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Instagram Down 😱 – Why and How to Fix


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Some users experienced issues with that instagram down error. It happened several times already this month. What caused it, ddos attack? Cheap servers? Let’s explore.

Firstly, here is some screenshots with statistic:

Instagram down stats
Instagram down stats as for 21th of July

 

 

Obviously, Instagram was down today at 9:32 AM. But as I said, it is not the first time for this month. Here is full list of cases when people reported Instagram down:

CompanyDateStarted
Instagram
07/21/2020
2:21 a.m.
Instagram
07/20/2020
2:01 a.m.
Instagram
07/16/2020
3:57 p.m.
Instagram
07/16/2020
12:32 a.m.
Instagram
07/14/2020
4:37 p.m.
Instagram
07/14/2020
2:16 a.m.
Instagram
07/12/2020
12:04 p.m.
Instagram
07/12/2020
2:04 a.m.
Instagram
07/10/2020
2:12 p.m.
Instagram
07/07/2020
8:01 p.m.
Instagram
07/06/2020
4:48 a.m.
Instagram
07/02/2020
10:48 p.m.

Is instagram down only for me?

No instagram today.
No instagram today.

Nope, dude, you are not alone. That big social website has own network of servers across the wold. It’s named CDN – content delivery network. When you request something from them, for example video of you friend at that birthday party – you get it from closest to you server. It’s because information coming by wires not immediately, so ping and speed directly depends on distance between you and Instagram server.


Practically, when Instagram is down, usually down only one or few servers in some area, so people located close to that server are unable to login to Instagram.

This is how it looks in normal day:

Instagram is not down

These yellow areas are just overpopulated so traffic volume is the biggest here. But system can hold it.

Now we will look at same map, but when Instagram is down:

 The outage appeared to affect users around the world

Why instagram is down?

Well, there could be many reasons. But most realistic answer right now – because of Corona-crisis. Too many people sit at home and send photos & videos online at the same time. Servers overheat and can’t normally work at user activity peaks.

Do you know how many photos is uploaded every day to internet? I let you chance to guess, so think about it, tell me number and scroll down the page to see the answer.

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100 MILLION PHOTOS.

Instagram users upload over 100 million photos and videos within 1 day. That is 69444 photos and videos every minute!

Info is a bit outdated, I didn’t find current stats for this covid-19 times. It could be easily twice more.

So it’s no surprise servers are overloaded and having issues.

Facebook and Instagram down

Mark Zuckerberg sweating
Mark Zuckerberg sweating

Unable to login to Facebook and can’t login to instagram at the same time? That is logical, because FB bought IG back in 2012 for 1 billion dollars. It’s big money, so I guess poor Zuckerberg can’t afford dedicated servers for both social networks. It seems they share at least some part of infrastructure now and while IG is down it is very possible FB will be down too.


Instagram is down, what should I do?

You just need to wait. Sysadmins will recover servers in minutes or hours. Try to walk in the green zone, clean the house or finish that project you postponed from 2010.

 

Bonus:

How to get an instagram account taken down?

Yes, I imagine, you had a chat with beautiful instagram girl and almost agree to meet, but suddenly IG is down!

I can understand your anger and desire to deactivate IG and switch to another social network. Let me guide you through this process.

How to delete Instagram app in Android

  1. Select the Settings app from your app drawer or home screen.
  2. Tap Apps & Notifications, then hit See all apps.
  3. Scroll down the list until you find the app you want to remove and tap it.
  4. Select Uninstall.

How to delete the Instagram app in iPhone

  1. Press and hold the Instagram app icon on the homescreen of your iOS device until all the apps begin to wiggle.
  2. Tap the ‘x’ in the top left corner of the Instagram app.
  3. Tap “Delete.”

How to delete instagram account

We just deleted instagram app. But it do not removes your Instagram account from internet. Your profile and all photos, available to everyone as before.
How To Delete Instagram Account

To deactivate instagram account permanently:

  1. Go to the Delete Your Account web page from a mobile browser or PC. In case you’re no longer logged into Instagram, you may be requested to log in first.
  2. Select an option from the dropdown menu next to Why are you deleting your account? You would be asked to type your password again. Type it and select the reason.
  3. Click or tap Permanently delete my account.

Source: https://help.instagram.com/370452623149242

 

P.S. You may want  to delete yourself from Facebook too.

Or delete someone from messenger.

 

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