How to fix Instagram Threads "Not permitted" error

Instagram Threads not permitted error message

Instagram Threads not permitted error message

While there are many that found the launch for Instagram Threads to be quite the mess, there's no shortage of people boarding the Meta-powered hype train. Unfortunately, some of these people have encountered an error message saying their account is not permitted.

Instagram Threads is being marketed as an alternative to Twitter, resulting in many comparisons between the two apps. A lot of Twitter users have been looking for an alternative to the platform since it was acquired by Elon Musk in 2022.

Errors like this are frustrating to deal with, but let's see if it's a big enough inconvenience to send you back to Twitter.

What does the not permitted error message mean in Instagram Threads?

There is a variety of possible reasons for error messages to show up on Instagram Threads, but in this case, some are more prevalent than others. These are some of the more likely causes behind getting the not permitted error message in Instagram Threads:

  • Instagram Threads isn't available in your area.
  • You do not have a valid Instagram account.
  • Instagram Threads is experiencing server issues or undergoing maintenance.
  • Bugs or glitches in the app.

Users usually encounter this error message when they are trying to log into Instagram Threads. The "Not permitted" pop-up is accompanied by a message that says "Sorry, your account does not meet the requirements to use Threads. Try logging in with a different account."

How to fix Instagram Threads not permitted error message

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Getting rid of the not permitted error message on Instagram Threads can be done in a number of ways depending on what is causing it to show up.

Here are some of the things you can try to get yourself logged into the app:

  • Check if the app has been officially launched in your region. Threads did not launch right away in some countries, most likely due to data privacy policies. If the app is not yet available in your area, you'll have no other choice but to wait.
  • Make sure your Instagram account is active. Threads is currently tied to Instagram. If your Instagram account has been suspended or deactivated, it will affect your ability to log into threads.
  • Check for any server issues. You can check the server status of Instagram Threads through third party sites like If you find that it is experiencing issues or going through maintenance, you'll have to wait it out before attempting to log in again.
  • Clear the app's cache. Doing this will get rid of any outdated or corrupt files that may prevent an app from functioning properly. You can try doing this on both the Instagram app and the Threads app.
  • Check for app updates. Updating an app to its latest version can sometimes help resolve certain issues. Make sure to always check for updates on apps you use consistently.

That's pretty much all we have on the Instagram Threads not permitted error message at the moment. If you're still having trouble logging in after trying everything listed above, you can try contacting the Instagram Help Center.

Keep in mind, Threads is still pretty new so going through several bugs and issues are to be expected. But, if you were successful in logging into your Threads account, why not check out the app's NSFW policy?

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