Broken image icon in Google Chrome browser

Some folks who are using Google Chrome browser have been experiencing issues where the image icons are broken. From time to time, every web browser will stumble across this problem multiple times, and like always, there are several ways to get it fixed.

Bear in mind that you’ll see an image icon when a website’s image fails to load. In this particular case, the website is not the problem, but rather Google Chrome. Now, this might not be an easy fix, but nonetheless, we’ve come up with several ways to hopefully set things straight.

Broken image icon in Chrome

Broken image icon in Chrome

If Google Chrome picture icons are broken in the browser when you load a web page, and the images don’t show or are missing, here are a few things you need to look at in order to fix the issue.

Clear Chrome’s cache

Broken image icon in Chrome

The first step in fixing this issue is to clear the cache in Google Chrome. Do this by clicking on the three dot icon, then select History from the menu. The next step is to click on Clear browsing data and choose only Cached images and files, then hit Clear Data at the bottom.

Is Google Chrome set to show images?

Every web browser has the option to turn off images, and the same can be said for Chrome. Maybe this is the missing link, so let’s find out.

To know if you’ve accidentally blocked images in Chrome, click on the three dotted button yet again, then choose Settings from the drop-down menu. Now, go to Advanced, then select Content Settings to open a new section.

If the option that says Do not show any images is not selected, please do so then activate Show all images. Click on Finish then load this webpage to see if images are now active again.

Disable Chrome extensions

Many problems faced by web browsers can be traced back to one or more extensions. The easiest way to figure out if an extension is causing the broken image icon bug is to disable all extensions, then re-enable them one-by-one.

Here’s what you need to do. Click on the three dotted button again, select Settings, then navigate to Extensions. Here you’ll need to disable all active extensions, restart Chrome, then check if images are loading fine.

If they are, reenable extensions one after the other to find out which one is the cause of the problem. After coming to a conclusion, keep that extension disabled until the developer releases an update.

Reset Chrome

If everything else fails, then it’s time to reset Google Chrome to its default factory settings. Doing this will usually fix most problems, but there’s a downside. You see, if you’ve not enabled Chrome to store data in the cloud, you’ll lose everything.

To reset Chrome, click on the three dotted menu icon, then select Settings, and navigate to Show advanced settings. Scroll with the mouse to the bottom and finally click on Reset to restore Chrome to its original setting.

Let us know if you’ve managed to find this guide helpful in any shape or form.

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