Social media apps, including Instagram, are so popular that we access them daily and spend long hours on them.
We use them so frequently that the apps keep us logged in so that we don’t need to enter our account credentials every time we open the app.
However, things don’t go smoothly all the time, and the app keeps logging you out no matter how many times you enter your account credentials.
Is it temporary, or should you be worried?
Why Did Instagram Log Me Out? (Causes, Fixes)
The most important factors that make Instagram log you out of your account are temporary bugs and glitches inside the app.
Instabilities also occur when the app is in the middle of adding new features and updates.
In most cases, you can log into your account without issues after a few hours when the updates finish or the errors get fixed.
Restarting your device can be the first action to clear bugs and glitches that prevent you from remaining in your account.
If you can’t access your IG account after a few hours, you should look for other issues with your app or account.
1. Instagram Bugs
Like any other app, Instagram may develop bugs that take time to resolve.
The developers first need to ensure there’s an issue by getting enough reports and figuring out ways to address the issue.
The bugs kick you out of your account, and you can’t get in until the bug gets fixed.
If that’s the case, there’s nothing you can do except wait until IG solves it.
To ensure you’re not the only person affected by this problem, you can ask your friends or post questions on other social media forums.
You may also get inventive workarounds to solve the problem temporarily.
2. Instagram Servers Down
That’s another factor that can cause instabilities in your IG account without you having control over it.
You can use online tools like Downdetector, enter Instagram’s URL, and see if its servers are down.
It gives you a report of the issues with Instagram servers and outages in the past 24 hours, allowing you to see if other people have had the same issues.
You can also submit a report to help them give feedback to the platform.
If IG servers are down, you should wait until they become functional again.
3. App Issues
When Instagram logs you out of your account, it may not be an account issue.
Instead, the app may have bugs or errors that cause instability across the board.
Since it’s difficult to pinpoint the issue, you should try different solutions to address these unknown problems.
A. Update The IG App
If you get logged out of your IG account for no reason, the app may contain bugs addressed in the new updates.
Although your Google Play or App Store will notify you when there’s an available update, it’s recommended to check manually and install updates if available.
To update the Instagram app in Google Play, go to your profile and tap Manage apps and devices.
Find Instagram under Updates available and select Update.
The process is the same for iOS devices.
Go to App Store, tap your Profile and find Instagram to update.
B. Clear Instagram Cache
Although cache files help apps run faster, they may cause issues if corrupted.
The best solution is to clear these cache files to help the app run more smoothly.
For Android, open the Settings app, go to Apps and find Instagram.
After you tap it, you can find the Clear Data button.
Tap it and select Clear cache.
Remember not to select Clear data because it will erase your login data, and you’ll need to enter it again.
Conversely, clearing the cache doesn’t remove saved data and can improve the app’s performance.
You don’t have a straightforward way to clear the Instagram cache on an iPhone device like an Android.
The only thing you can do is offload the app to clear all storage files.
To do so, go to iPhone Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Offload app.
Since it clears all stored data, you will need to enter your login credentials to launch Instagram.
If you have a login issue on IG’s web version, you should clear your browser cache.
Depending on the browser, you’ll need to access the cache through different steps.
For example, on Google Chrome, click the three vertical dots on the top right and select More Tools > Clear browsing data.
You can select all the options in the new window and click Clear data.
For Firefox, go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Cookies and Site Data > Clear data.
C. Reinstall The Instagram App
If none of the above methods solve the app’s technical issues, uninstall and reinstall it as a last resort.
This way, you’ll clear any possible error that keeps logging you out and get a fresh start.
To uninstall the Instagram app on Android, go to Settings > Apps > Manage Apps > Instagram > Uninstall.
For iPhone, touch the Instagram icon and hold it.
Select Remove App > Delete App.
D. iPhone App Restrictions
iPhone has a parental control feature that restricts apps and blocks users’ access to them.
You may have enabled this feature accidentally, so Instagram prevents you from logging in on your iPhone.
To remove the restriction, go to Settings > General > Restrictions.
Find Instagram and move the toggle next to it to remove the restriction.
4. Security Issues
Instagram allows you to log into a single account from multiple devices simultaneously.
If someone’s trying to access your account from a different device, you may get logged out of your account for security reasons.
That may not necessarily be a hacking attempt.
You might have given your login information to another person and forgotten about it.
You’ll get kicked out if they try to access your account.
In the worst-case scenario, someone has phished your account credentials.
If you provide your account credentials to a fraudulent website (one that looks exactly like an Instagram login page), they can steal your information and enter your account whenever they want.
The best thing to do is change your password and enable two-factor authentication.
Remember to use a strong password and change it regularly to avoid breaches and unauthorized access to your account.
To change your password, go to your Profile and select Security > Password.
Provide your current password and then create a new one.
If you can’t change your password on the mobile app because IG kicks you out of your account, do it on the web app.
Log into your IG account on your browser and select Settings > Change password.
Another security-related issue is that you may have altered your account credentials on another device but have forgotten to do it for your current device.
If you can access your account from that device without logging out unwantedly, that’s probably the culprit.
Remember to enter your new credentials on all devices to prevent inconsistencies.
5. Too Many Accounts On The App
You can have up to five Instagram accounts on the same app and device.
While it’s a great feature to allow you to manage your personal and business accounts, it may be one factor that logs you out of your account.
If you have multiple accounts on the same app, remove all but one and see if it helps.
This way, you can prevent the instability and confusion that come from managing multiple accounts.
If you want to keep all those accounts, use your web browser to log into those.
Use the mobile app only for one account to keep things simple and help IG manage your accounts more easily.
6. VPN Connections
A VPN is a great way to stay anonymous on the internet and bypass restrictions.
However, Instagram algorithms are sensitive to inconsistencies in locations and IPs.
A VPN gives you a different IP whenever you connect to the software.
As a result, Instagram may identify it as a breach and security issue, preventing you from accessing your account.
Disable the VPN and log into your IG account to see how it goes.
If it solves the issue, continue using the platform without the VPN connection or use one that doesn’t change your IP repeatedly.
7. Third-Party Apps
Some users access their IG accounts and post through bots and third-party apps that allow them to bypass the platform’s restrictions.
For example, you may use third-party apps to grow your followers or log into another app using your IG account.
However, Instagram may detect these apps as suspicious and kick you out of your account if you’ve linked your IG account to them.
Unlink your account and only access IG through your main app.
If you can’t access your account on the mobile app, do it through the web app.
Go to Settings > Apps & Websites.
Select the app and then hit Remove.
8. Use The Mobile App
Although you can access your IG account through different platforms, including the mobile app and web browser, the former is always preferred when you’re on a mobile device.
If you log into your IG account through a web browser on your smartphone, Instagram kicks you out of your account to encourage you to use the app.
Try accessing your account through the app and see if you can stay logged into the app this time.
9. Connection Issues
An unstable internet connection may lead to issues logging into Instagram.
If you haven’t tried it before, switching to another internet connection type may help you remain logged in.
If you’re connected to the internet through wi-fi, change it to data and vice versa.
10. Log In Using Other Ways
If you’ve provided your phone number as login credentials, you can use it instead of your username or email.
When you see the login page, tap Forgot Password and select Phone Number.
After entering the phone number, you’ll receive a code to enter as the password.
If you haven’t linked your phone number with the IG account, you can add it through IG’s web version.
Open your phone or computer browser and log into your IG account.
Go to Edit Profile > Phone Number.
Enter your phone number and save the changes.
Then, log into your Instagram mobile app using your phone number instead of your username.
11. Your Account Was Locked
In addition to getting kicked out of your IG account, you may get a message saying your account is locked.
Even if you don’t get this message, you should consider it a possibility if you’ve done any of the following:
A. Too Much Activity In A Short Time
If you act like a bot, not a human, Instagram will identify it as suspicious activity and restrict your actions and account.
Scrolling up and down your feed and liking other people’s posts isn’t unusual, so you shouldn’t worry about that.
However, if you like and unlike a hundred posts in five minutes, IG algorithms very likely consider you a bot.
The same goes for other activities like commenting under posts, following and unfollowing accounts, and even posting stories or reels.
You can be super active on your IG account to increase your followers’ engagement, but don’t do too much too fast.
B. Repetitive Comments
Posting the same comments under other accounts’ posts may seem like a quick way to support them.
For example, you may post the same comments, like awesome, great, excellent, etc., under all your friends’ posts.
However, IG algorithms may think you’re a bot trying to spam the comment section.
C. You Were Reported
If your posts and activities are against Instagram’s community standards, other users may report you.
However, the number of reports matters as they should reach a certain number for Instagram to take action.
If they report a specific post, Instagram will take it down and notify you.
However, if your account is reported, Instagram may block your account.
These activities are all against IG’s guidelines and can lead to your account being restricted.
In such cases, you should submit a request to Instagram to lift the lock on your account.
You may need to fill out a form and submit your photo showing Instagram that you’re the account’s owner.
To perform these steps, log into your account, and Instagram will tell you what to do to report the problem and take your account back.
12. Report To Instagram
If none of the above solutions work to keep you logged in, you should contact IG’s support team and report the problem.
If you can access your mobile’s Instagram account, go to your Profile and select Settings > Help > Report a problem.
Follow the instructions to report the problem and wait for the Instagram support team to reply.
If you can’t access your mobile app, do the reporting process on IG’s web version.
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