Fix: Instagram Videos Not Playing On Android

Instagram has become an integral part of the ever-growing social networks family. Besides standard photos, you’re also able to share short GIF-like videos. If the picture is worth 1000 words, the video must be worth a bit more, does it?

While Instagram rarely has stability issues, the video playback can get stuck from time to time. Additionally, that can lead to app crash or instability or nervous breakdowns. So, if you are experiencing video issues, you’ve come to the right spot. Let’s try and resolve this issue together and get those videos up and running.

Update Instagram app

The first step you should take is updating your Instagram app. Most of the time, the problem lies in outdated version. Because of that, make sure you have the latest version at any given time. The auto-update should do the job for you, but you can look up for updates manually, too.

  1. Open Play Store app.
  2. Tap Menu.
  3. Look up for Instagram in Update tab.
  4. Choose to update.
  5. Once it’s done, open Instagram and try playing videos.

In case the videos still won’t play, let’s try additional steps.

 Clear Instagram app cache and data

As same as the most of the apps do, Instagram stores a lot of data on your phone. With particular settings, every picture or video you post can be preserved on the phone storage or SD card. Moreover, there’s a lot of cache files that may slow down the app gradually and impact video playback.

According to that, your next step should be clearing cache and data from the Instagram app. Follow these instructions to clear Data and Cache.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Open Apps (Applications).
  3. Choose Instagram and open Storage.
  4. Clear Cache and Data.
  5. Restart your device.
  6. Open Instagram (you may need to log in again).
  7. Try to play videos.

Some users use specific apps for automatic clearing of cache. However, we advise you not to use them. Firstly, they take your storage space, and secondly, they tend to work in the background and slow down all-around performance. Simply put, that kind of apps are more disadvantage than a valid tool.

Reinstall Instagram

Sometimes the apps may stuck because of some kind of the corruption. Software sometimes has a mind of its own and the only viable solution is reinstallation. So, if you’ve tried previous steps and the videos still won’t load, try this out.

  1. Tap and hold Instagram app.
  2. When the X sign is shown, tap to uninstall.
  3. Restart your device.
  4. Open Play Store app.
  5. Look up for Instagram.
  6. Install app.
  7. Try playing videos.

Most of the time, this should resolve your issue. Of course, if the software is an issue. However, sometimes the connection may play the main part in this Instagram wrongdoings. Move on to the next step to troubleshoot the connection.

READ ALSO: Fix: Unable to access camera in Instagram Android app

Restart Wi-Fi router

Some users reported on various forums that the Instagram videos work on Wi-Fi but won’t work on mobile data and vice versa. So, the first step is to restart your Wi-Fi router. Turn it off, wait a minute or so, and then turn it on.

Additionally, you may want to update router firmware and change from 5 GHz band to 2.4 GHz. Even though the 5 GHz supports higher speeds, it’s signal isn’t as reliable as 2.4 GHz over distance. That, of course, is not an issue with dual-band routers.

Reset your Network settings

Once you’ve tweaked your router, let’s reset network settings on the phone. That should fix common connection bugs and let you start from the scratch. Have in mind that you’ll need to reestablish the settings again.

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Open Backup & Reset.
  3. Choose Network Settings Reset.
  5. Restart your device.
  6. Reconnect and check out Instagram videos.

Turn off Power-saving mode

Thanks to one of our readers, we obtained another workaround that just may be the one that resolves the problem. He resolved the problem by disabling the Power-saving mode, that somehow interferes with the Instagram videos playback.
So, navigate to Power settings, disable Power-saving mode and your problem should be sorted out.

Thanks a lot to Matt that suggested this solution.

That should wrap it up. In case you have any additional problems with Instagram, please be free to tell us in the comments, or reach us out on Twitter. We’ll do our best to help you resolve them.

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March 29, 2018 12:28 pm

have an S7 edge… my problem is Im not able to upload videos… it says cannot post this now… have tried clearing cache, updating th app, teh power save mode off, restarting the phone but not happening… wat cud b the issue. can someone help me here pl….

Buster \m/(-.-)\m/ (@theonlybuster)
Buster \m/(-.-)\m/ (@theonlybuster)
March 28, 2018 2:46 am

It seems that the simple fact that Power Saving Mode is enabled stops most videos from playing. Even adding an exception doesn’t seem to render positive results. The same applies for many third-party IG apps as well, especially older apps.

March 17, 2018 9:03 am

Were you able to resolve it?

February 28, 2018 5:42 pm

hi i have Huawei P9 and in instagram story the audio that records is so loud and not clear at all!!! i know isnt the phones problem but instagram’s how can i fix it i cant record nothing with that destroyed sound!!!

February 28, 2018 5:42 pm

Yes! Power saving mode was the answer for me. Good deal. Thanks!

February 28, 2018 5:42 pm

Power saving mode!!!!!
Last on list but finally got there, thanks!

Dona Stella
Dona Stella
February 28, 2018 5:42 pm

I have redmi 4 bkack And I am having problems with the videos on instagram playing. They won’t play at all. It’s rare if I go to the person’s page directly it may or my not play. Is anyone else having this issue? how do I fix it?

February 28, 2018 5:42 pm

Awesome problem solved, my problem was simple, all I had to do is turn off power save mode, yet I think that should have been the first option!!

February 28, 2018 5:42 pm

nothing workd tired everything please help i have a Lg Phoenix 2 and nothing works Instagram videos take forever to load and Live doesn’t want to load either i need help right away

February 28, 2018 5:42 pm

i got a note 8 and i got the same prob

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