Instagram Won't Let You Upload Videos - Why

Did you see a message like 'Video can't be posted' on Instagram? If you are facing that Instagram won't upload your posts then this may be due to some specific reasons.

I was uploading a post on Instagram and this got stuck on uploading, I check many times doing the same thing repeatedly, and finally, I had done the uploading successfully. You can apply the same fixes that I tried for myself to avoid the stuck while it's uploading.

To fix the posts or stories upload that got stuck, you have to understand why this happens. If the Instagram server is down for all, you might see those types of error (stuck or can't upload) while you're uploading any pictures or videos on Instagram. Meanwhile, you can't even switch between your Instagram accounts if you just have put something on Instagram to upload and that gets stuck.

If the Instagram server is not down, there may be many more reasons that create the issue of stopping your videos or photos to upload or post on Instagram. 

Either this happens due to the slow internet connection or some cache files on your Instagram. You should check these parts to find out the reasons, to add to this if you have a new account, you have a limitation to post on Instagram for daily basis. Posting too many videos or doing other repeated activities may lead your account to get blocked by Instagram.

Now, in this article, I will discuss the way to apply these checks to find out why Instagram won't let you post anything even you have the latest Instagram on your iOS or Android.

⦿ Instagram Story stuck on Uploading (Reasons)

If you see that your Instagram post stuck on sending then this is maybe due to some reasons that here I am going to discuss in this article. This may be due to Instagram has a bug on the server and in that case, the problem will be faced by everyone. As well as don't forget to check your internet connection if it is slow and you can find out through the speed check tool if the MS is good and uploading speed is enough.

Confirm if it’s Instagram server BUG:

If this problem happens due to the Instagram server then this problem is for all users and to find out this you have to take some steps to confirm either this problem is for everyone or just for you. Now when your Instagram post is on the uploading then you cannot switch between your Instagram accounts, to do further you have to close the app from the app manager and then you can try the different account on your Instagram app if the problem persists again then the problem is either with a device or through the Instagram server. 

If you have another device then you can check with the same account on that device or a different new one if still, the problem happens then this is due to the Instagram server bug and this problem will be solved automatically after a few hours.

 Due to Cache Files:

This is the most common issue that happens due to the cache of the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android devices. You can clear the cache of your Instagram app on your mobile device and this will definitely sue all of your problems due to the cache files on that app. Now here, in this article, I will guide you by switching your Instagram profile to find out the problem where it is restricting you to upload the posts or videos on your Instagram profile. Remember that it'll clear just your cache files but not your login unless you delete the data for your Instagram app.

Older Version of Instagram:

Now, in this case, you will be notified about the version of the Instagram app you are using on your mobile. If you are using the older version of Instagram then the uploading problem you might face and by updating it to the newest latest version you will see the problem actually gets solved. Previously what was preventing your upload, will now be fixed after you just update your Instagram. Honestly, older versions not actually the preventer to the upload, if you are trying to upload a video and if this gets stuck, there are some specific reasons for that.


⦿ Why I can’t post a video on Instagram?

If you can post your videos on Instagram then there are some certain causes for what these videos get stuck at uploading on Instagram.

There maybe internet connection issues or some requirements of the video that may not fulfill and that is why Instagram is preventing your video to upload on their server. Now, in this article, I am actually going to guide you through different options that you can take for the solution by what you can upload your Instagram videos that get stuck while you're uploading on your Instagram account.

➊ Internet was disconnected:

If you see your Instagram videos are not uploading on your account then this happens due to internet connection if disconnected. When you see it is taking a larger amount of time to upload a single video on your Instagram account then you have to be cautious that while maybe got stuck on uploading and this happens if your internet speed is slow. You have to shift your device to a place where you get the high internet speed that can help load on Instagram. Sometimes it shows that the uploading speed is very slow on a standard and on those cases such a problem happens. As an instant fix, you can just go to device flight mode and then turn it off again to browse the internet and this solves the problem.

➋ The large duration cannot be posted:

If you don't know that Instagram does not allow to post more than 60 seconds of video, upload an Instagram video between 3 to 60 seconds on your Instagram feed and if you are trying to upload a larger video more than 60 seconds in duration then Instagram would not let you post that video on your feed. 

The best option that you can avoid such a situation by cutting your video size into 60 seconds of duration and the problem of getting stuck while uploading a video on Instagram will be absolutely solved. You should go and find some tools that actually can help you cut the video or you can do it by using WhatsApp by sending a video to someone, just use fixer for reducing the duration and the same you can upload on your Instagram and this is the quickest and the best method you can try to cut your video duration into 60 seconds.

➌ Check your Video format:

If your video format is not MP4 then you may have trouble uploading that on your Instagram account, it is better that you convert your video or record your videos into MP4 format so that you can upload that on your Instagram feed and this will not get stuck in that situation. I am adding this as a solution to the uploading problem, whenever you face such a situation you make sure that the video is in MP4 format at first and always maintain that while you are recording any live videos for uploading must be in MP4.

iCloud Storage Insufficient:

I want to add that iCloud storage is the efficient path while you're uploading anything on your Instagram if your iCloud storage becomes full this would not keep further data into the storage. In this case, you have to wipe out some of your Instagram data by clearing the cache files or Delete iCloud backup of other apps as well to free up some space and this will let you upload your Instagram videos.

If your Instagram settings turned to save videos or photos into cloud storage, you can first turn off the settings that actually save your post on iCloud storage and this will keep your cloud storage in control. Now you retry uploading the videos that you want to post on your Instagram account, the problem will be solved.

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⦿ How to cancel a frozen upload on Instagram?

If you want to fix your Instagram post that stuck uploading then you have to take some simple steps that might be helpful in solving the uploading issues on Instagram for your videos or photos. From a basic view, you might find the issues with the internet connection and the cloud storage, for these two reasons you actually are facing the problem if there are no internal issues from Instagram. Rather than this, you also may have to fix the cache files and updating the app to the latest version. Let's discuss how you can fix issues with these tasks:

➊ Update app:

Now firstly, fix by updating your Instagram to the latest version if you are using an older version of Instagram (you might see that lots of features are not working on that version), better you upload the videos through the latest Instagram version and within this, you'll have a clear path to the upload. It is recommended that first of all, just update your Instagram App if you are using iOS or Android, just go to the App Store or Play Store and update your Instagram app accordingly.

➋ Connect to a WiFi:

Now if you are facing a slow internet speed on your device then you can try connecting your internet to the Wi-Fi network. If you have a slow internet connection then you would not be able to post a video or photo even after a long time. I would recommend that you must get connected to a Wi-Fi network and try posting the videos on your Instagram and if this problem persists then this may be an internal server issue from Instagram or if this problem is fixed by connecting to the Wi-Fi network then you have to use a fast internet connection for uploading stuff like Instagram pictures or videos.

➌ Free Up iCloud Data:

If you have a limited amount of iCloud data storage on your iOS device then you can delete some of your backup files from iCloud to free up some space for your Instagram backups and this will solve your problem if is happening for the cloud storage issues on your iPhone or iPad. If you are facing a problem uploading your videos on Instagram and your iCloud storage is full then you can try deleting other files from iCloud instead of just the Instagram ones. Remember that you only need a lit bit of storage so that you can add new files into it, so choose wisely what to delete from your cloud storage.

⦿ Fix if Instagram Video Upload Stuck on Preparing

Instagram would not let you post anything that is against abusing or community guidelines of their terms and conditions. If you've tried uploading any of such videos on Instagram, first of all, you have to learn what you have to post or what to not. Some videos that Instagram was previously uploading can be stuck at the time you're uploading them or sometimes those videos are get deleted instantly after the post is published. In both situations, you have to know the Instagram guidelines to post your photos or videos on Instagram.

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💡  Instagram Abuse:

If you are abusing someone through your Instagram videos or photos then this is a violation of Instagram rules and this can turn your account into blocked where you cannot post new videos and photos or even put a simple like on your account and this happens when you post an abusing or something like that type of videos on Instagram or previously got banned for. If you feel that was an error just tap on 'Report a Problem' from your Instagram account.

💡  Instagram Post limit:

If you are new on Instagram then Instagram will limit your postings on their server for a new account holder. Over a period of time when your popularity reaches to a certain amount of followers then your limit will be increased day by day and that is what you need to know that posting too many photos may lead to a temporary block on your Instagram which will place you in such situation when your posts get stuck uploading or sending even to someone else on Instagram.

The Bottom Lines:

If you see that your Instagram videos get stuck while you are uploading them on Instagram then this may be due to some reasons including the internal server work or the external facts that happen on your Instagram account. In both cases, you can follow the fixes that I have entitled in this article.