How to Fix Pictures Not Showing Up in Safari

By Avery Martin

Safari functions as Apple's flagship browser and provides many advanced features to integrate with your operating system a breeze. From integrated social media to watching and sharing videos online, Safari provides the means for surfing the Internet, conducting research and staying in touch. Safari usually behaves as expected, but when pictures stop loading, various troubleshooting steps can help you get Safari functioning as it should on your computer or iOS device.

Safari Desktop Troubleshooting

Step 1

Launch Safari and click the "Safari" menu on a Mac or the "Edit" menu on Windows. Select the "Preferences..." option from the drop-down menu and choose the "Advanced" button.

Step 2

Check the box to "Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar."

Step 3

Click the "Develop" menu in the menu bar and uncheck the "Disable Images" option.

Step 4

Click the "View" menu and select the "Reload This Page" option to see if reloading the page fixes the image issue.

Step 5

Navigate to a new site to check to see if the images are only failing to appear on a particular website. You can also try opening the page on another browser to see if the images display correctly.

Step 6

Select the "Safari" menu and select "Reset Safari..." if the images still don't display properly. Check all of the options and click the "Reset" button. This resets Safari to the factory defaults and erases any passwords and other information stored in the browser.

IOS Troubleshooting

Step 1

Tap the "Settings" app.

Step 2

Select "Safari" from the list of options.

Step 3

Choose the "Block Cookies" option and set it to "From Third Parties and Advertisers" or "Never." If you don't allow the use of cookies, some pages might not display properly. Enabling the option to allow cookies makes it possible for websites to track your activity, store sessions needed to log in to websites and provide content tailored to your browsing behavior.

Step 4

Select the "Safari" link to return to the Safari settings page.

Step 5

Select the option to "Clear History" and confirm it by tapping "Clear History" again.

Step 6

Choose the option to "Clear Cookies and Data," then select "Clear Cookies and Data" to confirm.

Step 7

Press the the Home button twice and swipe the Safari app up to close the app. Tap the "Safari" app again and load a website that contains images to see if the images appear normally.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try restarting your device or computer if you continue to experience issues with images displaying properly. Sometimes a system restart can help restart processes necessary for your device to run properly.
  • Information in this article applies to Mac OS X Mavericks, Windows 8.1 and iOS 7. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.