How to Fix “Please Wait a Few Minutes Before You Try Again” on Instagram

Have you ever tried to open Instagram only to find a “please wait a few minutes before you try again” error message? Maybe your Instagram account is opened, but this error message pops up as you check your feed or while finding someone on Instagram without a username. Whatever the reason is, it can get quite frustrating for people to come across this error. When this error message shows up, most people think that it’s because the Instagram server is down. However, the error indicates that there is a problem from your end.

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The very common reason why this error occurs is that the user logs in and logs out of the app quite fast or uses a third-party app to log in.

There is a chance Instagram can block your IP address as the platform is currently trying to eliminate bots and automation. So, if they detect some specious activity from your end, they may block your IP address, and you will receive this error.

In other words, Instagram blocks your IP address when it mistakes you for a bot. It is only a preventive measure to keep any automation software and bots from accessing the platform.

There are times when you are not only mistaken for being a bot, but there is no possible way you could prove to Instagram that you are a human. If that happens, the platform also blocks your account permanently.

The major issue here is that they do not offer any Captcha that could make it easier for the user to prove that they are human.

Look at the below image that shows how’s the error looks like:

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If you are also facing the same error message on Instagram, you come to the right place.

Here you can find a complete guide on fixing the “please wait a few minutes before you try again” error on Instagram.

Sound’s good? Let’s get started.

How to Fix “Please Wait a Few Minutes Before You Try Again”

Now, many suggest that a small glitch in any application can be resolved by a simple task, i.e. to reinstall the Instagram application. But, that is not always true, and eliminating the previous file or application does not always work. Thus, if you try uninstalling and reinstalling the application it won’t help you to resolve the “Please wait a few minutes before you try again” issue

Similarly, you must have heard about clearing the application’s cache data as a solution. Let us remind you that cache data has nothing to do with IP addresses, and it can never help to reverse the situation.

Moreover, updating the Instagram application will also not help you out. But, yes, it might definitely help you to fix the random bugs, but not the IP address. So, do not fret about it. We are here to discuss some prominent methods that can help in the long run.

1. Try Switching Your Network

First things first, uninstalling and installing the Instagram app on your phone will not fix this error. Also, clearing the cache and data does not work as it does not whitelist your IP address.

To fix this error, you need to switch your network. For example, if you are currently on your data connection, switch to Wi-Fi or vice versa.

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It is important to note that as you change your network, your IP address will also change, and it will help fix the “please wait a few minutes before you try again” issue.

2. Use VPN

VPN is for those who are in the areas where Instagram and other mobile apps are restricted for the locals and people who are in the city or country. There is a chance that Instagram has blocked your IP address because you are in the boundaries of the place where the app is not supported.

If that’s why the error message pops up on your screen, then the easiest way to fix the error is by connecting to the VPN.

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With a VPN running on your device, it will hide your IP address from any third-party website, and you could use any restricted app without facing the error.

3. Are You Using Third-Party applications

If you search the internet there are many third-party app developers who claim that if you subscribe to them, they can help you increase the number of likes on your Instagram post, as well as increase the number of followers. Thus, IG users fall for this and start using them. 

To use these services, generally, a person needs to sign into their Instagram account and permit them to go through the details and make changes. Thus, as soon as Instagram detects this you are blocked from signing in. Yes, there are definitely few editing applications that are partnered with Instagram and don’t cause any harm to your account. 

But, Instagram will definitely block the ones who are not their partner. So, if you are willing to use any third-party application and link it with Instagram, then you must go through to the Facebook partner’s guide. Because Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012. The most simple way to eliminate the problem “Please wait a few minutes before you try again” is to stop using third-party applications.

4. Wait for a Short While

Last but not least, try to wait for some time before logging into your Instagram again. Note that the platform blocks your IP address temporarily. There is a good chance the restriction will be lifted from your account in no time.

So, wait a few hours and recheck it. In fact, you should avoid using Instagram for the next 24 hours. If it’s a temporary error, then it will be fixed in a few hours. If not, then the above tips will help.

How to Prevent “Please wait a few minutes before you try again”

Till now, you know the reasons why this error occurs and all possible ways to fix it on your Android and iPhone devices.

Let’s discuss the best ways to prevent it, and you can’t face it again.

1. Don’t Login and Logout Fast

You must need to stop logging in and out fast and repeatedly to prevent this error. This usually happens if you’re using the same account on your phone and computer, so try to log in to one device at a time.

2. Avoid Using Third-Party Apps

Always try to avoid using multiple third-party apps, tools, bots, or automation, as those required you to log in to your account repeatedly to work.

Also, there is a limit to the number of third-party apps that you’re allowed to log in to your account. If you cross the limit, your IP address might be blocked, and you will face this error.

To prevent this, log out to all third-party apps or revoke third-party apps that are connected to your account.

For Android & iPhone:

  • Open Instagram and login to your account.
  • Go to your profile, then tap on the menu at the top.
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  • Tap on Settings and select Security.
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  • Click the Apps and Websites option under Data and history.
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  • Select Active and remove the access to the third-party apps/websites.
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Final Words:

I hope guys now you can easily fix Please wait a few minutes before you try again error on Instagram after reading this article. If you have any questions, then let me know in the comment section below.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.