Instagram Videos Blurry? Best Solutions to Fix It!

Mar 10, 2023
Updated • Mar 10, 2023

You know the deal. You’re almost there, feeling the sweet breeze of Instagram stardom. You’ve meticulously dissected every viral video to discover the secret formula and made your dog’s life unbearable for the past few weeks. However, when you finally upload the video to your story, it looks terrible and no AI is there to help you.

You’re not happy at all, and Buddy’s furiously chasing after his tail in disappointment. What went wrong? As it turns out, it can be a number of things. Some culprits can be a poor internet connection, not using the latest version of Instagram, and the wrong aspect ratio or quality. So, let’s take a more detailed look at some possible solutions.

Instagram Videos Blurry? Best Solutions to Fix It!

Check your connection

Sometimes the video might look blurry if it was uploaded with a poor connection. If your connection speed is slow, try to upload it from elsewhere or even with mobile data.

Adjust settings on Instagram

Maybe the video is okay, but your Instagram settings aren’t. There’s a feature called Data Saver, which reduces media quality with less data being transferred, which helps you reduce your mobile bill. Toggling it off may allow you to check videos with higher quality. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open Instagram and select your profile.
  2. Tap the menu button at the top right.
  3. Go to Settings > Account > Cellular Data Use
  4. Switch the Data Saver feature off.


Take a Look at These Tips for Uploading Instagram Videos

Use Instagram for shooting

Just like the popular proverb, if you can’t beat them, join them! When you use Instagram’s built-in camera feature, the app will save the file as it was recorded, that is, the optimal quality you chose. You can get started by pressing the “+” icon and tapping on “video”.

This way, what happens on Instagram stays on Instagram, but at least you know the quality won’t be reduced.

Resize the video yourself

Instagram doesn’t like it when you deliver something that doesn’t comply with its requirements. This means that any video that isn’t of the correct size, aspect ratio, and format might be compressed and cropped (the horror!) by the app itself.

To avoid this, try to upload videos that meet these requirements:

  • Up to 4GB in size.
  • 1:1, 4:5 or 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Preferably MP4 format. 
  • 30 frames per second

You don’t need to be a pro for this, either. There are a lot of user-friendly video editors out there that can do the job effortlessly. 

Upload 4K videos

Blur this, Instagram! You can try uploading 4K videos to get enhanced quality on Instagram. Of course, remember that 4K videos take a lot more space than FullHD ones, so be mindful of the file size.

You’ll need special equipment for this, too. A good camera or smartphone can help you to capture footage in 4K, but you’ll need a 4K video editor later, too.

Hopefully, these tips help you reach the top when it comes to Instagram quality videos. 


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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