When you encounter an issue and you’re trying to determine whether you can fix it yourself or need to report a bug, follow the steps below. Remember that in many cases it’s important to reload the web page for any changes to take effect.
Restart the browser
Sometimes the simplest things help, so exit/quit the browser, and hopefully on restart the issue will be gone.
If you’ve kept your computer on for a long time, restarting the device may help as well.
Make sure the browser is up to date
If you’re using an older version of the browser, there’s a chance that the bug has already been fixed and you won’t be having the issue in the latest version of Vivaldi. So make sure to update your browser regularly.
You can also check recent Snapshot changelogs on our Snapshot blog. The latest fixes and newest features are tested in Snapshots, before being released in the Stable version of the browser. Then you need to wait until the next version of Vivaldi Stable is released.
Test in a different profile
Extensions are a common cause of issues on the desktop browser. That’s one of the reasons Vivaldi has so many built-in features – so your browsing experience won’t be hindered by extension compatibility problems.
To disable Extensions go to Vivaldi menu > Tools > Extensions and toggle all Extensions off from the bottom right corner of each Extension card.
If the issue doesn’t occur with disabled Extensions, start enabling them one by one and test in between each re-enabled Extension.
Enable (Third-Party) Cookies
Cookies are used for a lot more than tracking users’ browsing habits. Sometimes websites require Third-Party Cookies to display content that was originally posted on a different site. For example, embedded videos or Vivaldi Blog’s comment section.
Disable Tracker and Ad blocker
Website functionality may depend on elements with trackers that are blocked by the Tracker and/or Ad blocker. Click on Content Blocker on the left side of the address bar to disable blockers and test the website.
Delete Browsing Data
Websites get updated all the time, but information about the old version of the site is still stored in cache files and Cookies. This may cause discrepancies in the displayed website and occasionally even break functionality.
In addition, storing old browsing data for a long time will use up your device’s memory space, so deleting it every now and then can have a positive effect on the browser’s speed as well.
To delete Cache and Cookies on desktop, click on the Clear Browsing Data button in the top-right corner of the History manager or go to Vivaldi menu > Tools > Delete Browsing Data.
Test in another browser
It is possible to install a second version of Vivaldi to test the issue. It’s best to test with the newest version of the browser, i.e. the Snapshot, as the likelihood of the issue being fixed is highest there and in that case, you just need a little patience until the fix is released in the Stable version. On Windows, you can install any version as a Standalone. On macOS and Linux, you can run the Stable and Snapshot versions side by side.
Since Vivaldi is based on Chromium, we sometimes inherit bugs from upstream. If that’s the case, you’ll likely be able to reproduce the bug in other Chromium-based browsers. In that case, please report the bug to the Chromium team.
Check your security software
Make sure your anti-virus product is up to date and not blocking Vivaldi. If your anti-virus product warns you about dangers in Vivaldi, it’s most likely a false positive. In that case, review your anti-virus product settings as they might be too sensitive. Read more about it in our answers to common security-related questions.
Found a bug?
When you’ve followed the steps listed above and you can consistently reproduce the issue, please discuss it on our Forum. There, our Community members can test on their devices and either confirm the bug or suggest a fix for the issue. Some of them can also tell you whether the devs are already aware of the bug or a new bug report should be created.