[Fix] Why are my Reels blurry on Instagram (2023)

Why are Instagram Reel blurry? How to fix Instagram Reel quality bad? How to upload high quality videos to Instagram? Read this article to find out.

Instagram is a social media application which can be used to share photos and videos on your profile. It was found in 2010 and it was later bought by Facebook Inc. (now known as Meta) in 2012. And since then Facebook has been developing the application.

Instagram Reels

Not only for posting and viewing media content, Instagram can also be used to message your friends on Instagram. Instagram is said to have more than 1 billion monthly active users. It is the 4th most used application, preceded by Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp.

Why is my Instagram Reel blurry?

Short Answer: Instagram Reels are blurry because of the data constraints you have set in the application. There is a possibility that you are not using the correct video format and settings to upload Reels.

Also do check your internet connectivity, your camera settings on the phone, try to upload the video with a correct size and quality. Sometimes, the problem might be with the application itself. Glitches in the applications might also be the reason for bad quality Reels.

How to fix Instagram Reel quality bad

Here are some methods to fix Instagram from uploading your video in a bad quality.

Step 1 – Turn off data saver mode in Instagram

There is an option on your Instagram application, to save some data. This feature is used to save data if you have some data limits, that you don’t want crossed.

  • Open the Instagram application.
  • Now, go to settings and select the account application.
  • There you will find an option called “Cellular Data/Data Usage”.
  • Then, select that option and under the “Use Less Data” title, you will find a toggle switch with “Data Saver”. On iPhones, it is named as “Use Less Cellular Data”. Turn that ON.

Step 2 – Turn on Instagram High Quality Uploads

The option to upload higher quality pictures can be found on the Instagram app itself. If you turn this ON, the high resolution uploads you do to Instagram will remain that way.

  • Open the Instagram application.
  • Go to settings and select the account application.
  • There you will find an option called “Cellular Data/Data Usage”.
  • Under this you will find “High Quality Uploads” option with a toggle switch. Turn that switch ON.

Step 3 – Turn HDR on camera

High Dynamic Range is commonly abbreviated as DHR or HDR. This helps improve the quality of your video or image by capturing all the essential information. And this information is mostly brightness and color related. These are processed on a broader range than normal. So, this range gives you a quality which wasn’t possible with Standard Dynamic Range (SDR).

If your phone supports high quality recording of videos i.e. 1080p or 2K or 4K, you need to turn those settings ON from the camera.

  • Open the settings on your phone camera, search for video quality and set it to the highest available option.
  • And if you are an iPhone user, go to the settings of your phone. Find camera and turn ON “Automatic DHR”.

Step 4 – Check your internet connectivity

Internet connectivity is must for any kind of online service. A slower network speed while uploading or while taking the video on Instagram, might cause a drop in quality. Check out your internet connection. To check your network’s speed, visit www.fast.com. Also, check that your Wi-Fi or cellular data is turned on.

If you are using Wi-Fi, ensure that the Wi-Fi symbol does not have an exclamation mark beside it, try to check your Wi-Fi connection and turn the router OFF and ON again. If that does not solve it, please contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Or If you are using cellular data, make sure it is on and displaying two arrows blinking in the opposite direction, with a H+, 2G, 3G, 4G or 5G beside it.

Step 5 – Update Instagram app

As we know, newer versions of an application give you new features while also fixing any bugs. So, it is recommended to check for new updates regularly.

  • Visit the respective application store on your phone.
  • Search for Instagram, check if there are any new updates available and install it.

Furthermore, some people might have joined beta stages of the application. Beta versions of an application are unstable. They are like experimental modes of the application. So if you have joined beta, wait for a new update or get out of the beta and download a normal or stable version.

Bugs in the application might be the reason your videos are blurry. So, do stay updated with a stable version of the application.

Step 6 – Upload correct format

Upload the correct format of the video to Instagram.

  • Try uploading with the recommended compatible aspect ratio i.e. 1080*1920 pixels. So, the aspect ratio in full screen mode is 9:16 and 4:5 on Instagram feed.
  • Also, the Reels should be of the time duration of 1 minute / 60 seconds (or less) – which is the maximum.

If you try uploading with aspect ratio greater than the recommended amount, your video will be compressed, resized and the final product will be blurry.

Step 7 – Clear cache and data

Cache is the storage of the data by the application, to process future requests by the user faster. Also, the cache gets stacked up after each encounter with the application. It is recommended to clear cache once in a while.

  • Go to applications in settings
  • Select Instagram, go to storage settings and clear cache.

Also you can clear all the data from Instagram. This will log you out of the application. But this is not an issue, it will be like opening a newly installed application.

  • Go to the applications in settings.
  • Select Instagram, go to storage settings and select clear data. Once you click on it, it will ask you just to confirm the choice. Select Ok and the data will be cleared.

Clearing cache will remove bugs and make the application faster. Clearing data will remove all the settings, files and media and opening the app again will be like a fresh interaction. Everything should be normal after this process

Step 8 – Clean install Instagram

Uninstalling and reinstalling an application removes any bugs in the software. This process is known as clean installing.

  • Go to the respective application store on your device.
  • Search for Instagram and uninstall it.
  • Wait for a few minutes, say one minute.
  • Then, install Instagram again.

Step 9 – Use Instagram Camera

If your videos are getting blurry when you upload videos taken from your camera, it is time to mix things up. As you know, Instagram is basically a media sharing service. And it has its own camera to record videos and take pictures.

  • Open the Instagram Application and click on the your story option. There you can select Reels option and record your video.
  • This video will not be blurry, because you record it from Instagram. Instagram takes care of all the specifications like aspect ratio, video quality and sound too. So, you will not have to worry about quality anymore.

Step 10 – Contact Instagram Support

Instagram Help Center website contains various how to guides for various things on Instagram. It also has various FAQs that have been answered by Instagram’s customer support itself.

Instagram Help Center
Instagram Help Center

In the search bar titled “Search help articles”, type in your own question or problem regarding the Reels. It will be answered by the Instagram users community or by the customer service representatives itself.

This link – https://help.instagram.com/270447560766967/?helpref=hc_fnav has all the information you require for Instagram Reels. Check out that list of FAQs and guides and see if you can find a question related to your particular issue.

How to upload high quality videos to Instagram?

High quality videos can be uploaded by using the Instagram Camera itself. So, if you take the video from the app, the video will meet all the specifications required.

Instagram camera can be used to take pictures and videos. So next time instead of uploading the videos as Reels from your phone, record it from Instagram.

As previously stated in the article, you can enable the highest quality recording on your camera. Highest quality means no more blurry videos. And makes sure that you have the recommended video settings. Otherwise, the video gets cropped and compressed in size. You might lose some important thing you wanted in the video.

Another way is to use a video editing software. Editing software lets you control all aspects of the video like aspect ratio, size, quality and all the other enhancement options. So, install an application and upload your video to it. Do the tweaks you require and make sure that it follows Instagram Reels guidelines. After all this is done, you can upload the video to Instagram. The video uploaded will be clear.

So, those are the three ways you can upload high quality videos to Instagram. Furthermore, you can look at the few steps mentioned in the article to get rid of the blurry videos or fix them.


Q1. What are the maximum and minimum sizes of videos that can be uploaded to Instagram?

The maximum and minimum sizes that Instagram accepts in Reels and posts are 60 seconds and 3 seconds respectively. And Instagram Story lets you upload videos of 10 seconds. But, IGTV is the only exception. It allows videos from 15 seconds to 10 minutes.

Q2. In the reels page I am not getting relevant videos. How to make them more relevant?

The Reels page and explore page work on an AI algorithm. It gets you the next video depending on the times you interact with a certain genre of videos. If you like puppies and watch those, you will get puppy videos in the future too. Or if you like car videos, car videos will be more.

So next time you get a video you don’t like, don’t interact with it in any way. Don’t even report that, “I’m not interested” – because this also counts as interacting with it. Just don’t watch it. Only find and watch what interests you. The algorithm will improve itself after that.

Q3. Who can view my Reels on Instagram?

Instagram Reels depend on the type of account you control. If you have a public account, your reels will be shared with the public from all around the world. And if your account is private, they will only visible to your followers.

Final Words

We get to know about Instagram Reels and why they are blurry. And I have listed a few ways to fix this problem. Hope these help you solve your issue. Also, I have mentioned a few ways to upload high quality videos to Instagram. Hope this article helps you. That is all folks.

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