Google Chrome is the popular browser to make your browsing experience pleasant and easier. However, you may face strange problems when viewing webpages especially when you changed the default browser settings. For example, you may suddenly notice that some or all of the images in webpages aren’t displaying. There are various reasons (even bugs apart from the ones mentioned) for a popular browser like chrome not loading images, but here are the quick tips to rectify the problem and avoid missing out on details while surfing the internet.
Fixing Images Not Loading in Google Chrome
It might be you don’t have a stable internet connection, display is coming from the browser cache, Chrome, extensions or antivirus software block images. There are numerous factors beyond consideration in finding the exact problem. If you are struggling with captcha images not loading in Chrome, then check our article on how to resolve captcha related issues in Chrome.
1. Try Other Web Browsers
To ensure the issues you are facing are peculiar to the Chrome and not from a poor or faulty internet connection and web page malfunction, use another web browser to view the same page content or resource. Good part is that Microsoft Edge and Safari browsers are supplied with your computer in Windows and macOS respectively. You can try one of these default browsers or use Mozilla Firefox and check the images are displayed properly. If it appears to be displaying images of any web page, then head on to the Chrome browser and continue with the following steps. Otherwise, you have to troubleshoot your internet connection.
2. Update or Upgrade Google Chrome Browser
Ensure that the Chrome browser in use is the latest version as issues as this arise when Google Chrome is not up to date. As newer versions tend to have improvements, you have to manually upgrade if the automatic updating by default hasn’t taken place yet. Chrome will show an update button on the top right corner of the browser. First save all your work and click on the “Update” button. Select “Relaunch to Update Chrome” option from the menu for updating the browser to its latest version.
If you do not see any update button, locate and click the vertical “three-dot” menu at the top-right page of your Chrome browser window. Hover on the “Help” menu option and click the “About Google Chrome” menu. You will see either the message that your Chrome is up to date or installing updates, and click the “Relaunch” button to effect the upgrade. Hence, your browser closes and reopens with the message that “Chrome is up to date”.
Note: If you have intentionally disabled automatic Chrome update then you can’t update it manually. You may need to revert back your changes or try other options without updating the browser.
3. Verify Site Can Show Images in Chrome Settings
To ensure that Chrome is enabled to show the images of the site you visit, click the “three-dot” menu and tap the “Settings” dropdown option. Click the “Privacy and security” menu at the left sidebar, scroll down and click the “Site Settings” option.
Scroll again to locate and click on the “Images” option.
Select the “Sites can show images” radio button to enable this functionality if that’s not in place.
5. Test Extension Hindrances with Incognito
The private browsing mode (Incognito) test is a way potentially detect if the Chrome extensions are void of stopping images from loading. Hit the “three-dot” button for more options and select the “New Incognito Window” or press “Ctrl + Shift + N” on your keyword from your browser dashboard.
Try visiting the web page URLs that are not displaying images; if you can now see them, disable the Chrome extensions one at a time to identify the one preventing the images from loading. Go through the “three-dots” menu, click the “Settings” option and then tap the “Extensions” sidebar menu.
Disable each one and test whether the pages will load images on extension disabling. If they (images) can now load on disabling a particular extension, the cause is that extension (remove it). Reenable all other extensions or otherwise proceed further if none of the disabled extensions is proven to be the problem cause.
6. Clear Browsing Data or Cache
Browsers store data of regular visiting sites and maybe serve you the old version of the web pages you are requesting. Perhaps, there could be a data compromise in the cache memory, and you need to clear the browsing data to view the newer page version that will display the images.
Click the “three-dots” menu and click on the “Settings” option. Tap the “Privacy and security” left side menu and hit the “Clear browsing data” option. From the dialogue box that appears, select the time range depending on when the problem started (we are going with “All time”), ensure you check the “Cached images and files” option and click the “Clear data” button.
7. Rename Browser Local Data Folder
In your local computer sits a folder that stores all the data usage for the Chrome browser application. At times it can get corrupted by anti-virus or malware on your device. You can either rename or delete the file to ensure that’s not the case, and this allows Chrome to create a new data folder for its activities.
For Windows users, press “Win + E” to open the “File Explorer” application on your PC or device. Navigate to “This PC > C: > Users > Your username > AppData > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data” folder. Select the “Default” folder in your view and rename it or delete it, and that’s all.
8. Disable Hardware Acceleration in Browser
The site loading behavior has a possibility of interfering with the images of a web page and block them from displaying. So, Go to the “Settings” page of your Chrome browser. Click on the “Advanced” drop menu and select the “System” option. Tap the blue selector on the “Use hardware acceleration when available” text row to turn off this feature. Then click the “Relaunch” button that appears afterwards.
9. Reset Chrome Browser to Default State
Resetting the Chrome browser is the last option, and it removes all extensions, cache, history and every form of data in Chrome as if newly installed. Go to the “Settings” page of the browser and click on the “Advanced” drop menu. Select the “Reset and clean up” option and tap the “Restore settings to their original defaults” text row, and from the pop box that appears, click the “Reset settings” button.
For each method you apply, remember to test whether the images are now showing on the web page before proceeding further to other ones. Hopefully, one or more of the above should resolve the issue.