Does Instagram app randomly freeze after recent Android update?

Hey there! Are you an Instagrammer with an Android phone? Is the app randomly freezing or crashing on your unit? Well, if it is, then find solace in the fact you ain’t the only one troubled. Reports about Instagram freezing are proliferating across multiple online discussion platforms.

At first it appeared that the latest Android app update (pushed out just yesterday) is to be blamed, as reports blew up afterwards. But after digging deep, it looks like that since last couple of updates the app reportedly keeps freezing for many Android users.

Some of those affected routed to micro-blogging site Twitter to bring the problem behaviour to light:

https://twitter.com/aLin4490/status/1034592766171521024
https://twitter.com/garrisonbeats/status/1034462120967110658
https://twitter.com/icanndrawstuff/status/1034293641802600448

A big chunk of complaints can be seen posted across the Review section of the app’s Play Store listing. For a quick glance, here’s a selection of the lately posted ones:

I’ve never had this problem before but now as soon as i login, the app immediately freezes. I’ve tried reinstalling the app several times but with no good. Its very annoying. Fix this soon

I downloaded the new version just now, but it freezes and doesn’t respond.

Freeze with latest android update. The apparently doesn’t work ay all …turned black!

Not working since last update keeps freezing soon as I open the app on Samsung S9+

Instagram is not fixing certain problems although receiving loads of complaints. I have constant troubles with insta story posting videos and gifs etc. so that the app freezes and I have to re-install.

The last two updates are really horrible! The app freezes and i have to force close it.

Similar reports can be seen across the online discussion forum Reddit as well.

https://www.reddit.com/r/GooglePixel/comments/9b2ci8/pixel_2xl_pie_has_instagram_been_freezing_for/
https://www.reddit.com/r/samsung/comments/9arys0/does_anyone_else_with_an_s8_consistently_run_in/

Though, we aren’t sure whether the latest Instagram update or the one pushed before that is at fault, as far as we can see, complaints are proliferating at least after the newest one.

As for an official confirmation, we haven’t come across any word from the company at least on the platforms where users are complaining. We hope the company clears the air on the matter soon, and comes up with a solution to fix up the random freezing issue on Android devices (if the issue lies at their end).

BTW, are you encountering any such issue on your Android Phone? Drop us a comment and let us know.

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