How to Fix Tumblr Images Not Loading Error

Has your Tumblr browsing been interrupted by images failing to load correctly?

Tumblr, for all the uniqueness it brings to the world of online social media platforms. Still faces a plethora of technical problems that can hinder a user’s enjoyment of the platform. Among these problems also lies the notorious ‘image not loading’ error. 


Digital media and visual content are what every avid Tumblr user considers the lifeblood of the platform, and as such, being unable to see the content that you want to engage with, react to, and comment on is a complete buzzkill. 

Being a recurring issue that is still very much a part of the platform’s systemic coding. A series of images failing to load could be caused by a number of factors. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the potential culprits, as well as how to deal with them, with the intent of fixing the issue in the shortest possible time. 

Let’s begin!

  1. Internet Connectivity Issues
  2. Browser Extension Issues
  3. External Server Issues

1. Internet Connectivity Issues

The most common causer of any media-related tech problems. This should be the first solution you seek out before going further down this list.  Because of a weak or unresponsive connection, any image or gif-type files will continue to crash until the connection has been reset. Therefore, here’s what you should do: 

  1. Access your Wi-Fi router. 
  2. Turn it off through the Power button and wait for roughly 30 seconds. 
  3. Turn it back on and wait for the connection to be re-established. 
  4. Refresh the Tumblr page you were on and observe if there’s been any difference in the loading of the images. 


Should the image loading error still persist after you’ve attempted this simple and easy fix, here’s what else you can do to attempt a fix. 

2. Browser Extension Issues

Whether you’re using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Windows’ own Microsoft Edge, you most likely have a few browser extensions you habitually use in your online browsing. 

What you might not be aware of, however, is that these extensions could affect the media content you are viewing. Implicitly, the image not loading error could be the result of their tampering with the blog content you are trying to view.


Protective extensions such as U-block or Kaspersky Protection might not be intending to censure the images or gifs you are attempting to view. But due to the way that their protective algorithm works, their functionality accidentally clashes with an otherwise innocent bit of content. Here’s how to disable them:

Disabling an extension on Google Chrome:

  1. Open up Google Chrome.
  2. On the home page, click the three dots on the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Select the More Tools option and click Extensions
  4. Look for the protective extension (such as U-block or Kaspersky) and select Remove.
  5. Relaunch your browser after you’ve removed the extension. 

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Select the Menu button in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Scroll to Add On, then select Extensions or Themes. 
  4. Look for the protective extension and subsequently click Disable.
  5. Relaunch your browser after you’ve disabled the extension.

Disabling an extension on Microsoft Edge:

  1. Access Microsoft Edge.
  2. From the home page, select the Menu button in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Select Extensions, and go to U-block or Kaspersky.
  4. Select the Remove option.
  5. Relaunch your browser once the extension has been removed.

On the other hand, if you’re not too keen on completely uninstalling the extensions, you can still tinker with the user settings. These allow you to add any website, such as Tumblr, to an exception list which prevents the extension from affecting the content that you are viewing. 

By this point, if your issue still hasn’t been fixed, there are a few external factors outside of your area of influence you should be aware of. These could be affecting entire servers of users and are not mutually exclusive to one issue, so keep a close eye on them in case you see a pattern emerging. 

3. External Server Issues

By checking server status on a site such as Down Detector, you might’ve discovered that a large number of Tumblr users are experiencing it simultaneously. If that is indeed the case, this is a problem that goes beyond you and your local connection. 


Tumblr’s servers, just like those of any other social media platform, have a set maximum capacity that, if exceeded, leads to them being overloaded

If the system hasn’t been pre-configured to accommodate such an unexpected influx of user engagement, errors such as the one we’re dealing with are tells of the server not being able to keep up. The sheer number of users who are sharing and distributing content in the same time interval is simply causing the server to not know what to do with that much data. 

What can you, the user, do if that’s the case? Beyond waiting for a timely external fix, not that much. However, experienced users may attempt a self-serving solution through a third-party VPN.

How a VPN Might Help

While your home server might currently be undergoing an overload, other servers around the globe are likely to be free and vacant, and as such, a VPN can help you temporarily migrate to a less crowded server

By masking your IP Address, you are no longer ascribed to a server by Tumblr’s choosing, with the VPN pinging your location to another part of the world, suffering from no external tech issues. 

After doing a little bit of research, you’ll find a server where your Tumblr browsing will be completely unaffected and the media will load without any delays or issues. 

Conclusive Thoughts

A media sharing platform that can still hold a name to its merit, Tumblr does indeed suffer from a range of technical issues. Just like any other platform would. Images, gifs, short videos, or any other type of content that fails to load is a significant deterrent in a user’s browsing of the platform. But thankfully, there are quite a few easy and intuitive fixes we can appeal to. 

Following this guide, you are now adequately equipped to confront the error head-on. If you have any further insights about the images not loading error or any other Tumblr error for that matter, please don’t hesitate to discuss them with us down below. Happy browsing!

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