Instagram feed not refreshing on iPhone? 10 Ways to fix it!

Instagram Not Refreshing Feeds on iPhone

With over two billion concurrent monthly users, Instagram is one of the best photo and video-sharing social media platforms out there. However, even the world’s best social media app isn’t perfect, and there might be instances when the Instagram feed fails to refresh on your iPhone, leaving you unable to view the latest posts from your friends and favorite Insta celebs.

If you’re facing the same issue at the moment, don’t worry! In this article, I’ll take you through a handful of effective methods that can help you fix the problem.

1. Check for network-related issues

Just like any other social media app, Instagram will only work on your iPhone as long as it’s connected to the internet. If you cannot refresh your Instagram feed, ensure that you are connected to a strong Wi-Fi or cellular connection that’s free from any network-related issues. You can also run an internet speed test to check if everything works properly.

If your Instagram feed doesn’t refresh even when your iPhone’s connected to a stable Wi-Fi or cellular network, open the Control Center and enable Airplane mode for a few seconds. Then turn it off. This will reconnect your iPhone to the internet and fix network-related glitches.

2. Ensure that Instagram has access to cellular data

If you prefer using Instagram over cellular data but can’t refresh your Instagram feed unless you’re connected to Wi-Fi, you must ensure that the app has permission to access cellular data on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone → Select Cellular.
  2. Scroll down and toggle on Instagram.

    Ensure that Instagram has access to cellular data

3. Check if Instagram servers are down

If you can’t refresh your Instagram feed for extended periods of time, it may be because the Instagram servers have gone offline for maintenance or are experiencing technical glitches due to heavy traffic.

You can always use websites like to verify the current server status for Instagram.

4. Ensure that VPN is turned off on your iPhone

While VPNs offer a great way to mask your identity and protect your private data from the websites you visit, using VPNs can interfere with Instagram’s ability to load content. Therefore, you must ensure that you’ve turned it off on your iPhone before you attempt to refresh your Instagram feed.

To ensure that your iPhone’s not connected to VPN, go to the Settings app → Toggle off VPN. Alternatively, if you’re using a third-party VPN service, open the app for it and disconnect it.

Ensure that VPN is turned off on iPhone

5. Log out and log in to your Instagram account

If the previous methods didn’t help restore your Instagram feed, you could try logging out and re-logging into your Instagram account to rule out the possibility of temporary issues with your account causing the issue. Here are the steps on how you can do this:

  1. Open Instagram → Tap your profile picture at the bottom right.
  2. Select the hamburger menu from the top right.

    Select the hamburger menu from the top right on Instagram Profile
  3. Tap Settings and privacy → Scroll down and tap Log out.
  4. Enter your credentials and tap login to access your account.

    Log out from Instagram account

6. Check your iPhone’s date and time settings

Instagram relies on accurate date and time settings to function correctly. If your iPhone’s time and date are inaccurate, it may fail to refresh the feed.

  1. Go to Settings → General.
  2. Select Date & Time → Toggle on Set Automatically.

    Check your iPhone date and time settings

7. Update or reinstall Instagram on iPhone

Critical bugs or glitches within the Instagram app can also prevent the feed from loading up on your iPhone. If you want to fix such issues, you’ll need to update the Instagram app, or reinstall it, if no updates are available.

  1. Open the App Store → Tap your profile picture at the top right corner.
  2. Scroll down and check if an update for Instagram is available.
  3. If an update is available, tap on Update. If no update is available, move on to the next step.

    See if any update is shown for Instagram in App Store
  4. Tap and hold the icon for Instagram. Then, tap on Remove App Delete App Delete.

    Delete Instagram App from iPhone
  5. Open the App Store → Go to the Search tab → Search for Instagram.
  6. Tap the blue cloud icon beside the Instagram icon.

    Install Instagram from App Store

8. Access Instagram from a web browser

If you can’t refresh your Instagram feed using its app, you can try to access Instagram from Safari or any other third-party web browser for your iPhone.

However, if you can’t access the Instagram feed even from a web browser, you must check if Instagram has blocked or restricted your account.

9. Check if Instagram has blocked your account

Instagram can restrict your ability to access the feed if it detects suspicious login attempts or if you don’t abide by its community guidelines. If you think that your account has been blocked, you must check your account’s status as detailed in the steps listed below.

  1. Open Instagram and tap your profile picture at the bottom right.
  2. Open the hamburger menu from the top right.

    Go to the hamburger menu in Instagram
  3. Select Settings and privacy.
  4. Scroll down and tap on Account Status.
  5. Ensure that Instagram hasn’t blocked your account.

    See if Instagram has Blocked your account or not

10. Report a Problem to Instagram support

If you’ve tried all of the solutions listed above, but you’re still having trouble refreshing the Instagram feed on your iPhone, you can report the problem to Instagram support as detailed in these steps:

  1. Open Instagram and tap your profile picture at the bottom right.
  2. Go to the hamburger menu on the top right → Tap Settings and privacy.

    Go to Settings and privacy in Instagram
  3. Scroll down and select the option for Help.
  4. Now, tap Report a Problem and follow the on-screen instructions.

    Report a problem on Instagram

Wrapping up…

Seeing your favorite social media app refuse to load up and show content from your favorite creators can be very annoying. Fortunately, thanks to these easy solutions, you should be able to quickly restore the Instagram feed on your iPhone and stay up to date with the latest happenings. If you found this guide helpful, let me know which solution worked out for you.

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Ayush is a tech enthusiast turned tech journalist and how-to writer with a knack for explaining complex topics clearly and concisely. When he's not writing, you can find him studying the latest trends in consumer technology, binge-watching videos from his favorite tech YouTubers, or diving into immersive open-world games.

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