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How to update Instagram on Android and iOS

Get all of the latest Instagram features by updating the app.
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June 28, 2022

These days, smartphone apps often update on their own unless you specifically turn off automatic updates. This can be good when you don’t want your apps updating on the go, as that may use up your data. Whenever there’s a new update, though, you will need to update the app manually. Past updates to Instagram have added music to Stories, the ability to block and unblock people, and Reels. Here’s how to update Instagram via the Google Play Store or iOS App Store.

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THE SHORT ANSWER

To update Instagram on your Android device, open the Google Play Store and type “Instagram" in the Search for apps & games field at the top of the interface. Press the green Update button next to the app to update Instagram.

To update Instagram on your iOS device, open the App Store and type “Instagram" in the Search field. Press the Update button next to the app to update Instagram.


KEY SECTIONS 

When it comes time for you to update Instagram, it works the same as any other app or game that you have downloaded on your phone. If you need to do it on your Android device, you can alternatively use an APK. However, the easiest way on both operating systems is to go to the Google Play Store or iOS App Store and update the Instagram app from there.

How to update Instagram on Android

To update Instagram, open the Google Play Store and, in the top Search for apps & games bar, type in “Instagram.”

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If your Instagram app is already up to date or has automatic updates turned on, you will only be able to open the Instagram app from the Google Play Store. However, if you need to update the app manually, there will be a green Update button where the Open button usually is. Press Update to update Instagram.

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How to update Instagram on iPhone

To update Instagram on your iOS device, open the App Store and tap Search in the bottom menu. In the Search field, type “Instagram.”

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Press the Update button to the right of the Instagram app listing to update it.

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How to turn off automatic updates (Google Play Store)

Automatic updates are the norm these days. This allows app developers to make sure the latest version of their application is being rolled out to as many devices as possible. However, for those who don’t necessarily want that, the choice is always available to disable automatic updates.

Open the Google Play Store on your Android device, then tap your profile picture in the top right corner. From the subsequent menu, tap Settings, then Network preferences.

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In the Network preferences dropdown, tap Auto-update apps.

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Finally, tap Don’t auto-update apps, then press DONE.


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FAQs

In the latest Instagram update, Instagram added the ability to pin posts or Reels to the top of your profile.

If you expect Instagram to always automatically update and it doesn’t, you may have to go into the Google Play Store or iOS App Store and manually update it. Your synced or automatic updates setting may have been switched off, or you may have it set to only update on Wi-Fi. If all else fails, restart your phone.