Instagram Stuck on Processing? Try These 14 Fixes

Instagram Stuck on Processing

Did you just take the world’s cutest photo of your cat? Are you dying to upload a video featuring the newest dance craze you are absolutely killing?

Have you edited these posts to perfection but for some reason you are unable to post them and can not seem to get past the processing stage of posting your content?

If you cannot even get to the point of writing the most witty caption known to man, you are not alone. A lot of users often get stuck in the editing stage of posting something onto Instagram and their post just will not process to the point of being able to write the caption, let alone fnally post the photo or video.

There are quite a few causes for this slip up, but thankfully, even more potential solutions that are mostly quick and easy so you can get back to sharing your material for all of your followers, and so many more, to see and enjoy.

Why is Instagram Stuck on Processing

1. Internet Problem

If you keep tapping next and the photo or video you are trying to post just will not get to the stage of adding a caption, your internet connection may be to blame. It is incredibly common and normal for your Wi-Fi to go Offline every once and a while, so do not fret.

There are quite a few ways to try and get it back up and starting, or you may not even be connected.

Additionally, if you are not using Wi-Fi and are instead using your cellular data, that may also be malfunctioning. Sometimes a quick reset is all your connection may need to get back up and running.

2. Instagram Is Down

Instagram itself may be to blame as the server might also be down which can be the cause of your problems. You can check to see if this is the case by going to

Once you have accessed the website, you will be met with a search bar. Type Instagram into said bar and click the magnifying glass to check.

You will then either see if there are problems being reported with Instagram’s servers and that can help explain your inability to post your content, or you will see a message saying there are no current problems with Instagram’s servers so this is not the technological fault you are dealing with.

3. Instagram Has A Bug

We all remember that dark day when there was a wide glitch which all Instagram users experienced in 2021. This was when the app would not load for anyone because of a little bug found to be taking down the software.

This has happened multiple times since Instagram was frst established in 2010, and you should expect it to happen again over your Instagram lifetime.

Sometimes, when your post will not fully load and be uploaded, the app may have fallen victim to another bug. Unfortunately, the only solution to a bug is to wait until the Instagram team can solve the problem and fx the bug.

The bug in 2021 caused users to be unable to utilize the app for almost half of a day and minds were lost across the globe.

These bugs can be catastrophic as this particular one caused businesses who relied on social media to shut down and even cost the company millions of dollars.

4. There’s An Issue With What You’ve Posted

There are a set of rules you agreed to when you frst created your Instagram account. These rules are just the app’s way of ensuring that everyone’s content is safe to be seen by most of their users and keep everyone out of harm’s way.

If you have been posting material that breaks these set guidelines and your posts keep getting reported by other accounts, you will probably struggle to upload anything for a while.

Instagram does not want you to continue and potentially harm others and share pictures or videos that are not suitable for a younger audience, so the app will be prohibiting you from posting for a while.

5. Video Format Not Accepted

If you are posting a video, make sure you are paying attention to the format of said video. Some formats are not accepted by Instagram, thus when you are trying to upload said video, you may be stuck in the processing part of posting as the software continues to attempt and post your video.

Some of the accepted formats of videos on this app include MP4, MOV, and GIF’s. The ones that are not supported and will cause these problems for you include AVI, WMV, MKV, VOB, MPEG, FLV, 3GP, 3GP2, 3GPP, TS, MTS, and M2TS.

Just double check to make sure you are using a supported format, and if you are not, there are various free and easy ways to convert your video to a MP4, MOV, or GIF.

6. Video Too Large

You may be wanting to upload an entertaining video you saw, post a new skateboard trick you fnally nailed, or even share with your followers a new hack you learned for the DIY kitchen you are currently designing.

To do this, you will have to upload a video and your video may just be too big in terms of bytes, or the data that is contained within the video.

A quick solution you can try is to trim the video or remove the audio in order to solve this problem. There are also various other steps you can take to downgrade the amount of data your video contains.

7. Error With Cache Files on Instagram

Sometimes, apps store extra data and storage onto your profle that does not really have any use or meaning. This extra stuff is often referred to as cache and you can easily clear your cache without losing any data that is truly important to you.

If you are struggling to make it past the processing point of uploading a photo or video onto Instagram, it may be because there is just too much of this excess data for the app to properly function.

Thankfully, it is incredibly easy to clear your cache and offers a very simple remedy to the posting issues you are coming across.

8. You’ve Been Shaddowbanned

The reason you are unable to share your photo or video onto your Instagram account might be due to your past actions on the app.

If you have been breaking any of the community guidelines you agreed to when you frst made your account, this can result in your account being shadowbanned. This just means

that your account is being penalized for the actions you have committed that broke Instagram’s rules.

Some reasons might be you were spamming the app by posting photos and videos in a very short amount of time, were posting photos that showed someone in a sexual encounter, bullying others in your direct messages, or maybe you were liking comments and posts that included material that was transphobic or homophobic.

Because your account is now on somewhat of a time-out, you will not be able to post any sort of content because Instagram does not want you to continue and post material that will get reported by other accounts.

You can attempt to contact Instagram as well and ask why you were shadow banned so you can get to deleting your account a little quicker.

How to Fix Instagram Stuck on Processing

1. Turn Your WI-FI off then to Connect Instagram to the Internet

Your photo or video may also not be downloading because your internet is down or there is a bad connection to your Wi-Fi network. One simple method to attempt to remedy this issue is by restarting your Wi-Fi router.

To do this, you can disconnect and then reconnect to your Wi-Fi on your device, unplug and plug back in your router, or power down and power back up your router.

Additionally, the router may be in a bad area in your space meaning your internet can not reach everywhere you need it, so moving it to a more centralized location of your area can help stabilize your connection as well.

You can also switch your device to use your own cellular data, courtesy of your personal phone plan, if available when your internet connection is down or just simply not working.

2. Restart the App To Remove Glitches That Could Prevent Uploading

Instagram may just be glitching out and you can potentially solve this very quickly. All you need to try and do is to simply restart the app.

To do so, clear the app out of the history of the device that you are using and then just reopen it.

This will help reboot and refresh the Instagram system, which could potentially allow you to fnally fully upload your photo or video so that other users can now enjoy the content you are struggling to post.

3. Switch from WI-FI to Data to Start the Uploading Process Again

Your Wi-Fi connection may also be the reason you can not seem to upload your photo onto Instagram. One change may be to switch to your cellular data, if you have a plan that allows for you to use data, if you are currently connected to Wi-Fi.

Once you have made the switch and your device is now using your data instead of your internet connection, try to post your photo or video again.

Sometimes, your phone may just not be properly connected to your Wi-Fi but it will function more efciently through your cellular data and you can share your photo or video with your followers.

4. Switch Account and Post-it On Another Account

Another option may be to post using another account and try and post your content onto that one. If you already have another account linked to the app, you can easily jump right on over to it.

To do so:

1. Open up the Instagram app and fnd your profle in the bottom right corner.

2. Now, you will see your username at the top of the page.

3. Click on it and you will see the other accounts linked to your app appear.

4. Tap on whichever one you want to post to and see if you can get to at least writing a caption through that account.

5. If you do not already have another account linked to your current profle or have another one exist all together, you can follow the same steps, but instead of clicking on another account, press the Add Profile option.

6. Now you can either log into another account you have and it will be linked to the one you were just on, or you can create a new profle. Once you have created the new profle, it will also be linked to your original account so you can easily fip between the two.

Now, you can try and see if you can get any further in the uploading process on the new account you have added.

5. Use

If the app just keeps processing and your photo or video is not getting uploaded no matter what you try, you can also use whatever device you are on to access

Once you get to the website on your device, Instagram will try and redirect you so you have to use the app, but just tap ignore so that you can stay on the website instead.

Now, you will have to log into Instagram and access your account on the website. You can now try and see if this option will allow you to fnally post your photo or video.

6. Clear Cache

Clearing your cache may also free up some space Instagram needs to fully understand just what it is you are trying to do.

To do this:

1. Go to your profle in the bottom right corner of the app.

2. Now, head on over to Settings by clicking the three lines in the upper right corner.

3. Tap on the Security button and then the lost choice will say Clear Search History.

4. Once you pick that one, select Clear All in the upper right corner.

This will hopefully allow Instagram to process what you are trying to post and get you one step closer to fnally sharing your content.

7. Use Instagram on PC

If the app and the website on your device still will not fnalize posting your photo or video onto Instagram, you can once again try by accessing the website but now on your personal computer instead.

You will just have to go to on your computer and then log into your account using your email or your username.

Once you are logged in, try again to post your photo or video. Your device may just be holding you back from posting, so using your computer is a possible remedy for your problems.

8. Switch Phones

It may also just be your phone acting up, if that is the device you are trying to post your content on. Trying another phone or device may help you get further in this process.

9. Wait For Instagram To Go Back Up

If you went to and learned that the Instagram server is actually down and no longer working, the only way to solve this is to wait for the server to come back online. This problem is on Instagram’s end which means there is nothing you can personally fx to solve your posting problems.

The only solution available to you is to wait until workers are able to get the server functioning and online again.

However, in the meantime you can keep checking and refreshing Instagram’s status so that way you can react as soon as the server is back up and post your photo or video.

10. Turn Off VPN

Turning off the VPN you are connected to may also fx your connection issues and get you back to doing what you do best, posting content on Instagram.

To do this:

1. Go to the Settings on your device and then click on General.

2. Scroll until you fnd VPN Connection or something alike.

3. Click on this and then disconnect to any VPN you are connected to.

4. VPN’s act as a form of internet connection, so the one you are using may not be functioning properly.

By disconnecting, you may be able to fnally write your caption for your photo or video.

11. Wait For Them To Come Out With A Fix

Sitting back and relaxing may be the only option available to you as well. If the fault is on Instagram, there is nothing you can do but be patient.

Instagram does experience a shut down here and there, but personnel are always trying their hardest to get the app back up and functioning for you. Just wait this process out and you will be back to posting in no time.

12. Log Out Then Back In

A very quick and possible fx is to simply log out of Instagram and then log right back in. This can help let the app refresh and regroup, potentially allowing you to beat your problems and upload your content.

To log out:

1. You just click on your profle in the lower right corner

2. Click on the three lines in the upper right corner, select settings

3. Scroll down to press log out. Will you then just need to log back in and this will hopefully solve your uploading problems.

4. If you do not remember your password, do not fear. Once you log out, you can easily send a password reset link to the email associated with your account and gain access right back in.

13. Update Instagram to Get Rid Of Bugs That Could Prevent Uploading

One reason you might be struggling to post a photo or video onto Instagram is because there is a bug in the software.

There are almost a billion users across the globe, so problems such as bugs and other software setbacks are just just a reality for social media apps.

These types of problems can be very frustrating when you are trying to get something done in an efcient manner, but bugs are

sometimes just unavoidable. No app is immune to the problems that bugs bring on to workers and users alike. However, you can try and overcome this bug by simply updating your app.

To do this, all you have to do is go to the app store on the device you are using and fnd the update section.

If Instagram has fxed this bug through an update, you will see the app waiting in the update section and just download the update. This way Instagram is no longer outdated and you can get to posting your content.

14. Delete Instagram

If all else is still not working and your photo or video just will not post no matter what, you can also try reinstalling the app onto your device.

To do so, delete the app from your phone, tablet, or any other device you are using Instagram on.

Then head to the app store and reinstall Instagram. You will then have to log back into your Instagram account and now, you will hopefully be able to share your treasured photo with all of the world.

Once again, do not be worried about getting logged out as Instagram has some very easy steps you can follow to get logged right back in.

It can be very frustrating when you just want to post on Instagram, but unknown factors are holding you back. When stuck in this processing stage, there are many causes that are out of your control, but also many reasons that allow you to be able to resolve them efficiently and on your own.

Whenever you are struggling to upload content onto Instagram, make sure you keep these vast options in the back of your mind.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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