Facebook has Loading Problems on Your iPhone – 7 Fixes
Do you have problems with Facebook not loading correctly? Here are 7 fixes for when your Facebook is not working properly, the app displays a blank page or a blue spinning symbol that just won’t stop loading and doesn’t bring up any content. Check out our solutions and you will probably resolve any Facebook issues you are currently having when accessing the biggest social network on the planet.
Table of Contents
- Use the official Facebook app
- Check your internet connection
- Refresh the app
- Quit and restart Facebook
- Reboot your iPhone
- Update Facebook
- Use the official Facebook app
Issue: Facebook not loading at all
If you a are getting a network error or seeing a blue circular icon that is spinning when attempting to open the Facebook app, something has gone awry. There are a number of things you can do to fix this.
Switching from Safari to the official Facebook app
Using the Safari browser to access Facebook saves battery, but if the website does not work using the official Facebook app might help as the issues might be related to your browser.
We usually recommend not using the official Facebook app, as it does consume a fair amount of resources (up to 15% of your battery) for very little actual functionality. You are better off using the Safari browser to visit the website and log in there, as your battery life will benefit and you gain a few privacy perks.
Check your internet connection
First and foremost: Try and connect to any other website using your browser and try one or two apps that connect to the web, just to see whether your Facebook issues are actually caused by a different problem. Your mobile internet connection might be experiencing an outage, or perhaps your Wi-Fi router needs a quick reset. Opening a webpage like Google and entering a random query is an easy test you can always perform to check connectivity. When connected to the internet, you should at least see a WiFi status indicator or LTE, 4G, 3G or E for edge in your iPhone’s status bar.
Refresh the app
Sometimes the native Facebook client on iOS gets stuck and just needs a quick nudge to get back going. Simply swipe down on your news feed to make it refresh. This manual refresh often fixes intermittent issues.
Quit and restart the Facebook app
Another easy method to fix intermittent Facebook issues is to bring up the Multitasking View on your iPhone by double-tapping the Home Button, then swiping up on the preview of your Facebook app to fully close the app. This is especially helpful when the app is not responsive at all, or simply refuses to load any content despite you being connected to the internet. Learn how to close apps on iPhone.
Reboot your iPhone
If restarting the app doesn’t work, the next step would be to restart your whole iPhone, or to be more precise, the operating system (iOS) of your mobile device. On older models press and hold both the Sleep/ Wake Button and the Home Button until you see the Apple logo. Then let go of both buttons and wait until the system is back up, unlock your iPhone and try the Facebook app again. If you own an iPhone X follow this guide to reboot your iPhone.
Hint: Unlocking your iPhone requires more than just your Touch ID or passcode. You also need to unlock your SIM. Learn more about unlocking your SIM.
Update the native Facebook app
When using the installed version of Facebook, the native app, try updating it via the App Store’s Updates tab. Check to see whether there are any pending software updates and install them if needed. Keeping your Facebook app updated will make certain that it should connect to the service appropriately. Learn how to turn off automatic app updates.
Disable your VPN or adjust your DNS settings
Two network technologies can mess with your ability to connect to Facebook. Firstly, virtual private networks (VPNs) are used to camouflage your identity on the net and can experience network issues themselves, or be blocked by Facebook. Try disabling your VPN profile or VPN app and try connecting again. Sometimes this happens by using public WiFi. Learn how to use public WiFi safely.
The other option would be to check your DNS settings on the iPhone, as the domain name resolution server might simply not be working correctly. Learn how to change DNS settings for more speed