POPULAR social media app Instagram has confused users by constantly asking them to confirm their date of birth.
For the unlucky among you, a bug may have caused this to pop up repeatedly every time you open the app – but why is Instagram asking for your birthday?
Why is Instagram asking for my birthday?
When you first set up your account, Instagram will ask for your date of birth to verify that you are old enough to use the site.
This doesn’t just apply to personal accounts – business and pet accounts also require a date of birth in order for you to create them.
Occasionally, when apps are updated along with new features, glitches can occur, and Instagram is no different.
A recurring update bug for the app forces users to enter their birthday when opening the app – this happens repeatedly every time they use Instagram.
This error message usually says, “Before you can continue using Instagram, you must provide your date of birth, even if this account is something like a business or pet.”
In some cases, users have also found that their account was blocked after entering their birth details as the app continued to be buggy.
Usually, this error gets fixed shortly after it occurs and will not affect your Instagram usage in the long-term.
What is the Instagram age restriction?
Instagram has some age-related features that help keep kids safe on the app – the first is an age restriction.
You must be over 13 to set up an Instagram account to prevent very young children from accessing the site.
If an account is opened by someone under the age of 16, the profile is automatically private.
This prevents someone who isn’t following you from seeing your images and allows the user to control who can and can’t follow them.
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Additionally, Instagram blocks adults from messaging teens they don’t follow.
While the machine learning technology already filters out potentially harmful messages from the main direct message inbox, this system notifies the adult that they cannot send a message to the teen.
All of this is to make children safer online, but it is dependent on the birthday entered being correct.
What to do if your Instagram account is blocked?
It’s against Instagram’s Acceptable Use Rules to withhold your date of birth. So if you ignore the popup, you may get banned.
Most Instagram locks only last around 24 hours. So if you don’t want to check how many likes your latest picture has, just wait it out.
For the less patient ones out there, you can also delete and reinstall the app to try clearing the cache so you can get back to the app.
This tends to work for people who have been booted out of the app due to an error – deleting and re-downloading can work wonders for any apps facing temporary glitches.
There are five main reasons you might get banned from Instagram: breaking the law, violating intellectual property rights, posting harmful or hateful content, bot accounts, and using banned hashtags.
That includes what the AI perceives as nudity — even in your stories about close friends.
In cases where the ban is due to something you did, or Instagram believes you broke the rules, there is an appeal path.
Sign in to Instagram as usual and follow the on-screen instructions. This will walk you through the appeal process and most likely get you back watching reels in no time.
Avoid doing anything against the site’s rules of use and you should feel free to scroll without hesitation.
If you take the ban or glitch as a happy escape, you can always deactivate your Instagram account.
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