How to fix Facebook news feed not working issue

The popularity of Facebook has reduced slightly due to the emerging new social media apps like Instagram and WhatsApp, but it still is at the top of the list.  In recent years, Facebook has made a lot of modifications to give its users a more streamlined and user-friendly experience. But, there are still problems where the users have reported issues regarding the Facebook news feed not working. And in this article, we will be discussing this particular problem and fixes for the same.

The problem of Facebook news feed not working can have three different variations. So, if you are facing a similar issue, it would probably be one of these.

  • Your news feed is not working at all
  • Your Facebook news feed is not updating and is showing the old data repeatedly
  • The “most recent” feature of your Facebook news feed is showing data which is a day(s) old

Now when you know your problem, let us find out why this problem is occurring.

Slow internet connectivity

Compared to the previous data usage by the app, it has increased. Unlike before, you will now need a steady and fast internet connection. If your internet connection is slow, then it might be the reason why your Facebook news feed is not updating.

Facebook under maintenance

If your Facebook news feed is not loading on the computer, then one of the reasons might be that the app itself is under maintenance. So if you have been facing the problem for a day, then you can wait for another day or so to see if the problem has been fixed.

Incorrect preferences

Facebook gives you the option of choosing what you want to see in your news feed. You can do it by setting your preferences in the app itself. So, in case you have set up the incorrect preferences by mistake, or unknowingly, this might also be the reason that your Facebook news feed is not updating.

Corrupted App data

It might also happen that your Facebook app has been corrupted by a bug or bad data. In that case, your Facebook news feed or the entire app might not behave accurately and you may start having issues.

Older version of Facebook

Facebook releases its updates quite frequently. So if you are using a very older version of the app, it is possible that it is the issue that’s causing the app to behave unexpectedly. So, update your app as soon as possible. This will also help you to get rid of any bug or technical issues in the app.

Improper date and time

If your Facebook news feed is not loading on the computer or phone, then check if you have unknowingly set up the wrong data for date and time. Because Facebook uses your time as a working parameter, the wrong input might also cause the issue in your app.

Phone not supporting the app

Facebook has different versions of the app. It might be possible that the version of the app that you are using is not supported on your phone. So, in such cases look for that version which can be supported by your phone.

Now that you know what can be the possible reason for your Facebook news feed not functioning properly, let us find out how you can fix these problems.

Fixes for Facebook news feed not functioning issue

Set up correct news feed preferences

There are two main preferences that you can choose from to set up your news feed, one is “Top Stories” and the other is “Recent”. The app uses “Top stories” by default to display stories in your news feed. In case you want to change it to “Recent”, you will have to do it manually. Apart from this, you can also make many more customizations on what you want to see in your news feed. Here is the step-by-step process.

For the web browser

  • Click on the “News Feed” title on the left side of your screen
  • Click on the “three dots” that you see right next to it
  • Choose between “Top Stories” and “Most Recent” from the drop-down
  • To customize, click the “Edit Preferences” option and choose from the content that will be displayed
  • Once you complete the process, restart the browser and see if the issue has been solved

How to fix Facebook news feed not working issue

For Android devices

  • Click on the “Menu” icon on the left side of your screen
  • Scroll down and click on “See More”
  • Further, click on “Most Recent”

Check your Internet Connectivity

Make sure that the internet connection that you are using is fast enough. Also, if you are using public data from organizations, workplace, café, etc. shift to “mobile data” as these networks have limited access settings for certain applications.

Application Downtime

As mentioned above it might so happen that Facebook itself is having a problem with its servers or is under maintenance. In such a case, try using a different app or website, and if they are working properly, it means that the issue is not at your end. You can also check if other people are facing the same issue from forums like Reddit.

Removing Cache Data and Application Data

In case your Facebook data has been corrupted, clearing the data might fix the problem on your Android Device. Follow the steps below to do so.

  • Go to the “Settings” option on your Android device
  • Click on “Apps”
  • Search for “Facebook” in the list
  • Click on the “Storage” option
  • Click on both “Clear Data” and “Clear Cache”
  • Log in to your Facebook app and see if the problem has been fixed

There might be a problem with your device, as well. So try to log in to the app from a different mobile or computer.

Make sure that your phone has sufficient storage for the app to run.

These were some of the fixes regarding Facebook newsfeed not working issue. This broadly covers everything, but in case you are still facing any issue, we suggest you reach out to their customer support team and write an email to Facebook’s official email address.

Experiencing difficulties with your Device, check out our “How To” page on how to resolve some of these issues.



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