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Troubleshoot Instagram Video Can’t Be Posted (Detailed Guide)

Nothing is more annoying than when you go to post the perfect reel on Instagram and get the message “video can’t be posted”. This can be annoying and confusing, especially if you typically don’t have problems uploading videos. So, why does Instagram say, “video can’t be posted” and how do you fix it?

“Video can’t be posted” can appear if the video exceeds the 90-second time limit for reels or the 60-second time limit for stories. This can also happen if you post a prerecorded video in UHD that Instagram struggles to process. Edit the video, change its quality, restart your phone, and update the app if Instagram won’t let you post a video.

You must also make sure the video and the hashtags you use don’t violate any of Instagram’s community guidelines. Follow along as we explore what “video can’t be posted” means on Instagram and see what you can do to fix the problem.

How Do You Get Rid of “Video Can’t Be Posted” on Instagram?

Edit Your Video

If you see the message “video can’t be posted”, it may be because of the length of the reel or story. Instagram has recently changed the time limits for reels and stories, but you cannot post videos if you exceed the length. For example, the time limit for stories recently went from 15 seconds to 60 seconds.

You can now post reels that are as long as 90 seconds when you record them within the app. Instagram also lets you upload 15-minute video reels if you record them outside of the app. If your video is too long, you must edit it to shorten the length so Instagram will let you post it.

Change the Video Quality

Video quality affects everything from how well other users will react to the video to how long it takes to upload it. For example, a UHD (Ultra High Definition) video takes longer for Instagram to process and upload than a traditional reel. Because of that, Instagram may struggle to upload a UHD video, especially if you record it on another device and import it to the app.

If you keep getting the “video can’t be posted” message, you may simply need to change the video quality. This can be frustrating, but it’s worthwhile if you cannot upload the video any other way. In some cases, you may simply need to wait longer than usual for the video to upload.

Connect to Wi-Fi

If you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi, you will struggle to upload a video to Instagram. Even with cellular data, it can take a long time for Instagram to process your reel or story post. This is especially true if you’re in an area with weak cellular service. Simply wait to post your video on Instagram until you can connect to a strong Wi-Fi network.

Log Back In

Sometimes, all it takes is a simple solution to fix common Instagram error messages like “video can’t be posted”. If you’re connected to Wi-Fi and know there is no problem with the video’s length, you may simply need to sign out of Instagram. Log out, sign back in, and try to upload the video again. If the message still appears, you must keep troubleshooting.

Update Instagram

If you suddenly can’t post videos on Instagram, it may simply be because you have an outdated version of the app. Instagram releases updates often, and they should install automatically if you have an iPhone. However, updates fail to install if you don’t have enough storage space on your phone or computer.

Check your phone’s storage to make sure there is enough space for an update to install. Once you install the update, try to post the video on Instagram again.

Reinstall the App

Whether it be Instagram, Facebook, or Netflix, you can fix many performance issues if you delete the app. Apps hold plenty of data, and that data can eventually become too much for the app to handle. This data can also become corrupted, and the cache needs to be cleared.

The easiest way to clear the cache on Instagram is to simply delete the app and reinstall it. You won’t lose any of your Instagram posts or messages on chat, but you will clear the cache. Log back in after you reinstall the app and see if you still see the “video can’t be posted” message.

Restart Your Phone

As simple as it may sound, you may just need to restart your phone if a video can’t be posted on Instagram. Your phone works hard all day to process phone calls, text messages, apps, and background activity. This can cause it to become overworked, overheated, and prone to glitches.

Restart your phone once per week and as needed when you encounter error messages on Instagram.

Update Your Phone

Much like the Instagram app, your phone cannot work well if it is outdated. Ideally, you should install updates on your phone when they first become available. Instagram struggles to work well if your phone is outdated.

This is especially true if new Instagram updates have come out since your phone’s latest update was released. Close all background apps, charge your phone, and update it. If your phone is too old and incompatible with the new update, it’s worthwhile to get a new one.

Avoid Third-Party Apps

Instagram is understandably cautious when it comes to third-party apps. Third-party apps often lead users to outside websites that feature malware or are associated with suspicious behavior. Even if the app isn’t fraudulent, it may violate Instagram’s community guidelines.

Because of that, Instagram can restrict your access to the app. This may cause them to flag your account, and you won’t be able to post videos and stories in some cases.

Follow Community Guidelines

Instagram takes its community guidelines seriously. They monitor everything from your comments and direct messages to captions and the content of the videos you post. You cannot post a video on Instagram if violates the community guidelines, and you may see the message “video can’t be posted”.

This can also happen if you use inappropriate hashtags that violate community guidelines. Even if Instagram lets you post a video that goes against community guidelines, they will likely take it down quickly.

Stick to the Daily Limit

Have you been posting videos on Instagram all day and suddenly see a message that says “video can’t be posted”? If so, then it’s likely because you exceed the daily limit for posting videos on Instagram. Instagram only lets you post 100 videos to your story each day, so make sure you don’t exceed the limit if you want to upload an important video.

Clear Space on Your Device

Each of the apps on your phone, tablet, or PC will struggle to perform if your device is nearly out of storage space. For example, an iPhone typically needs at least 2 GB of free space to perform well. Androids need at least 200 MB of free space for peak performance, and a PC needs to be up to 20% empty.

Use Another Device

If all else fails, you may want to see if you can upload the video from another device. This will only work if you are trying to upload a prerecorded video to Instagram. Sign in on another phone, tablet, or PC and try to upload the video. If it works, then that’s a sign that you must clear the cache on your phone, update it, or replace it altogether.

How to Delete the “Video Can’t Be Posted” Message

Many Instagram users get frustrated when they seemingly can’t delete the “video can’t be posted” message. This Reddit post is a great example of how your app’s orientation can lead to confusion. Instagram lets users switch between dark and light modes.

Dark mode is more pleasant when you scroll through Instagram because it’s not so bright. However, you may miss subtle things on the screen. For example, an “X” appears when the “video can’t be posted” message pops up. It’s easier to see this “X” if your phone is in light mode.

Simply tap the “X” to get rid of the message. This won’t solve the problem of why you can’t post the video, however.

So, Why Can’t I Post an Instagram Reel?

You can’t post an Instagram reel if it’s longer than 90 seconds when you record it with the app or over 15 minutes if it’s prerecorded. Instagram stories won’t post if they are longer than a minute. Update your phone, update the app, reinstall it, or delete third-party apps if you cannot post videos and stories on Instagram.