Slow Loading Time with No Loading Indicator

When launching the ANKI application, I observed a significant delay in loading, which takes approximately 30 seconds. However, during this time, the screen remains blank, providing no visual indication that the application is actively loading. This absence of a loading indicator can lead to confusion and frustration for users who might think the application is unresponsive or malfunctioning.

30 seconds is not normal. Assuming you have a reasonably fast computer, did you rule out things like add-ons? Please see When problems occur - Frequently Asked Questions

I have been seeing this slow load time too. On my reasonably fast laptop, the Anki window was blank for 20 seconds.

I have no add-ons enabled.

Anki 2.1.65 (aa9a734f) Python 3.9.15 Qt 6.4.3 PyQt 6.4.0
Platform: Windows-10-10.0.22621
Flags: frz=True ao=False sv=3
Add-ons, last update check: 2023-08-09 15:32:24

===Add-ons (active)===
(add-on provided name [Add-on folder, installed at, version, is config changed])

===IDs of active AnkiWeb add-ons===

===Add-ons (inactive)===
(add-on provided name [Add-on folder, installed at, version, is config changed])
'' ['planki', 0, 'None', '']
Advanced Browser ['874215009', 2023-07-01T12:55, 'None', '']
Anki Habitica for 21 ['1758045507', 2022-02-09T04:54, 'None', '']
AnkiWebView Inspector ['31746032', 2023-06-27T12:26, 'None', '']
Image Occlusion Enhanced ['1374772155', 2022-04-09T00:15, 'None', '']
Mini Format Pack ['295889520', 2018-07-24T10:45, 'None', '']

That appears to be the web toolkit taking its time to initialize. Does your laptop have a spinning disk or SSD?

My laptop has an SSD.

Maybe adding an exception to your antivirus will help?

That seems like a real possibility. I use AVG and it has caused all sorts of other problems.

Regardless, adding a loading indicator would improve the design.