In the last few months, Instagram has added a whole load of new updates to the app that haven’t gone down well with users.

From suggested posts appearing on your feed to new layouts and involuntarily dark mode, Meta is frustrating thousands of people across the globe who aren’t keen on the changes.

Now, users are confused as the camera button, which you usually use to take a photo and post it to your Instagram Story, has disappeared.

What has happened to the Instagram camera? Read on to find out what is going on and how to fix it…

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Instagram Story camera disappears

On Tuesday (June 28th), Twitter became inundated with reports that the Story camera isn’t working properly for iOS users.

Usually, if you want to take a photo and upload it straight to your Instagram Story, you tap ‘Story’ and your camera roll will appear.

In the top left-hand corner of the grid, there is usually a camera option which allows you to take a new photo and upload it to your Story if you don’t want to choose one from your gallery.

However, many have noticed that with the newest update, that option seems to have disappeared, meaning people can’t access the Story camera at all.

One person wrote on Twitter:

Another said:

A third person added:

It’s unclear whether this is an intended change with the latest iOS update or a bug, but thankfully there’s still a way to access the Story camera.

How to find the camera

  • Open Instagram and press the house symbol in the bottom bar.
  • Now tap the + button above the story bubbles.
  • Press ‘post’.
  • At the bottom of the screen you’ll see four options, press ‘story’.
  • Now the camera should pop up.

More possible fixes

At the time of writing this, Instagram hasn’t addressed the issue, but many are convinced the camera button is a glitch and isn’t supposed to be missing.

As soon as there is another Instagram update available on your App Store, you should install it. In the meantime, here are some things that could possibly fix the issue:

  • Close the app and open it again.

First, try completely shutting down your app. On an iPhone, do this by swiping up on your homepage. 

  • Log out of the app. 

Some users have reported that logging out of the app and then logging back in again has fixed their Instagram.

  • Delete the app.

You could also try deleting your app and then re-downloading it again from the App Store.

  • Turn your phone off.

It’s the oldest trick in the book, but sometimes all you need to do is turn your phone off and on again. 

  • Switch from WiFi to data.

There’s nothing wrong with your phone, but switching from WiFi to 4G or 5G could fix the app.

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