How to Fix “You’ve Been Logged Out” on Instagram – Top10SM

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As a streaming and gaming geek who relies on Instagram daily, nothing is more panic-inducing than suddenly getting logged out and blocked from accessing your account. The abrupt “You’ve Been Logged Out” message is like a punch to the gut for regular Instagram users. But don’t stress – I’ve got your back.

In this comprehensive tech guide, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about why you may see this error, and how to fix “You’ve Been Logged Out” to restore access to your Instagram account. Consider me your wise friend who’s an expert on all things Instagram and social media.

First up, let’s quickly recap the key things I’ll cover:

  • Common reasons your Instagram kicks you out with no warning
  • Steps to troubleshoot and get back into your logged out account
  • Tips to prevent sudden lockouts in the future
  • Bonus hacks and tricks active Instagram users like us need to know

By the end of this guide, you’ll be armed with insider knowledge to troubleshoot login issues swiftly and with confidence. Let‘s dive in and get you back scrolling your feed ASAP.

Why Instagram Gives You the Boot With “You’ve Been Logged Out”

Instagram isn’t deliberately trying to lock you out and ruin your day. There are some logical reasons why you may get abruptly logged out without notice. Here are the main culprits:

1. Temporary Instagram Outage

The #1 cause of sudden simultaneous logouts is when Instagram itself is down. These usually aren’t hacks but just routine technical issues on Instagram’s end.

According to data, some of the most severe global outages that led to mass logouts include:

  • October 2021: Facebook services including Instagram went down for nearly 6 hours, affecting billions of users.

  • March 2022: An outage lasted over 2 hours and primarily impacted users in major US cities like LA and NYC.

  • April 2022: Millions couldn‘t access Instagram for almost 3 hours during peak US daytime hours.

  • May 2022: A 2-hour long outage logged thousands out on a Monday morning.

During these outages, hordes of users either got “Could Not Refresh Feed” errors or simply got kicked out to the login page. Everything went back to normal once Instagram‘s engineers fixed the underlying technical glitch.

So next time you‘re suddenly booted out, check third-party sites like Downdetector to confirm if Instagram is having broader issues. Chances are you‘re not alone!

2. Buggy App Causing Trouble

Bugs in app updates are another common source of headaches. As a software engineer myself, I know that bugs and glitches are inevitable even at large companies like Instagram.

When the app has bugs, some unlucky users end up being the canaries in the coal mine – getting logged out randomly while most others are unaffected.

According to Instagram’s support page, the app may log you out if “the app is having trouble communicating with our [Instagram‘s] servers.” Essentially, buggy code in the app disrupts your login session.

The easiest fix is just to update the app and get the corrected code. But if auto-updates are disabled on your device, you may be stuck on a buggy older version that keeps booting you out.

3. Security Precaution By Instagram

Instagram also proactively logs users out if their account shows signs of suspicious activity. As a security precaution, it’s akin to Instagram quickly changing the locks if they detect an intruder lurking around.

Some scenarios where precautionary logouts happen:

  • Unusual login locations – Access from unfamiliar countries can trigger an automatic logout. Say you usually log in from the US, but now there‘s a login from Russia.

  • Suspicious device logins – Instagram flags logins from devices you haven‘t used before. If a hacker tries logging into your account from their own device, you may get logged out.

  • Too much bot-like activity – Using third-party auto-liking, commenting or following services often raises red flags. Instagram limits Daily Active Users (DAUs) to control spam, so you may get logged out if you use these tools excessively.

  • Violations of terms – Transgressions like posting prohibited content or scraping data can also lead to logouts.

Essentially Instagram is doing this to protect your account from compromise, even if it can be annoying.

4. Password Changed

Another event that logs you out everywhere is simply changing your Instagram password yourself. For security, changing passwords instantly terminates existing login sessions as a precaution.

But a password change can also mean someone else changed it after gaining access to your account. If you suspect foul play, take steps to secure your account ASAP (more on this later).

5. Account Deleted

Finally, the nuclear option is your account was deleted either by you or by Instagram. Sometimes accounts get deleted accidentally while trying to remove followers or posts.

And Instagram may delete accounts that seriously violate its rules. Though the company usually provides warnings first for you to appeal.

Getting “User Not Found” while logging in typically signals your account is fully deleted. This requires starting over with a new account.

Step-By-Step Guide to Get Back Into Your Logged Out Instagram Account

Alright, now that you know why Instagram harshly logs you out, let’s get into the solutions to get you back in.

Here are the steps I recommend based on my techie expertise to troubleshoot and fix sudden lockouts:

Confirm Instagram is Up and Running

First things first – is Instagram down? Before you panic, check Instagram’s status. provides real-time outage data. Or search "Instagram down" on Twitter to see if lots of other users are complaining.

If Instagram is down or experiencing service issues, simple patience is needed. Just sit tight until the problem is resolved on Instagram‘s end in a few hours.

Update Instagram to Latest Version

If Instagram seems to be fine, try updating the app to the latest version from your device‘s app store.

Updating to version 239.1 in May 2022 fixed logout issues for many users. New versions squash old bugs causing problems.

This is an easy fix to try from your end first. Make sure auto-updates are enabled so you always have the most stable Instagram release.

Reset Your Password

If updating the app doesn‘t work, resetting your password is the next logical step.

Go to Instagram‘s password reset page and enter your username or the email on your account. Click the reset link in the email you receive.

Create a new password, make it nice and strong. Now try logging in with your new password to see if it fixes the logged out issue.

Resetting passwords also logs you out of all devices as a precaution. You‘ll need to enter the new password on each device – phone, tablet, PC – to get back in everywhere.

Check Recent Login Activity

At this point if you still can‘t access your account, carefully check recent login activity for anything suspicious.

Go here while logged out:

Scan down the list of recent logins to your account. Look for any unfamiliar locations, unknown devices or other red flags.

If something seems off, change your password again and enable two-factor authentication to fully lock down your account.

Contact Instagram Support

If you still can‘t login after trying everything, reach out to the Instagram support team via their contact form at

Explain your issue and provide key details – username, email, phone number, etc. The support team can access your account and help figure out what‘s causing the persistent login failure.

With some back and forth troubleshooting with their help, you‘ll hopefully regain access to your logged out account.

Pro Tips to Avoid Sudden Instagram Logouts

Once you’re back in your account, some smart precautions can prevent future abrupt logouts:

Use a strong unique password

Avoid recycling passwords and use a random mix of letters, numbers and symbols. This foils hackers trying to guess your password.

Enable two-factor authentication

Adding 2FA introduces a second step to log in, like entering a code from your phone. So even if your password is compromised, hackers can‘t access your account.

Watch out for phishing

Never enter your login info on sketchy sites or links. Phishing attempts try and steal your credentials to break into your account.

Update your device and app regularly

Having the latest software prevents exploitation of fixed bugs and security holes. Keep auto-updates enabled!

Moderate your usage of automation tools

Using auto-likers or commenters is fine but excessive botting looks suspicious and may trigger logouts

Monitor login notifications and activity

Periodically check where your account has been accessed from for any unknown logins. Watch for notifications of new device logins.

Takeaways: What To Do When You’re Logged Out of Instagram

  1. Stay calm – the problem is likely temporary and fixable!

  2. Check if it‘s a general Instagram outage first before you troubleshoot your specific account.

  3. Update the app, reset your password, and check login activity for suspicious signs.

  4. Contact Instagram support if you still can‘t get in for further help.

  5. Take proactive measures like using stronger passwords and enabling two-factor authentication to keep your account secure.

With this insider expertise, you‘re now equipped to get back into your Instagram account if you ever get abruptly booted out again in the future. Consider me your buddy who has your back when dealing with frustrating tech issues like Instagram logouts.


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.