How to bring back the thumbnail view in Twitter's image viewer

During its last redesign, Twitter removed the thumbnail view in its image viewer. Using a Chrome extension, you can bring it back.


It's unclear why Twitter decided to make its image viewer less user-friendly, but ever since its last redesign, users have been forced to click through recent images, one at a time. Browsing your recent images or those of other Twitter users has become a frustrating experience.

A Chrome extension, called Please bring back photo grid view!, returns the thumbnail view to Twitter. After you've installed the extension, you'll see the familiar strip of thumbnails in Twitter's recent images.

Twitter thumbnail view
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Apparently, Twitter has a download limit of 150 images per hour, but enabling the "Force" option attempts to bypass this limit. Keep in mind, however, that loading times may increase greatly with it enabled.

Twitter force thumbnail downloads
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

That's it. Now you can finally browse through images (again) on Twitter without having to click through every single image.

(Via AddictiveTips)

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at


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