Why Can’t I Post on Instagram?

/01 December, 2022 8:28 pm

You’ve come to the right place if you’ve been wondering why Instagram is displaying a “picture cannot be posted” problem.

When it comes to media distribution, Instagram is unrivaled in popularity. However, Instagram will occasionally fail to submit a photo and instead display an error message. Now, if you’ve spent a great deal of time capturing the exact moment or editing a shot to perfection, this inaccuracy might be frustrating.

In this article, we’ll show you step-by-step how to figure out why your photo won’t upload to Instagram and then how to fix the problem.


There are numerous reasons why you may be unable to upload your photo or video to Instagram. Here are the most prevalent explanations:

1. Your photo violates Instagram’s terms of service.

Instagram has strict rules about the photos and videos that can be posted and shared on its site. This is to protect its users.

Instagram has a whole army of moderation bots that can find things like nudity, violence, or gore in photos and videos that aren’t allowed and stop the user from being able to post them.

If you are attempting to upload a photo to Instagram but are unable to do so, ensure that the photo does not include or resemble restricted content. Additionally, Instagram flags or suspends your account if you attempt to submit offensive content.

2. Instagram has obstructed your actions.

In 2018, Instagram released new modifications designed to prevent user accounts from spamming other users with promotional content. The update is meant to make it harder for third-party bots and services to get people to follow them.

If Instagram detects that you are engaging in non-authentic behavior, such as sharing too many photos or liking and commenting on too many posts in a short period, it will temporarily prevent you from performing that action.

So, if you’ve been adding too many photos at once and your account isn’t very old, you might be temporarily blocked from adding more photos.

3. Your device’s memory is full.

If Instagram won’t let you upload a certain photo, it could be because your device’s storage is full or doesn’t have enough room for the photo to be uploaded.

4. Instagram’s cache is at capacity.

You might also not be able to upload photos to Instagram because your phone’s cache files are full.

Remember that cache files are the temporary files that the app maintains on your phone to facilitate quicker page loads and a more positive experience.

5. Instagram servers are unavailable.

Although exceedingly unlikely, Instagram servers may be unavailable or undergoing maintenance, preventing you from posting photos. If Instagram is down, perhaps their servers are down temporarily.


Attempt the following solutions if you are unable to publish on Instagram:

1. Verify your network connection.

Verify that your internet connection is not the cause of your inability to upload photos to Instagram. Make sure your WIFI or cellular data connection is strong enough to work.

2. Put your mobile device through a complete restart.

Restarting your device often fixes issues. Therefore, if you are unable to post on Instagram, restart your phone.

If you want to reboot an Android device, you need to hold down the power button until the reboot menu displays, and then tap it. The iPhone’s screen goes black and the Apple logo appears if you hold down the power and home buttons at the same time for three seconds.

3. The Instagram cache should be removed.

Access Instagram from your device’s “Apps” menu by selecting it. Find it, then click “Clear Cache” when prompted. Your phone or tablet will now remove Instagram’s cache files.

After clearing your cache, log back into Instagram. Before uninstalling Instagram, know your log in info.

After clearing Instagram’s cache, launch the app, log in, and see if you can now submit photographs or other content.

4. Reduce the image resolution.

Instagram only accepts photographs that are less than 1936 x 1936 pixels and videos that are less than 1920 x 1080 pixels and between 3 and 60 seconds in duration.
So, if your phone camera can record in 4K or UHD and you took the picture in that resolution, you can’t upload it to Instagram.

To solve it, you must first lower the image’s size on your phone or with a third-party application such as Reduce Images.

5. Get rid of some old data to make space on your gadget.

Check your phone’s storage for photos and videos. Simply navigate to your phone’s settings and pick the “Apps” section to examine all installed apps and their corresponding storage space.

Delete any non-essential apps that you do not use. You may also remove documents, videos, and images from your storage.

6. Update or re-install Instagram

Download Instagram from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Verify that the application has the most recent fixes. If not, then select “Update” to get the latest version. The Instagram app can be reinstalled on a mobile device.

7. Ensure your images comply with Instagram’s regulations.

As previously stated, Instagram has bots that can detect if your photo contains sensitive content such as nudity, violence, or gore. Consequently, ensure that you are not publishing images connected to these topics or anything resembling them.

8. Determine whether your actions are being thwarted.

Instagram may flag your account as engaging in “inauthentic” behavior if it’s new and you’ve been very active on the platform during the first use, such as by liking, following, or posting a large number of posts.

This may also occur if you use third-party bots and services to accelerate your platform interaction. Make sure that specific features of your account haven’t been temporarily disabled.

If so, use the procedures outlined in this guide to circumvent the restriction. Completing your profile and signing in from a different device are both options.

9. Raise Instagram’s storage limit.

Instagram includes a feature that lets you set daily or weekly caps on how much data the app can consume. Data limits in the app prevent users from sharing or viewing media once they have been reached.

Instagram’s data caps, however, can be raised from within the app. Click “Profile” then “Settings” to see your account settings. Then, increase the limit by selecting “Mobile/Cellular Data Usage” from the list that appears.

Amanda Silberling
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Amanda Silberling

I work at Likes Geek as a marketing researcher and journalist with over 5 years of experience in media and content marketing. With a demonstrated history of working in the international news and financial technology publishing industries. I manage content and the editorial team at Likes Geek.