How to fix the “Sorry, this feature isn’t available right now” Facebook error?

Written by Kanika Singh
5 mins, 35 secs Read
Updated On August 4, 2023

Facebook is a great platform for socializing as well as growing businesses. It provides us with a lot of features which helps in enhancing our experience with it even more. However, with modern-day technologies, their limitations also come along the way, the same is the case with Facebook.

Facebook is very easy to use, but any issue that arises while using it is not so very easy to resolve. One such very common problem is “This feature isn’t available right now”, about which Facebook itself does not provide much information. 

Due to the unavailability of enough and appropriate information, many users keep on asking us “Why does Facebook say you can not use this feature right now?” Therefore, we are writing this article to answer this question and provide some legitimate solutions.

What can be the reasons for such an error to occur?

Facebook has always been a very popular social media platform that is used by billions of people around the world. Therefore, in order to maintain the rightful use of the platform and prevent extensive and wrongful use of features, it has laid some community guidelines. All users of Facebook are required to abide by these regulations otherwise, users may come across the “This content is not available right nowFacebook error.

Following are some of the actions of a user that can land him in such a situation:

Posting a large number of posts

If you are actively indulging in the practice of posting anything on your timeline or any group and have posted a large number of posts within a short period of time, then this is considered as a spamming activity by Facebook. Due to the same reason, it can debar you from any further posting for some period of time and can put you in Facebook Jail. However, you will still be able to access other features of Facebook. 

Sharing a large number of links

Facebook is a great platform for promoting business or service to millions of people with very little effort and time-consuming. Therefore, people keep on sharing their website’s link every now and then in comment sections and public groups. If Facebook notices this activity to be happening very frequently, then it is more likely that you will come across a “You cannot use this feature right now” error.  Therefore, you will no longer be able to share the link by any means.

Your Facebook account has been reported

If you have posted anything on your Facebook account or on any group on Facebook, which people found offensive and due to which numerous people have submitted a report request against your account or post to Facebook, then also, you will face the “Sorry, this feature isn’t available right now” error. Because of the same reason, it can happen that your Facebook account is suspended for some time or you will be prevented from posting anything for a specified period of time.

Sending the same messages to many people

If you are sending the same message to a large number of people within a very short period of time, then this is considered as a spamming activity by Facebook. Therefore, in order to limit such activity, Facebook might ban you from doing so due to which you will not be able to send messages to anyone for a designated amount of time.

Breaking any community guideline

Facebook has laid its terms of use which limits certain types of activities, which most of us do not usually care to read about, due to which offensive contents are regularly reported to be posted on Facebook. Therefore, to stop such kind of activity, Facebook can disable any account which it will find suspicious of breaking any community guidelines.

Technical Reasons and solutions to “Sorry, this feature isn’t available right now” Facebook error

If you are getting the “This content isn’t available right now” error due to any of the reasons mentioned in the above section, then you cannot particularly do anything to resolve such an error instantly. You have to wait for some time till the issue is resolved by Facebook itself.

However, the same error can arise due to some technical reasons as well, which we may be able to resolve by undergoing some simple methods. Listed below are some of these issues along with their possible solutions:

Using an outdated version of the Facebook app

It is evident that people using old versions of Facebook apps have come across many issues of Facebook, that makes many of its features inaccessible. One such very prominent issue is “This feature of Facebook is temporarily unavailable”.

Many times, it happens that when we continue using the Facebook app without updating it; then we can find this error message while accessing some features of it. This is so because, with the launch of new versions of the app, old features that hinder the proper functioning of some new features, are disabled and thereby, people with older versions get this error message when they try to access any old disabled feature of the app.

Therefore, it is advised that you should always keep your app updated to prevent any of these errors from occurring.

Using incompatible browser

If you are trying to access your Facebook account from another browser that does not suit the Facebook features the best, you might see an error message stating, “An error occurred while processing the request. Please try again later” which can prevent you from either logging in to your FB account or using certain features of it.

Therefore, in order to prevent yourself from dealing with such a situation; you should use a browser that is compatible with Facebook. Facebook has clearly mentioned the browsers which are best suited for using its website, these browsers are:

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari

Logging into your Facebook account, from a browser other than the one stated above, some features of Facebook might get locked due to these features clashing with those of the browser, which can raise some security issues.

Browser’s cookies and cache being a problem

When lots of cookies and cache files get accumulated in the browser or when these files get corrupted, then it can happen that you encounter a “You can’t use this Feature Right Now” message.

Whenever we access Facebook or any other website, some of its information gets stored in the form of cookies and cache files. When these files get damaged, it can trigger an error in the accessibility of any website.

Therefore, if you come across the “You cannot use this feature right now” error while using a feature of Facebook, you should try using that feature after clearing the browser’s cookies and cache data. This can be easily done by going to the browser setting and clearing this data under the “Privacy and Security” tab.

Accessing Facebook using VPN

Most of the time people use VPN for security reasons as they can hide your personal information from the website you are visiting. While using VPN, we often change our geographical location settings, which causes issues with some features of Facebook.

Facebook tends to use our location for showing suggestions accordingly. However, sudden and drastic changes in the location of you being accessing your Facebook account can trigger Facebook that your account to be hacked. Therefore, to prevent any data leak and for other security reasons, you may not be able to use some of its features or may not be able to log in at all and will be shown a message, stating “You cannot log in to Facebook right now”.

Thus, it is advisable to use Facebook with VPN being turned off.

Inactivity on Facebook for a longer period of time

In many cases, it happens that when people try to access their Facebook account after a long time of inactivity, they are welcomed with the message “You can not use Facebook right now”. 

Inactivity for a longer period of time can result in your account being deactivated automatically by Facebook; therefore, when you try to access your account, either you are debarred from logging into it or you will not be able to use some of its features.

If you want to know how you can recover your Facebook account, you should visit the Facebook Help page.

Author: Kanika Singh