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How to Allow Instagram Access to Photos

Published April 28, 2024

As a social media site that got its start with photo sharing, being able to access your photos is a necessity. If you want to share photos on this popular platform with your friends, family, and followers, you will need to know how to allow Instagram access to photos. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to do exactly that on an iPhone and Android.

How to Allow Instagram Access to Photos on an iPhone

Allowing IG access to your photos is quite simple. Take the following steps:

  1. Tap on the Settings icon on your phone
  2. Scroll down to Privacy & Security and tap on it
  3. Look for Photos and tap it
  4. Find Instagram within the list of apps that displays and tap on it
  5. Tap on either Limited Access or Full Access depending on your level of comfort

How to Allow Instagram Access to Photos on an Android

Giving IG access to your photos on an Android is just as easy as it is to do on an iPhone. Here are the steps you need to take to do so:

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone
  2. Head to Applications or App Permissions, depending on what phone you have
  3. Once in the permissions section, locate the option giving you the ability to allow or deny Instagram access to your photos
  4. Toggle the switch to enable accessing of your photos by the Instagram app

Note: The above steps may look slightly different depending on what phone you have, but it will be easy to find.

Common Issues

While it is fairly easy to grant Instagram access to the photos on your phone, you may come across certain issues.

The following are common issues and how you can resolve them:

Issue #1: You are unable to see your photos in the Instagram app

Solution: Make sure that any photos you are attempting to upload to Instagram are not set as “Private” within your phone’s photo library. Additionally, check to make sure you are running the newest version of the IG app, as well as your Android OS.

Issue #2: Instagram is requesting access to your photos even though you already gave it permission

Solution: Revoke the current permissions Instagram has to access your photos and grant it permission once more. If this does not fix the issue, you can restart your phone and try again.

Issue #3: You are receiving error messages when attempting to upload images

Solution: Your internet connection may be weak or non-existent. Make sure you have a solid data or Wi-Fi connection before trying to re-upload your photos.

Best Practices for Instagram Photo Access

In order to make sure you have as easy of a time with Instagram accessing photos, make sure you follow these best practices:

  • Make sure you keep the IG app, as well as your Android OS, up to date.
  • Maintain enough free storage on your phone for images you would like to upload.
  • Upload a few photos first as a test before trying to upload a massive amount.
  • Upload photos when network congestion is lower for faster upload speeds.


Instagram is not Instagram without sharing photos, even though videos have become a major content type. Now that you know how you can give Instagram access to your photos, as well as troubleshoot issues that sometimes come up, you can easily share photos with your family, friends, and followers.

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Jessica is a writer who specializes in social media, marketing, and digital strategy. She is a graduate of Antioch College and earned her MBA at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, specializing in STEM Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and mainstream publications. She lives in New England with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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