Slow internet connection is the reason we find ourselves screaming at our computer screens waiting for websites to load. Sometimes, slow internet is the universe’s way of telling you to go play outside. Other times, it’s the universe’s cruel joke to destroy your productivity. An easy trick when the internet is slow would be to disable auto-loading of images. If whatever you are doing doesn’t need images (For Example : Reading), then it is advisable to disable auto-loading which will in turn speed up the loading of the webpages and help save some data. Follow this guide to disable auto-loading of images in Chrome and Firefox.

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Disabling Auto-Loading of Images in Chrome :

  • Open chrome and click on the Three Vertical dots on the top right corner. For some older versions there will be three horizontal bars/lines instead of vertical dots. Click on “Settings” from the menu that appears. This should as expected take you to the settings panel of Chrome.

 

  • In the settings panel search for Advanced Settings. In older versions Advanced settings can be found by scrolling all the way down and the newer versions consist of a side menu to use it. The side menu can be accessed by clicking on the three horizontal lines on the top left corner.

 

  • A drop down list of options appears after clicking on “Advanced” and from this menu select “Privacy And Security“.

 

  • Further from the “Privacy and Security” settings panel select “Content settings“. Another method (Easier) would be to directly search for “Content Settings” from the search settings box that appears on the top. You can search for Content Settings right after entering the settings panel.

 

  • Now under content settings scroll down until you find “Images“. Click on it when you do.

 

  • By default there is a text “Show all” with a toggle on the right side which is ON. Toggle it to OFF and this will prevent Auto-loading of images in your chrome browser. Once you turn it OFF,the Show all  text changes to Do Not Show Any Images.

Simply close the settings tab once you are done. Now you will be able to load any webpage without images. You can reverse the setting and get the images back by going to Content Settings > Images and toggling it back ON.

Disabling Auto-Loading of Images in Firefox :

Mozilla removed the option to disable images Firefox Options menu some time ago. The option itself is still there though but just not that easily accessible anymore. Follow the below step by step guide to do what you came here for 😛

  • Launch Firefox and type “about:config” in the address bar. A page displaying a warning message like the below image will appear,just hit “I accept the risk” to continue.

 

  • A screen follows with a really long list of options just search for “permissions.default.image” using the search box provided on the top.

  • The default value is set to 1 which means Load All Images. Finally right-click and select Modify or simply double click on “permissions.default.image” and change the value to 2 and hit OK to block all images or to to disable 3rd party images . If you block third-party images, all images hosted on the domain you are on are loaded while all images not hosted on it are blocked. In simple words if you want to allow images loading from the same website, but want to disable 3rd party images, then set its value to 3.

  • That’s about it,now close the “about:config” tab and open any website without any images.To reverse the changes and allow images to load and set “permissions.default.image” value to 1.

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Extensions to Disable Auto-Loading of Images :

In addition to the above methods that ask you to enter settings of both Chrome and Firefox to do the task at hand , you can also disable Auto-Loading of Images using some extensions. Block Image and Image Block (Sound the same,don’t they?) are two popular extensions for Chrome and Firefox to block loading of images on web pages.

Block Image as required stops images from being downloaded. It adds an icon on the chrome toolbar which can be used to toggle it on and off quickly. Image Block for Firefox adds a toggle button to block or allow loading of images on web pages. You can selectively stop images from loading on each web page. Another popular extension for Firefox (Sorry chrome users) is Quickjava (Chrome disable images extension) Along with images Quickjava adds buttons for turning on and off gifs, JavaScript,Flash and a lot of other stuff.

Thus if you are not lucky enough to have a fast Internet connection just follow the above methods. And Disable Auto-Loading of Images on your preferred browser to improve the loading speeds. Let us know if you ran into some trouble after the above guide in the comment section and we shall help. Or you can always just drop a hello to talk to us 😉

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