Facebook – There was a problem with the image file

Often I get this error when I try and upload a simple image to Facebook: “There was a problem with the image file” even with small files (e.g. 127K .jpg)

There is no useful info in the error message but I resized the image down to 90% and then it worked.

Strangely, I then tried to upload the original 100% size image again and it worked.

Go figure.

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12 Responses to Facebook – There was a problem with the image file

  1. thenonhacker says:

    The True Cause why Facebook gives us “There was a problem with the image file”:

    When a Captcha is Impending a Status Post with an Attached Photos, we will get “There was a problem with the image file”

    1. On the Wall, click “Status”

    2. Write a status post with a link that Facebook doesn’t YET trust. This link must be able to trigger the Captcha Dialog.

    3. Click “Photo”, and browse to a perfectly OK photo.

    4. Post the update. Facebook can’t display the CAPTCHA anymore, and it displays “There was a problem with the image file”.

    COROLLARY: If you remove the links in the status, the Photo gets uploaded successfully!!!

  2. thenonhacker says:

    The True Cause why Facebook gives us “There was a problem with the image file”:

    When you post a photo to the wall, accompanied with a Status Post containing CAPTCHA-Trigerring links (links not yet trusted by Facebook), then we get the “There was a problem with the image file” error upon posting that Photo.

    1. On the Wall, click “Status”

    2. Write a status post with a link that Facebook doesn’t YET trust. This link must be able to trigger the CAPTCHA Dialog.

    3. Click “Photo”, and browse to a perfectly OK photo.

    4. Post the update. Facebook can’t display the CAPTCHA anymore, and it displays “There was a problem with the image file” instead.

    COROLLARY: If you remove the links in the status, the Photo gets uploaded successfully!!!

    WORKAROUND #1: Add the Photo to an existing Album, then paste the description later. The Photo won’t get any errors!

    WORKAROUND #2: Post the photo to you wall, but don’t put a status yet. The photo will successfully be uploaded! Now, edit the photo’s caption.

  3. zerlock says:

    uhm yeah i tried uploading a vid from my iphone and it said that how do i rezize it

  4. Jen says:

    I had luck with turning off the location. Once that happened, I was able to post and upload photos.

  5. Make certain you are uploading a file format other then png. When this happened to me I merely changed file type to .jpg and it uploaded without incident. Good luck

  6. syed Azeem says:

    i am uploading photos to one of my pages wall photos and it is continuosly giving me this same error, i tried uploading different photos with different extensions .jpeg , .png and so on
    however i can upload as album

    on other pages i experience no problems

    anyone knows a fix?

  7. Åsa says:

    I had the same problem, and my workaround was to rename the photo……worked brilliantly :)

  8. Diana says:

    Facebook error when attempting to post picture to wall: there was a problem with the image file. None of the above solutions worked. This happen quite often.
    the pics are .jpg & small to mis-size photos…. (within FB’s specs) many from microsoft clipart images.

    thanks for your help. Its frustrating.

  9. fur says:

    i try to resize the image & it worked! tnx :)

  10. lalaala says:

    i just sent the video to my phone then uploaded it

  11. Chip says:

    Renaming the photo did not work for me, but changing it from a .jpg to a .tif did work every time. It was a little slower loading – but it worked!

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I tried to upload a word document with NO pictures and I got this message. Go figure.

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