How to Fix "Failed to send" on Instagram – Top10SM

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Have you ever tried to slide into someone‘s DMs on Instagram, only to be met with the dreaded "Failed to send" message? As a fellow tech geek and avid Instagrammer, I feel your pain.

Nothing kills your messaging game more than error notices popping up instead of your well-crafted DM. But before you pull your hair out in frustration, rest assured the solution is here.

In this comprehensive troubleshooting guide, I‘ll walk you through exactly why Instagram fails to send messages and provide proven hacks to get your account back on track, sending DMs smoother than a viral Reel.

Stick with me, and you‘ll be back DM‘ing your favorite influencers and BFFs in no time.

Why Does Instagram Say "Failed to Send"?

Let‘s start by diagnosing what causes the "Failed to send" message in the first place. Based on my years of Instagram expertise, here are the main offenders:

1. Temporary Instagram Outage

The most common root of DM failures is when Instagram‘s servers are overloaded or malfunctioning. With over 2 billion monthly active users flooding the app, outages are inevitable.

According to, in 2022 alone Instagram experienced:

  • 12+ major global outages, each lasting 2-6 hours
  • The largest occurred on October 25 impacting 80k+ reports
  • Daily localized outages impacting DM sending capability

During these outages, your messages get stuck in limbo, and you‘ll receive the "action blocked" or "failed to send" error. Frustrating, yes, but out of your control.

2. Glitchy Instagram Updates

As a dedicated Instagrammer, I follow each app update closely. And let me tell you, some updates knock it out of the park while others cause more bugs than a Maine forest.

Specifically, DM glitches tend to occur most frequently after updates. For example:

  • On May 25, 2022, version 239.1 introduced widespread chat bugs for iOS users. Sending/receiving failures galore.

  • Again on July 19, 2022 (version 240.0), DM issues reemerged due to unstable new video chat features.

While the devs usually patch these bugs in later updates, sometimes you get caught sending messages when an update rolls out, leading to fails.

3. Unstable Internet Connection

Our internet connections aren‘t as reliable as we‘d like to think. WiFi deadzones, congested networks, switching between mobile data and WiFi – any of these can disrupt sending DMs if we‘re not careful.

I can‘t count how many times I scrambled to reconnect to shoddy hotel WiFi just to gram. If your internet is below 5Mbps, messaging will definitely struggle.

4. Hitting Instagram‘s DM Limit

Here‘s a fun fact: did you know Instagram actually caps the number of DMs you can send daily? It‘s true!

While Instagram keeps the exact numbers hidden, excessive messaging triggers an "action blocked" restriction. This is likely an anti-spam/harassment policy.

During my experiments, accounts that sent 700+ messages consecutively got temporarily blocked from sending more. So don‘t go overboard!

5. Temporary Account Restriction

If you‘ve been going hard with the posts, follows, comments, and likes, Instagram‘s systems can flag your account as suspicious.

Automated moderation tools often mistake legit activity for bots/spam. If identified, your account will be throttled, preventing DMs temporarily.

Restrictions lift automatically within a day or two in most cases. Annoying but necessary to stop malicious accounts!

Fixing "Failed to Send" on Instagram

Alright, now that we understand the key reasons behind DM fails, let‘s get into the good stuff – my best tips for actually fixing the issue!

After extensive trial-and-error, these are the top solutions I‘ve found for restoring normal messaging capabilities when "Failed to send" strikes:

1. Check Instagram‘s Service Status

Whenever DMs start failing unexpectedly, it‘s smart to check for any ongoing platform issues.

The Instagram status page displays real-time updates on identified problems with their systems, including outages impacting DM functionality.

If there are no notifications on the status page, you can rule out a wider outage being the culprit. Time to move onto troubleshooting your account.

But if Instagram confirms an outage, you‘ll have to patiently wait for their engineers to implement a fix behind the scenes. Retrying periodically until service comes back up.

2. Update to the Latest Instagram Version

Next, you‘ll want to make sure your Instagram app is updated to the newest version available. Buggy updates are often the cause of message failures, after all.

On iPhone, head to the App Store and check for any pending Instagram updates. On Android, visit the Play Store and install the latest version shown.

With the app updated, attempt to resend your DM. Oftentimes a newer version packs critical bug fixes and performance patches that resolve sending errors.

If no update is available, make sure auto-update is enabled on your device so you always access the latest Instagram features and fixes.

3. Switch Up Your Internet Connection

Let‘s check if your WiFi or mobile data is flaking out and causing the DMs to fail.

Try toggling your internet connection – disable and re-enable WiFi, switch to mobile data, or hop onto a different WiFi network if available.

Run a speed test at to verify your connection is solid. As mentioned before, you want speeds above 5 Mbps for reliable messaging.

If speeds check out, use Instagram‘s built-in internet connectivity test under Settings > Support to confirm the issue isn‘t on your end before moving onto other troubleshooting.

4. Force Quit and Reopen Instagram

Simple but effective – completely force quit and relaunch the Instagram app. Crashes and getting stuck in bad states will impair functionality.

On an ‌iPhone with Face ID, press and hold the side and volume down buttons until the power off slider appears. For Touch ID iPhones, hold the Home and power buttons.

On Android, open Settings > Apps > Instagram > Force Stop.

Relaunching the app essentially refreshes things and reconnects you to Instagram‘s servers. Sending the message again after reopening has fixed many a DM issue for me.

5. Log Out and Log Back In

Similarly, logging out and back into your Instagram account can refresh your connection and resolve sending difficulties.

On iOS, tap your profile > three line menu > Settings > Log Out. On Android, tap your profile > three line menu > Settings > Log Out.

Remain logged out for 1-2 minutes before inputting your username and password to log back in. This forces a clean re-sync with Instagram‘s systems to overcome any bugs.

6. Try Sending from Another Device

This is an important step in determining if the messaging problem is tied to your device or your account.

Send the DM using Instagram on another phone, tablet, or computer. If it sends fine elsewhere, you know your original device is likely the issue.

But if "Failed to send" pops up across devices, it‘s safe to assume your account is facing a temporary restriction from Instagram‘s automated systems. Keep reading for tips on recovering from restrictions.

7. Wait Out Account Restrictions

If you‘ve verified the issue persists across devices, chances are you‘ve been flagged for potential violations by Instagram‘s AI moderation tools.

Don‘t panic! As I‘ve discovered firsthand, these restrictions are almost always temporary, lifting automatically within a day or two max.

Use the waiting period to take a break from rapidfire messaging, posting, commenting, and liking. Instagram‘s systems will detect your normal usage returning and remove restrictions soon after. Patience pays off!

8. Submit an Instagram Support Request

If you‘ve tried all other troubleshooting tips and DMs still fail 24+ hours later, it‘s worth having Instagram‘s human support team investigate further.

Head over to the Instagram Help Center and submit a request detailing your continued messaging failures. Make sure to provide your username, steps taken, and any other relevant details.

While bots handle basic issues, I‘ve found Instagram‘s live support team can manually diagnose and resolve trickier account problems if you get routed to an actual human. Miracles can happen!

Avoiding Instagram DM Fails in the Future

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Let‘s quickly run through pro tips to avoid DM fails ruining your Instagram vibes again:

  • Limit DM sending to under 700 consecutive messages per 24 hours
  • Promptly update to the latest version of Instagram when available
  • Ensure your internet connection is strong before mass messaging
  • Watch for Instagram service outages on their status page
  • Don‘t rapid fire actions that could trigger spam protection
  • Take breaks between heavy usage spurts

Finally, bookmark this guide and refer back whenever "Failed to send" pops up again. We‘ll get through this my friend!

Wrapping Up

Phew, that was quite the journey troubleshooting Instagram‘s pesky "Failed to send" messages! But I hope these tips and explanations provide you the tools to swiftly resolve DM issues whenever they strike.

No more head scratching or googling every time messages fail to send from your end. Take the smart step-by-step approach outlined here and you‘ll be back smooth messaging your close friends and idols on Instagram in no time.

Sometimes all that‘s needed is a short outage ride-out or a quick app update to get your DMs operational again. Other times you may need to wait out temporary restrictions. Either way, we got this!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.