Facebook for iPhone bugs: Pictures showing up wrong

On the current version of Facebook for iPhone and iPad, whenever I tap on a picture someone uploaded, it either brings up a totally different picture, or when I flip over to comments, they don't match the comments that go with that specific picture. It's incredibly annoying if you want to comment on a picture and can't even get the correct one to pull up.

If you use Facebook for iPhone or iPad you're probably aware that it doesn't come without a bug or two. This one we've had several readers report and it's something I've experienced myself since the newer revamped version of Facebook was released.

The only workaround I've found is to actually go in and open the album the picture is in and click on the picture in the grid of photos. That typically tends to load the correct image and bypass the issue.

Problem

  • Facebook shows the wrong picture
  • Facebook shows the wrong comments for a picture

Workaround

  • Go to the photo album and select the picture that way.

Hopefully Facebook fixes this asap. Any of you experiencing this bug as well? Any other Facebook bugs?

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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Mca7 says:

For one of the most powerful and influential website/company in the world they have one of the worst mobile apps out there. There are so many bugs I can't even list them here. One of the biggest is push notifications work 15% of the time. Its embarrasing.

johnny #5 says:

you people should realize this, i mean they sell your personal information all over the place. So why not make an app that has "bugs" and keep it going so there's a talking point for the app/company.

E_Brown says:

I noticed that problem. I just keep opening the picture until the right one come up. Eventually it will. I'll try the album work around. Thanks!

SciTeach3 says:

This drives me crazy as well. Another thing I hate (besides the new FB "upgrade" where it now tells me what stares I'm interested in) is that it does not refresh when I re-enter the site and the pull down refresh sometimes just gets it stuck.
Just impatiently waiting for bug fix...

JH says:

This has made for some pretty random/funny comments on my end.

AA says:

Since the latest fbook overhaul I've had problems with loading the news feed, push notifications, and this picture issue.

Jiri Fiala says:

Notifications and messages NEVER show properly. I always need to refresh manually.

Dave says:

November 3rd 2010: Facebook holds a special media event to outline their big mobile push
November 2011: Facebook app is still filled with bugs.

Anthony Yuen says:

I‘d experienced such several times and was not sure if it's the fault of the app. Oh, it's the bug of newer version!

Musicmanda418 says:

YES!!! and it's so frustrating when it says "has commented on your photo" you open the photo and it's either not the picture they commented on, or the comments don't match the picture! I also noticed if you close out of FB completely, it does not send through notifications, you have to open the app to see if you have comments, messages etc.

congressdj says:

It's about time people are acknowledging this bug. It's been a problem for months. This happened a year ago, remember?

John says:

You're absolutely right! I've seen both variations (wrong picture, wrong captions).

S Mohsn says:

Facebook app for iPhone is full of bugs its so crappy!!

S Mohsn says:

Facebook app for iPhone is full of bugs its so crappy!!

Mikemoreau says:

What they should do is report the things that do work. It's a smaller list than what doesn't work.

Mig says:

This works for me too. Agree, FB apparently doesn't care about the user experience.

Kritonman1 says:

Facebook don't care about APP people!! sorry I just had too!!

mrNotiq says:

Lol!! Nice Kanye reference.

Kritonman1 says:

Facebook don't care about APP people!! sorry I just had too!!

Harrison Ford says:

I've had this problem for some time now but its not a big deal to me. It doesn't interfere with the other all ability of the iphone facebook app.

fastlane says:

It's not a big deal to anyone. People just like to bitch about things they see others bitching about. You never hear a bad word about any of the apps which are far worse – like Ustream. People only feel obligated to single out Facebook.

Rkoehn7341 says:

Have you notified the FB folks? I'm sure if they knew about it they would get a fix in the works quickly. I've had that problem and it is confusing. Most of the time it displays the comment screen for me.

Guest says:

This bug was there even in earlier versions of facebook app. It was just intermittent.

Guest says:

This bug was there even in earlier versions of facebook app. It was just intermittent.

Jessica Ramos Edholm says:

yep I noticed this as well. I had to delete comments after they posted to the wrong picture.

Jessica Ramos Edholm says:

yep I noticed this as well. I had to delete comments after they posted to the wrong picture.

AD1CTV says:

Yup. It's been this way for a while. Really getting annoyed

sting7k says:

This app currently is almost unusable for me. Often times loading anything takes forever, or simply does not happen. I open to look at notifications and they also work only about 50% of the time. It shows the wrong pictures very often (as detailed here), sometimes photos that are several years old. I can't believe how bad this app functions.

sting7k says:

This app currently is almost unusable for me. Often times loading anything takes forever, or simply does not happen. I open to look at notifications and they also work only about 50% of the time. It shows the wrong pictures very often (as detailed here), sometimes photos that are several years old. I can't believe how bad this app functions.

Timkim82 says:

Also. After u finally get to the right picture. And u scroll to the next picture when someone posts multiple pictures
. It shows a different picture. Not the next one the person posted.

NeoDelRio says:

Yep, considering Facebook has been sitting on this app for 6 months, you would think that it would have fewer bugs...

Mark Andersen says:

this issue among so many others has been ongoing no matter which version of the app or iOS.

Adam says:

I've had this bug come and go over the past year (and I always keep the facebook app up to date)

Scott Simon says:

I've noticed this as well - been happening for a while and it annoys the crap out of me. VERY annoying.

Jssergis says:

I too have comments attached to all the wrong photos. Also when tagging a photo, the incorrect photo will be tagged. Very frustrating!!

Jssergis says:

I too have comments attached to all the wrong photos. Also when tagging a photo, the incorrect photo will be tagged. Very frustrating!!

mossyoak says:

this has been going on for along time! i just back out and re try a few times and it finally brings up the right stuff, but it is a problem!

Mcoyne says:

Try selecting a profile pic using the app. Pulls a different photo from the one you selected, no matter how you navigate to the original. Had a bunch of bananas as a profile pic until I finally went to the web version to fix it. Perhaps this is a feature and not a bug :)

G.4 says:

Yes I've had this exact same problem and coincidentally found the exact same work around. The workaround does in fact work, but how annoying is it to have to do it! C'mon Fb.

Jeff Uberstine says:

My comments are all wack.. it says people have liked it that havnt

Redolbin says:

meee tooo, figured it was me getting old....
thanks hope it gets fixed....

Ryan Schupp says:

Its beyond me that a company like Facebook, which some very talented engineers, can release such a bug ridden mobile app. Don't they thoroughly test this stuff before they release it to 800 million people? I guess not.

Mac Choudhry says:

Yes same bug here! Very annoying!

Jason Cohen says:

It really irritates me to no end how buggy the FB app is on my 4S. I have the picture bug... it shows the same two people liking my most recent upload no matter how recently I uploaded it and what picture it is. For Mark Z. to go on and on about how Steve mentored him ( and to read all of the blog postings on it as of late) it is embarrassing for this app to behave the way it does because Steve would have never released this app to the masses. I came back to iOS from Android as I got tired of the lag, random reboots, battery pulls, etc but I will say that the Android FB app runs circles around the iOS version and to me that is unacceptable! The iOS version is definitely prettier, but if it's not functional, what good does pretty do?

Adfad says:

Having the exact issue on my iphone and my wifes iphone

Nanc says:

This has been an issue for awhile. Kinda suprised it's just now hitting tipb. Mainly for mobile uploads. It is extremely annoying. Hope they fix it soon.

Nanc says:

This has been an issue for awhile. Kinda suprised it's just now hitting tipb. Mainly for mobile uploads. It is extremely annoying. Hope they fix it soon.

Judgment Tay#AC says:

I hate it, mega frustrating. Boooooo!

Judgment Tay#AC says:

I hate it, mega frustrating. Boooooo!

Tom Loiacono says:

I'm seeing this, too. Really annoying.

Tom Loiacono says:

I'm seeing this, too. Really annoying.

azchick says:

I just switched from bb to an iphone a few weeks ago, and noticed my comments on pics were showing up on wrong pics. Thought it was just me...lol
Super annoying

Jonas says:

This bug has been there for ages. And it's still there despite the complete redesign in the latest version of the app. I'm starting to think that their API documentation is wrong or something, and that their devs keep implementing photo browsing wrong.
I also think it's related to recently uploaded photos (which is usually the kind of photos you're looking at) and what's happening is a bit like going to a library, telling you want book #12, and that the library had added a book at place #10 without updating their database yet, so #12 no longer means what they think it does.

Evan Gage says:

I've also run into this problem a ton! I've noticed if you go back and click the image again, sometimes you have to do it more than once it will finally bring up the right destination. It seems to usually happen with images that are newly uploaded ( just my experience). The other bug I've noticed with images is when you upload images to or open a album. After an upload either the images won't be in there or some will be missing. It wont update what you've uploaded or just shows a white background. Not to mention the thumbs are pixelated as hell. This app is a piece of crap.

Christian Muna says:

This problem is soooo annoying!

Joni says:

I have been seeing this. What is disturbing about it is that a string of comments from the wall of a "secret" group I am in (posted over a year ago) were showing up as comments on a photo that one of the group members recently posted on his wall. It makes we wonder if this bug is exposing private comments to non-group members? Were all of this guys friends also seeing those comments on their iPhones?

Jay says:

Yeh that's got me into trouble when I commented on a photo of my friends new iMac and said "that looks sexy I want a play on it" but the conent ended up on a photo of their dog!! Facebook sort it out!

Akcheezehead says:

At least it wasn't their daughter! Lol

Jay says:

Yeh that's got me into trouble when I commented on a photo of my friends new iMac and said "that looks sexy I want a play on it" but the conent ended up on a photo of their dog!! Facebook sort it out!

Paul says:

uhhh... yes I have this problem and it is absolute sickening.
I can not believe that such a widespread issue wasnt fixed immediately.

Curiousjulz says:

You can't attach a pic to your status but u actually can upload pics in general and tag ppl in them using m.Facebook, if u have your email set up on the phone. You send the pic via the email link. It's there instantly uploaded n then u can go into the pic and edit the caption and tag ppl, not directly on the pic but in the pic in general. M.Facebook good in some ways but takes ages to update notifications.

Erin E Rainey says:

I too have been experiencing this annoying issue and the only way around I have found is the same as mentioned above, taking the long way, which is equally annoying.

Toby says:

I have that same problem!!

Brian says:

Yes, same thing here. If you keep refreshing eventually the comments and picture sync up, but very frustrating nonetheless.

Kwest82804 says:

Yes!!! Same thing! So annoying! Someone will "like" one of my pictures and I'll go into my notifications and click on it and it'll bring up the wrong picture, or the right picture with wrong comments. I deleted the app and then downloaded it again, but still didnt fix it. Hope they fix it soon!

Debnjez says:

I get this bug happening a lot - why has Facebook not fixed this yet?

Cd says:

I'm experiencing the same thing

Sorenclan says:

Having this problem and it's getting worse!!!

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Hairy Goto Bangor says:

This is happening to me and sometimes I message the wrong friends and even flirt with family members which was awkward over Xmas :|

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