Problems working with Instagram



  • Hi

    I am  having a similar problem to others.  I pre schedule a post for Instagram and no longer get any notification on my mobile device when it is time to be published.

    When I check in Notifications on my Hootsuite mobile app its shows the post that was supposed to be posted, though I never got the notification. 

    Publish to Instagram is turned on in Notification Settings. 

    I have logged out and back in. 

    I have cleared the cache.

    When I enter the Hootsuite dashboard on my desktop computer and look at past scheduled the post is there, though I never got the notification. 

    Please advise

    Kind regards
  • Hi @Kevskoot

    Thank you for reaching out to us today! My name is Kritika from Hootsuite support team and I will be happy to assist you!

    In order to ensure there is a proper connection between Hootsuite and your Instagram account, can you please follow the troubleshooting steps below:

    1. Revoke the Hootsuite access to Instagram, using these steps.

    2. Reconnect Instagram, following the steps listed here.

    These steps will help refresh the connection between your Instagram account and Hootsuite Dashboard and would also eliminate any localized API changes causing the problem.

    To troubleshoot the Instagram push notifications issue further, I would recommend following in this exact order, the below steps to re-sync the Notifications: 

    1) Turn off Notifications for the Instagram account in the Hootsuite App:

    iOS -

    Android -

    2) Clear Message Memory/Reset App Data

    iOS -

    Android -

    3) Sign out of the Hootsuite App and Sign back in

    4) Please turn the Notifications back on for the Instagram account

    5) Schedule a test post, and check in the app for the notification, by clicking on the bell icon.

    Please feel free to reach out if the issue persists and we will be happy to further assist you with this.

    Kind Regards,

    Kritika | Customer Advocate

  • Hi there, 

    We saw that some people had exactly the same problems, however our Instagram post is successfully sent to the device (iPhone 5s & 4s), but it cannot be published. We had issues with videos only, but not pictures. On some days we could post once a day, sometimes twice, but the third time we never could.

    First time it occurred on Thursday. Now it is starting to cause a lot of problems as we need to send videos manually via email and post it that way as well, and that takes a lot of time. We have the latest app installed along with the latest iOS release. We tried the above procedure, and did a test post, but it failed. Please check out the screenshot attached. 

    We are using Hootsuite to post on other social media as well, but the only problem is with videos on Instagram. Everything else seems to work fine. 

  • Hi @OrganikSoft

    Thanks for reaching out to us via the forum. Christy here, happy to help. 

    I am sorry about the issue you are experiencing. I have created a support ticket and replied to you via email. You will continue to receive updates concerning this issue as information becomes available. 

    Thanks so much, 

  • Hi @Christy_C I am having the same issue -- I get the notification on my device but the video itself never sends or loads on my phone. This is new as of this week. Is there an issue? 

  • Hey @managementartists

    Curtis here from our nest in Vancouver, BC! 

    I have created a support ticket for you, and I will be in touch through email shortly to help you with this topic!

    Thank you for your patience,
  • I am having the same problem, please help!
  • Hello @mjtrotta2002!

    Thanks for reaching out over the Forum!

    Are you not receiving notifications anymore, or are you having issues with your videos loading in the app?

    If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask, and I look forward to your reply.

    Kind Regards,

    Richard | Customer Advocate
  • Hello,

    I see the same problem again with publishing video. I get the notification, but video it's not downloading.

    Posting with photos is ok. There is a problem only with video.

    I will be grateful, if you can help with that. 

    Best regards
  • Hi @eagle

    Thank you for reaching out! Camille here, happy to assist. 

    I've gone ahead and opened a support ticket so that we can review your account in details. You will hear from me shortly over email, and I look forward to speaking with you. 

    Kind regards, 

    Camille B | Customer Advocate
    Camille B | Customer Advocate |
  • Hi there,

    We are having the same issues as the other users on this thread, however we have been scheduling from the website and still experiencing the same issues.

    I am the sole person responsible for social media in our company so set up 3 posts to IG over the week I was on holiday. None of them have appeared on our instagram, despite the calendar on our Hootsuite stating otherwise. This has been an ongoing problem for months, to the point that we are considering switching to Buffer. 


  • Hello @NewGenIC

    Thank you for reaching out to us in this Forum. This is Jonathan from the Support Team, happy to assist :)

    Our integration with Instagram works a bit differently. Instagram requires all posts to be sent from their app, so when it's time for the post to go out, you'll see a notification on your Hootsuite mobile app. From that notification, you can take the photo and message to the Instagram app, where you can post it. In other words, you need a mobile device with both Instagram and Hootsuite apps installed or it will be impossible to successfully send a post.

    • Please watch this short video to see what the process looks like, I found it quite helpful: 
    • If you want to make sure that notifications are properly enabled, please take a look at our FAQ article right here:

    Could you please make sure you have properly set it up? Please let me know if you need further assistance, I'll be more than happy to help.

  • I'm having issue posting to Instagram from Hootsuite. I've been scheduling the posts through my computer (along with the other streams) and then complete the post through my phone. Sometimes I get a notification, but more often I need to rely on myself to remember to go in and post manually.
    Today when I tried, I got a new error message. When I go into notifications, it says I have 17 notifications but no internet connection. When I check the streams, I see recent posts. I turned off push notifications, logged out of hootsuite, restarted my phone, turned off and on my wifi and logged back in again. No change. 
  • Hello @Shaila,

    Thanks for reaching out on the Community Forum! 

    I've created a ticket for you so that we can connect with you further via email to investigate this issue further. Please stay tuned to your inbox where we'll be reaching out for further information!

  • The "no internet connection" bug has been around for at least three years. It has rendered Hootsuite useless when it comes to Instagram. I see all these posts by Hootsuite staff claiming "further investigation" is underway, but is it now repaired or is there any intention to fix this bug?
  • Hi there, 
    I am getting notifications to post to Insta via Hootsuite app just fine but the app is defaulting to post to Insta Story instead of Instagram Profile, How do I reset so that I am given both options again?
  • Hi there,

    Obviously the new ability to post to Business accounts is up (and working!) and I've used it successfully with multiple posts! All of a sudden, however, I keep getting a red error message that says images must be within a 4:5 - 1.91:1 Aspect Ratio (never had this before). Particularly odd as I've been cropping to 4:5 in photoshop and posted several at this crop before... Bug? Fix!
  • Hello @Leebo,

    Thanks for reaching out on the Community Forum! 

    I'd like to provide more details regarding an issue where using the Creative Cloud feature in the New Compose message box to resize an image to the 4:5 Aspect Ratio for Instagram posting was giving an error.

    We've contacted Creative Cloud about this, and as it turns out, there is an issue on their end where that particular ratio is just a bit smaller than 4:5, which is causing the error. Unfortunately, because this is handled by a third-party, we're unable to make any changes. We have logged a bug with Creative Cloud, but we cannot guarantee whether this will be resolved in the future on their end.

    Because this issue is on the Creative Cloud side, as a workaround, we recommend cropping images to the 1:1 Aspect Ratio. We can guarantee that this ratio will be compatible with Instagram posts.
  • edited February 14

    I don't we should be the one to adjust. Its not the Creative Cloud because i resized it with different applications i.e. Photoshop, Lightroom, and even Capture One. I still have the same error. Also, I want to post it with the resolution 4:5, why would you solve the problem with saying post it with 1:1 ratio instead? Thats not the solution. That is like telling us to post an orange even if we want to post an apple.
  • Hello @Kyou,

    Thanks for reaching out on the Community Forum! 

    Could you please let me know if you are using the new Composer BETA to create/schedule your posts for Instagram? The reason why I ask is that you can preview your post.

    Please note that for a width of 750 px you should have a height of 937.5 px to achieve an aspect ratio of 4:5. Alternatively, for a height of 1000 px you should have a width of 800 px to achieve the same aspect ratio.
  • The px information should be communicated to the HootSuite application. Users will not know how to format their photos if you just tell them 4:5. 
  • Hello @Have_Questions,

    Thanks for reaching out on the Community Forum! 

    You can edit the image ratio if you create the post in Composer BETA (under the green button in the top right side of your dashboard) and then Edit with Creative Cloud > Crop and set it up with the aspect ratios between 1.91:1 and 4:5
  • Hi there, 
    The app is defaulting to post to Insta Story instead of Instagram Profile, How do I reset so that I am given both options again?
  • amelielifestore,

    Thanks for reaching out on the Community Forum! 

    When tapping on the notification to post to Instagram, it will open the IG app to post to it. However, it should ask you if you want to post normally or as Instastory. 
  • Having Hootsuite for business atm is pointless as I cannot use it for instagram posts although I have followed the correct instructions. 

    if you cannot see the screenshot all that happens is the app copies all the info which is fine and when i click open in instagram it takes ages to open then i get this error message over and over again...

    couldnt download image
    a large image or a poor network connection would affect image download tap to retry- 

    as in Hootsuit is pointless if i cannot post through instagram so not worth having it? Can someone help ASAP

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