It's common for apps to crash and freeze, but that doesn't make it any less annoying. Instagram has released countless updates to fix bugs and keep the app from glitching, but sometimes, it's inevitable. Luckily, there are ways to stop Instagram Stories from freezing, and they're easier than you might think.
First, let's address some roots of this problem. If your WiFi signal is not strong or secure, this can cause your smartphone to lose bits of information, thus resulting in apps taking forever to load and/or causing Instagram to freeze. If your phone hasn't been turned off in a while, this could also have something to do with it. Additionally, if Instagram's caches haven't been cleared in a while, you could run into some problems there. Now, how exactly do you fix these problems? Well, that depends on what kind of phone you have.
How to Stop Instagram From Freezing If You Have an iPhone
If you have an iPhone, the easiest way to fix your freezing Instagram Stories is to close all of your background apps. You can do this by swiping up on them if you have an iPhone XR and newer, or by pressing the home button twice and then swiping up to close the apps if you have an older iPhone. Sometimes if open apps are running in the background for a long period of time, a problem with a different app can tigger the open app (in this case, Instagram) to lag. Additionally, you can turn your iPhone off and back on again to give your apps a reboot. If that doesn't work, ensure that your Instagram app is updated to the newest version available, as these updates can help to improve bugs. The last thing you can do is clear your Instagram app's cache. To do this, tap "Settings" on your Instagram's profile and go to "Security." Tap "Clear Search History, and hit "Clear All." Done and done!
How to Stop Instagram From Freezing If You Have an Android
Android users can stop their Instagram Stories from freezing in one main way, and that's by uninstalling the Instagram app and reinstalling it from Google Play. This trick has helped countless Android users have a more user-friendly experience on the app. If that doesn't work, try restarting your phone. This will give the app some time to reset before you use it again. Additionally, make sure you have a strong internet connection while you're using the app. You can also trying clearing the app's cache by going to the "Settings" section on your Instagram profile and tapping on "Security." From there, hit "Search History" and tap "Clear All." These steps will work towards stopping your Instagram Stories from freezing, meaning you can use the app more seamlessly.