Facebook Not Working? Try These 8 Fixes

Get the smooth Facebook experience back with these tips.

Facebook Not Working Fix

Are you unable to log in to your Facebook account, or does the Facebook website keep loading in circles? You aren’t alone. Be it a browser, Internet, or account issue, this post will help you fix the issues preventing Facebook pages from loading or stopping you from logging in. Let’s check various ways to fix the issues you face when Facebook is not working.

1. Check Internet Connection

Before you start troubleshooting, you must first rule out Internet issues. Start by opening a different website in your browser on the same device. If the website doesn’t open, there there’s high chance that the issue is your network. You’ll need to restart your router and check for loose wires to check whether the network is the issue. If the issue is still not resolved, contact your service provider.

Router Facebook Not Working
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2. Check Whether Facebook Is Down

There’s a chance that nothing is wrong on your end and that Facebook itself is down. To verify whether Facebook is facing an outage, open downdetector.com and type “Facebook.” Check Facebook’s outage status on the next page.

Facebook Outage Check

Alternatively, you can search for “Facebook down” on Twitter to see if people are tweeting about it.

Tip: learn how to search Twitter like a pro.

3. Set Correct Date and Time

Incorrect date and time can also be the cause of Facebook not working, as it makes connecting to Facebook servers difficult. As a result, you must correct the date and time on your computer.

On a Windows computer, go to “Settings -> Time & language -> Date & time.” Set the right time and date.

Tip: enable the toggle next to “Set time automatically” to allow your computer to retrieve the date and time automatically.

Windows Set Correct Time

On Mac, go to “Apple Menu -> System Preferences -> Date & time.”

4. Open in Incognito Mode or a Different Browser

If you notice no change with your Facebook, then you might want to try opening the website in Incognito mode. For the purposes of this article, we’re using the Chrome browser as an example.

Use Ctrl + Shift + N on a Windows PC or Command+ Shift + N on Mac to open a new Incognito window in the browser.

Similarly, you could try loading the Facebook page in a different browser on your computer. If the Facebook page opens in Incognito or a different browser, the problem is due to your existing browser. It could be a corrupted cache, settings, extensions, or an outdated version of the browser.

Resolve these issues by following the steps below.

5. Clear Browser Cache

Often, websites do not load properly in a browser due to corrupted cache files. You must clear your browser’s cache to fix things when Facebook is not working.

  1. Open Chrome on your computer.
  2. Click on the three-dot icon at the top and select “Settings.”
Chromebook Chrome Settings
  1. Go to “Privacy and security -> Clear browsing data.”
Chrome Privacy And Secuirty
  1. Check the box next to “Cached images and files” and hit the “Clear data” button. Make sure to uncheck other items.
Chrome Clear Cache

6. Disable Extensions and Ad Blockers

Did you recently install any new extension or an ad blocker on your browser? It could be causing issues with the Facebook website. Try disabling the extensions to see whether those are responsible for Facebook not working.

  1. In the Chrome browser, click on the three-dot icon at the top and go to “More tools -> Extensions.”
Chrome Extensions See 1
  1. Turn off each extension by using its respective toggle to identify the culprit.
Chrome Extensions Disable

7. Update Browser

An incompatible or outdated version of the browser can also cause problems, such as the Facebook website not loading. To fix it, you must update your browser. For example, typically, Chrome will auto-update itself, but to be sure, you must update it manually as shown below:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three-dot icon at the top.
  2. Go to “Help -> About Chrome.”
Chrome About
  1. The browser will start looking for an update.
  2. If an update is available, it will install. After it does, you’ll need to click the “Relaunch” button.
Chrome Relaunch

8. Reset Browser Settings

Finally, you should also try resetting your browser’s settings to restore them to their default values, disable extensions, and delete the cache, cookies, and other temporary site data. It will not affect your bookmarks, saved passwords, or history.

To reset Chrome, follow these steps:

  1. Go to “Settings” in your browser as shown above.
  2. Go to “Reset and clean up” and hit “Restore settings to their original defaults.”
Chrome Reset
  1. Restart the computer.

How to Fix Facebook App Not Working

If the Facebook mobile app keeps crashing on your Android or iPhone, you should try these options until one works.

  • Restart your phone.
  • Update the Facebook app.
  • Clear the cache (Android).
  • Free up space on your phone.
  • Disable any VPN or ad blocker services.
  • Turn off battery-saving mode.
  • Reinstall the Facebook app.
  • Reset settings.
Facebook App Not Working

How to Fix Not Being Able to Log in to Facebook Account

If you are unable to log in to your Facebook account, make sure you are typing your password correctly and with capitals where needed. Do check Caps Lock to be sure it’s not enabled.

Facebook Login

Next, if you get errors, such as “login error” or “unexpected error,” then click on “Create account” instead of directly signing in and enter the same details as your current login. When you click the “Create” button, it will take you to your account. If that doesn’t help, you may want to attempt to reset your Facebook password.

If you are still unable to log in, try to recover your Facebook account at https://facebook.com/login/identify.

How to Fix Facebook Marketplace Not Working

If you see the error “Marketplace isn’t available to you,” it’s primarily because Facebook Marketplace isn’t available in your country or your account doesn’t meet eligibility criteria, such as your age or if it’s a new account.

Facebook Marketplace Not Working

Getting zero results for your search in Marketplace? Make sure you have entered the correct search term and verify that you are searching in the right city. If you are unable to change the marketplace city on your mobile, do it from your computer. If a listing disappears or doesn’t load, however, it could have been deleted by the seller.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I securely log in to my Facebook account without 2FA?

You can use methods like code generator apps, authorized devices, recovery codes, and more. 2FA adds an extra layer of protection to your account to prevent third parties from accessing your information without your consent.

What can I do if images aren't loading on Facebook?

Restart your device, then clear the cache. You should also check your Internet settings and disable ad blockers. Check out more ways to fix Facebook pictures not loading.

How can I fix Facebook Reels not showing up?

Facebook Reels is a relatively new feature, so depending on your location, it may not have reached you just yet or might not have been released yet for that particular market. To check whether the feature is available, first update the Facebook app, then log out and log back in to your account.

All screenshots by Mehvish Mushtaq

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