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When you tap the Home tab, you'll see your Feed where can view all of the photos you or the people you follow post. You can interact with these photos by liking or commenting on them.

Feed Basics
Apple iOS

Tap the status bar at the top of your screen (where the time and battery level are displayed), or double tap the Home tab to automatically scroll to the top of your News.

Android

Tap the blue Instagram bar at the top of the app, or double tap the Home tab to automatically scroll to the top of your News.

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If you're having difficultly loading mobile web pages, then it's most likely an internet connectivity issue. If you can load mobile web pages, please test to see if you're having issues with Instagram on both 3G and WiFi.

Please note:

  • You may not be able to load photos in areas with weak signal. Also, some mobile carriers rate limit users after they use a certain amount of data in a month, which often results in a "couldn't refresh feed" error. It's common for users to have more difficulty viewing photos towards the end of the month as a result of rate limiting or data throttling.
  • When there are large groups of people at an event attempting to utilize a network at the same time, like at a concert, festival or baseball game, there can be intermittent connectivity issues. It may appear as if you are connected to the network and have strong cellular signal even though connection is weak. This should resolve itself once you're no longer at the event.
  • If you keep getting these errors over time, please try these troubleshooting steps.
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When you block or unfollow someone, you'll stop seeing their photos in your Feed from that moment forward. If you're only following a small number of people, you may see an unfollowed or blocked person's old photos in your feed until more new photos from people you follow are shared.

If you want to remove unwanted photos from your Feed right away, we'd suggest finding new people to follow in order to push those photos out.

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There aren't any photos in my Feed!

If there aren't any photos in your Feed when you tap the Home tab and it looks like the image above, it's possible that you either aren't following anyone on Instagram or the people you're currently following haven't uploaded any new posts since you last checked.

Your Feed shows only the most recent photos uploaded by you and the people you follow, while your profile shows all the photos you've taken on Instagram. To view all your own photos, tap the on iPhone or on Android in the bottom-right corner to get to your profile.

I only see a limited number of photos in my Feed.

The reason you may see a limited number of photos in your Feed is because it shows recent photos shared by people you follow. Some of the photos you may have seen in Feed when you first signed up for Instagram are no longer shown here because they're older and have been replaced by new photos.

If you'd like to view all of someone's photos you can go to their profile by tapping their username.

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Liking Photos on Instagram

A "like" is a way to give positive feedback or connect with things and people you care about on Instagram. You can like the photos that other Instagrammers post to let them know you like what they've shared.

If you’ve accidentally double tapped to like or unintentionally hit ❤ on your own post, you can remove the like by tapping the ❤ button again.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Very soon after you remove a like, the like alert will disappear from the other people's News.
  • If you've accidentally liked a photo and then unliked it, person who posted it will still get a push notification if they have notifications turned on.
  • If you like, unlike and then re-like a photo, the person who posted will only receive one News alert for the latest like and one push notification for the initial like if they have push notifications turned on.
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For Apple iOS, double tapping a post to like it and clicking a hashtag/username are only supported for phones running iOS 4.0 or later. For Android, these features are supported on all phones.

You can search by hashtag or username by tapping Explore > Search users and hashtags.

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If you've liked a photo and untapped the "like" button, but the heart icon stays red, it's likely that you're seeing a cached version of the red "liked" heart. We cache certain images and text to make the app run faster, and occasionally this happens with the "like" icon.

Though it still looks like you've liked a photo, other people can't see the like. You can see if the like is still in our system by going to your Account Settings and tapping Posts You've Liked.

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