How to fix Instagram videos not playing on Android

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How to fix Instagram videos not playing on Android

How to fix Instagram videos not playing on Android

Ever since its launch, Instagram has become the ultimate social media platform for the modem users. The platform is growing exponentially with each passing day, creating a huge social media network (just like a family). There was a time when Instagram was only about posting pictures and photos but the trends have drastically changed with time. 

That’s to say because Instagram users now regularly share the videos on their profiles. Previously, the photo were worth thousand words but we guess videos are worth million words, maybe? However, with the increasing user base, Instagram is acting up since there are server issues. In the same vein, the Android users are experiencing video playback inability on their phones. 

Even more, this issue can lead to Instagram app crash. There are multiple reasons that Android users cannot play the videos on their phones, such as lost app data or full memory cache of Instagram. In addition, this issue can arise due to bad internet connection as well; the possibilities are endless. So, in this article, we have shared some methods that will help you play Instagram videos on your Android!

Updating The App 

First of all, you need to update the Instagram app because this issue can arise due to outdated app. With this being said, it is important that you download the latest version of Instagram app. Usually when you are connected to Wi-Fi, the update will be automatic. However, if there is no automatic update, manual updates can be conducted as well, by following the below-mentioned steps;

  • Open the Google Play Store and click on the Menu option 
  • Scroll down to find the Instagram app
  • Find the update button and click on it 
  • The app will start updating

Once the Instagram app is updated, open the app and see if its starts playing the videos on Android phone. 

Clearing Cache & Data 

Just like other apps, Instagram also stores cache and data on the Android phones. Whenever you see some photos or videos, some parts of it will be saved in the phone. Even more, the excessive number of cache files will slow down the app and adversely impact the video playback. So, if you want to play those videos, make sure you clear the cache load by following the steps given below;

  • Go to Settings app on your phone and move to apps
  • Move down to Instagram and tap on the storage option 
  • Cleat the cache and restart your Android handset 
  • Now, open Instagram and you will be able to play the videos 

There are some third-party apps as well through which cache is automatically cleared. However, the experts don’t suggest using such apps because they adversely impact the overall performance of the phone by running in background.


In some cases, there are chances that Instagram videos aren’t playing because there are corruptions and errors in the app. In addition, there are chances that software is messing up. If no other solution is working out for you, you should remove the app from your Android phone and reinstall it again. Usually, the reinstallation will fix up the video playback issue.

Restarting the Router

There are chances that your Wi-Fi router is experiencing issues that can lead to internet issues. There are instances when the Instagram videos would play with data and not Wi-Fi, and vice versa. In this case, you need to restart the Wi-Fi router. For restarting the Wi-Fi router, take out the power cord and wait for at least a minute before you plug in the power cord again. In addition, you can try changing the router bandwidth from 5Ghz to 2.4Ghz because it is highly reliable. Even more, you can try updating the router firmware to ensure high-speed and strengthened internet signals. 

Power-Saving Mode

When you aren’t able to play the videos on Instagram, you either blame Instagram app, its server, or the internet connection. However, the problem might lie in the settings as well. For instance, if you have switched on power-saving mode, thee might be inefficiency in video playing. So, it is suggested that you switch off the power-saving mode. In addition to power-saving mode, if you have switched on the data-saving mode, the videos won’t play either. That’s to say because both these settings will limit the data usage!

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