Is Instagram one of those apps that you look into as soon as you wake up in the morning? Well, why won’t you; everyone is obsessed with this platform. It has become a lifestyle. People love to use it to stay up to date on their friends and family’s intriguing happenings in life!
No wonder it has become one of the most popular social media platforms ever since it came into our lives in 2010, used by millions of users all across the world. I mean, what’s better than having a single account where you can share your pictures, stories, and more with your followers, whether you have a private or public account?
If you’re an influencer, blogger, entrepreneur, or just someone with a public account, you cannot only share posts on your Instagram profile but also engage with a large audience at once. In fact, nowadays, it has become the talk of the town through its innovative new features such as Instagram stories, shopping, and the ever-new, Instagram reels!
Despite everything, have you ever been in a situation where you’ve opened Instagram only to find a “please wait a few minutes before you try again” error message? Perhaps when you’re trying to stalk someone or find a profile without knowing their username?
Well, whatever the reason may be, I know it can be extremely annoying, and you just want to end in the next moment. However, to make it disappear, you need to follow some tricks!
Wondering what these tricks are? Well, stop worrying already because this article is going to give answers to all your questions. Continue reading; you can thank me later!
Fixing The ‘Please Wait A Few Minutes Error’
If you’re reading this article, then it’s obvious you’ve seen this notification on your platform more than once. But do you know that not all Instagram users are familiar with it? In fact, some of the users might not even know that this problem exists!
So the question that arises is, why do you keep seeing it, then? What are you doing wrong? Calm down; you don’t need to start blaming yourself right away. Perhaps the issue isn’t necessarily your fault.
Hence, let’s look into some ways when you’re most likely to get popped up a notification that says, “Please wait a few minutes before you try again”!
Here’s what it looks like:
Last Instagram Update
The moment you see this error, ask yourself; when did you last update Instagram? I mean, I know that we have smartphones that get updated automatically. Still, sometimes problems like WiFi issues or glitches in the app arise out of nowhere, resulting in notifications like these.
Therefore, it’s very important to keep checking your updates every week for apps like Instagram because they get new updates very often. Well, even if it’s updated, it can be a problem with your phone too. Whatever the reason may be, a little checking on updates hurts no one.
After you’ve checked this, move to the next step; is the Instagram server down?
Is Instagram Network Down?
Have you ever been in a situation where your Instagram account stops working, and you instantly message your friends on Instagram only to hear that they have the same problem too?
Well, if this is the situation, then know it’s a glitch. I mean, that’s quite simple; if the Instagram server is down, all Instagram users will face glitches, not just you.
However, know that this kind of situation is very rare. Instagram has a team of experts dedicated to ensuring that the app runs smoothly. But again, with the growing crowd and activity on the platform, there’s a high possibility of their server crashing down. Oops!
Intervention Of Third-Party Apps
If you’re an influencer, blogger, or vlogger, chances are that you are using one of these third-party apps to increase your growth and reach. Because, come on, who says no to free likes and followers? Instagram has itself promised the potential for the growth of artists, small-business owners, and content creators. And we know that these accounts cannot grow instantly without the help of these third-party apps. There isn’t ANY shortcut, right?
Therefore, if you’re using a third-party app that isn’t an authentic Instagram partner, chances are that it might not work for you, ultimately leading to you receiving the notification “Please wait a few minutes before you try again”!
So how to prevent them in the first place? The answer is simple, immediately cease using these apps and promise yourself to stick only to authentic apps!
Let’s Fix It!
Now we know what may be the reasons behind this error. But how do you get over it? Let’s see how!
Just Wait; It’s The Best Solution Out There!
Sometimes you may find your phone screen or laptop stuck, and the only way to fix it is to wait. Right?
The same is the case here. Notice what the notification says; “Please wait a few minutes before you try again.” Even the message asks you to wait for a few minutes before trying again. So, have you tried doing that? Because trust me, if you decide to wait rather than racking your brains for a solution, your life could be much easier!
Hence, the next time to see this error, close the app, put your phone down for a few minutes and then try again. The problem got solved, wasn’t it? Well, if yes, then great, but if it still persists, don’t be sad. There’s another way. Guess what?
Try Switching Your Mobile Internet
If you’re done waiting, and nothing works, try it this way. Do you know that every network you use has a unique IP address, no matter if it is your mobile data or WiFi?
Yes, it does. Therefore, the next time you see the “Please wait a few minutes before you try again” notification on your Instagram, know that it may be because the Instagram team blocked your current IP address itself out of suspicion.
Hence, switching to a different network could be another way to solve the problem. For instance, you might connect to WiFi while using your phone's data or vice versa. It will definitely solve your issue!
Install VPN - The Angel!
If nothing else mentioned above works, try VPN. It has always been a great savior, no matter the problem.
For those of you who are unaware, VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are programs that may conceal your true IP address from all internet servers and let you browse anonymously. As a result, when you use Instagram while connected to a VPN, Instagram's AI won't be able to identify your IP address and will continue to give you access to the platform. Woah, how cool is that?
Hence, if you don't already have a VPN app on your phone, download it ASAP! You can easily get one from the app store; it will allow you to choose from a variety of paid and free programs. Enjoy!
Congratulations! You’ve finally learned how to solve one major problem of Instagram. I hope this article answers all your queries! Happy Reading!