7 Ways to Fix Instagram Keeps Saying Song is Unavailable

Instagram added the Music functionality back in 2018, which allows users to add music to stories and reels. While it’s a great feature, many users are facing a problem where they are seeing the “This song is unavailable on Instagram” message.

Moreover, some other users are encountering “this song is currently unavailable” or “song unavailable” messages. If you are also facing a similar issue, read on to check out the ways to fix the Instagram keeps saying song is unavailable issue.

In most cases, Instagram shows the This song is currently unavailable error because of a bug or glitch. However, this can also appear if you are using an Instagram business account, and it overlaps with copyright infringement. Moreover, it can be because the song you are trying to add is not available in your region.

How to Fix This Song Is Unavailable on Instagram

No matter why you are seeing the error message on your Instagram account when you try to add a reel or try to listen to an already shared reel video’s song. Read on in the later part of the article to find out ways to fix the issue.

Check Your Internet Connection

The first thing you need to do after getting the error message is to check your internet connection, as the issue might be due to weak or unstable connectivity. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Close the Instagram app.
  • Turn off your internet connection.
  • Wait for a few minutes or connect to a stable network.
  • Next, turn on the data.
  • Again, open Instagram and check if the issue has been fixed or not.

Update the Instagram App

If you are connected to a stable internet connection, check if there is an update available for the app or not, as the issue could be because you are using an outdated version of the Instagram app. Here’s how you can update the app:

Update the Instagram App
  1. Open the Google Play Store or App Store on your device.
  2. Search for Instagram in the search box and open the app page.
  3. Check if there is an update available or not. If yes, tap the Update button to install it.
  4. Once done, check if the issue has been resolved or not.

Clear Cache Data (Android)

Clearing cache data also fixes the issue for most users. Here’s how you can clear the Instagram cache on your Android phone.

  1. Long-press the Instagram app icon.
  2. Tap on App info or the ‘i’ icon.
  3. On the next screen, tap on Storage & cache or Manage Storage, depending on your device.
  4. Finally, tap Clear Cache.

If you are an iPhone user, you can offload it. Otherwise, move on to the next method.

Reinstall the App

If updating and clearing the cache of the Instagram app does not fix the issue, you can try reinstalling the Instagram app. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Uninstall the Instagram app from your device.
  2. Restart the device.
  3. Next, open the Google Play Store or App Store.
  4. Search for Instagram and open the app page.
  5. Tap the Install button to download it.
  6. Once done, log in to your account using your credentials.

Finally, check if the issue has been fixed or not. If not, move on to the next fix.

Wait for a Few Days

If even updating or reinstalling the Instagram app does not fix the issue, you need to wait a few days until Instagram fixes the issue on its own.

Some Reddit users have reported that they can use or listen to the song after a few days from when they get the This song is currently unavailable message. Hence, wait for a few days or a few weeks, and the issue should be fixed by Instagram.

Use a VPN

If you continuously seeing this song is unavailable in your country, you need to use a VPN, as it changes your IP address to another country or server you choose and masks the original one, and you will be able to get rid of the error message. Simply install a VPN app from the Play Store or App Store and connect to a server other than yours, then check if the issue is fixed or not.

Use a VPN

Use a Video Editing Tool to Add Song

If changing the region does not fix the issue and you are still seeing “this song is unavailable” while trying to add music to your reel or story, then you need to use an app to create your reel or story with that particular audio.

There are tens of hundreds of video tools and apps available online that you can use to add music to a video or photo. Simply add the music and then post the video or post it into your reel or add it to your Instagram story, no matter whether the song is available in your region or not.

How to Replace Unavailable Audio on Existing Reels

It’s frustrating to see a reel with “this song is currently available,” no matter whether someone has told you that a particular reel’s audio is unavailable, you uploaded it, or you just saw it on your own. Worry not; you can simply replace the audio with another one. Just follow the below steps:

How to Replace Unavailable Audio on Existing Reels?
  1. Open the Instagram app on your phone.
  2. Head over to the reel with the unavailable song.
  3. As soon as you open the reel, you will see an error stating, “The audio track in your reel is no longer available” with a Replace button. Tap on the Replace audio.
  4. On the Edit section, you will see a Replace audio option; tap on it.
  5. Choose a new song from the catalog.
  6. Finally, select the part of the audio you want to use for your reel, then tap Done.

Note that, you can only change the song once. After that, you will not see the Replace audio option under the Edit section as well.

Wrapping Up

So, these are some of the best troubleshooting ways through which you can fix the Instagram keeps saying the song is an unavailable error. I hope one of the methods listed in this article helped you resolve the issue. If you have any questions related to the article, do let us know in the comments below.

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Harsh Saxena

Hi! I am Harsh and I write about technology on different websites. I frequently write about these topics and cover them. I am available on Twitter at @Harsh4saxena or Email me at harsh4saxena@gmail.com to send in your feedback and tips. Worked at GadgetsToUse, BrowserToUse, DailyTechByte, FreshFounder, and with many other websites as an author and researcher.

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