Pictures on Twitter not loading? Check these solutions

Twitter has elevated above the tweets a long time ago and media-sharing is an essential feature nowadays. This makes the problem we’re going to talk about today quite a serious one. Namely, users report that Twitter for Android is not loading pictures. If you are affected by this, make sure to check our list of solutions below.

Table of contents:

  1. Clear app’s cache
  2. Reinstall the app
  3. Disable Data saving
  4. Check the network permissions
  5. Install older iteration via APK

Why are pictures on Twitter not loading?

Pictures on Twitter might not be loading because of connectivity issues but, more times than not, the problem is temporary and on the server-side. However, you can try disabling data saving options, checking the permissions, and allowing Twitter to use Mobile data in the background.

If that doesn’t help, you can download and install an older version of Twitter by sideloading an APK. Hopefully, these solutions will work for you. Learn about them in detail by following the list below.

1. Clear app’s cache

From the get-go, let’s say that all social networking apps tend to pile up a lot of data. The developer intends to speed up the loading time of images and video thumbnails and thus improve the user’s experience.

But, on many occasions, the abundance of stored cache data can slow down the app performance. Also, in this case, it might prevent the loading of new photos. That’s why cleaning the data stored internally on your device might help.

Here’s how to clear the Twitter app cache:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps (Application Manager).
  3. Expand All apps.
  4. Open Twitter.
  5. Choose Storage.
  6. Tap Clear Data.twitter not loading pictures
  7. Restart your device, open Twitter, and sign in again.

2. Reinstall the app

If the first step fails, reinstallation is the next thing to try. We can’t be certain that will suffice, but it should give you a better insight into what started the picture-loading issue.

Follow these steps to reinstall Twitter and start from scratch:

  1. Open Settings > Apps > Twitter.
  2. Uninstall the app.
  3. Now, open Google Drive > Hamburger menu > Backups > Your device > Apps > App data.
  4. Delete Twitter from the list.
  5. Open Play Store and install Twitter.

3. Disable Data saving

Another thing worth trying is to disable the Data saving mode. This mode will tweak media presentations to reduce data usage. However, it can also prevent picture loading. That’s why you should disable it and give Twitter another go.

Here’s how to disable Data saving on Twitter:

  1. Open Twitter on your handset.
  2. Tap on the hamburger menu.
  3. Select Settings and privacy.
  4. Tap Data usage.
  5. Uncheck the Data saver box.

4. Check the network permissions

If you have issues loading photos on Twitter only with mobile data, we encourage you to double-check the network permissions. There’s a chance that your device won’t allow Twitter to access the Mobile Data. Of course, without even saying, you need to have at least tolerable network speed.

Here’s where to look for network-related permissions:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps (Application manager).
  3. Open Twitter.
  4. Choose Data.
  5. Make sure that both Wi-Fi and Mobile Data are allowed.

5. Install older iteration via APK

Finally, if the latest iteration of Twitter is just plain broken and it won’t work, you can always take a step back and download an earlier version. This can be done with the APK file.

We remind you that these apps, won’t get updates through Play Store, so you can stick with the functional version as long as you like. They’re perfectly safe to use, so we encourage you to use them when needed.

If you’re not sure how to download and install a Twitter APK on your handset, follow the steps we provided below:

  1. Uninstall Twitter.
  2. Enable installation of non-official apps.
  3. With a phone web browser, navigate to the APK Mirror website, here.
  4. Browse available Twitter versions, choose an older iteration, and download it to your device.
  5. Run the APK, allow installation from unknown (third-party sources).
  6. Open Twitter, sign in, and look for improvements.

After that, you should be able to see all the photos or beloved memes again in your Twitter feed. On the other hand, after some time, you can also try deleting the APK version and installing the official version from the Store. Most of the bugs get addressed over time.

Thanks for reading and make sure to check our  Twitter (hopefully with pictures loading now) and Facebook pages. There are more how-to/fix articles about Android and iOS that might interest you.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in July 2018. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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May 9, 2019 4:35 pm

Tried step 1 and now Twitter won’t open. Maybe should have chosen Clear Cache instead of Clear Data???

Washington, DC
Washington, DC
May 23, 2020 7:03 am
Reply to  Jo

Clear data wipes out everything. If the stated purpose is to clear the cache press that.

February 20, 2021 2:52 pm
Reply to  Washington, DC

clearing data didn’t wipe out anything on mine

January 2, 2022 1:19 pm

what is the “hamburger menu”?

February 20, 2021 2:02 pm

I cleared cache and data didn’t help now I can’t find advanced settings to install older twitter