Reels Thumbnail not appearing in Instagram DM [Fix]

In this guide, we will show you a potential workaround that should help you fix the issue of Reels thumbnails not appearing in Instagram DM. While this photo and video-sharing platform was itself on a meteoric rise, however, with the introduction of these short video clips, it seems to be reaching new heights every other week.

Moroever, these Reels could easily be shared as a direct message to any of your friends via a Direct Message. However, this process seems to be currently not working along the expected lines for some. While Instagram users are still able to send the reels via DM, however, its thumbnail does not appear.

Reels Thumbnail not appearing in Instagram DM

Instead of that, there is a rainbow-colored screen with the Tap to View Reel message in the front. This screen is visible across both the sender and receiver’s screens, so the issue is reproducible across both ends. With that said, there does exist a nifty workaround that might help you rectify this bug. So without further ado, let’s check it out.

Fix Reels Thumbnail not appearing in Instagram DM

Reels Thumbnail not appearing in Instagram DM

As of now, the only workaround that is spelling out success for the users involves downgrading the app to its earlier stable build. So let’s give it a shot using the below-listed steps and then check out the results.

  1. Head over to Settings > Apps > See All Apps > Instagram.
  2. Then scroll to the bottom and note down its version number.
  3. Now tap on Uninstall > OK in the confirmation dialog box.Reels Thumbnail not appearing in Instagram DM
  4. Then download an older version of the Instagram APK from here.
  5. Now install the app but do not launch it. Rather go to the Play Store.
  6. Then search Instagram, tap on the overflow icon, and uncheck Enable Auto-Updates.Reels Thumbnail not appearing in Instagram DM

You may now send the reels as DM on Instagram and the thumbnails should be visible. So on that note, we round off this guide. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.


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