Sorry, there was a problem with your request on Instagram – FIXED

Your Quick Answer:

  1. If you see the notification”Sorry there was a problem with your request”, it is most likely because of a cache problem or because the Instagram server has blocked your IP address.
  2. To fix the problem, you can clear your cache by going to “Settings” from the three lines icon and tapping on “Security”. Go to “Clear search history” and tap on “Clear All”.
  3. You can also go to the “Settings” icon of your phone and then tap on “General”, and then on “iPhone Storage” and search for the App and tap on it. Tap on “Delete App” and reinstall it.
  4. When logging in to Instagram, you need to tap on the option “Forgot Password” and type in the email id or phone number associated with the account. You will then receive a link to reset the password. Log in again, and the error won’t show anymore.
  5. You can try turning your Flight Mode option on and switching to mobile data from wifi to solve the problem.
  6. You can try linking a new Facebook account to your Instagram by going to the three lines icon and then “Settings” and “Accounts Centre”. Go to “Set up Accounts Centre”, tap on “Add Facebook account”, and log in to the account you want to connect to, then tap on “Yes, finish setup”.
Expert Statement

Why Does it Say “Sorry, there was a problem with your request” on Instagram?

Here are some reasons:

1. Cache Issue on App:

Cache issue on App

You can see the notification “Sorry there was a problem with your request” when there is an issue with your cache. Usually, when you deal with this problem, the error notification instantly goes away; sometimes, this is one of the many reasons why the error notification is seen.

The cache is storage for app memory which means that it saves all that you do on the App for a temporary period. Sometimes when the cache becomes too large, the App’s performance worsens and ultimately causes problems like the one you are facing now. 

2. Instagram Server Blocked Your IP:

Instagram Server Blocked Your IP

The Instagram server has likely blocked your IP address which is why you see the notification “Sorry there was a problem with your request”.

Sometimes this may be an error on the part of Instagram, but in other scenarios, this happens when you log in to your account and log out very fast or if you just logged out of your account and somewhere else in the country, your account got logged into! This is a measure taken by Instagram to ensure your account is safe and not being used by hackers. This is also to ensure that it is not a bot handling your account.

How to Fix the “Sorry there was a problem with your request” issue?

Follow the below methods:

1. Clear Cache on the Instagram app:

You can fix the problem of the error “Sorry there was a problem with your request” by clearing the cache of the Instagram app.

From App History:

Go to the Instagram app, tap on the Profile icon, and then the three lines icon. Now tap on the “Settings” option and then on “Security”. Tap on the option “Clear search history”. In the next tab, click on “Clear All”. Tap the “Clear All” option again when you receive a verification prompt.

From Phone Settings:

Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open “Settings”> “General”

From the home screen of your iPhone, search for the “Settings” icon. Tap on the icon and scroll down when you find the option “General” stop scrolling and tap on the option. 

General on iphone

Step 2: Go to “iPhone Storage”> “Instagram”> “Delete App”

Here, you will see the option “iPhone Storage” tap on it. In the next window, there will be a list of all the apps on your device.

iPhone Storage on iPhone
Instagram on iphone
Delete App on iPhone

Scroll down until you find the “Instagram” app and tap on it. Here you will see the option “Delete App” at the bottom. Tap on it; it will delete all the data and the App. Then you can install it again and log in. You will not get the error notification.

2. Reset Password for Instagram:

You can solve the problem of seeing the error constantly by changing the password and logging in.

Step 1: Login page> “Forgot Password?”

Open the Instagram app and go to the login page. Here you have to tap on the option “Forgot Password?”.

Forgot Password on instagram

This option will be available to you if you are an iOS user or are using your desktop (if you are an Android user, you will see the option “Get help with signing in.”). You will be asked to type in your email id, phone number, or username associated with the account. 

Step 2: Go to the reset password link

Once you have typed this in the email or phone number related to your account, tap on the option “Next”.

Let us assume you typed in your phone number. Once you tap on “Next”, you will reach a new tab where you will see two options, “Log in with Facebook” or “Send an SMS message”. Tap on the “Send an SMS message” option. You will receive a link to the phone number that you just typed in. This link will help you create a new password. 

When you receive this link to reset your password, tap on it, and you will be asked to create a new password and retype it just for safety purposes. This Password should include lower and uppercase alphabets, numbers, and special characters. Make the Password strong enough so that it is free from hackers. Also, ensure that you remember it this time.

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3. Turn on & off flight Mode Or Switch to Mobile Data: 

Often the error occurs simply because of a network problem. This can easily be solved. You must scroll downwards on your phone screen and look for the flight mode option. Tap on this option to turn on the flight mode and instantly turn it off.

This will ensure that if any network problem occurred in the past, it would have been solved. You can switch from wifi to mobile data if this does not work. Sometimes the wifi connection creates a problem based on location, etc., and switching to mobile data eliminates the problem.

4. Link A New Facebook Account With Instagram:

You can easily link a new Facebook account with Instagram.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: For this, you must first remove your old account by going to the three lines icon and tapping “Settings”.

Step 2: Then go to “Accounts Centre” and tap on your name.

Accounts Centre

Step 3: Go to the older account you had connected and then to “Remove from Accounts Centre”, then select “Continue” and then “Remove [account username]”. 

Continue
REMOVE ACCOUNT

Step 4: Now you have to add a new account, come back to “Accounts Centre” in the “Settings” section and tap on “Set up Accounts Centre”.

Set up Accounts Centre

Step 5: Go to “Add Facebook account” and log in to the new account that you want to connect. In the end, select “Yes, finish setup”.

Finish Setup

The Bottom Lines:

You have clear reasons why you have received the notification “Sorry there was a problem with your request”. Usually, this is solved when you clean your cache. You also learned through this article four ways to fix the problem. Use the method that best suits your interests and requirements.

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