
  • Wait 30 seconds, then launch the Threads app again and try to upload the photo

Fix 2 – Clear Cache

Threads, just like every other app on your mobile device, uses a temporary storage called Cache. The cache storage keeps usage data like your preferences, previously used images and files, some login data, and lots more.

Every time you launch the Threads app, your phone loads data from the Threads cache in order to launch Threads successfully. So, if the Threads cache memory becomes clogged or corrupt, the app will no longer function properly and you won’t be able to upload photos.

To fix this, you need to clear the Threads app cache using the steps below:

To clear the Threads cache on Android:

  • Long-press the Threads app
  • Select App Info
  • Select Clear Data
  • Select Clear Cache
  • Confirm to clear cache

On iOS

  • Navigate to Settings on your device
  • Select General
  • Select iPhone Storage
  • Select Threads 
  • Select Offload app
  • Confirm the action
  • Select Reinstall app

After clearing the cache, try uploading photos to threads again. 

Fix 3 – Update App

Sometimes, the Threads app may develop malfunction in the current software that requires a new update patch to fix. Apart from introducing new features and adding code to prevent a bug from occurring in the future, updates also sometimes fix existing bugs on an app.

Therefore, updating the Threads app may resolve the uploading issue you’re having.

  • Go to the App Store or Play Store
  • Search for Threads and select it from the results
  • Tap update to the right of the screen to update the app

Fix 4 – Re-install App

There are times where restarting, clearing cache, and updating does not fix bugs on an app. This happens when there is a serious bug on the particular instance of the Threads app on your device. The only way to fix such bugs would be to uninstall the app and install it again.

On Android or iOS:

  • Press and hold the Threads app on your phone.
  • On the options that appear, select Uninstall for Android or Remove App for iOS.
  • Confirm the uninstall
  • Then, go back to your Play Store or App Store to redownload the Threads app

3. Threads is Down

As you may already know, Threads is one of many services owned by Instagram. So, Threads is hosted on Instagram servers. When you experience issues with uploading on THreads, it may be because Instagrams hosting service is down.

There are quite a number of reasons why the service could go down. For a start, the sheer number of people that use Instagram at any given time is mindboggling. 

Fix – Wait Till Servers are Back Up

It’s easier to know when services suffer a global or regional failure these days thanks to social media. If you have a social media account, you could quickly head over there to see if people are reporting the same issue.

You could head over to sites like Down Detector to see the status of Threads

On Down Inspector, you will see recent support feeds from Threads to users.

If there are reports of downtime on any of the platforms you check, you simply have to wait for Instagram to resolve the issue.

4. Issue With Device

The final possible reason why you won’t be able to upload videos on Threads is that the device you are uploading the photo on is actually glitching or has developed a bug.

Please try the fixes below to fix bugs on your device.

Fix – Restart Device

The first step to take to fix the bug on your device is to restart it. We have already explained the function of a restart and how it can eliminate bugs. Another great thing about restarting the device is that it closes several apps that are running in the background. These apps have been known to causes performance issues with Threads.

Briley is a freelance writer and has been writing for over 10 years. The former journalist now content writer currently writes for Techzillo and focuses on consumer tech in general. His main interests include video games and consumer technology. He also writes for websites such as Lifewire, and Digital Trends. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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