Instagram is DOWN: Social media app is crashing for frustrated users around the world
- Instagram appears to have crashed for users around the world this afternoon
- According to the DownDetector outage website, the problems started around 3:08 PM BST
- The reason for the outage is unclear and Instagram has yet to address the issue
It’s one of the most popular social media apps in the world, but it looks like Instagram crashed this afternoon.
According to DownDetector, the issues started around 3:08 a.m. BST (10:08 a.m. EDT) and are affecting users around the world.
While the reason for the outage remains unclear, 60 percent of those who reported problems said they had problems with the news feed, 22 percent couldn’t log in, and 16 percent struggled with the website.
Instagram has yet to respond to the outage.
However, several frustrated users took to Twitter this afternoon to discuss the issues.
It’s one of the most popular social media apps in the world, but it looks like Instagram crashed this afternoon
A user in India posted a clip of them trying to load the Instagram app on their smartphone before it crashed and took the user back to the home page.
Another tweeted: ‘What the hell is going on with Instagram, it just keeps stopping.’
Others posted a screenshot of a popup warning saying ‘Instagram keeps stopping’ and given the option to close the app or send feedback.
Another user simply tweeted, ‘Another day, another bugs [sic], #instagramdown again! ‘
DownDetector, an independent outage monitor website, tweeted just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, “ User reports indicate Instagram has been having issues since 10:08 a.m. EDT. ”
Downdetector collects reports of outages from multiple sources including Twitter and reports submitted on its websites and mobile apps.
The website shows that Instagram outage reports started to soar just before 3:00 pm BST, reaching a peak of 1,409 at 3:19 pm BST.
Image from the site of the independent DownDetector outage monitor website shows Instagram outages reported in the last 24 hours
Instagram outages become regular events – it wasn’t until Friday that the app was offline for more than an hour worldwide.
The outage affected a number of major US cities, including New York, Seattle, and San Francisco, along with others around the world, such as the UK, China, and Australia.
And on March 19, exactly a week earlier, all three of Facebook’s biggest apps – Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp – were unavailable.
Users visiting Instagram online were presented with a simple error message saying ‘5xx Server Error’, with no other information provided.
Some Facebook users were able to log into the app, although 63 percent of the reports on DownDetector.com suggested it had been a ‘total blackout’.
That said a spokeswoman for Facebook at the time Business insider: ‘Earlier today, a technical issue made people struggle to access some Facebook services.
“We’ve resolved this issue for everyone and we apologize for the inconvenience.”
HOW DO YOU MONITOR HOW MUCH TIME YOU SPEND ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM?
Facebook and Instagram users can now keep track of how much time they spend in the app, thanks to new tools designed to improve your digital health.
The new feature can be found in the settings menu of each app.
For Facebook users on iOS: Tap the three-line icon in the lower right corner of the app to open the settings menu.
Android users have to tap on the same symbol but find it in the top right.
Scroll through the settings menu and tap on the ‘Your time on Facebook’ option.
For Instagram, users 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 spent on Facebook and Instagram with a particular device.
This data is presented in a bar chat style, where users can tap on each bar to see the total time spent on that specific day.
If you scroll further down, Facebook and Instagram include the option to set a daily reminder that will send an alert after you reach the amount of time you want to spend on the app on that day.
You can change or cancel the reminder at any time by going 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.
It allows you to mute all notifications from the social network app for a predetermined period of time.