Images are more than just visual enjoyment on a website. When used correctly, they often deliver pop-up messages in the blink of an eye. Sometimes Chrome may fail to load them and end up showing a broken image icon instead.
Whether Chrome is unable to load images due to an improperly configured setting or poor quality browser extension, this article covers the solutions that can fix the image not loading issue in Chrome. So let’s get right to the point.
1. Check the site settings
If Chrome is unable to load the images on every website, you can start by checking the content settings in Chrome. If you accidentally turned off Chrome for image uploading, you may see broken image icons on Chrome.
Step 1: Launch Chrome and use the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner to open settings.
2nd step: Switch to the Privacy & Security tab on your left and go to Site Settings.
Step 3: Then scroll down to the Content section and click on Images.
Step 4: Under Default behavior, select “Sites can display images”.
Now relaunch Chrome to see if the images load correctly now.
Step 1: Open Settings in Google Chrome and go to the Privacy & Security tab to open the site settings.
Now refresh the webpage to see if Chrome can load images now.
3. Try incognito mode
Another way to overcome the problem of not loading images in Chrome is to open the website in incognito mode. If Chrome can load images in incognito mode, the problem could be with one of the extensions installed on Chrome.
To isolate the culprit, you can disable all extensions in Chrome and enable them one by one.
To turn off extensions in Chrome, type chrome: // extensions / and press Enter. Now toggle unwanted extensions.
4. Rename the Chrome data folder
If the problem persists, you can try renaming the Chrome data folder on your PC. It worked for many users while also fixing the image loading issue in Chrome. You can also try it. Here’s how.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to launch the Run command. Type % localappdata% in the Open field and press Enter.
2nd step: In the file explorer window that opens, navigate to the Google / Chrome / User Data folder. Now rename this default folder to something else.
Relaunch Chrome, it should create a new default folder in User Data, and the images should load correctly now.
5. Clear browsing data
Like any browser, Chrome also stores cache data to improve load times. If this data is corrupted, Chrome may not be able to load web pages as usual. So, you can try clearing the old cache and cookies in Chrome to see if that fixes the problem. Here’s how.
Step 1: launch Google Chrome. Click on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner to go to More Tools and choose Clear Browsing Data.
Alternatively, you can also press the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Del to open the Clear browsing data panel in Chrome.
2nd step: Use the Time range option to select All the time from the drop-down menu. Check the boxes that say “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files”.
Finally, click on the Clear data button.
6. Update the browser
If you haven’t updated Google Chrome in a while, now is the time to do so. These updates usually contain bug fixes and improvements. We recommend that you always keep your browser up to date.
To grab the new updates for Chrome, click on the three dot menu in the upper right corner, scroll down to Help, and click on the About Google Chrome option. It should automatically download any newer updates if available.
7. Reset Chrome
Finally, if all the solutions mentioned above fail, you will have to reset Google Chrome. This will delete all of your extensions, cache, and history on Chrome.
Step 1: Launch Chrome, type chrome: // settings / reset in the address bar at the top and press Enter. Now click on “Restore settings to their original defaults”.
2nd step: Click Reset Settings when prompted.
Since resetting Chrome will reset all settings to their default values, this should fix the issue.
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Without images and visuals, a website is just a huge wall. And when Chrome fails to load the images, it essentially renders the webpage useless. Hope the above solutions were good enough to resolve the issue.
Last updated on December 1, 2021
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