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Instagram crashes after login on iOS 9

Every time Apple releases and update, there invariably will be a problem or two. That seems to be life. To their credit, they release updates to their updates relatively quickly. But even then, it seems as though little annoyances crop up that may not affect the entire iOS-using population.

We think we’ve discovered one of those problems. Instagram crashes after login in iOS9 and versions that follow. It’s not all accounts, but it’s some. In fact, of the five accounts I’ve tested, only one has this issue. And it is related to iOS only. We tested our Android and we were able to log in with no issue.

Instagram crashes after login – but WHY!?

We don’t know why, but we suspect it’s in the nuance of the new 9.1 update and Instagram’s mobile app. But there is a workaround as discovered by some pretty savvy Reddit users. First to the issue (H/T to DFIH)

Hi everyone – Something really odd started to happen with my Instagram app today (iPhone 6 iOS9). I logged out from my personal account to post from my company’s, and everything worked fine. When I then tried to log into my personal account again, the app crashes. It works fine when I log into the company account, but as soon as I try my personal account I get about 1 second of the post feed before it just shuts down. My personal account is however accessible from third party services that allow me to browse. I recently installed Flow for Instagram but uninstalled it, and I could log in after installing the app and after removing it as well. I have of course removed and reinstalled the app, as well as restarted my phone without any success. Does anyone have any idea of how to solve this? Thankful for any help.

Does this issue sound familiar?

A dirty little workaround that may restore some sanity

Thanks to a user named Clacka, they discovered a weird workaround that worked for dozens of Reddit users in the thread.


 Update:  I logged on and before it crashes I immediately hit the DM button on top right and it worked!! I’m back on.

Reddit users rejoiced after trying this little Jedi mind trick. However, we tried it and nothing. Nuggets. Nada.

So we will continue to scour the interwebs for a cause and solution to this maddening issue. In the meantime, give the DM box push a try and let us know if that helps you. If not, check back with us soon and we’ll hopefully have rolled out a permanent fix.

Leave your comments and/or Jedi tricks in the comments.

Josh Benson

Josh Benson

Josh is the Editor of and supreme geek to boot. He spends much of his time learning new software, coding languages, gadgets and more. He loves helping people figure out tech problems - big or small. Josh is a former television news anchor and tech reporter. He spends his days developing websites and producing videos.

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