Instagram black dots problem — solved

I recently got a new iPhone (the 6s; my 6 died) and noticed that photos I was posting to Instagram were full of black dots or black pixels. I Googled and a few people reported this problem but no one had any working solutions. Well, I found a simple solution: I updated my Instagram app on my phone, and the black dots problem immediately went away. I wanted to post about it here for other people who are Googling this problem. Just update your app! Some people were suggesting it was a hardware problem with the phone’s camera, and this is clearly not the case (at least in my case).

See the example below. The first photo is from my phone’s camera, and the second is what it looked like after I uploaded it to Instagram. I used no filters and didn’t adjust any settings. The pic looks perfect in my phone, when I Selected it and tapped Next, the black dots appeared.

Instagram black dots problem solved

Instagram photo with black dots bug

After updating the Instagram app, I tried selecting the photo again, and when I tapped Next, no black dots! Problem solved. To update an app, go to the App Store, tap Updates, scroll down to the app you want to update, and tap the Update button. If this doesn’t solve the problem right away, maybe restart your phone? I dunno. That’s all I got.

Unfortunately there’s no way to replace a photo that’s posted to Instagram, so my choices were either to leave the black dots version up with its likes and comments, or delete the black dots version and upload a new clean version but lose all the likes and comments. I opted to just leave it alone.

Good luck!

6 Responses to “Instagram black dots problem — solved”

  1. Irna says:

    Thanks for posting this. I had exactly the same problem. And it was immediately resolved after I updated the Instagram app.

  2. Erika says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I noticed this problem and never imagined the solution could be so simple. Trying it now and hope not to see any more black dots! It seemed very strange.

  3. Kirstyn says:

    Thank you SO much for this post… This issue was driving me crazy!

  4. Heather says:

    Thank you!!!! Updating it fixed the problem – one photo was completely black when I went to post it. Thanks again for posting this.

  5. Thank you! This was really bothering me, and I felt like I was the only one!!

  6. Terri says:

    This was driving me crazy. I found you through a google search. This fixed the problem right away.

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