Facebook is certainly not a new thing, but it’s still one of the most used social apps and the best way to keep in touch with people who matter. The company is doing everything in its power to make the platform more streamlined and user-friendly.
Despite their efforts, Facebook still faces some issues, and the most common one concerns the newsfeed. There are cases when it doesn’t load at all, or when it’s just loading old data in circles.
This occurrence may happen on the web platform or mobile applications, and there are many possible reasons why it happens. In this article, we’ll explore them all and offer solutions.
Check Your Internet Connection
While only the minimal data was required for Facebook to work correctly in the past, they’ve upped their data usage over time, so your internet connection is the best place to start. A fast and steady connection has become the norm, so the slow one with almost certainly result in the feed not loading.
Different Time Zone
If you have an incorrect time set on your mobile app or PC, this might be the reason. Facebook is taking your device’s time as the main parameter to work, so if that time is not checking out with your geographical location, the site will get confused. It’s a rare issue that usually occurs if you’re switching time zones, but checking if the time and date are correct on your device takes less than a minute. Don’t underestimate this possibility since it can turn out to be the quickest fix of them all.
It’s a Bug
Before you start checking your device and digging deeper, remember that bugs are usual occurrences in apps, and Facebook is not an exception. Serious bugs can make Facebook servers stuck or even cause them to go down in your region. Therefore, you might want to check if the servers are working all right on Down Detector.
That happens more often than you might think. If Facebook is undergoing maintenance, that means downtime for both desktop and mobile platforms.
Of course, Facebook continuously monitors its apps for bugs and technical issues and tries to release patches accordingly. So if it’s not down, an update might be the solution. Visit the App Store or Play Store to check if there’s one available.
If there is one, Instead of “Open, “you’ll see the “Update“ button. Install the update immediately since it can resolve the newsfeed loading issue.
If an update isn’t available, there’s a good chance you’ll get rid of corrupted files by reinstalling the app. Choose “Uninstall,“ then go back to the Store, download, and install it again. Now, instead of “Open,” there will be the “Install“ button.
Insufficient RAM or CPU Power
If the feed is loading fine on your desktop but not on your smartphone, there’s a high chance that the problem lies in your smartphone specs. The Facebook app requires both a lot of storage space and substantial processing power. That shouldn’t be a problem because smartphone technology has come a long way. But if you’re using Facebook on an old smartphone, you probably lack CPU power to support the app.
If you can’t afford a new smartphone at the moment, the solution lies in Facebook Lite – the version of Facebook that loads extremely fast because it uses much fewer data. Even if you have an older phone, this version should make Facebook work like a charm.
If your smartphone does have enough CPU power, the obstacle might be your RAM. If you tend to un too many apps simultaneously, they could be fighting for the RAM and slowing down your phone. You might want to close all the apps and relaunch Facebook.
Cache & Data Overload
If CPU power and RAM are not the issues, maybe you’ve reached the threshold of Facebook’s cache memory and data. To clear cache and data, open Settings and find Facebook on your Installed Apps list. Tap the “Clear data” option at the bottom of the screen. Next, choose “Clear cache” and “Clear all data” consecutively.
After you relaunch the app, the feed should load seamlessly again. Clearing cache and data could also remove all the corrupted files, so we recommend this before uninstalling the app.
Adjust Your Preferences
There’s also a chance that your feed is updating just fine, and you only have the impression it’s not because you see old posts. That means you haven’t adjusted your preferences. There is an option that lets you choose between “Top Stories“ and “Recent. “ The first is the default, so you need to change it to see the most recent stories.
You can define your priorities even further by tapping on “Edit preferences“ below. There you can set who you want to see first. That’s where you can select all people and pages you wish to see updates from.
On mobile devices, you’ll have to dig a bit deeper. Tap the Menu icon, followed by “See More.” Scroll down to find the “Most Recent” option. Tapping on it will automatically update your news feed.
Fast as a Shark
There are many possibilities behind the news feed loading problem. Sometimes, your internet connection and devices are to blame. Other times, however, it’s because of technological issues Facebook is experiencing. Finally, some are simply the result of poorly set Newsfeed preferences.
Whatever the case, one of these solutions should work for you. If you’ve come across some other possibilities, let us know in the comments section below.