How to Fix the “Try again later” Instagram Error?

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How to Fix the “Try again later” Instagram Error?

Are you getting the “Try again later” error on Instagram and don’t know how to fix it?

You’re not the only one. Many users have received this error after Instagram released an update in 2020.

Instagram still hasn’t fixed it yet, and many users are very upset about the error.

Moreover, you can’t find any information on Instagram about a solution to the error.

Thankfully, there are several things you can do to fix this. This guide will teach you how to fix Instagram’s “Try Again Later” error.

Keep reading to find out more!

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How to Fix the "Try again later" Instagram Error?

How Can You Fix This Error?

There are several things you can do to fix the “Try again later” Instagram error:

  1. Log out, clear the cache, and relog back into the app
  2. Change your password
  3. Delete the links in your bio
  4. Wait 

This error will last 24-48 hours, depending on every case. 

Users report that these solutions work and will eliminate the error in most cases.

If one solution doesn’t work, try the following to continue until you get rid of the error.

If nothing works, you need to wait for the error to disappear.

Let’s start with the solutions!

Solution One – Log out, clear cache, and relog into Instagram

One solution that has been proven to work is to log out, clear Instagram’s cache, and then relog.

If you don’t know how to do that, follow the steps below to do:

  • Tap on Menu – Settings
Tap on Menu – Settings
Tap on Menu – Settings

To log out from Instagram, you must go to your profile and tap on Menu.

It’s the three-dash icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

Once you tap on the icon, a new menu will open at the bottom of the screen.

  • Tap on “Settings”

In the new menu, you need to select “Settings.” That’s where you can log out from your account.

Once you open the settings, scroll down until you reach the bottom.

Tap on “Settings”
Tap on “Settings”

Once you get to the Settings, you’ll see several options. This is where you can customize your experience on Instagram.

Scroll down to the bottom until you see two blue buttons – “Add account” and “Log out.”

Tap on “Log out” to log out from your Instagram account.

Now that you’ve logged out from your Instagram account, it’s time to clear the cache files.

  • Clear the Instagram cache

To clear the Instagram cache, you need to go to the App Info page of the Instagram app.

A simple way to get there is to hold-tap on the Instagram app on your device.

Clear the Instagram cache
Clear the Instagram cache

When you hold-tap on your Instagram app, a menu should appear with several options.

Look for the “gear” icon. That’s the icon for the Settings. Tap on that to open the Instagram settings.

Settings
Settings

Once you open the Instagram settings, you should see three options – “App info,” “Change icon,” and “Uninstall.”

This shortcut menu lets you quickly uninstall the app if you want to.

But you can also change the app icon and go to the App info page.

Tap on “App info.” This will take you to another Settings page for the Instagram app.

App info
App info

Once you get to the “App info” page, look at the bottom for three icons – “Force stop,” “Uninstall,” and “Clear data.”

Tap “Clear data” and select “Clear cache” from the menu.

Clear cache
Clear cache

Select “Clear cache” in the new menu to finalize the process.

This will delete all the cache files from Instagram. This means you’ll need to log back into the app.

But you already logged out during the previous step, so this won’t affect you.

Now, you need to relog into Instagram and see if the “Try Again Later” error appears.

If it doesn’t, then you can stop reading the guide. You’ve solved your problem!

But if the error keeps appearing, you must try another solution. Keep reading!

Solution Two – Change Your Password

Another solution to eliminate the “Try Again Later” error is changing your Instagram password.

Many users report that doing this has solved their problem. It should work for you too.

We recommend changing your password from within Instagram instead of using the “Forgot your password?” function.

To change your password on Instagram, go to your profile, open the menu, see Settings, and then select “Security.”

Security
Security

In the “Settings” tab, you’ll see several menus, including “Notifications,” “Privacy,” “Security,” “Ads,” and more.

To change your password, select “Security.” This will open another window.

Password
Password

In this new window, you’ll have fewer options like “Password,” “Login activity,” “Saved login info,” and more.

You only care about the “Password” option. Tap on it to open the Password Settings.

Once you’re there, Instagram will let you change your old password.

Change password
Change password

In the first field, enter your current Instagram password.

In the second and third fields, enter your new password. Make sure the new password is the same in both areas.

After you’re done, tap on the blue checkmark icon in the top-right corner.

It’s done; you’ve changed your password. Now see if you get the “Try Again Later” error anymore.

If the error still appears, move on to other solutions!

Solution Three – Delete the Links in Your Bio

Did you know that Instagram action blocks you if you enter prohibited links in your bio?

Some links are not allowed on Instagram, such as Linktree or AllMyLinks. Links coming from a known bot engine will be blocked.

And the “Try Again Later” error pops up to action-block you for placing those prohibited links in your bio.

To remove the link in your bio, go to your profile, tap on “Edit Profile,” and then remove the website link from your Bio and Website fields.

Delete the Links in Your Bio
Delete the Links in Your Bio

After you remove the links from the “Website” and “Bio” fields, tap on the blue checkmark icon in the top-right corner.

After you remove the links, try restarting Instagram and see if the error appears again.

Most users would have gotten rid of the “Try Again Later” error.

The final solution should do the trick if it doesn’t work for you.

Solution Four – Wait

Sometimes, the best solution is to wait for the problem to disappear by itself.

In this case, many users report that the “Try Again Later” error disappears in 24-48 hours.

Action blocks are never permanent; this error is just an action block. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other large social media platforms have them.

This isn’t your regular type of action block, though. The error doesn’t show a time and date when it will expire.

In truth, this error has varying durations depending on the user. For some, it disappears in a few hours, while others have to wait 3-5 days to get rid of it.

However, if none of the solutions on this list works, there’s nothing you can do but wait.

Conclusion

The “Try again later” error appears for various reasons, but they’re all violations of Instagram’s user guidelines.

All are minor violations, so Instagram doesn’t take more severe measures against you.

But it’s annoying that you can’t use Instagram.

To eliminate this error, you can try logging out of Instagram, clearing the cache, and relogging.

This will wipe all of the memory files on Instagram, including anything related to your violation of the guidelines.

Another solution is changing your Instagram password. The principle is the same – Instagram will “forget” what you did, so the error also disappears.

You can also try deleting the website links in your bio. If the links are prohibited on Instagram, they could be the reason why you get the error.

Lastly, if nothing else works, wait for the error to disappear by itself. It can take anywhere from a few hours to 5 days.

Why does the “Try Again Later” error appear on Instagram?

The error says, “Try again later. We limit how often you can do certain things on Instagram, like unfollowing people, to protect our community. Tell us if you think we made a mistake.”There’s a “Tell us” button you can tap, but it won’t help you much.

Judging the error itself, a cause of this error becomes evident – doing things too often/too quickly.

If you perform certain actions too quickly, like liking, commenting, following, or unfollowing, Instagram will action-block you.

There are multiple action blocks on Instagram, and the “Try Again Later” error is one of them.

Alternatively, Instagram could be blocking you because you’re using a bot or automated software to gain followers or comment on posts.

This type of automated software goes against the Instagram community guidelines.

If the algorithm detects it on your device, it’ll action-block you and send the “Try Again Later” error your way.

But sometimes, the algorithm makes mistakes. It thinks you’ve violated the guidelines when, in fact, you didn’t.

You can only follow this guide and eliminate the error one way or another.

How can I avoid getting the “Try again later” error?

Slow down your actions on Instagram. Don’t comment on 10 different posts in 1 minute, and don’t like 30 pictures in 40 seconds.

This type of behavior is suspicious because it’s unnatural. 

The Instagram algorithm analyzes user behavior based on certain patterns. It expects you to take more time when doing things.

To like a picture, you first need to see it, understand it, and realize you appreciate it.

This takes time, certainly more than a second.

Bots do these actions very fast because they’re programmed to do that.
If you act like a bot, the Instagram algorithm will flag you for bot behavior and punish 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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