9 Quick Fixes for When Twitter Pics Aren’t Loading

If you’re experiencing a Twitter loading pic fail, try these nine Twitter pic fixes. Check the internet, the Twitter app, and your device.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The proof is all over every social network platform, including Twitter. Twitter users know that when a Twitter image or animated gif fails to load, you’re getting only a fraction of the story. 

The good news is, there are only a few reasons for a Twitter loading pic fail, and we’ve got the info on how to fix it. 

If you’re experiencing issues with Twitter pictures not loading, there are a few quick fixes you can try:

  • Refresh the page or app: Sometimes, a simple refresh can resolve the issue and load the pictures correctly.
  • Clear cache and cookies: Clearing your browser’s cache and cookies can help eliminate any temporary data that might be causing the problem.
  • Disable browser extensions: Some browser extensions can interfere with the loading of images. Disable them temporarily to see if it resolves the issue.
  • Check your internet connection: Ensure that you have a stable internet connection. Try switching to a different network or resetting your router.
  • Update your app or browser: Make sure you’re using the latest version of the Twitter app or browser, as updates often include bug fixes and performance improvements.
  • Try a different device or browser: Switch to a different device or browser to see if the problem persists.

How to Fix Twitter Not Loading or Showing Pictures

We’ve compiled nine common ways to fix your Twitter feed when it is not loading. 

Check Your Internet Connection

If your Twitter app is not loading or showing images, check your internet connection. 

iPhone users, go to Settings > Wi-Fi. Be sure the toggle button is switched to “on.” Choose your Wi-Fi network and once you are connected, you will see a blue check mark. If there is an error message, you will need to continue troubleshooting the internet connection, which may require restarting the wireless router and confirming that there are no loose cables. 

Android users, go to Settings > Network & Internet or Connections > Wi-Fi. Confirm that the Wi-Fi is on by looking at the indicator at the top of the screen. If there are no indicator bars, continue to troubleshoot the internet connection which may require restarting the wireless router and confirming that there are no loose cables.

After verifying that your device is connected, open the Twitter app to make sure that your Twitter pictures are loading.  

Check Twitter’s Server Status

Once you have confirmed that you are connected to the internet, head over to DownDetector to check the status of Twitter’s server. Likewise, Twitter has its own API Status where you can check for any current issue. Sometimes the server is under maintenance, in which case you have to wait until Twitter is back online. 

Re-open Twitter

After confirming you have an Internet connection and there is no Twitter issue reported, try closing and re-opening the Twitter app.

To close the Twitter app on an Android device, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold. Then let go and swipe up on the Twitter app. Then re-open Twitter

To close the Twitter app on an iPhone, double-tap the home button. Swipe left or right until you find the Twitter app and then swipe up. Then re-open Twitter. 

Clear the Twitter Cache

If an app isn’t working properly it is always a good idea to clear the cache. A cache stores data to help the app run faster, but sometimes it gets bogged down by a full cache. 

To clear the cache on an Android device, locate the Twitter icon and long-tap it. Then tap App Info > Storage & Cache > Clear cache. 

Unfortunately, there is no comparable way to clear the cache on an iPhone. The workaround for this is to delete and re-install Twitter on your iPhone. This will effectively clear the cache. (See how to do this below.)

Check Data Usage Settings

Similar to clearing the cache, you can check the data usage settings on the Twitter app. With the app open, tap the profile picture on the upper left side of the screen. Under “Settings and Support” tap Settings and Privacy > Accessibility, display, and languages > Data usage.

Under Storage, you will see “Media Storage” and “Web Storage.” For best results, tap each and clear storage.

Log Out and Log Back In

If the Twitter feed is still not loading, you may try logging out and logging back into the app. 

If you’re using the Twitter app on an iPhone, tap the profile icon on the Twitter app. Tap Settings and Privacy > Account > Log out.  Close and reopen the app and then tap “Log in.” Enter your credentials and tap “log in” again. 

If you’re using the Twitter app on an Android, select either the navigation menu icon or your profile icon in the top menu. Select Settings and Privacy > Your Account > Account Information > Log out. Select “ok” and then close and reopen the app. Tap Log in and enter your credentials.

Disable Data Saving Mode

Sometimes devices have data saver or low data mode that limits cellular data. While this can lower a phone bill, it can also affect how quickly an app loads and reduce the streaming quality. If a Twitter gif or image is not loading, your may need to disable your device’s data-saving mode. 

If you have an iPhone, open Settings > Cellular or Mobile Data > Cellular Data Options or Mobile Data Options. Switch the “low data mode” toggle to “off.”

If you have an Android, open Settings > SIM cards & mobile networks > Network and internet > Data saver. Switch the toggle to “off.” With a Samsung Galaxy, it is the same process with a slightly different set of terms. Tap Connections > Data Usage > Data Saver. Again, make sure the toggle is off. 

Update Twitter App

If you are still struggling with your Twitter feed loading, make sure you have the most recent version of the Twitter app, and if you don’t, update Twitter. 

On an iPhone, open the App Store. Tap your profile. Scroll down until you find Twitter and select “update.”

On an Android device, open the Google Play Store. Tap your profile > Manage apps & devices. Scroll down until you find Twitter and select “update.”

Once the update is finished, go back to your Twitter timeline and see if it loads images correctly. 

Reinstall Twitter

If Twitter is still not loading pics, it is time to reinstall the Twitter app. This is easy and will not affect your Twitter account. 

If using an Android device, open the Google Play Store. Tap the Profile icon. Select Manage apps & devices > Manage. Scroll until you find Twitter and tap “uninstall.” Once you have uninstalled the app, reopen the Google Play Store and reinstall Twitter.

If using an iPhone, find the Twitter app and hold it down. Select Remove App > Delete App. After confirming that you want to delete the app, go to the App Store. Search for Twitter and reinstall it. 


Answers to frequently asked questions when Twitter is not loading pictures.

1. Why are images not loading on Twitter?

There are a handful of reasons why images on Twitter are not loading including a bad internet connection, an issue with your device, or a problem with the app. 

2. How do I fix the problem of pictures not loading on Twitter?

Depending on the cause of the issue, some things you can try to do to fix Twitter include: 

  • check your internet connection
  • check Twitter’s server status
  • reopen Twitter
  • clear the Twitter cache
  • check data usage settings on your device
  • log out and log back in
  • review the app’s permissions
  • disable data-saving mode
  • update the Twitter app
  • reinstall Twitter

3. How do you refresh Twitter on your iPhone?

There are a few ways to refresh Twitter on the iPhone. First, tap the home button in the lower left-hand corner of the app. If that does not work, simply close and restart the app. 


Of course, it is incredibly frustrating when our favorite social media platforms are not working correctly. But checking a few common issues will help get you back to scrolling Twitter and enjoying the full picture of each tweet.


Table of Contents

Related posts