Update, May 4, 2021 (02:48 PM ET): It looks like Reddit is down right now for many around the world. According to Down Detector, outages have been reported over the last half-hour or so. Hopefully, the site will be back up soon so you can check out the latest memes.
Original article: If you’re trying to cast some upvotes or measure something with a banana, you might be disappointed to find out that Reddit is not working. It’s something that rarely happens, so that might come as a shock. An outage is often the cause for this, but it could also be an issue with the app on your phone. Here’s a quick guide on how to fix any problems with Reddit you might experience.
Is Reddit down for you?
- Check if Reddit is down for everybody
- Check your Internet connection
- Make sure there aren’t any issues with the app
- Restart your phone
- Report any issues you are having
1. Is Reddit down?
If Reddit is the only app or site not working for you, it is likely that it is down for others too. Before attempting the other steps below, make sure that this isn’t an outage.
Down Detector is a good tool to use. You can search for Reddit on the site or go directly to its Reddit page. You’ll see a notice saying “possible problems at Reddit” or “problems at Reddit” if the issue is widespread. You can also report issues.
Reddit keeps you informed about the site status as well. Head over to Reddit Status to see information about everything that helps keep it up and running. You can also tap on the “subscribe to updates” button at the top right corner to get notified in case something goes wrong.
2. Check your Internet connection
If the Reddit app or website isn’t loading, make sure that there isn’t something wrong with your Internet connection. You can be facing problems with your home Wi-Fi connection or mobile data plan. You can check if the connection is the issue by simply opening another site on your PC or phone browser. If nothing loads, your Internet is down.
On your phone, go to the Quick Settings drop-down and disable and enable the data connection. Make sure that you are in an area with a good network signal. If the data connection is still down, you will need to contact your network carrier.
In case there’s a problem with your Wi-Fi router, restarting it usually does the trick. If that doesn’t work, we have a handy troubleshooting guide that you should check out.
3. Make sure that there aren’t any app issues
If the status checkers show that there aren’t any problems with Reddit and your Internet connection is fine, you might be running into some app issues. Try force closing the app and restarting it. If that doesn’t work, the best option is to uninstall and reinstall the app from the Google Play Store. Also, make sure that the Reddit app is updated to the latest version.
4. Restart your phone
Like many tech problems, the simplest and most effective solution might be to restart the device. The same idea works here as well. Restart your phone or laptop and see if the problem goes away.
5. Report any problems you are having
If you’ve tried everything on the list and Reddit is still not working, you can report the bug or problem to the devs directly. Go to r/bugs and mention the issue you are facing with the site or phone app. You will also see a running list of bug fixes, updates, and known issues with the mobile apps in r/redditmobile.