Instagram is DOWN as app crashes for users around the world

Instagram is DOWN: Social media app crashes for frustrated users around the world

  • Instagram appears to have crashed for users around the world this afternoon
  • According to outage website DownDetector, issues started at around 15:08 BST
  • The reason for the outage is unclear and Instagram is yet to address the issue

It’s one of the most popular social media apps around the world, but it appears that Instagram has crashed this afternoon. 

According to DownDetector, the issues started at around 15:08 BST (10:08 AM EDT), and are affecting users around the world.  

While the reason for the outage remains unclear, of those who reported problems, 60 per cent said they were having issues with the news-feed, 22 per cent couldn’t log-in, and 16 per cent were struggling with the website. 

Instagram is yet to comment on the outage, which appears to be the third it’s experienced in March alone. 

Several frustrated users have taken to Twitter to discuss the issues this afternoon.  

It’s one of the most popular social media apps around the world, but it appears that Instagram has crashed this afternoon

One user in India posted a clip of them trying to load the Instagram app on their smartphone before it crashes and takes the user back to the homepage. 

Another tweeted: ‘What the hell is going on with instagram it keeps stopping.’  

Others posted a screenshot of a pop-up alert saying ‘Instagram keeps stopping’ and are given the option to close the app or send feedback. 

Another user simply tweeted: ‘Another day, another bugs [sic], #instagramdown again!’  

Instagram is yet to comment on the outage, which appears to be the third it’s experienced in March alone

Multiple users reported receiving the above message on their smartphone on Tuesday

The Instagram outage on Tuesday afternoon appeared to be affecting users all over the world

DownDetector, an independent outage monitor website, tweeted just after 3pm on Tuesday: ‘User reports indicate Instagram is having problems since 10:08 AM EDT.’ 

Downdetector collates reports of outages from multiple sources, including Twitter and reports submitted on its websites and mobile apps.

Its website shows that Instagram outage reports started to soar just before 15:00 BST, reaching a peak of 1,409 at 15:19 BST. 

Graphic from the site of independent outage monitor website DownDetector shows Instagram outages reported in the last 24 hours

Instagram outages are becoming regular events –  it was only on Friday that the app was down worldwide for more than one hour. 

The outage hit a number of major US cities including New York, Seattle and San Francisco, along with other across the globe, like the UK, China and Australia. 

And on March 19, exactly one week prior, all three of Facebook’s biggest apps – Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp – were down. 

Users visiting Instagram online were shown a simple error message saying ‘5xx Server Error’, with no other information provided. 

Some Facebook users were able to sign in to the app, although 63 per cent of reports on suggested there was a ‘total blackout’.  

At the time, a Facebook spokeswoman told Business Insider: ‘Earlier today, a technical issue caused people to have trouble accessing some Facebook services.

‘We resolved this issue for everyone, and we apologise for any inconvenience.’ 


Facebook and Instagram users can now monitor how much time they spend within the app, thanks to new tools designed to improve your digital health.

The new feature is found in the settings menu of each app.

For Facebook users on iOS, tap on the three line symbol in the bottom-right corner of the app to launch the settings menu.

Android users need to tap the same symbol, but will find it at the top-right.

Scroll down the settings menu and tap on the ‘Your Time on Facebook’ option.

For Instagram, users will need to load the settings page, and then scroll down to the option marked ‘Your Activity’.

Both apps include a breakdown of the exact number of minutes you’ve spent on Facebook and Instagram using a particular device.

This data is presented in the style of a bar chat, with users able to tap any bar to see the total time spent for that particular day.

Scrolling further down the page, Facebook and Instagram include the option to set a daily reminder that sends an alert after you’ve reached the amount of time you want to spend on the app for that day.

You can change or cancel the reminder at any time by heading back to the same settings menu.

In the same settings menu on Instagram and Facebook, you can tap on ‘Notification Settings’ to access an updated ‘Mute Push Notifications’ tool.

This lets you mute all notifications from the social network app for a predetermined period of time.

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