Instagram Hashtags Not Working [Solution – 2019]

Why Use Hashtags?

Hashtags are one of the biggest trends on the internet right now. They’re a very useful tool which allows people to collate related data, connecting it across different channels and cutting through some of the noise generated by social media’s immense popularity. For example, if you’ve got a great picture of your new puppy in sunglasses, you might want to link it up with other people who’ve posted similar pictures, and you can do this using a hashtag. Hashtags are a great way to generate more user engagement and connect up with the right people, so you know those who find your posts are more likely to be interested in them.

Instagram Hashtags Not Working!

Instagram Hashtags Not Working!

Hashtags Not Working

However, Instagram hashtags aren’t always a dream come true. Sometimes they simply don’t work, which is frustrating and makes it harder to get your content noticed. If you’ve just spent half an hour deciding on 30 great tags to fit with your image, only to find that Instagram tags aren’t working, it’s extremely annoying. There are a few different reasons why your hashtags might not be working.

  • You tried to use a banned hashtag. There are a number of these, and using even one can cause your content not to display properly. Check their list of banned hashtags to make sure this isn’t the case for you. Instagram’s banned hashtags are often on sensitive topics (e.g. anorexia), but can also relate to perfectly innocent phrases which are simply too over-used to be useful.
  • You used a limited hashtag. While these aren’t banned, they can affect the way in which your photos appear in searches and how they are categorised. Again, find out what these hashtags are, decide how they will affect your search, and choose whether to include them or not.
  • Instagram is suffering from some serious issues with their hashtags at the moment, and hasn’t clarified what is going on, despite user frustrations; you may be on the receiving end of these difficulties. It seems that photos aren’t displaying under certain searches for no apparent reason, or that there are long delays before they appear. Followers may be seeing the images, but not non-followers, or they may not be reaching anyone under particular tags.

How To Deal With The Issues

To prevent your photo from disappearing, avoid using any banned hashtags, and be aware of your use of limited hashtags, making sure they aren’t going to make your photo appear in the wrong places. Using your hashtags carefully stops you from getting caught by automatic spam filters, and ensures your content ends up in the right place.

Because it appears to be a site issue, dealing with the final problem isn’t very easy. You could try searching the hashtags you want to use before posting the picture, and seeing if any recent content shows. If it does, this may be a sign that yours will work. Alternatively, try deleting and re-uploading an image. Complaints have been made to Instagram, but at present the company has not come forward with any solutions or answers.

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By |2019-01-01T13:11:19+00:00February 10th, 2018|Categories: Instagram Issues|55 Comments


  1. Team_Patrol February 21, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    None of our hastags are working on instagram.

    • famoid February 22, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Hey there, do not publish anything for 24-72 hours. If you can, just delete some photos you already shared with many hashtags.
      It’ll be okay after some hours.

  2. Rothstein February 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Still not working, this is so annoying.

    • famoid February 22, 2018 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Hey there, do not publish anything for 24-72 hours. If you can, just delete some photos you already shared with many hashtags.
      It’ll be okay after some hours.

  3. Ecramerart February 23, 2018 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Mine aren’t working either. Deleted post, and will hold off until Monday. Super frustrating, I messaged them on all media platforms and have been ignored so far.

    • famoid February 23, 2018 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Hey there,

      Did you share many photos with many hashtags?

      Thank you!

  4. Colten D February 24, 2018 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I havent posted in about 6 months and my hashtags still are not working

    • famoid February 24, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Try sharing 2-3 photos without any hashtags, then share one with hashtags.

      Thank you!

  5. Andrew February 24, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Just posted one photo this morning and no hashtags are working not even my own!

    • famoid February 24, 2018 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Hey Andrew,

      Try sharing 1-2 photos without any hashtag after 24-48 hours share new one with hashtags!

      Thank you!

  6. hasaan February 26, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I’ve deleted all the tags from all my pictures and I’m gonna take a gap of 3 days, do you think that’ll solve the problem of pictures not showing up on any tags?

    • famoid February 27, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Hey there, most probably it gonna be resolved!

      Thank you!

  7. widabou March 4, 2018 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Hi, i just want to inform you that the hashtags that i use now at present posts are not working. As in, only my followers are liking my posts. otherwise i used to get likes in a minute after posting. i don’t really know what is happening. Is there a solution?

    • famoid March 5, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Hey there,

      Did you use many hashtags in your last photos or something?

  8. Nog Nicholas March 6, 2018 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Nothing works. No matter how much time off I take between posts, or how many or what tags I use, it doesn’t work.

    Nothing works. Not even if I create a new hashtag and only use that. This is so frustrating and the fact that instagram is doing NOTHING about it in any of their updates the past 3 years when this problem first became serious.

    I have a theory on why Instagram is not fixing this problem. They are forcing you to pay to promote your account. I mean, what other choice do you have to promote your account if the hashtags don’t work?

  9. Ben March 7, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Hi same problem here and they don’t respond to my messages either

    • famoid March 7, 2018 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Hey there,

      Did you share many photos with many hashtags in last 4-5 days?

      Thank you!

    • Illa A.S September 24, 2018 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Same here!! It’s frustrating :”( profile is set to public and my non-followers can’t likes the pictures I posted (typically every minute I’ll get a like) and no matter how many hashtags I deleted and use only one, my post hashtag still doesn’t work!

  10. RSharma March 8, 2018 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Now ,I am not getting followers & in my post hashtags doesn’t working .

  11. Geoff K March 10, 2018 at 1:56 am - Reply

    I just started a secondary account. I have posted a few pictures that I would have expected to get at least some likes, if not follows. When I click the hashtags, in two cases there is nothing there (they are based on my new account) and when I use established hashtags, my pictures aren’t there – some of them are small, local hashtags so they wouldn’t be lost in the crowd). So, I went to my primary account and clicked the hashtags to see if maybe I couldn’t see the pics from the posted account – nope, nothing there. So I used the same hashtags from my primary personal account and the picture I used the hashtag with showed up instantly by using the hashtag. Very weird, almost as if my secondary account is behaving like it’s private, but its’ not. I messaged instagram, but based on everything I’ve been reading, I suspect I won’t be hearing from them. Any thoughts from this group?

    • Max March 20, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      I haave the same problem

    • Crystal April 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      I’m having the same problem with my secondary account as well. It’s incredibly frustrating since it’s a new arm of my business that I’m trying to promote locally using hashtags. I even went ahead and did a small promotion and the hashtags are still not working a week after that.

      • Cris April 13, 2018 at 11:36 am - Reply

        hi, same problem here and i reported the problem to instagram but nothing…

  12. Rex Singleton March 11, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    My hashtage stopped working ahwile ago as well. I have a theory, I have not switched to a business account because I don’t want to pay to have my existing followers see my posts. Everyday IG puts a ad in my feed to “switch to a business account”. They know i have a business and am not switching over. I think they have turned off my hashtags to try and force me to switch to a business account. Just a theory, but all of a sudden my pics are only being liked by followers. I am hashtagging photography centric things not anything scandalous or sex related. I too have sent messages only to have them ignored. There is this other thing people have been talking about “shadow banned” this may be it to.. i dont know.. Very frustrating

  13. Shobair March 14, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

    xxx instagram support center , i sent 3 emails but they never answer it . xxx xxx xxx . i’m a pro graphic designer with 23k followers and also adobe company follow me but instagram banned my hashtags and i can not use any kind of hashtags

  14. Brad March 17, 2018 at 4:58 am - Reply

    I just realized my hashtags have not been working and/or all of them are now broken. Makes no sense and I am so upset. Doesn’t seem to be any solution either

    • famoid March 17, 2018 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Hey Brad,

      Did you try deleting of your last 4-5 photos?

  15. داش ایمان March 22, 2018 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    hi admin
    im from iran and read you issue and comments
    today my hashtag are blocked 🙁
    that is very bad from instagram .

    • famoid March 22, 2018 at 11:28 pm - Reply

      Hey there,

      Did you try deleting of your last 4-5 photos?

  16. Ken March 26, 2018 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Same problem… I’ve messaged IG many times over the past 3+ weeks sans an answer. This is not only frustrating but incredibly UNPROFESSIONAL!

    Make my hashtags work again!!!

  17. OdotWoug March 28, 2018 at 4:17 pm - Reply

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    • famoid March 28, 2018 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Hey there,

      You can subscribe the blog by clicking the link below content.

      Thank you!

  18. Christine March 29, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Hi, I have recently added a new instagram account. When I use hashtags, they do not work. I have tried deleting pictures and uploading them again. I have also posted them on my private accout and hashtags use fine from that account to the same tags. Do you know what I should do to fix this?

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    • famoid April 3, 2018 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      Appreciated for your response!

  20. Vinoth Kanna Ganesan April 2, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Hashtags are not showing up the photos shared.

  21. Crystal April 5, 2018 at 2:39 am - Reply

    My hashtags stopped working a month ago. I went two weeks without posting and I have tried re-installing, being careful with hashtags and so on. Nothing works. This is stupid.

  22. YeCozy April 13, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I have the same problem with my business account, what should I do? I have already deleted the photos and deleted all the #… but still doesn’t work…

  23. MrMagoo April 14, 2018 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Same problem, I cannot post any hashtags. Error message tells me I’m using too many, even I just try one.

  24. Tom April 17, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

    “I am just starting to learn about all of this. Thanks for your help!”

  25. K April 19, 2018 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Same problem still. Posting one pic tonight with no hashtags, will only hit my followers, but it’s going to seriously limit my growth. 🙁

  26. Marcus April 19, 2018 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Same issue happening to my acc now. My new post does not appear in any hashtag despite i’ve checked they are not banned hashtags, and i only used 10 hashtags. Furthermore, all my older posts have disappeared too in all the hashtags i used! Crying out loud!

    I’ve already deleted all the hashtags from my previous posts and for the current one too. Then i started to include only one regular hashtag with only 20 posts inside, still not working.
    Sigh~ Anyone has a solution for me please?

    • Dr. Bizarro May 18, 2018 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      Dod your hashtags work again. Same problem. Jad a photo removed by them all mymold photosmdeleted from all hashtags. Now nothing shows in any. Ive emailed them reported problem. Just wondering when and if ban will be lifted @bizarredoctor

  27. Luke April 21, 2018 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    It only seems to pick out certain photos. I posted one and posted it again 4 weeks later but the image still had the same problem. No idea why. Contacted insta 6 times as i use it to promote my photography business, and as you say, no response at all.

  28. Charissee April 24, 2018 at 2:08 am - Reply

    If you are on private, your tag won’t work.

  29. Crystal April 27, 2018 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    The whole point of instagram is now pointless.

  30. L September 2, 2018 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    Started a whole new account and still no hashtags are working. I did everything posted here and nothing worked. I even used hashtags that have never been used and nothing. I wrote if support several times and never had a response yet. My final solution is to just go back to facebook.

  31. sam boland September 15, 2018 at 11:53 am - Reply

    my hashtags don’t work on all my accounts that I have they was working for a while but have now stopped

  32. Kaja September 24, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I have had problems With my account for two weeks. Reported to IG but noe response. See from other posts her, that I might not get any answer at all.
    So what to do? Anyone know WHY this is happening? Account is not private, has workde through hashtags all the time (for years), never used hashtags that are sleezy and so on. Deleted and installed app again. Deleted hashtags and photos. Have tried to not post photos over several days… Tried to Google it to find out more..
    SO, why is this really happening. Does anyone have any answers??

  33. FSA September 27, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I am resending my comment. I have the same problem with my hashtags,. I posted one picture 4 days ago and the hashtags were not working. Today, my picture slowly started showing up in the hashtags. One more thing, I usually open my Instagram on my computer and it is weird that the hashtag works. I just posted today one picture and it shows in all the hashtags but not in my mobile phone at all. Has anyone have the same experience and why is this so? Thank you for any feedback.

    • famoid September 29, 2018 at 12:45 am - Reply

      Many people have that issue, Instagram needs to resolve it 🙁

  34. Katie Beecher October 11, 2018 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Ever since I was hacked none of my hashtags work and I can’t add new ones. IG has zero customer support, probably because they are owned by Facebook. None of the solutions work. Beyond frustrating. It would be great if they cared about fixing problems or receiving customer feedback and actually assigned people to listen or take care of things but I doubt that will ever happen.

  35. Horácio Mones December 5, 2018 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    My hashtag problem begin when my account dissapear after bè hacked. I create a new one with same nane and therefore no one hashtag work. Not only this, I cant switch to commercial account or link with Facebook account. It’s a shame. I need It to my work. What van I try ti do? Could you help me?

    • famoid December 5, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Hey there,
      Please do not take any action for 72 hours (at least) then everything will be normalized automatically, it’s a temporary problem.

  36. Nayati January 11, 2019 at 3:02 am - Reply

    It happened to my business account, it was a public account, at the beginning of this year, my post got fewer likes, and there are no discover from hashtag since then. I can see it from the insight, there no “From Hashtag” like the other post last year. And then I try to cut some hashtag on my post, but it doesn’t work at all. I used to use until 30 hashtags, but I never got a problem. I already sent report bug to Instagram. I thought it was a new Instagram algorithm thing.

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