How To Fix Twitter Not Loading Images Issue

Today I logged into Twitter to see what some of my favorite celebrities were talking about and noticed my images weren’t loading. It wasn’t just one image either, it was all of them. It wasn’t a major issue for me, but I know it could be for others. Because of this, I decided to do a little digging as to why this was happening and if it was only on my device or if other users were having the same issue. 

I found that Twitter images won’t load properly if you aren’t connected to a steady internet or mobile data network. Confirm that your device has enough of a connection to display images before trying alternate troubleshooting methods such as clearing the cache and re-installing the app. 

Most of the time, the issue is with your internet connection, whether you’re on Wi-Fi or cellular data.

However, there have been instances where the issue was far more than just a faulty internet connection. In this article, I’ll show you how to troubleshoot the issue quickly and easily so you can resume viewing pictures of cute celebrity babies. 

Why Are Pictures on Twitter Not Loading?

Pictures on Twitter may not be loading because the app needs to be updated, you don’t have a steady enough internet connection, the permissions aren’t right, or there could be an issue within Twitter that you can’t fix on your end. 

Twitter is among one of the oldest social media platforms in the world. It’s unique in that it only lets you use 280 characters to say what you want. Over the years, the app has evolved to now allow you to use pictures and videos. This doesn’t come without issues though. 

Recently, people have had an issue with their pictures not loading. It’s happened on Apple, Android, and PC devices. Pictures and media are taking too long to load or aren’t loading at all. For those who are Twitter addicts, this proves to be an inconvenient and frustrating issue. 

Fortunately, most of the reasons that the pictures aren’t loading are easy to comprehend. Most of the time, it’s due to poor internet quality. Sometimes it could be due to out-of-date permissions or other times it’s an issue on Twitter’s end. Most of these issues can be alleviated quickly and easily using the methods below. 

How to Fix The Problem of Pictures Not Loading on Twitter

1. Log Out and Log Back Into Your Twitter Account

I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”. This is something you’ll hear a lot of tech support people ask you. When you log out and back into Twitter, this is essentially what you’re doing.

Glitches happen and sometimes all it takes is to log out and log back in to fix it. If you’re unsure of how to do that from whatever device you’re using, here are the steps for each: 

Android and iOS

  1. Tap on the three lines or Hamburger Menu at the top-left of the app
  2. Select Settings and Privacy
  3. Under your Twitter handle, select Account
  4. Scroll to the bottom and tap on Log Out
  5. Choose Log Out again when you receive the next message
  6. Restart the app and log back in when asked

PC

  1. On the Twitter webpage, click on the three dots at the bottom-left near your Twitter handle
  2. Click on Log Out
  3. Refresh the webpage and log back in

If this doesn’t work for you on your mobile device, you should then try to update the app if one is available. 

2. Update The App

This is probably one of the easiest solutions I have that actually works. App updates help fix bugs that may be in the programming that can cause a plethora of issues. It also optimized the app and introduces new features.

Most of the time, the issue is due to excessive load on the server, so an app update is released. This update has optimized performance-boosting algorithms that can make the app more responsive. It can help reduce picture and video load times as well. 

To update the app if one is available, follow these steps: 

Android

  1. Head over to the Google Play Store
  2. Click on the three horizontal lines on the left-hand side
  3. Click on My Apps and Games
  4. Search for Twitter
  5. If there’s an update, click on the Update button
  6. Once the app is updated, check to see if you’re able to load pictures 

If this method doesn’t work, you can try to clear the cache and data for Twitter. 

3. Clear Cache and Data For Twitter

This is another method I like to use that proves effective about 90% of the time when I’m having an issue with an app. Cache files are generated by apps to reduce the amount of time it takes to load the screen.

It helps make the app open faster and over time, the cache files will increase. Social media apps, such as Twitter, will generate a ton of data and cache files. This can essentially clog data transmission and cause the app to malfunction. 

Additionally, this can cause the app to become slow and new pictures make take longer to load.

This is why you should delete old cache and data files from time to time. This can greatly improve Twitter’s performance and it won’t negatively affect the app. This will make room for new data to be stored. 

Here’s how to clear Twitter’s data and cache: 

  1. Click on the Hamburger Menu at the top-left
  2. Select Privacy and Settings
  3. Under General, select Data Usage
  4. Click on Storage
  5. Use the Clear Media Storage/Clear Web Storage/Clear Web Page Storage to clear cached data

4. Check Network

If another website or app is loading slowly, it may not be an issue with the app at all. It could be an issue with your network connection. If you don’t have a stable internet connection, whether you’re on Wi-Fi or cell data, apps aren’t going to load the way they should. 

If you’re using a cellular device, try these steps: 

  1. Toggle Airplane Mode on and then off
  2. If this doesn’t help, switch to an alternate Wi-Fi network if one is available
  3. Switch from Wi-Fi to Cellular or vice-versa if all else fails

If you’re on a PC, try these steps: 

  1. Restart or reset your wireless router
  2. Unplug all wires from the back of your router
  3. Wait for 30-seconds 
  4. Plug everything back in
  5. Check to see if pictures are loading again

If these methods don’t work, you may have an issue with the permissions for the Twitter app. 

5. Review the App’s Permissions

If the issue only happens when you’re using mobile data, you may have to reconfigure your network permissions for the app. Faulty network permissions will stop Twitter from being able to use mobile data. 

Since different devices have different operating systems, each one will have different ways of solving network-related permissions. Follow these instructions for each device to change network permissions: 

Older Androids

  1. Open Settings
  2. Look for Apps or Application Manager
  3. Locate Twitter
  4. Click on Data or Data Settings
  5. Make sure Mobile Data and WiFi are allowed

Newer Androids

  1. Open Settings
  2. Locate Dual Sim and Cellular 
  3. Click on Internet Connection and Control
  4. Look for Apps using i-Fi and Mobile Data
  5. Locate Twitter
  6. You should now be able to choose from three settings: Close, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi, and Mobile Data
  7. Ensure Wi-Fi and Mobile Data are selected

iPhone/iPad

  1. Open Settings
  2. Locate Twitter on the list of apps
  3. Ensure Twitter is allowed to use mobile data (the slider should be green)

6. Uninstall and then Re-install the App

If you still seem to be having issues, you could try to uninstall and re-install the Twitter app. Using this method will delete all data and information that has been stored on your phone pertaining to Twitter.

There could also have been an installation error or corrupted files that may have been affecting the app’s connectivity and performance. This step is simple and can be done in just a few steps. 

  1. Uninstall the app by long clicking on it and selecting Remove App or Uninstall
  2. On certain devices, you may have to click on the “i” button that pops up
  3. If you want, you can clear any backup data from Google Drive before reinstalling
  4. Open Google Drive and click on the Hamburger Menu at the top-left corner of the screen
  5. Click on Backups
  6. Select Your Device
  7. Choose Apps
  8. Tap on App Data
  9. Locate Twitter and delete it
  10. Go back to your respective app store and reinstall Twitter

7. Install an Old Version Using an APK File

If all else has failed, you may have to go back to an older version of Twitter. Sometimes a bug can make the newest update glitch, which can lead to a variety of malfunctions, such as pictures not loading.

You can either wait until they come out with a new version that will fix the bug or you can go back to the previous version that was the last working correctly. You can do this by using an APK file. 

This is called side-loading and you need to allow unknown sources in settings. If you’re using Google Chrome to download the APL file, you need to enable the unknown sources setting before installing it. 

  1. On your device, go to the Apps section
  2. Select Google Chrome
  3. Under Advanced Settings, you will see Unknown Sources
  4. Click on Unknown Sources
  5. Toggle on the switch that says Allow From This Source
  6. You can now download the APK file 

I like to use APKMirror for all of my APK files. If you go to the website and search for Twitter, you will find various APK files in order of newest to oldest.

Go through the list and select one that is at least 2 months old. Download the file onto your device and install it. You should now open the app the see if pictures still aren’t loading. 

8. Try Using A VPN

A VPN is a last resort for me. This method should only be used when you’re in a country where the government has restricted access to Twitter. This happens in North Korea, China, and Nigeria.

It’s mostly countries where they don’t accept freedom of the press. If this is the case, you could use a VPN to make it look like you’re in a country that allows the use of Twitter. These aren’t free, so if you really want to use them, you’re going to have to pay a fee.  

Conclusion

It’s my hope that these troubleshooting methods have helped you get your pictures back on Twitter. I understand how aggravating it can be to not be able to see what pictures or videos your friends or favorite celebrities are posting.

Most of the time it’s a simple fix within your Wi-Fi or data network. If you still have issues after performing all of the steps above, you may have to reach out to Twitter customer service to see if there’s something that can be done on their end to solve the problem.

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