Fix: Instagram “Could not refresh feed” in Android

There’s barely a worse feeling in today’s world than being unable to satisfy your social media cravings. Unfortunately, as social media platforms are apps/websites, technical issues do occur. And when you experience such a problem, you get stuck between the feelings of disappointment and constant anticipation.

But we’re not here to psycho-analyze you. You’re a social animal, and nobody judges you. We all are, after all. We’re here to resolve your problem; Or at least explain what’s going on.

So, don’t panic when that “Instagram could not load feed” issue appears. The problem will be resolved, sooner or later. So, keep reading this article to find out more about this problem, and maybe a solution to resolve it.

Solution 1 – Do nothing and wait for updates

In 90% percent of the cases, it’s not you – it’s Instagram. You’ve probably installed a bad update that actually broke the app, instead of improving it. That’s not uncommon, as app updates tend to disrupt the apps. That’s simply how it works. After all, nobody’s perfect, and developers make mistakes, as well.

If the app stopped working by itself, there’s really nothing you can do about it. You’ll have to wait for Instagram developers to release a patch. I’m sorry, but that’s just the way it is. The good thing about this is that Instagram is a huge company, with a lot of developers involved. So, it might not be long until they acknowledge the issue and receive a fixing update. You shouldn’t be waiting for it more than a day or two.


You’ll probably receive the update automatically. Some users even reported that the issue ‘magically’ fixed itself overnight. However, you can also check for updates in the Play Store, from time to time.

Since a bad update is probably the culprit here, probably none of the following solutions will help you. But you can still execute them while waiting for the update, just to be sure.

Solution 2 – Clear the app cache

Clearing the app’s cache is one of the most widely-recommended solutions you can find for just about any app-related problem. It probably won’t help, but it might sometimes. Even though Android Oreo changed the way we clear the cached data, you can still clear Instagram cache relatively easy.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Storage Other apps > Instagram.
  3. Tap Clear cache (you might as well Clear data).

Solution 3 – Check your internet connection

It goes without saying that neither Instagram nor any other internet-dependent app will work without a stable internet connection. So, if you’re not able to connect to the internet using Chrome or any other app, you know what the problem is.

If the internet connection is indeed the issue here, check out this article for some more troubleshooting tips.

Solution 4 – Reinstall the app

Reinstallation is another native troubleshooting method. Just like it’s the case with clearing the app cache, it might be helpful sometimes. On top of that, when you reinstall the app, you may hit the right timing and install an updated version of the app.

Here’s how to reinstall the Instagram app in Android:

  1. Open the Play Store, and search for Instagram. 
  2. On the Instagram store page, tap the Uninstall button
  3. Wait for the app to reinstall.
  4. Reboot your phone.
  5. Now, head back to the Store and install Instagram again.

Solution 5 – Log out from Instagram in a browser

For some strange reason, that is unknown to me, logging in and out from Instagram in a browser solved the problem for some users. Although I don’t know what’s going on, it certainly won’t hurt if you try this, if none of the previous solutions resolved the problem.

So, just go to your browser either on your Android phone or Desktop, log in to Instagram, and log out. Maybe it’ll resolve the issue.

That’s about it. I hope this article helped you understand why you’re not able to see that amazing new content from your Instagram feed. As I said multiple times in this article, don’t worry, because the app will probably fix itself, and the “Instagram could not refresh feed” issue will just disappear.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, just leave them in the comments down below.

READ MORE: How to enable hidden Instagram filters

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