If you use Instagram on a daily basis, you’ve probably encountered an Instagram bug or bug problem at least once. Although there are hundreds of Instagram error messages for different types of malfunctions, most users experience only a few of them.
This article helps you resolve the “Challenge_Required” Instagram error and provides solutions that might fix other Instagram errors as well.
Fix the Challenge_Required error
There are several different versions of the “challenge_required” message, but the most common is “InstagramAPI / Response / LoginResponse: Challenge required”.
If you see this error message or any other version that contains Challenge_Required, it means there is a problem setting the proper security protocols that Instagram needs to function properly. Challenge_Required is a method that Instagram developers created to check whether users are human or not and prevent bots from using the platform.
However, there is another purpose behind the Challenge_Required method. Their other goal is to make sure that you are the owner of the account.
When prompted for the Challenge_Required error message, Instagram asks you to prove that the account belongs to you.
The error message is commonly displayed when you try to log into your Instagram account from a web server.
Fortunately, this problem has a solution. All you need to do is log into your account from your mobile device using the Instagram app or the official Instagram website. Using a known device improves your chances of success. Once you’ve signed in again, it’s a good idea to enable two-factor authentication within the app settings.
If you keep getting the same error message, it means Instagram doesn’t want to allow your server’s IP to connect. In this case, you must use a proxy server.
Troubleshooting Instagram errors
One of the best ways to start troubleshooting is to think about the changes you made to your phone or account when the problem started. It sounds simple, but many things can interfere with the ability of Instagram to function.
Some Instagram errors occur due to the following:
- Has your phone been updated recently?
- Have you downloaded third-party apps that needed access to your Instagram account, like collage apps?
- Did you use Instagram on another device?
- Are you using a new malware or anti-spyware program?
If you’re still unsure about the changes you’ve made that are leading to the error, or maybe you’re not sure how to fix them, read on.
Check for server problems
One of the first things you should try is to check for Instagram outages. The best way to do this is by visiting the official Instagram website and looking for recent posts. You can also check the Down Detector website for any reported issues. If the Instagram servers have problems, you will need to wait or watch for a status update.
Developers generally notify users that their servers are down by posting to the app’s official website. If there’s nothing on the Instagram website, ask your friends who use it if they can post and update their Stories.
Check the internet connection
Once you have verified the server issues, you need to make sure that your Instagram app gets enough bandwidth to perform its tasks. If you have Wi-Fi, try disabling it and connecting to mobile data and vice versa. You can run a speed test to make sure the internet is working properly.
Close the application and restart it
A temporary glitch can occur, resulting in strange errors, such as not publishing content. Go to the multitasking center on your phone and swipe the app out. Although Android and iPhone are different operating systems, the process of closing the application is similar.
Reopen the app and try to post the same content. If you’re still having trouble, there are more things you can try.
Search for updates
Instagram regularly publishes updates to fix bugs and improve performance. Unfortunately, an older version of the application may have trouble working with a newer version of your operating system. Check that your application is up to date by visiting the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store.
The easiest way to check for updates is to type ‘Instagram’ in the search bar. It should give you the option to upgrade if one is available. Otherwise, visit the ‘Updates’ option in any of the app stores and update it from there.
Clear the cache
Android users are fortunate that their operating system allows them to clear the application cache without deleting user data.
- Tap “Applications”. Older versions of Android can call it “Applications”.
- Scroll down and choose “Instagram”.
- Tap on “Clear cache.”
Download the app
Apple users do not have the option to clear the cache. You can “Download” the access data by visiting your iPhone settings.
- Opened “Settings” and touch “General.”
- Tap “IPhone Storage”.
- Please select “Download application”.
- confirm by tapping “Download application” again.
- Choose “Reinstall the application.”
This process removes excess data that can cause problems. Once reinstalled, your Instagram app and all of its data appears as expected.
Most of the Instagram problems are not serious, especially the “Error_Challenge” problem, and can usually be fixed by the various procedures above. If problems persist, it is best to contact Instagram Help Center. You can also get the help you need by emailing them or messaging them on Facebook.