Instagram's new Stories feature has been out for a month now, and users are loving it. Much like Snapchat Stories, the feature allows users to create slideshows that disappear after 24 hours. They're the quick, easy-to-digest snacks of the social media app. And sometimes, they don't work. All new technology gets buggy at first, and when Instagram Stories won't load, it can make users frantic.
While there haven't been any major Stories outages in the month since it's been released, there have been isolated cases of Stories not showing up from time to time, and some users report that it varies based on which account they're logged into, what device they're accessing their account from, or even which mobile carrier they're using. Instagram's Help Center states that Stories is still "in the process of rolling out to everyone" and "may not currently be available in your area," but some users report that they definitely had Stories at one point, only to have the feature disappear completely. It's uncommon and very, very random, so it could happen to anyone. Don't freak out, though. In dark times like these, it's best to be prepared so that, if the worst comes to pass, you'll know what to do. Start with these tips: