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An Instagram Stories iOS glitch forced repeat viewing, can be fixed with an update - The Verge

An Instagram Stories iOS glitch forced repeat viewing, can be fixed with an update - The Verge

If you keep having to flip through the same Instagram stories, you’re not alone. iPhone users were affected by a bug that caused the app to forget which ones they already viewed. A new update in the App Store (v239.1) fixes it.

Instagram Stories have been misbehaving for some users on iOS, making it so that they have to rewatch all of someone’s stories before they’re able to see new ones. The issue has affected several Verge staff members since Monday, and some Reddit users have reported the same thing is happening to them.

On Wednesday morning, Instagram released an update in the App Store that seems to have resolved the issue. If you’re having issues, make sure to check for the update and see if your app is on the latest version, which is 239.1. The update’s notes merely say, “The latest version contains bug fixes and performance improvements,” but Verge staffers and others on social media say it has brought the repeating Stories problem to an end.

Meta spokesperson Christine Pai told The Verge in an email that the company is “aware that some people are having trouble accessing Instagram Stories.” Pai said Instagram is “working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible” and apologizes for the inconvenience.

The root issue seems to be that Instagram doesn’t remember where you left off when viewing someone’s stories. For example, if one of my friends has posted five stories and I look at four of them before swiping away, the next time I tap on their icon, I should see their fifth story. Instead, Instagram is currently making me go back through the four I’ve already seen each time I go to view the story. The problem also crops up when someone posts a new story to their feed.

New iOS update out now fixes the repeat stories bug.

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