Invalid Parameters Instagram? Why Does It Happen?

Invalid Parameters Instagram

Attempting to log in to your account and getting an error message can be very upsetting, especially if you are unaware of what the error message means.

What Does Invalid Parameters Mean On Instagram?

There’s an error that’s preventing you from logging in using your credentials. This is likely due to problems with Instagram such as software bugs.

Why Am I Getting The Invalid Parameters Error Message?

When you are not able to sign in to your Instagram account can be frustrating. You may want just to restart and get a new account. But do not be rash, as most computer problems have quick and easy solutions.

There is no need to lose your friends list as well as loosing all of your photos and videos that you have uploaded to the site. If you receive this error when trying to sign in to your account, there can be a lot of different reasons why.

It could be a problem with the app, such as a bug, it could be a problem with Instagram, or it could even be a problem with your network connection. Luckily, there are ways that you can fix the error.

Since there are a lot of possible causes of the problem, there are a lot of possible solutions to the error. Thankfully, none of them are too complicated, and most of them are quick fixes. This article will cover potential solutions to the problem.

1. There Is A Bug

When a problem such as this occurs, one of the first things to do is always to check if it is an error with the app. There could have been a bug that was not fixed when the programmers coded the app.

Sometimes this is what happens, and the bug slips past quality assurance and makes its way into the app through an update along with the rest of the code. A bug sounds scary, but really it’s not a big deal.

There are many easy ways that can quickly fix a bug. You will want to attempt all of these potential bug fixes and attempt to sign in to Instagram after each step.

Fix 1 – Try Logging Into Another Account

When you attempt to log in to an account different from your own will allow you to understand if the problem is with Instagram or just your account.

If the error still persists and you are still getting the invalid parameters message while logging into a different account, there is a good chance that the error might be caused by a bug.

If this is the case, you will want to move on to the second step to attempt to solve the problem.

Fix 2 – Clear Your Cache to Get Rid of Instagram Bugs

The cache is the memory that will allow you to start up software faster, such as remembering saved passwords. Clearing the app’s cache could potentially clear out any unwanted bugs.

To clear the app’s cache on an Android device, navigate to your phone settings. Find app settings. Scroll down until you find Instagram. Tap storage and cache. Then tap on clear cache.

If you are receiving this error on an Apple device, go to your device’s settings. Scroll down to the general.

Next, tap iPhone storage. From the next menu, find the Instagram app and select it. From there, tap on the offloaded app. This will clear the cache from the app. Try to sign in to your account again. If the problem still persists, move on to step number three.

Fix 3 – Uninstall and Reinstall the App

If a bug is present in the software, deleting the app itself will hopefully also delete the bug. To delete an app on an iPhone, simply hold on to the app from your home screen until a menu pops up.

From the menu, you will want to click on uninstall. You will get a message asking if you are sure. After you tap yes, the app should then be uninstalled.

To uninstall an app on an Android device, hold on to the app from the home screen and drag it to the uninstall bubble on the top right corner of the screen. This will delete the app from your device.

After the app is deleted, you will then want to reinstall the app on your device. Navigate to the App store if you are on an Apple device or the Play store if you are on an Android device.

From there, you can simply search for the app in the search bar at the top. When you see Instagram after pressing search, you will want to tap on the install button.

After the app is fully reinstalled, once again, try to sign in to the app using your account information. If you are still receiving the invalid parameters error message, proceed on to step number four.

Fix 4 – Update Instagram to Get Rid Of Bugs

The next step to try is to check if the app needs to be updated. Sometimes when a company updates its website or its app, there can be bugs that the programmers might have missed.

Normally they will notice not long after the update is implemented and then release another update to fix the issues. Checking for updates on an app is quick and easy, and it is a very similar process on both Android and Apple.

To update the Instagram app on an Android device, first, open the Google Play Store. Tap on the profile icon on the top right of the screen. Select manage apps. On the next screen, tap updates available.

If Instagram appears on this menu, it means that they have an update available. Hold on to Instagram until it is selected, and press the update button on the top right corner.

If you need to update the app on an Apple device, start by opening up the app store. From there, tap on the profile icon at the top of the screen.

There should be a button that says pending updates and release notices. Tap on that button to proceed to the next screen.

You should see a list of all of your apps. Scroll down until you find the Instagram app, and click on the update button next to it. After the app is updated, try again to sign in to the Instagram app.

If none of these fixes work, and you are still receiving the invalid parameters error message, the problem might not be caused by a bug afterward.

There is a multitude of other problems that can cause the invalid parameters error message. Continue reading this article for other potential causes for the issue.

2. Instagram Is Down

One issue might not be with your account or your device but with Instagram itself. There are many different reasons why an app or website could be down.

They could be working on the code, resetting the servers, or even working on a new update. Instagram being is not necessarily a bad thing as they could just be repairing the code and ensuring that the user experience is the best that it can possibly be.

One way to check if this is the case is to try signing into a different network or having someone you know try signing in to see if the error exists for them as well.

Another option, if you have a desktop computer or laptop readily available, is to check on the desktop version of the site.

If people you know are also having trouble logging in to their own account and the desktop version is also not working, this is an indication that Instagram currently has their servers down.

Unfortunately, there is nothing within your power as a user to fix the issue. You will just have to wait for the servers to go back online.

3. Poor Internet Connection

One option that can often be overlooked is a poor internet connection. A poor internet connection causes many problems, including logging into an Instagram account. First, attempt to use other network-heavy apps to see if they are also giving you error messages.

If other services are having a hard time connecting as well, the problem is most likely with your internet connection. The following steps will show you how to fix this error. Try again to log in to your Instagram account after following each of these steps.

Fix 1 – Switch From WIFI to Data Vice Versa

Switch to wifi if you are using mobile data. Likewise, if you are using wifi, switch to mobile data.

Often times connections, both wifi and mobile data, can get clogged up and appear as though they are working when in reality, the device is having trouble connecting.

Switching back and forth between the two types of connections will show you if one of the two is the problem instead of the device.

If your mobile data is the problem, you may want to consult with your phone service by looking up their customer service phone number. They will be able to assist you with the issue further.

If the problem is with your internet, read on to step two to try and troubleshoot the error.

Fix 2 – Turn Off VPN

A VPN or virtual private network can be helpful software that can protect your network by masking your IP address, as well as show your network coming from somewhere else in the world to access websites that might not appear in your own country.

Likewise, a virtual private network can show movies and tv shows on a streaming service that is not provided in your location. However, sometimes a virtual private network can clog up your network and make it harder for data to be transported.

This could potentially affect your ability to log in to an account such as Instagram. If you have a virtual private network installed on your network, you will want to temporarily turn it off and attempt to log in to the account again.

If the problem still persists and you are still getting the error message, the problem is most likely not with the virtual private network. You should be okay to go ahead and turn your virtual private network back online. Continue on to step three to continue troubleshooting.

Fix 3 – Get Into An Area With Better Singal

If you have to use mobile data because you are not anywhere near an available wireless network, one potential fix is to try to get somewhere with a better signal. Mobile networks aren’t perfect and will not always connect when something is blocking their way.

Sometimes a building’s structure can obscure data and make it harder to connect. Other times you might simply be out of reach of your network provider. Keep an eye on your device’s connection while you try to move somewhere where you can get a stronger signal.

Once the signal is stronger, attempt to sign into your account again. If the problem still persists, attempt to sign in to a different application while you still have a better signal to your provider.

If you are able to sign into something else while still receiving the error from Instagram, the problem is most likely with your Instagram app and not your network.

If no apps are working while your service is stronger, the problem is most likely either with your mobile service provider or your device.

Attempt to make a phone call. If the call does not ring, there is a good chance that the problem is with your service provider. You will want to contact their customer service phone number with a different phone so that the call will connect.

If the phone call goes through, but you are still not able to connect, the problem could be with your mobile device. Contact the customer service phone number of the company that made your device.

Fix 4 – Restart Your Router

If you are at home and the problem is persisting with your wifi, but your mobile data is working fine, the problem is most likely with your internet and not with Instagram. The first step in attempting to fix your internet connection is to restart your internet router.

To do this, you will want to locate the power chord on the back of the router. Unplug the chord and wait about five minutes. Once the five minutes are over, plug the chord back into the router.

This will allow the router to reset its temporary memory that might be causing problems and achieve a better internet connection. After it is plugged in, you will want to wait a few minutes for the router to reconnect to the network.

Once the router is back online, attempt to log in to your Instagram account again. If the problem still persists when you are connected to wifi, you may want to try to call your internet service provider to see if there are any errors on their end that can be solved.

Often times when you are having problems connecting to your home internet service, an internet service provider can quickly resolve the issue on their end, and you can sign back into your Instagram account on your device.

Other times, the internet service provider can have rolling blackouts that cause internet connection problems with multiple users.

If your internet service provider is having rolling blackouts that are causing your problem, you will unfortunately just have to wait until they fix the error and their service is back up and running.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, one of these solutions has fixed the problem that you are having, and you are able to sign in to your Instagram account once again successfully.

If none of these solutions have caused the error message to stop showing up, the internet connection that you are using is working fine with no problems, and other people that you know that you may have reached out to are not having any troubles with Instagram at all, your last hope is to call Instagram customer support.

They may be able to fix the error and prevent you from having to create a new account which can be frustrating to do when you have to look up all of your friends and re-add them, on top of losing all of your uploaded images and videos.

Losing your account would be very upsetting and can frustrate anyone. Unfortunately, if Instagram customer service can not solve your problem, this may be your very last option.

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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