You’ve added an Instagram Story. Maybe a picture or a video. 

But as soon as you’ve uploaded it and you launch it for the first time, you observe that your story is a bit blurry.

The quality of the picture on your device vs the quality of your Instagram story don’t match.

Have you observed the same problem?

If yes, this blog post is for you.

Throughout this blog post, we’ll try to understand why your Instagram stories look blurry and potential solutions.

I’m so excited to share this with you.

Let’s dive in straight away.

Why are My Instagram Stories Blurry?

Did you know that Instagram limits the quality and size of the story you upload to 1080px max? 

This means that even if you have the highest-quality camera that takes a 4000 x 3000 pixels photo or video, then Instagram will compress your story, which means the size and quality of your story will be lowered.

Sucks, doesn’t it?

If your picture or video doesn’t fit the 1080 x 1980 pixels criteria and is higher than that, then it will definitely be compressed. 

For videos, the aspect ratio should be between 1.91:1 and 9:16. Also, the minimum Frame Per Second should be 30 FPS. Lastly, it’s important to note that the maximum Story length should be no more than 15 seconds. 

But if you think – your picture and video size fit the criteria yet still they are getting blurry, then it may be a completely different problem.

It must be something else. 

Allow us to share different reasons why you may be seeing this problem:

Your Picture or Video isn’t Optimized

As we said already, Instagram limits the size and quality of pictures and videos that users upload to 1080. The default limit is 1080 x 1920 pixels– and if your picture or video exceeds this mark, then Instagram will use the compression feature to compress the quality of your image.

As stated by Instagram:

Your Picture isn’t Optimized

For videos:

And if these are the scenarios, then that’s the reason why you think your story seems blurry.

Your Video isn’t Optimized

A good solution here is to compress the image or video yourself. There are numerous compression software available on the internet that’ll help you compress the size of the image without compromising on the quality. One of my personal favorites is Reduce Images. While there may be some compromise on the quality – that’ll be under your control. You can also use Canva & Snapseed for the same. 

If you are looking forward to compressing videos, Handbreak is a good platform for video compression.

NOTE – It’s important to note that if you’re uploading a really small or low-resolution image or video and uploading it as a story, then Instagram may stretch it – which may result in it looking blurry. So, while uploading the story, we’d advise you to be careful. 

Your Internet Connection Sucks

If your internet connection sucks, then while trying to load your Instagram story, you’ll see it as blurry. While it may seem blurry to you, that’s just because of your internet connection. The story is already in high-quality and you aren’t able to see it as a result of your poor internet connection. 

A good method is to switch to Wi-Fi or head over to a good network area. If your Wi-Fi connection sucks, try switching to mobile data. However, if you want to don’t want to restrict yourself while using Instagram via mobile data, then it’s important to turn off the data saver from within the application.

You can do this by following these exact steps:

  • Head over to your profile
  • Click on the three-vertical-line in the top-right corner.
  • Select “Settings.”
  • Click on “Account.”
  • Select “Cellular Data use.”
  • Here, if the data saver is turned on, you need to turn it off. 

NOTE – When the data saver is turned on, then your photos and videos won’t load in advance to help you save the data. This may be the reason why you aren’t seeing your Instagram stories as high-quality.

We’d advise you to reach out to one of your followers and ask them whether your Instagram Stories are looking blurry on their end as well. If multiple people say yes, then it may either be related to compression (the first point) or it may be something else.

Update Your Instagram Application

Using an older version of Instagram? In that case, we’d advise you to switch to the latest version. While this may not really be the case, you shouldn’t miss anything out.

If you have an outdated Instagram mobile application, head over to App or Play store and update the application straight away. 

Problem With Your Phone Backup

This may only be the case if you have recently backed up your phone. Chances are that your backed-up images and videos would have been damaged or may not have been restored properly.

And if that’s the case, then if you upload these stories to your Instagram, then they may not look and feel the highest quality.

To confirm if this is the problem, we’d advise you to carefully analyze the restored images or photos. Or you can also click new photos or videos and try uploading them on Instagram.

If those don’t look blurry, then it’s a backup problem. If they look blurry, then it may be something else.


And these may be the reasons why your Instagram stories are appearing blurry. 

If you think there’s a different solution that worked for you, don’t forget to drop it in the comment section.

Thanks for reading!

And as always, love you guys!

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