Even though Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers, it is not free from bugs. Sometimes the browser stops loading images, leaving only the image alt text.
While this may reduce distraction, you might miss visual explanations such as charts or graphs. So we have put together a quick guide that you can use to fix this problem. Keep reading.
1. Update Google Chrome
If you’re using an outdated version of Google Chrome, you may experience all kinds of issues, including the browser not loading images. While Chrome updates automatically, you can update it yourself, giving it a chance to fix bugs and not miss any improvements.
To update your browser, click the three points menu in the upper right corner. Then go to Help > About Google Chrome. Chrome will display the Chrome is up to date message or install available updates.
If your problem is not due to an outdated version of Chrome, continue to the next solutions.
2. Switch to private browsing
A conflicting browser extension may be preventing it from loading images. The best way to test this is to use incognito mode. Open the three points menu and select New Private Browsing the window or press Ctrl+Shift+N.
If Chrome is loading images, you need to look at installed extensions. You can disable all extensions and re-enable them one by one. This way you can determine which extension is preventing Chrome from displaying images correctly.
If you need to disable an extension that you use often and can’t find a replacement, you can create your own Google Chrome extension.
3. Check Chrome’s Site Settings
We’ll continue the troubleshooting process by looking at Chrome’s settings. If you see broken picture icons, you may have accidentally changed the privacy settings. Here’s how you can check that:
- Open Chrome’s menu and head to Settings.
- In the left pane, click Privacy and Security.
- Click on Site Settings > Images.
- Below Default behaviorselect the Sites may display images option. Also, watch the Custom behaviors to make sure you haven’t added any sites to Not allowed to display images.
- Move towards chrome://settings.
- Head toward Privacy and Security > Site Settings.
- Check if Chrome displays images.
5. Clear Chrome Cache Data
Almost all browsers use cache data to improve load times. However, if this data gets corrupted in some way, it could prevent the browser from working properly. So clearing your browser cache is worth trying to fix your problem.
6. Rename the data folder
Chrome might have stopped loading images due to corrupt files in its data folder. The easiest solution is to rename the current data folder so that Chrome creates a new one.
If you are using Windows 10, press Windows key + R to raise a To run dialogue. Type %application data% and press Walk in. Then navigate to Google > Chrome > User Data. There, locate and rename the Default case.
Sometimes it is difficult to identify why files are corrupted, but if it continues, you should scan your entire system for corrupt or damaged files.
7. Reset Google Chrome
If you’ve tried anything and Chrome still won’t load images, it’s time to reset it. You will delete all extensions, cache and history by doing so. However, Chrome will keep your bookmarks and passwords, so you don’t have to worry about losing access to important sites.
Here’s how to reset Chrome:
- Go to chrome://settings.
- Select Reset and Clean from the left pane.
- Click on Restore settings to their original defaults > Reset settings.
Bring back images in Chrome
Hope one or more solutions from our guide helped you fix the problem. If you have tried using other browsers and encountered the same problem, you need to dig deeper. Check your internet connection, operating system version, check for driver updates and run a malware scan.
If you are using an older computer, Chrome may have problems loading images because it needs more resources. In this case, you should upgrade to a web browser designed to run smoothly on legacy hardware and software.