Fix: Reddit app not loading and showing thumbnails (Android)

This tutorial will show you step by step what to do when the Reddit app isn't loading and showing thumbnails.

The solutions on this page work for the Reddit app on all Android phones, such as Samsung, Lenovo, Motorola, OnePlus, ASUS, Nokia, Google, Sony, LG, and all other Android smartphones.

1. Check if thumbnails are set to “always show” in the Reddit app

1. Open the Reddit app.

2. Tap on your profile icon (avatar) located in the top left corner.

Profile avatar in the Reddit app on Android

3. Tap on Settings located at the bottom.

Open settings in the Reddit app on Android

4. In the View options section, at Thumbnails, you make sure that Always show is selected.

Thumbnails setting in the Reddit app on Android

Now, close and re-open the Reddit app and check if the thumbnails are showing now.

2. Clear the cache of the Reddit app

1. Make sure the Reddit app is closed.

2. Long-press (press and hold) on the app icon until a menu pops up.

3. Tap on App info or tap on the info (i) icon.

App info

You can also open your phone's settings, tap on Apps, and then tap on the Reddit app.

4. Tap on Storage.

5. Tap on Clear cache located at the bottom.

Now, open the Reddit app and check if the thumbnails are showing now.

You probably need to repeat these steps every 1 or 2 weeks or so, depending on how much you use the app.

3. Change DNS settings on your phone

The steps below work for smartphones with Android 9, 10, and 11.

If you have a smartphone with an older version of Android, then you can use the 1.1.1.1 app developed by Cloudflare.

1. Open your phone's settings.

Open settings on an Android phone

2. Tap on Connections or Network & internet.

Open connections settings on an Android phone

3. Tap on More connection settings or Advanced.

Open more connection settings on an Android phone

4. Tap on Private DNS.

Private DNS setting on an Android phone

5. Select the Private DNS provider hostname option.

6. Enter dns.google or one.one.one.one (Cloudflare) or 1dot1dot1dot.cloudflare-dns.com or dns.quad9.net or dns.adguard.com in the field below Private DNS provider hostname. You may need to test these DNS providers to see which one works best for you in terms of speed.

7. Tap on Save.

Enable Private DNS on an Android phone

Now, open the Reddit app and check if the thumbnails are showing now.



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