How to Fix “This Story Is No Longer Available” on Instagram

Fix “This Story Is No Longer Available” on Instagram: People all over the world spend a lot of time on Instagram scrolling through stories; however, instead of seeing the creators’ regular content, they may see a grey screen that says this story is no longer available. The majority of the time, you will see this message because the user has deleted his story.

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This, however, is not always the case.

Even when browsing through highlights, a specific story within that highlight simply ceases to function. Many users have noticed that the story from one account said it was no longer available, but then from another account, that story was perfectly available to watch.

So here the detailed information is mentioned why in some story on Instagram it is showing error “This story is no longer available”. There could be many reasons that make that error appears on Instagram. They are mentioned below and also how to fix such errors has been mentioned.

How to Fix “This Story Is No Longer Available” on Instagram

1. It’s a Deleted Story

The user deleted the content, but Instagram still displayed the user’s profile at the top of your feed with the orange circle around it. This is frequently the case if it was recently deleted and you haven’t refreshed Instagram. If you opened the app after the user deleted the story, you would not see this message because you would not be able to see the story. In layman’s terms, you must be on Instagram while the story is still live, then delete the story while still on the app, and finally, when you click the deleted story, you will be informed that it is no longer available.

If the user has deleted their story, the only thing you can do is refresh Instagram, and the “story is no longer available” message will vanish. As the story has been deleted by the user it can not be done anything from our side to fix this error. The only thing you can do is ask the user to repost that story again or send it to you in DM.

2. Due to Violations, Instagram Removed the Story

If you still see the message, even if the person did not delete it, Instagram may have removed the story for violating the terms of service. This story may have been removed because it did not adhere to Instagram’s guidelines. Instagram’s AI may flag stories as not meeting guidelines even if they have, and you will receive an error if this is the case.

In this case one cannot do anything as it has been deleted from Instagram, As if the user breaches the guidelines and protocols Instagram might delete the video automatically and you might get the error “story is no longer available”   the only thing the user can do is ask the user to send the story via DM (If Instagram allows you).

3. Instagram Has a Bug

Another reason you may receive this error is if there is a problem on Instagram’s end. When they are performing routine maintenance and you watch people’s stories, it may return an error stating that the story is unavailable. The problem can be resolved by simply closing and re-opening the app. If Instagram is down, you’ll have to wait for them to resolve the issue on their end before you can use it again.

One can even check their own phone settings, there might be a case where your internet connection might be down or even can check your Instagram settings from your phone. The majority of the time, it is an Instagram bug. You can try a few things are restarting the app or uninstall the app and then reinstall it.

Report it to Instagram as a bug.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Navigate to your profile.
  • Click the settings icon.
  • Scroll down and press the Report a Problem button.
  • Select ‘Something isn’t working’ and describe the specific problem you’re having with stories not displaying.

4. You’ve been blocked

This message may be displayed because you have been blocked by someone. If this is the case, it means that they blocked you as soon as you visited the app, so there was no time for you to refresh the app and their profile to vanish.

To confirm this, you must refresh the app and visit their profile. If you are being blocked you will not able to see the profile and there is nothing you can do if you are unable to view a user’s story. However, if you are blocked from viewing a user’s story, Instagram should not be displaying this message to you.

If you go to view a friend’s story and you still see the ‘This story is no longer available’ message on Instagram stories and highlights, it means that the person’s 24-hour viewing time has expired. It’s also possible that they’ve deleted it. You’re seeing the error message rather than no story at all because you’ve gone on the app and the story has been deleted while you’re on the app, so you can still click the button to watch the story, but it won’t be available for you to watch.

If you want to get rid of the ‘This Story is No Longer Available’ bug, the best thing to do is close and reopen the app. Because you refreshed the app, the story has a chance of being deleted, so when you go to the person’s profile to watch the story, it won’t be there.

Final Words:

Users have complained that they can’t see their friends’ Instagram stories, even though they know the story hasn’t been deleted and it hasn’t been 24 hours since the story went live. As a result, you may see the Instagram story unavailable message even if their story has not been deleted. This means that there is a bug that prevents certain users from viewing their stories, even though they are still available. The problem could be caused by a software bug in the Instagram app you’re using.

If you are aware that you are using an older version of Instagram, you should update it. The second thing you should do is notify Instagram of your problem. There are some issues on Instagram that only you are experiencing. This means you won’t be able to fix the problem with a simple trick or solution; instead, you’ll have to report it to them. Steps to report Instagram has being mentioned above.

Include as much information about the problem as possible in your report. Information such as the type of phone or tablet, you were using and what you were doing when the problem occurred may assist them in resolving the problem. After you’ve done this, you should wait at least 72 hours for Instagram to respond. They will provide you with a solution to the problem because it is their fault.

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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.

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