Fix: Reddit Application not Loading in Android

The Reddit application may fail to load in Android due to an outdated version of the application. Moreover, corrupt cache/data or installation of the application itself can also cause the error under discussion. The affected user encounters the issue when he launches the Reddit application and the application is stuck on the loading screen. The issue occurs on Wi-Fi as well as on cellular data. For some users, the issue is limited to the comments section only.

Reddit Application not Loading

Before initiating the troubleshooting process to fix the Reddit application, make sure the servers are up and running. Moreover, check if you are not using the beta version of the Reddit application. Additionally, make sure your email is Reddit verified. Make sure your username and password do not contain any special characters.

Solution 1: Force Close the Reddit Application

You may encounter the error at hand if the Reddit application is stuck in the operation. In this context, force closing the application and then relaunching it may solve the problem.

  1. Launch Settings of your Android phone and then open the option of Applications/Application Manager.
    Open Apps
  2. Now tap on Reddit and then tap on Force Stop.
    Force Stop the Reddit Application
  3. Then confirm to Force stop the Reddit application.
    Force Stop the Reddit Application
  4. Now relaunch the application and check if it is clear of the error.

Solution 2: Restart the Phone

The issue under discussion could be a result of a temporary glitch of communication/ application modules of your phone.The glitch can be cleared by restarting your phone which will remove all temporary configurations.

  1. Exit the Reddit application and press the power button until power options are shown.
  2. Then tap on the power off button and wait for the phone to be turned off.
    Power Off
  3. Now press the power button to power on the phone and then check if the Reddit application is operating fine.

Solution 3: Clear the Cache of the Reddit Application

Like many other Android applications, the Reddit application uses a cache to boost up performance and improve the user experience. But this is one of those rare apps where cache size can be very large for a phone’s storage (which can increase more than 1 GB within no time).

You may encounter the error under discussion if the cache of the Reddit application is corrupt or your phone is running out of storage (due to the large cache of the application). In this context, clearing the cache of the application may solve the problem.

  1. Launch the Settings of your phone and then tap on Applications/Application Manager.
    Open Application Manager
  2. Then tap on Reddit and tap on the Storage option.
    Open Storage Settings of the Reddit Application
  3. Now tap on Clear Cache and then check if the Reddit application is working fine.
    Clear Cache of the Reddit Application

Solution 4: Update the Reddit Application to the Latest Build

The Reddit application is continuously updated to patch known bugs and cater to the advancements in the technology. The application may fail to load if you are using an outdated version of the Reddit. In this scenario, updating the Reddit application (which will rule out any of the compatibility issues) to the latest build may solve the problem.

  1. Launch the Play Store and then open its menu by tapping the hamburger icon.
  2. Then tap on the My Apps & Games and navigate to the Installed tab.
    My apps & games – PlayStore
  3. Now open Reddit and then tap on the Update button.
    Update the Reddit Application
  4. After updating the application, check if the Reddit application is clear of the loading error.

Solution 5: Use a VPN Client

ISPs use different methods and techniques to safeguard their users and control web traffic. You may encounter the error at hand if your ISP has blocked a resource essential for the operation of the Reddit application. There are numerous subs that are blocked by a country (especially those that contain NSFW material). In this case, using a VPN client may solve the problem.

  1. Install a VPN client of your choice and then launch it.
  2. Now connect to a preferred location and then check if Reddit is operating normally.

Solution 6: Disable AutoPlay in the Reddit Application Settings

By default, the AutoPlay feature in the Reddit application is enabled and, in some cases, it can badly impact the loading time of the application. In this scenario, disabling the AutoPlay option may solve the problem.

  1. Launch the Reddit application and then tap on the user profile icon (near the top left of the screen).
    Open Setting of the Reddit Application
  2. Now open Settings and then tap on AutoPlay.
  3. Now select the option of Never.
    Disable the AutoPlay Feature in the Reddit Application
  4. Then force close the application (as discussed in solution 1).
  5. Now relaunch the application and check if it is clear of the loading error.

Solution 7: Re-Log in the Reddit Application

The loading issue could be a result of a communication glitch between the application on your smartphone and Reddit servers. The glitch can be cleared by signing-out and then signing back into the application.

  1. Launch the Reddit application and then tap on the user profile icon (near the top left of your screen).
  2. Now tap on Settings and then tap on the Account Settings.
    Open Account Settings in the Reddit Application
  3. Then tap on Switch Accounts.
  4. Then tap on Add Account and enter your username/password (of the account that you are already using with the Reddit application).
    Add Account to the Reddit Application
  5. Now click on the Continue button and then check if the loading issue is resolved.
  6. If not, tap on Switch Accounts in the application settings (repeat steps 1 and 2) and then tap on the logout icon in front of your account.
    Logout of the Reddit Account
  7. Now confirm to logout the application and then restart your phone.
    Logout of the Reddit Application
  8. Upon restart, re-login the Reddit application and check if it is operating fine.

Solution 8: Clear the Data of Reddit Application

You may encounter the error at hand if the application data of Reddit is corrupt. In this case, clearing the application data may solve the problem instantly. Keep in mind that you may have to re-login in Reddit; so, keep the credentials at hand.

  1. Logout of the Reddit application (solution 7).
  2. Launch the Settings of your phone and tap on Apps/Application Manager.
  3. Then open Reddit and tap on the Storage option.
    Open Storage Settings of the Reddit Application
  4. Now tap on the Clear Data button and then, in the dialogue box, confirm to clear the data.
    Clear Data of the Reddit Application
  5. Now restart your phone and upon restart, check if the Reddit application is clear of the loading error.

Solution 9: Uninstall Conflicting Applications

In the Android environment, applications co-exist and share device resources. You may encounter the error under discussion if any of the applications is interfering in the operation of the Reddit application. You can diagnose this by looking at recently installed applications.

  1. Launch the Settings of your phone and open the Application Manager.
  2. Now tap on any of the Applications that you no more required.
  3. Then tap on the Uninstall button.
  4. Now repeat the process for all the other applications which are not essential and then restart your phone.
  5. Upon restart, check if the Reddit application is operating fine.

Solution 10: Reinstall the Reddit Application

If nothing has worked for you so far, the loading issue could be a result of the corrupt installation of the application itself. In this context, reinstalling the Reddit application may solve the problem.

  1. Logout of the Reddit application (solution 7) and then Force Close it (Solution 1). Then clear the Cache (Solution 3) and Data of the application (solution 8).
  2. Open the Settings of your phone and then tap on Applications/Application Manager.
  3. Now tap on Reddit and then tap on the Uninstall button.
    Uninstall the Reddit Application
  4. Then confirm to uninstall the application and restart your phone.
    Confirm to Uninstall the Reddit Application
  5. Upon restart, reinstall the Reddit application and check if the loading issue is resolved.

If nothing has helped you, then either you should try the browser version of Reddit or use another 3rd party application (like Boost, Sync for Reddit, etc.). You can also try to roll back the update of the application (if the issue has started after an update of the application) but keep in mind that APK files acquired from 3rd party sources may be harmful to your device and data.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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