Fix Facebook Not Showing Reels on Mobile: Facebook took a page from TikTok’s book and added Reels to its web interface and mobile apps. It’s a cool way to make short videos and share them with friends and followers. You can look at shared reels on your main Facebook feed or look at trending reels in the Reels menu. But Facebook doesn’t always load reels. Here are the best ways to get Facebook reels to show up on your phone.
People like reels better than regular videos on Facebook these days. Reels let you add music, effects, and fun backgrounds with a single tap only. You can also get ideas from the creative short reels of other people on Facebook.
1. CHECK THE NETWORK CONNECTION
Let’s start with the most important things. You’ll need to check your phone’s network connection first. If it can’t connect to the internet, use the “Airplane mode” trick to reset the network.
If you have an Android phone, swipe down from the home screen to get to the quick toggles menu. From there, you can turn on and off the aeroplane mode. iPhone users can access the Control Center and the Airplane mode by swiping down from the top right corner.
If you still have network issues on your phone, reset network settings and try playing reels on Facebook.
2. THE PERSON MAY HAVE REMOVED REEL
Did you save or like specific reels on Facebook and can’t find the same in your account? The person may have removed reels from their account.
3. RESTART FACEBOOK
You can close Facebook all the way on your phone and then open it back up to get to reels. You can open the Recent Apps menu by swiping up and holding from the home screen. Then, to close the Facebook app card, swipe up on it.
4. CHECK FACEBOOK STATUS
If Facebook’s servers are down, the app won’t be able to show pictures, videos, or reels. You can search for Facebook on Downdetector to find out if there is a problem. If you see high outage graphs and comments from users saying the same thing, it could be a problem on the server side. You have to wait until Facebook fixes the server problem.
5. ENABLE MOBILE DATA PERMISSION (IPHONE)
If you have disabled mobile data permission for Facebook on iPhone, the app won’t show trending reels on cellular data.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap Facebook.
Step 3: Enable the toggle for the Mobile Data.
6. DISABLE LOW DATA MODE
Facebook has a special setting for making videos work best on a cellular connection. By lowering the quality of videos, the social media giant says it can save up to 40% of data. You need to go into your Facebook settings and turn off the option.
Step 1: Open the Facebook app on your phone.
Step 2: Go to your profile from the top-right corner.
Step 3: Expand Settings & Privacy.
Step 4: Open Cellular Data Usage (or Mobile data use on iPhone).
Step 5: Enable the checkmark beside Optimize under the Video quality menu.
You can restart the Facebook app and try loading reels again.
7. CLEAR FACEBOOK CACHE
Facebook stores cache on your phone to help apps load faster and work better overall. Sometimes, Facebook collects corrupt cache and fails to perform basic tasks such as loading reels. You should clear Facebook cache using the steps below.
Step 1: Long-press on the Facebook app icon on your Android and tap ‘i’ icon to open the App Info menu.
Step 2: From the App Info menu, select ‘Storage and cache.’
Step 3: Hit Clear cache button and try loading reels in Facebook.
8. REINSTALL FACEBOOK
If none of these work, it’s time to reinstall Facebook on your phone. Follow the steps above to open the Facebook app’s info menu, then tap Uninstall to delete the app.
iOS users can long-press the Facebook app icon and select Remove app to complete the uninstall process.
Next, log in with your Facebook account details, and try loading reels without breaking a sweat.
9. CHECK FACEBOOK REELS ON THE DESKTOP
Facebook reels are available on the desktop too. If the mobile apps aren’t showing reels, use the web version on the desktop.
Step 1: Head to Facebook website on the desktop and log in with your Facebook account details.
Step 2: Click on the Reels tab and check all the trending short videos.
FACEBOOK REELS IS A FUN TIME PASS
Most of the time, a bad network connection is the main reason why Facebook reels don’t show up on mobile. You can also use your phone’s browser to check Facebook and see what’s new. What trick did you use that worked? Tell us what you found in the comments.