How to Fix “challenge_required” on Instagram

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Written by: Alex Popa


How to Fix “challenge_required” on Instagram

Did you come across the “Challenge_Required” error on Instagram?

It appears when there’s suspicion of bot activity or spam.

If you’re not a bot and this is a mistake, there are several ways you can try and fix things.

One thing you can do to prevent this error is to avoid doing things too fast. Don’t comment, like, or follow too quickly.

This article will teach you how to fix the “Challenge-Required” error!

How to fix the “Challenge_Required” Error on Instagram:

  1. Switch between Wi-Fi and Mobile Data
  2. Close all third-party apps
  3. Uninstall and reinstall Instagram after 2-3 days

Keep reading to find out more!

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How to Fix “challenge_required” on Instagram

How Can You Fix The “Challenge_Required” Error on Instagram?

You can try fixing this error by either closing third-party apps, changing your network from Wi-Fi to mobile data (or the other way around), or reinstalling Instagram after 1-2 days.

Any of these fixes might work and solve Instagram’s “Challenge_Required” error.

1. Switch between Wi-Fi and Mobile Data

This is the simplest fix for the “Challenge_Required” error on Instagram.

Switch between Wi-Fi and Mobile Data
Switch between Wi-Fi and Mobile Data

Swipe down from the top of your phone home screen to switch between Mobile Data and Wi-Fi.

This will open your shortcuts menu.

The first and third options should be your Mobile Data and Wi-Fi.

Enable one and disable the other, and try accessing Instagram again.

If this doesn’t work, move on to the next solutions!

2. Close all third-party apps

You can do this from the Instagram app.

Go to Menu – Settings – Security – Apps and websites.

Instagram account - Settings
Instagram account – Settings

First, tap on the Menu icon in the upper-right corner.

Then, select “Settings” from the menu.

Next, tap on “Security” when the next options appear.

Instagram account - Security
Instagram account – Security

The “Security” option is below “Privacy”, “Notifications”, and “Follow and invite friends”.

Tap on it to get to your third-party apps.

In the “Security” tab, look at the bottom and find the “Apps and websites” option.

Select it.

Instagram - Apps and websites
Instagram – Apps and websites

The option is right under the “Data and history” menu.

After you select it, you’ll be redirected to your Apps and websites menu.

Instagram - Active apps and websites
Instagram – Active apps and websites

Here, you can see what apps you have active, which are expired, and which you have removed.

Select “Active” to see your active apps. Deactivate them, and the “Challenge_Required” error on Instagram should disappear.

If it’s still there, try the final solution.

3. Uninstall and reinstall Instagram after 2-3 days

If nothing works, try uninstalling Instagram and reinstalling it after 2-3 days.

This will delete the cache files and help the algorithm forget your account’s suspicious activity.

First, you should remove all third-party apps so they no longer interfere with Instagram.

To uninstall Instagram, either tap-hold the icon on your phone and select uninstall, or go to Settings – Apps – Instagram – Uninstall.

Then, after 2-3 days, reinstall Instagram from the App Store or Google Apps.

The “Challenge_Required” error shouldn’t appear anymore.


Like all other social media platforms, Instagram uses algorithms to detect spammy behavior.

This security measure protects the community against bots and automation tools.

The “Challenge_Required” error can appear by mistake, though.

It’s a temporary error, though, and should disappear by itself after a few days.

You can wait it out, switch between Wi-Fi and Mobile Data, or remove your third-party apps from within Instagram.

One of these solutions should help you!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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