When Instagram added the “Stories” feature, one of the most fun parts of using Instagram became the filters. You’re probably familiar with filters since they’re super popular on Snapchat. Have you ever wanted to see what you look like with the head of a cat? Do you ever want to make a really funny face? If so, then the filters help you do that since you can use your camera to place the filter on your face.

If you’re trying to use a filter and they aren’t working on Instagram, that can be frustrating because that can be one of the things stopping you from posting a great Instagram story. Here are some ways to fix this.

Why Are My Instagram Filters Not Working

One of the main reasons why your Instagram filters won’t work is because of your internet connection. Instagram effects rely on a strong internet connection for you to find them as well as to work when you want to record with them. If you’ve noticed a poor internet connection on your device, then chances are it’s what’s causing your Instagram filters not to work.

Another reason why your Instagram video filters won’t work is that there’s a bug within the app that’s causing the filters not to work. Usually, a bug happens when there’s an error within the app and this can cause unwanted problems such as the filters not working.

Fixing Instagram Filters Not Working

There are a few things that you can do to get rid of any bugs within the app that’s causing the Instagram face filters not to work. Most of these fixes are there to refresh the app and fix the current issues you’re experiencing.

Restart the App

If you find that the filters aren’t working properly, then you should try closing the app. This is usually an easy solution to any issues that your phone is having.

If you have an iPhone, then you can just swipe out of the app in your windows. To bring up all the windows on the newer iPhone without a home button, put your finger down at the bottom center of the screen and swipe up. On the older iPhones with a home button, press the home button down twice quickly to make all your open windows pop up.

On Android, there are different steps that you need to take. You need to force close Instagram. To do that, here’s what you need to do.

1. Open the settings app. The icon for this app resembles a gray gear.

2. Navigate to the “Apps” option on your settings screen. The list of apps will appear on your screen.

3. On the Apps list, select “Instagram” so that you can see the app information.

Force Close

4. At the top of the screen, select “Force Close.”

Check Internet Connection

To make sure that you have a strong internet connection, browse through the Instagram app like you normally would and check if there are any problems loading posts etc. If there are, then you know that you need to wait for a stronger internet connection, or you can switch from WIFI to data vice versa.

Clear Space on your Phone

New filters come and go all the time. They don’t just appear on your Story. You have to load them first, which means you need enough space free on your phone to have them. Any apps, photos, and files that you don’t need should be deleted so you can have enough memory to constantly install the filters. If you don’t clear space, then the filters that you can use might appear grey and not work. After this, the filters should load without issue and you should be able to use them however you want.

Restart Your Phone

This is one of the most popular ways to fix any phone issues that you’re having. Although this might sound like a solution that won’t work, restarting your phone does a few different things. It frees RAM, force clears the cache and allows you to fully restart the app newly.

Clear the App’s Cache

1. Open the Settings app. The app icon resembles a gear against a gray background.

2. On the Settings menu, scroll down to “Apps” and tap on that option.

3. When you’re on the Apps menu, select Instagram from the list of the apps on your device.

4. Once you click on the app, you’ll have to select the options on the screen that says “Storage.”

Clear Data and Clear Cache

5. At the top of the storage screen, you’ll see the Clear Data and Clear Cache options.

6. Select each of those options, one by one.

Uninstall and Reinstall Instagram

If the app continues to have issues, then you might want to uninstall and reinstall the app. On both Android and iPhones, all you have to do is locate the app on your home screen. Once you locate the app, press down and hold on the app.

On Android, when you hold down on the app, a menu will appear above it and you’ll just have to select uninstall.

On iPhones, when you press and hold down the app, an X will appear in the right corner of it. You’ll need to select the x and then it’ll uninstall.

Reinstall the app when you’re done and login to see if the app is working like normal.

Now, you should use the filters as much as you like.