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Twitter desktop not working: Quick Fix

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Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms. However, many people have reported Twitter desktop not working issue. There can be various reasons for that and it is imperative that you proceed in a step-by-step manner to resolve the issue.

In this article, we will discuss why the Twitter desktop is not working properly and how to fix the issue.


Why is Twitter not working on the desktop?

There could be several reasons why the Twitter desktop is not working. In this section, we have listed a few of them:

  • Technical issues: Twitter may be experiencing technical issues causing the platform to go down or not work properly.
  • Outdated browser: If your browser is outdated, then you may encounter problems with Twitter and other websites. So, it is important to keep your browser up-to-date at all times.
  • Caching issues: Your browser might have stored outdated or corrupt information in its cache, which might result in Twitter and other websites not working properly.
  • Network issues: Is your internet not working properly? If your internet connection is slow or not stable, you may experience issues with opening heavy websites.
  • Account-related issues: Your Twitter account may have been banned or suspended disallowing you to access Twitter.

Also read: How do you know if someone blocked you on Twitter?


Twitter desktop not working: Potential fixes

Here are some fixes that you can try to get Twitter back and running again on your desktop:

Check Twitter’s status

As we have already mentioned, Twitter might be facing some technical issues causing the platform to go down. Either there’s a server crash or the server has been scheduled for maintenance. In both cases, Twitter won’t work.

Check with any third-party websites like Downdetector to get an idea about the extent of the problem. If many people from all over the world are reporting the same issue, then is highly likely that Twitter is suffering from a technical issue and there is nothing you can do but wait it out.


Identifying and resolving connection issues

Peripherals, Accessories and Networks: Wired vs Wireless

A weak or unstable internet connection will cause problems in opening websites.

Here are some points to remember and check if you are trying to fix your internet:

  • First, make sure that there isn’t any internet outage in your area. You can ask your Internet Service Provider for the information or you can visit their website.
  • If there is no outage, then it is time to check the hardware to make sure that they are not damaged. Check all the hardware associated with the internet connection. That includes your router, modem, power cable, and the main power source, among others. Ensure that all the hardware is undamaged and working properly. If you notice any damage, change it asap.
  • If the hardware is fine, then it is time to check the connections. Make sure that the cables are secured firmly in the proper ports.
  • Sometimes, there is too much distance between the WiFi and the receiving device. Make sure that the distance is less. Or, you can directly connect the internet to your computer as it provides a more stable speed compared to WiFi.
  • Also, remove any other electronic appliances that might interfere with the WiFi signals. While you are at it, place the WiFi on a raised platform so that the devices catch signals seamlessly.
  • If there are many devices connected to your network, remove them before playing games on the internet as the devices share the limited bandwidth of the plan. You can also think of upgrading your existing internet plan.

Refresh your Twitter session

You can log out and then log back in on Twitter and see if the website works now. This might look like a simple step but it has worked for many.


Access Twitter from a different device

If you have another computer, you can try to access Twitter from it. If nothing, it will rule out device or network issues related to that device.


Restart your desktop computer

A simple restart can work wonders. When you restart a computer, it clears the system’s memory, closes all running applications and services, and starts them fresh when the system boots up again. Overall, it is one of the best ways to fix minor errors.


Update your browser

Developers regularly release patches to fix several minor bugs in Chrome. Therefore, make it a habit to regularly update the app.

To update Chrome, Go to Help > About Chrome from the drop-down menu. You will see updating Chrome tab on your screen.

If you are using other browsers, you will easily find the settings to update them.


Disable browser extensions

Faulty browser extensions can cause problems with Crunchyroll and cause the website to crash. However, it is difficult to exactly pinpoint which browser extension is at fault here. One way is to disable all the extensions and then re-enable them one by one. On the other hand, you can disable the extensions while using the Twitter website and then turn on each extension after you are done.

Want to know some of the most useful Chrome extensions? Check out our list of the most useful Chrome extensions.

In both cases, you need to know the steps involved in disabling the extensions in Chrome. To disable extensions in Chrome, go to the three-dot menu and then click on More tools > Extensions. Next, turn off the toggle in front of the extension.


Resolve browser cache issues

A cache is a storage tool that temporarily stores data. Storing data in a cache makes it readily available for the client to access and saves time. For this purpose, web browsers use the cache functionality for faster and more seamless browsing. However, it also causes some problems. So, you should clear the browser’s cache once in a while.

Here are the steps to clear the cache on Google Chrome:

Step 1: Open Chrome and then click on the three-dot button > More tools > Clear browsing data.

Step 2: Check on Browsing historyCookies and other site data and Cached images and files. Also, select the time range to All time. You can also select a particular time range, but we advise you to clear all your data. Next, click on Clear Data to finalise the process.

You can visit this article to find out another, more direct method to clear the cache on Chrome.


Contact Twitter support for additional assistance

If nothing else works, then contacting Twitter support is the last option that you have. Mention all the details about your problem to them and they will sort it out for you.

Also read: Can people see what you search on Twitter?

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Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: [email protected]

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