How to Fix Instagram Stories Not Showing Up?

Your Quick Answer:

  1. The reason for Instagram stories not showing up can be, i. The Instagram server is not working, slow internet connection, Zero followings on your account, and uses of Music stickers.
  2.  To fix the issue, first of all, check the internet connection or connect to a fast network. 
  3. The second major setting you need to check is ‘Date and time’ and Set Automatically. Go to your phone’s “Settings” > General > Data & Time > enable “Set Automatically”. This will sync the date and time of your phone and Instagram app.
  4. Apart from that, if the issue is with the IP address or server, try VPN. Install a VPN provider in your system and Login into your Instagram through it.
  5. Also, clear the app cache for removing the junk data. For that, go to phone “Settings” > “Apps” > Search for “Instagram” > Click on “Storage” > tap: “Clear cache”.

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Why is the Instagram Story Not Showing Up?

There are some reasons for which Instagram story does not show up, let’s find those out:

1. Instagram is Down:

Instagram is Down

Instagram down means that the Instagram server is not working, because of which no one around the world can operate Instagram. 

This happens very rarely, like one time in a year, just for less than 24 hours. Whatever the reason for Instagram’s down, the team resolves it as soon as possible and the users start using it again, like before.

Also, sometimes the Instagram team intentionally turns down the server, when found a threat to the user’s data or something related.

Well, whatever the reason is for Instagram down, it’s not at your end. Hence, nothing to worry about. You just have to wait for a few hours and it will be fine. 

You can even check whether the Instagram is down or not using this link: Downdetector.

2. Slow Internet Connection:

Slow Internet Connection

The second reason for the Instagram stories not showing up is a slow internet connection. Everything that fully runs over the internet, would affect by the speed. 

Thus, if the internet connection is slow, it will create issues in the smooth working of Instagram. 

You would agree with the fact, that, Instagram requires a stronger network than WhatsApp and Facebook. You can chat on WhatsApp with the Kbps speed but not on Instagram. 

Hence, if there is even a slight fluctuation in your internet connection, you will face difficulty in using Instagram.

For this, you can either fix your internet connection or switch to another connection, like WiFi.

3. You have no Following or Connections:

You have no Following or Connections

If you do not have any followers or followings on your Instagram account, then no story will be shown up on your account. 

For the story to show up, or the posts and reels to come on your feeds, you have to follow some people like your friends, favorite celebrity, or influencer and bloggers. When you follow them, then their story and posts will come up on your feed. 

Thus, no following or connections means no stories.

4. Tried Instagram Stickers:

Tried Instagram Stickers

It has been reported in a survey that, the music stickers and some gifs create an error in showing up of stories. This means if you have used the music stickers or gifs it will cause some errors because other stories are not showing up on your feed. 

For resolving this issue, check and delete your story and thereafter refresh the timeline and see, if the story appears or not. 

How to Fix Instagram Stories if Not Showing Up?

There are some methods that you can try to fix the Instagram stories issue:

1. Try a VPN:

If the error is due to an IP address or internet server, then try logging in using VPN will fix the problem.

What you have to do is, download a VPN. There are tons of free VPN providers available that you can install for free. 

You have to install the VPN in your system. 

For reference, use – “ProtonVPN”. 

🔴 Steps To Use:

Step 1: Go to the official site of ‘ProtonVPN’, that is: https://protonvpn.com.

Step 2: Next, on the screen, you will see an option to “Get ProtonVPN free”. Click to “Install”.

Get-ProtonVPN-free

Step 3: Once installed, open it and create an account. Add your name, and other information and sign up.

create-an-account

Step 4: For free access, tap on the ‘GET FREE’ button.

get-free

Step 5: Download VPN clients from the selected options.

Download-Option

Step 6: Thereafter, when you will open, on the left side you will find an option, to connect, that is: “Quick Connect”. Click on it to connect for free.

Quick-Connect

Step 7: After successfully connecting, open your Instagram account and check the stories. 

After-successfully-connecting

 

2. Fix ‘Date and time’ to Automatic:

Syncing ‘Date and time’ with your device’s date and time are very important, otherwise the issue like stories not showing up occurs. 

What happens is, that when you change the date and time of your device and Instagram is not able to detect/sync, which is why due to the incorrect date and time, the story is not appearing properly on your timeline.

You can fix this, by setting ‘Date & Time’ to “Automatic”. 

To do the set the date and time to “Automatic”, follow the steps:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

For iPhone:

Step 1: On your iPhone, go to “Settings”

Step 2: Next, scroll down to “General” and open it.

Step 3: Over there, select > “Date & Time” and enable > “Set Automatically”.

Date & Time
Set Automatically

Now, refresh your device, and once again open Instagram and check stories.

For Android:

Step 1: On your android device, go to “Settings”.

Step 2: Next, tap on the “Search Settings” bar, at the top of the setting page.

Step 3: Type > “Date and time” and open the date-time section. 

Search Setting on Date and Time
date and time

(Search is required because every android has a different “settings” menu, hence, search and go to the targeted section)

Step 4: On the “Date & Time” section, enable > “Set Automatic date and time”.

(Here, the option “Set time Automatically” might differ from device to device. Therefore, ready the options carefully, and enable the option, which says, ‘Automatic’ date and time’)

Thereafter, come back, refresh your device and check the Instagram story.

Set time Automatically

3. Clear Cache on Instagram App:

Many times, the problem occurs due to the junk data accumulated in the app storage space. It is suggested to clear the cache of the app when some issue occurs with the working of the application. 

To fix the issue of the story not showing up, try clearing the Instagram cache. For that,

Step 1: Go to phone “Settings”.

Step 2: Scroll down to “App Management”.

App Manager

Step 3: Search for “Instagram”.

Search for Instagram

Step 4: Next, tap > “Clear Cache”.

This option will clear all your unnecessary junk data and errors from your app which was creating problems in the functioning. Now, open Instagram, refresh the feed, and check the stories.

4. Move to Fast Wi-Fi Connection:

Move to Fast Wi-Fi Connection

Instagram will definitely trouble you if your internet connection is slow. For that, there is only one solution, that is, to move to a fast network, such as “Wi-Fi”. 

Wi-Fi is no doubt faster than mobile internet. Hence, try connecting to Wi-Fi and then checking the stories on your Instagram.

The Bottom Lines:

There can be several reasons why the stories are not showing up on your Instagram. The technical reasons can be a slow internet connection, junk files, etc, whereas, mechanical reasons can, no following or connections, no proper sync between phone and app’s date and time, etc. The solution for all the reasons is mentioned above in the article.

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