How to Fix Instagram Filters if they are not Working?

Instagram is a very famous and trending social media platform among the young generation, and new features are introduced in the app day by day to make it advance and keep it up-to-date. On Instagram, there is a wide variety of effects and filters by which we can edit our videos and photos. These filters create an amazing touch of entrainment, amusement, and excitement in our stories and creations.

Its existence, Instagram has always shown reliability as the best social media platform. There are more than a billion active Instagram users worldwide. Due to its high use, users sometimes face problems with the programming and the functioning of different features of Instagram. Nowadays, Instagram users face problems relating to its new and exciting filters.

Instagram Filters are not Working.

Some users complain that their Instagram filters are not working properly. It is frustrating for those who rely on filters for their work. It’s quite an anxious thing that one day you know that your filters are not working. Then all work becomes pauses.

Some people love these filters so much that they use them in each of their posts and don’t ever try to post anything without them. If you are also facing a problem on your device that your Instagram filters are not working, you don’t need to worry. We’ll sort out your problem.

In this article, we’ll discuss all the issues of Instagram filters and how to solve them.

Why are your Instagram Filters not Working?

There are many reasons why your Instagram filters are not working. We cannot surely tell you any one reason behind this problem as it may be caused due to a couple of problems.

Some of these reasons are mentioned below;

  • Outdated version of Instagram
  • Inadequate permissions
  •  Poor network connection
  • Unnecessary cache storage

Top 6 Solutions when your Instagram Filters are not Working

Top 6 Solutions when your Instagram Filters are not Working

The above-mentioned points are some of the potential reasons behind this problem. Now we’ll move on to the solutions and fixes for this error. These are all possible solutions to your problem, so you have to try them one by one to solve your issue. It’s you to check which fix works for your problem.

Here are the six best solutions when Instagram Filters are not working;

  1. Restart your Device
  2. Update the Instagram app
  3. Free up storage spaces
  4. Clear Cache
  5. Grant Location Permission
  6. Check your Internet connection

Let’s discuss each of these fixes in detail.

1. Restart your Device

Firstly, when your Instagram filters are not working, you should restart your mobile phone as it sorts many errors due to mobile usage problems. When you restart your mobile phone, the minor app bugs that effects and disturb the proper working of the filters and effects are deleted.

So, by restarting, many problems get fixed. Press and hold the power button for 3-4 sec. You will see a pop-up on your screen. Press on the “restart” option. After restarting, check if your problem is solved; if not, check the following solution.

2. Free up storage spaces

If updating the Instagram app does not work for you and you are still facing the same issue, then you must free up your device’s storage space. When your device storage is full, and due to storage problem, the app doesn’t work properly and cause many problems. 

For the flawless working of Instagram, it is required to free up your device storage. So, check and delete all the unnecessary files in your device and other useless apps and free up your space. After that, check if your filters and effects on Instagram are working properly.

3. Update the Instagram app

The other best thing to solve your problem is to install the updated version of Instagram because many problems are caused when you use an outdated version of your device. When you use the Instagram app, sometimes the filters and effects are not working simply due to the bugs in the app. In the updated version of Instagram, these bugs are resolved.

Here’s how to install the updated version of Instagram;

  • Open your device’s Play Store(Android) or App Store(iOS).
  • Search “Instagram” in the search bar.
  • There you’ll see an update option beside the Instagram app.
  • Click on Update.
  • When updated, restart your device and check if the issue is fixed.

4. Clear Cache

If your filters and effects of Instagram filters are not yet properly working, then clear the Instagram app’s cache from your Android device. Cache clearing is secure and safe and doesn’t affect any Instagram-saved content or any other data on your phone. 

Follow the following steps to clear your Instagram cache from your Android device;

  • Go to the settings of your device.
  • There you will see a list. Click on “Applications” or “apps.”
  • Then tap on “Instagram” from the apps menu.
  • Then you will find an option, “clear cache,” at the bottom of your screen. Click on it.
  • After that, restart your device.

5. Grant Location Permission

There are many filters and effects on Instagram that are location-based. That’s why those filters will not work properly if you do not have location access to the app. If, till then, you have not granted location access, then you should give location permission to the app so that such location-based filters can work properly.

Here are some easy steps to follow if you want to grant location permission access to your Instagram app. For your convenience, here we have described both methods if you are using an Android device or any iOS so that you can try these steps.

Grant Permission Location on Android

  • Go to the settings of your device.
  • There you will see a list. Click on “Applications” or “apps.”
  • Then tap on “Instagram” from the apps menu.
  • Then click on “app permissions” on the app page.
  • You will see two options, “Ask every time, or Allow every time.” Click on any of them.

Grant Permission Location on iOS

  • Go to the settings of your device.
  • There you will see a list. Click on “Applications” or “apps.”
  • Then click on “location.”
  • On the next page, grant the app location access.
  • You will see two options, “while using the app, or Ask next time.” Select any one of them accordingly. 

Then check if your problem is resolved.

6. Check your Internet connection.

Sometimes,s you have a slow internet connection. And it’s also one of the major errors behind causing such errors. It is because the filters and effects on your Instagram app require a fast internet speed so that you can work flawlessly without any obstruction.

Check your internet speed from the TPG speed test tool. This tool will tell you your download speed, upload speed, jitter, and latency accurately, and thus you can check whether you have a strong internet connection or a sluggish one.

You can also run other apps that need a fast internet connection to check whether the problem is with the internet. You can also switch from wifi to mobile data to fix your problem.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I get my filters on Instagram?

Open the Instagram app, and then at the bottom right corner, click on your profile icon. Click on the three horizontal lines and then click on settings. Click on Privacy and then tap on “Hand and Face effects.” Turn on these effects on your app.

How do you unlock filters on Instagram?

If you want to use filters on Instagram, you need to open the camera on the Instagram app and then hold and push the screen, thus pulling up all your face-altering filters. Now, you can use them according to your choice.

What is Picuki on Instgram?

A picuki is an online tool that allows Instagram users to use the Instagram app anonymously, and it does not need to log in or make an account.


These are all the possible fixes when your Instagram filters are not working. Try them one by one and check which one works for you. If you’ve tried all the fixes mentioned above, there’s no default. It’s a problem at the company’s end. Contact the Instagram IT management and help centre and tell them your problem to sort it out.


Eli Overbey

Elioverbey is a Hillman professor of information science and human-machine emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University. Elioverbey has a broad interest in design technology and social effects, spanning from computer-based teamwork and computer-assisted collaborative research to human-robot interaction.

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