Sharing page links with others via DMs or adding them to our stories is an Instagram feature that we particularly like. But have you ever tried to open that link and instead got the ‘This page or content isn’t available right now’ error on Instagram? If yes, this guide is for you.
A major reason for getting the ‘This page or content isn’t available right now’ error on Instagram is that the page link is incorrect. This can happen if you’re manually typing the link URL.
Additionally, if the user who posted the link is not available, it will also make the link unavailable. This is also the case if Instagram is experiencing server outages or the link’s owner has blocked you. Here’re 8 ways to fix this issue.
1. Double-Check the Link
Some users prefer to just manually type the link instead of going through the whole process of copying the text from the Instagram post. However, this gives way to mistakes in the link address.
To ensure this is not the case, double-check the link and see to it that the spelling is correct. Then, try opening the link again. If you still get the “Sorry this page isn’t available right now” error, move on to the next fix.
2. Check if Instagram Is Down
If you frequently see the ‘Content unavailable’ error on Instagram, despite the correct link address, it might be because Instagram is down. If Instagram’s servers aren’t working as expected, they will prevent normal Instagram functions, like opening links, from working properly.
To check this, go to Down Detector’s Instagram status page and see if any recent outage reports are visible. If there are, wait a while before trying again. Additionally, watch the outage map to see if the issue has been resolved.
3. Search the Page While Logged Off
While it is advised to log in to your Instagram account to access all the features, you can still access certain pages on Instagram without logging in. So, to check if the link is working, open your web browser and copy-paste the link into the address bar. Then, see if the page opens. Here’s how.
Note: Ensure you log out of your Instagram account before proceeding. Or, you can use your browser in Incognito.
Step 1: Open your web browser.
Step 2: In the search bar, paste the relevant link. You can also manually type the link.
Step 3: Then, press enter to open the page.
Now, wait for the page to load. If Instagram still shows an error message, continue to the next fix.
4. Check Your Internet Connection
Your internet is highly crucial to the functioning of apps like Instagram. So, if you have been having issues like slow speeds or frequent disconnections, it might cause Instagram to error out. And while disconnections are visible in your phone’s menu bar, you can check your internet speeds separately by running a speed test or playing a video on YouTube.
If the speeds are lower than expected or the video keeps stuttering, either switch to Wi-Fi or, if already connected, move closer to your router and check again. Once your internet works as expected, open Instagram again and see if you can access the page or link.
5. Check if the User Is Active
If you’re viewing a link from a specific user, they need to be available on Instagram for it to work. So, if you still see the “This Page or Content Isn’t Available Right Now” for specific Instagram links, check whether the user has deactivated the account. Here’s how.
Step 1: Open Instagram and tap on the Search icon in the bottom tab.
Step 2: In the search bar, type the name or username of the relevant user.
Step 3: Once the user appears in the search results, tap on their name to open their profile page.
However, if the user does not appear in the search results, there’s a good chance they’re currently unavailable or have deleted their Instagram profile. In this case, the content or page from the user will no longer be visible. However, it can also be that you’ve been blocked and hence, can’t access their content.
6. Confirm You’re Not Blocked
Like every other social media platform, you can block someone on Instagram. This means that if someone has blocked you on Instagram, you can no longer view any of their posts or stories.
This will not work even if you have the link to the relevant post. You can check our explainer on how to know if someone blocked you on Instagram.
However, if you’re confident that they haven’t blocked you, recheck the post after 1 week to see if you can access it. This is because the user may likely be shadow banned on Instagram.
7. Force Close and Restart Instagram
By force closing any app, you stop all app functions in the background. Then, once the app reopens, they restart again. This can help fix any temporary issue or bug for most apps. So, follow the below steps to restart Instagram.
Step 1: Depending on your device, double-press the home button or swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
Step 2: Once the Instagram app is visible, hold and swipe up to clear the app from your screen.
Then, tap on the Instagram app icon to reopen the app. Now, check and see if you can access the relevant page.
Step 1: Tap on the Recent icon to open background apps.
Step 2: Hold and swipe up the Instagram app.
Now, open the Instagram app again by tapping on the app icon. Open the page or post and see if you can access it. If not, continue to the following method.
8. Update the Instagram App
Updating to the latest version helps apps get the latest features, security, and bug updates. This also means that if your Instagram app is out of date, it might be causing issues like pages or links not opening.
To fix this, start by checking if any app updates are available. Then, once the update installs, open Instagram again, and see if the issue has been resolved.
FAQs on Instagram’s Content Unavailable Error
If the content you’re trying to access has copyrighted music or any other page element that might not be available in the country you’re currently connected to, it might cause the page to glitch. To ensure this does not happen, open your VPN app and tap on Disconnect. Then, reopen Instagram and see if the page is accessible.
Yes, you can always switch from a professional to a personal account on Instagram. This will give you access to certain extra features and might help solve the issue of pages or links not opening on Instagram. To know more, check our guide on Instagram Professional vs. Personal accounts.
Fix Errors on Instagram
We hope this article helped you fix the ‘This page or content isn’t available right now’ error on Instagram. Additionally, if you’ve been scrolling through your feed and seeing some stories repeating one too many times, check out our explainer on fixing the Instagram Stories that keep repeating.
Last updated on 08 August, 2023
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