Instagram is a hugely-popular photo-sharing platform with millions of users using it every day and not to forget the user base is over 2 billion. It has a full-fledged app, a lighter version of the app, as well as a web version albeit with slightly limited functionalities than its mobile counterpart. After scanning through Reddit and other forums, we came across a problem i.e. Instagram not working on Chrome Browser. As usual, I did a bit of troubleshooting here and there to find a fix, and here’s a list of potential fixes that you can use.
1. Check for Outages
This is the legit first step to take as you would never know if Instagram is not working on your Chrome browser due to an outage or is it due to a browser’s issue. Check out for portals like DownDetector, Is It Just Me, or Everyone or Services Down to find if there’s a server one. Wait if there’s one or proceed if there’s none.
2. Clear Site Data
If the Instagram site is not working on Chrome, then clearing the site data will do the job. This will clear all the information, cache, and other data of Instagram on the Browser.
- Open Instagram.
- Click on the padlock or ‘i’ icon.
- Open Site Settings.
- Hit clear data.
3. Clear Chrome Cache
Turns out cache files are being associated with problems loading Instagram or practically any website on Chrome. You can try clearing the cache files that won’t take much time. Here’s how.
- In chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in the URL Box.
- Clear Browsing Data dialog box will show up.
- Click on the Advanced tab.
- By default, cookies and other site data, cached images & files will bear a checkmark. If not, manually select these two options.
- There is no need to select the Password/Sign-in Data.
- Once done, click on Clear Data.
- Close Google Chrome, wait for a few seconds and launch it to check whether Instagram is working now or not.
4. Get Rid of unwanted extensions
Believe it or not, extensions can cause bugs. I am not talking about extensions that you use regularly, it’s those that you don’t use quite as often, and yet they lie idle on your browser. These are still consuming resources albeit in much smaller chunks. So, removing unwanted extensions can help.
- Go to Google Chrome, click on the 3 dot menu option and head over to “More Tools” and select “Extensions”.
- Now you can freely disable or remove an extension that seems to be bugging you.
5. Update the browser
Another method that appears to be working for many users is to simply update the Google Chrome browser. It doesn’t take much time and the chances of fixing the problem are exponential here.
- Launch Google Chrome.
- Head over to “More”.
- Head over to “Help >> About Google Chrome”.
- Next, the browser will automatically check if there’s an update available or not. If yes, you can install it. Takes just a few minutes to complete.
6. Flush DNS
Flushing DNS can help in some cases so why not try it and yes, you can simply follow the mentioned instructions to do it.
- Firstly, open CMD as an Administrator.
- Type the said command and press enter: ipconfig/flushdns
- You will successfully flush the DNS Resolver Cache message that means the process is done. You can now check if Instagram works on your PC or not.
7. Change DNS
DNS is a list of records that are fetched from ISP when requested. The PC automatically sets the DNS based on the network, this is where sometimes the ISP may not able to connect with the host server of the site. Changing the DNS will fix the issue.
- Open Settings on your Windows 11 by pressing Windows Key + I shortcut.
- Then select Network & Internet from the left menu bar and go to the Advanced network settings.
- Now select the network you are using for the internet, like Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
- Click on View Additional Properties.
- Click on Edit.
- Change the DNS to Google DNS or any other DNS protocol listed below.
|DNS Server||DNS 1||DNS 2|
|Google Public DNS||184.108.40.206||220.127.116.11|
|Quad9 DNS (IPv4)||18.104.22.168||22.214.171.124|
|Quad9 DNS (IPv6)||2620:fe::fe||2620:fe::9|
8. Uninstall & Reinstall Chrome
Still can’t figure out a way to fix the Instagram not working on Google Chrome issue? You can try uninstalling and reinstalling Google Chrome.
- To uninstall the app, go to Start >> Settings.
- Head over to Apps >> Apps & Features and find “Google Chrome”.
- Tap on the three vertical dots against Google Chrome and select “Uninstall”.
- Next up, go to the default browser i.e. Microsoft Edge.
- Download Google Chrome on your PC and install it.
- Check if this has resolved the issue with Instagram. If not, you can head over to the next method that should do the trick.
9. Use an alternative
This seems to be a go-to option for those who failed to load the Instagram website for a long time. Opera seems to be a legit alternative while others like Microsoft Edge, Brave browser can make things a bit easier too. Note that I have ascertained information that Mozilla Firefox has similar issues too although on a smaller scale but you can try on your own.
These are some of the methods that are recommended to do if Instagram or other websites stop working on your computer for some reason.
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