Facebook has become ubiquitous in today’s world. It’s something you expect to always be there and working, ready to service your need to snoop on peple from your distant past and get involved in whatever strange Facebook groups you’re part of. If pictures are not loading on Facebook, then that defeats a big point of the social site’s appeal. For this reason, we’ve put together a bunch of reasons your Facebook pictures might not be loading and what you can do about it.
First, Check Facebook Server Status
Many of the reasons for Facebook pictures not loading are that it’s the result of issues on the side of the user. However, this isn’t always the case, and it’s worth checking the status of the server on Facebook’s developer website to see if they’re having issues. There is an itemized list of issues on the website which gives an idea of past and current issues.
Checking this website can let you know if there is an issue with rendering images. In a case like this, you’ll just have to wait until Facebook resolves the issue.
Clear Facebook Cache (Android/iOS)
Your cache is a storage for usually lightweight temporary files that help an app remember you for next time. This helps that app load quicker and work more efficiently. However, if your cache gets cluttered, it can lead to misbehavior, such as your Facebook pictures not appearing. In this cases, you should try clearing the cache.
On Android, clear the cache by going to “Settings -> Apps & notifications -> See all xx apps -> Facebook.”
Tap “Storage & cache,” then “Clear cache.”
On iPhone, this works a little differently. Open the Facebook app and tap “More -> Settings -> Browser.”
On the next screen, tap “Clear” next to “Your browsing data.”
Usually, when a browser is updated, improvements are expected. However, things don’t always work out as planned. It’s possible you may run into a strange issue like images being disabled after an update. To enable (re-enable) images in Firefox, type
about:config into the address bar and hit Enter. Next, ensure that
permissions.default.image is set to a value of 1.
To enable (re-enable) images in Chrome, go to the browser’s settings. Next, select “Privacy and security.” Select “Site Settings,” and under Content, make sure that Images is set to “Show all.”
To enable (re-enable) images in Microsoft Edge, go to “the browser’s settings -> Cookies and site permissions -> Images,” then select “Show all.”
If you are using an outdated web browser, you should also try updating the browser. This could resolve possible compatibility issues with Facebook.
There is a chance that if your download speeds are slow, you may have issues loading media such as the pictures on your Facebook page. Check your Internet speed with a speedtest to see if the speed may be causing you problems.
If you have a broadband service providing you with connection speeds less than 25 Mbps of the download speeds and 3 Mbps of the upload speeds, you have a few options:
- If you are at home, you should contact your service provider and have them send over a technician to investigate the problem further. They may even be able to troubleshoot the issue remotely.
- You could also try restarting your router.
- If you are using public Wi-Fi, you may have to piggyback off your mobile data to see if that provides you with faster speeds.
Check DNS Settings
In most cases, your computer will acquire your DNS settings automatically from your ISP. However, it’s possible for there to be connection issues with your ISP’s DNS IP addresses. One attempt at a fix is to change your IPv4 DNS addresses to those provided by Google. Google provides the following for IPv4 addresses:
The following Ipv6 addresses are provided:
Google claims their DNS servers are more reliable and secure, so it may be worth a shot to try them out. They could be less likely to cause you to have problems accessing Facebook’s platform fully and successfully.
Now that you have resolved your Facebook pictures not loading issue, the next thing you can do is get an idea of just how ad tracking works on Facebook. You can do this by viewing your recent ad activity on Facebook (and Instagram). While Facebook will never be completely private, we can help you make it a little bit more private.