[Update: White screen too] Instagram stuck on black screen for many Android users (potential workaround inside)

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on July 22, 2022) follows:

Owned by Meta, Instagram is one of the world’s most popular photo and video sharing platforms. With a userbase of 1.4 billion people, it also happens to be the fourth largest social media network.

In 2019, Instagram witnessed a surge in influencer marketing and recorded an impressive growth of somewhere around 48%. But despite its popularity, bugs and issues trouble users every once in a while.


In the last few weeks, several users have faced problems like DMs not working, down or stuck at delivering and Explore page resetting or showing nature images.

Adding to the long list of issues, Android users are reporting that they are stuck on a black screen when trying to open Instagram (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10).

Some tried restarting their phone, clearing data and cache, and reinstalling the app but nothing seems to help.


So basically im not sure what to do i have a galaxy s9+ and my Instagram isn’t working I logged out and for whatever reason my screen is now stained with like a keyboard and a little bar that appears on the top they aren’t intractable but they are just lightly there I’ve restarted my phone multiple times and they won’t go away and when I try to open Instagram a black or white screen appears depending on if my phone is in light or dark mode

Hey guys! Ever since instagram crashed a few days ago I’m unable to use instagram at all. When I try to start the app it just shows a black screen. I’ve tried everything I could find online. My phone is fully updated. I’m using a Samsung galaxy A70 if it matters. Everyone else is able to use instagram normally again. Do you guys know any solutions or is anyone else having the same issue? Thanks in advance!

While Instagram developers are yet to officially comment on the black screen issue on Android devices, we happened to stumble across a potential workaround.

It requires users to install the Instagram app in Parallel Apps or Dual Apps if your smartphone has it and enable the toggle for the app.

I have found a fix and it is working for me and a lot others. Basically go to “Parallel Apps” or “Dual Apps” setting in your phone and enable the dual app toggle for instagram. Once the copy is created, just open it and it should work

Let us hope Instagram developers take a look at user reports and fix the problem with an update as soon as possible.

Rest assured, we will be updating this article when the fix is out so keep checking this space for more information.

Update 1 (August 9, 2022)

10:55 am (IST): It seems that many Instagram users are reporting that they are getting stuck on a white screen as well. This depends on the app’s theme (dark or light).

So if the app is set to dark, you may get stuck with a black screen and vice-versa. Instagram is yet to fix the problem since reports about it are still popping up on Twitter.

@instagram since last night my Instagram app is not working and it’s showing white screen. I have tried all things uninstall reinstall but still issues haven’t solved.plz.solve this bugs. (Source)

I am unable to login with my Instagram accounts. It gives me a blank white screen instead of the login page. (Source)

Update 2 (August 15, 2022)

06:12 pm (IST): A new Instagram beta is now available and users can sideload the APK and see if the issue with black screen has been resolved.

Update 3 (August 18, 2022)

05:19 pm (IST): Instagram app has received a new update on Android with v248. Those affected can install it and see if the issue with white or black screen gets resolved.

Update 4 (August 30, 2022)

01:48 pm (IST): According to some of those affected, the issue where users are getting black or white screen on Instagram has been resolved.

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Anurag Chawake

My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.