What happened to MY MAIN FEED?
I really dislike the latest update that turns my main feed into basically an explore page once I’ve scrolled through the most recent posts. It’s confusing and upsetting. I want my main feed to only show me posts from the people I follow - mostly my friends and family. Especially during quarantine when I’m missing seeing those people in person, I want to see them on Instagram. I did not like that my main feed was previously not necessarily in chronological order and that I sometimes missed someone’s post bc the algorithm didn’t think I’d want to see it I guess? But I did want to see those posts and in chronological order. It’s also confusing because it made me think that I was following these random accounts for a few minutes. It’s already pretty easy to slip and accidentally follow an account that I did not intend on following. So I thought I had done that and followed many accounts on accident. I kept scrolling trying to get to my friends old posts but they weren’t there. Sometimes I open Instagram and I don’t really check my feed. When I do that from now on, are those posts going to be basically lost from my main feed forever? This feels invasive of my freedom of choice of content. I already don’t like how my explore feed shows such narrow topics. All I see are kardashians, text posts, diet/fitso and mukbang. Besides mukbang vids once in a while, none of those are what I’m interested in seeing. I’m slowly being turned off from Instagram.
This new update is terrible
Instagram has made it even harder for you to see posts from the people that you actually follow with this most recent update. I now only see about 10 - 12 photos from people I actually follow, before I get to the “you’ve been caught up” message & suggested posts start popping up. I follow 200+ people, 80% of whom update regularly, yet instagram is making it impossible to see them. I miss so much time sensitive information, including sales, events or donations, all because instagram has moved explore page posts to your home feed as well. And posts are being BURIED with this new update. Half the time the “new” posts on my timeline are 1-2 weeks old & the posts in my “older” tab are from the same day. As a creator myself, my engagement has dropped exponentially, as Instagram is making it increasingly difficult for my work, & the work of others, to be seen.
And that’s not to mention the horrific placement of the new reels tab, dead in the center of the app, with the new shop page directly right, kicking both the post button & the notifications tab to the top of the screen on the home page. As a small business, this is FRUSTRATING to say the least. It seems like instagram is hell bent on punishing the very people that keep their app alive. At the very least, give people the autonomy to organize their app tabs the way they want to & choose to have a chronological home feed or an algorithmic based one. Come on Instagram, lets do better.
I’ve used this app for about a year now and I haven’t had a problem with it through the year but now after like the new update that was given like a month ago I believe. I want to talk to my friends and video what I want to show them and then once the video finishes I have this green line on the right side of my screen and when I turn my camera around during the video it cuts off my sentence. Then I wanted to video something from my story after I updated the app not too long ago and during the video I turn my camera around and it still cuts of my sentence and it when I turn it back around to my face it glitches and squishes the video to the top left corner of my screen. I did not move my video to the top left that’s just how the glitch did it to my video for my story. Another thing is when people put something on their story and it just shows what they put of their story and so when I refresh my screen it shows they put another thing on their story so I click it again and it’s the same thing. Then it shows that it’s not on their story anymore but yet still shows that they have something new on the story and it’s the same thing. It happened 3 times and it bothers me.
Other than that the app works just fine I haven’t had problems worse than what I said. But I do suggest that u find a way to fix this problem if u can Instagram. Thank u for ur time
Use Less Data NOT WORKING
I normally wouldn’t be doing this, I need to say this right now. Instagram, you have a great app, a good look, etc. The one problem I have with you is that I can’t stop videos from playing automatically. The one feature you have when it comes to your website on a desktop or laptop, you don’t have it on your mobile versions; I’m disappointed. I try to go and stop this from happening when I use cellular instead of WiFi and it turns out that the video still plays automatically. Why? I lose more data when the video plays automatically let alone even loading the thumbnail of a video. The “Use Less Data” feature doesn’t work, at all. About a few versions ago or at least back in August or early September, the feature worked and I didn’t really need to be that concerned. But I can’t use a feature that won’t work. I have tried everything, turning on and off my phone, updated the app, and even deleted it and reinstalled it. I tried googling why it won’t work but there wasn’t any result that showed how to fix this stupid problem. I’m pretty sure there were other people that were experienced this because googling a topic and having shown something in the search bar as a top result shows that people have been googling a specific topic. But no result. So please can you fix this because this is a problem I’m not going to deal with anymore.
Hard To Navigate with the New Layout
first off i’d like to say that i’ve been using instagram since 2015. i’ve seen some changes over the course of these past few years that were very good for the overall use of the app, and some that just made navigating the app more difficult. the main reason why instagram has become so popular over the years was it’s simple layout that made it easy to access and interact with followers and discover people. but now, in 2020, likes and view counts are hidden, the feed isn’t in chronological order, the algorithm only allows you to see posts of only a handful of people you follow, and now the notifications have moved. if instagram wants to keep its users satisfied, then they need to go back to the classic look. keeping the classic layout with home, explore page, upload, notifications, and profile at the bottom makes the app easier to navigate. there is no reason why the shopping bag needs to be on the bottom bar because not everyone shops from instagram. there are a lot of scammers on the app! instead of changing the layout, instagram needs to fix the algorithm, put posts on the timeline back in chronological order, get rid of bot and spam accounts, and remove accounts/posts that don’t follow the community guidelines. now more than ever, there are many accounts that spread hate and misinformation! why was changing the layout a priority? fix it and bring likes and view counts back!
Recent bug issues and glitches
This is my favorite app ever, so I’m conflicted to write this review. But honestly, over the past few months, the number of software bugs and network glitches within the platform are ridiculous. Not only does the app tend to force close on random for no reason, the feeds are constantly saying no network connection when I am in fact online, there are inconsistencies within the features available for users to access (for example some people can access filters while others cannot), and as of recently all of my stories just don’t save into my highlight archive — so I can’t add anything I recently posted to my highlights. This is tough because I’m both a mom (so I want those memories of my child) but an entrepreneur so I run my business through my Instagram. Not being able to showcase my content on my page through story highlights is not only costing me precious memories but my business as well! I have reported this issue several times and have gotten zero resolutions. Normally I wouldn’t dock a rating of its stars due to an issue like this but seeing as two updates have been pushed since my content began disappearing is frustrating and the lack of communication from the support team at Instagram is short of disheartening. I’d be happy to update my review upon troubleshooting my account but until I get a response 3/5 is all I can give.
Submitting a problem in the app, no one ever answers
By sucky app claims
So basically I’ve never had a problem with instagram, i love the app but on occasions i get completely removed the option to share others posts to my instagram story. Ive seen others have the problem as well and as of right now I've been going on for 4 months now repeatedly reporting this error and still getting no response and no fix. There is no way for me to fix it by myself, I’ve gone threw all my settings, deleted the app and reinstalled, signed in and out but yet nothing works. Its a problem the developer or whoever controls fixing updates or bugs needs to look into because it is quite irritating that i am not given this option but some others aren’t. Ive noticed one my main account I'm not allowed the option to share posts to my story but yet on my art account i am given the ability to do so as well. Its quite interesting how they cut it off for only some accounts for on going months. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me either so ive had to sit for months on months with this problem only waiting for the right update to fix it. All im asking is to please fix this issue, i dont know any other way to reach out so this is my last time, I’m tired of reporting this issue through the app and getting no response whatsoever.
Instagram is a great app to use on your free time and to connect with other people. This is why I was really interested in using Instagram to try and help out my barber career. The one annoying issue I’m having is when it comes to trying to add an action button for booking. I have tried this with three different booking apps so far and with no luck. For example I am trying to add my square appointments app as a book option on my business account. The videos I have seen about how to do this, show that once you click on the app you use to schedule your clients, you need to enter in the URL that will link them to your booking page. I believe this is where the problem is. Instagram doesn’t give me an option to enter a URL. The order that Instagram sends me is ( connect website > please select business to connect > connect to Instagram > connection successful). Then when I refresh my page there is no action button. I have used three different booking apps in hopes that one of them would work and none of them do. I have the online booking option turned on within the app as well and it still doesn’t work. It’s extremely frustrating and to add onto it, I can’t find anywhere online to help me. There’s no way to contact Instagram, at least from what I have seen and it feels like it’s never going to work for me. This app could easily be a 5 star, but this one problem is really making it hard.
Inaccessible. Many problems.
I’ve got a couple Instagram accounts, and no two have the same features as the other. It’s incredibly confusing and annoying to switch between two accounts on the same app that don’t even have the same features. One might have a different, newer version of DM’s while another has been stuck with an old version and has never been updated.
For the past two months my main account has been action blocked almost every other week. Instagram has made me change my password 8 times within then as well. I rely on posting often to keep my audience and gain new followers (as well as to catch the eyes of potential customers, as I am an artist that makes money off of commissions) and I obviously can’t do this when Instagram blocks me from posting. I don’t share my account with anyone, I’ve never purchased followers, and I’ve never used any third party apps with Instagram. So it’s beyond me why they keep doing this.
Not to mention, the support is awful. If you have an issue or if you need help with something, you might as well forget it. The support team is incredibly unhelpful and has always been this way. I’ve seen accounts post highly illegal content that Instagram deems as safe for all ages! Even after reporting. Any legitimate problems I’ve tried to report have been met with silence.
The idea of Instagram is great. But the app itself is becoming worse and worse as time goes on.
I appreciate the quick responses and corrections for the issues I’ve had. Thank you. I’m very new to the business side of Insta, so I’m not very fluent in the algorithms and how they work. I don’t quite understand how to obtain followers. I don’t like that my profile seems to be categorized with other dog stores which is pointless, because other stores aren’t potential customers. My profile keeps getting tagged with inappropriate pictures, since my profile is linked to the website they upload there too. I’ve changed my settings to prevent that now but somehow they are still there in the background as if they are used to place my profile into a spam server or something, idk. It seems like posts don’t circulate unless you pay, especially on Facebook. Plus paying only gets you false likes, the analytics show down to the millisecond how much time was spent on the site, what page, what products etc. I feel like the clicks are computer generated and aren’t real potential customers. My profile lost 100 followers overnight it seems and now for every follower I get I lose the same number. Although I appreciate the followers I do have, it seems they are from countries in which I don’t sell products, so again pointless. How do I generate followers? How do I prevent the inappropriate tagging? How do I keep my profile from being spammed? What am I missing?