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How to Prevent Images from Loading Automatically in Mozilla Firefox 23 and Later Versions

With Mozilla Firefox 23 and later releases, the options Disable Javascript and Load Images Automatically have been officially removed from the main menu user interface. In previous versions of Firefox, users could turn off the Load Images Automatically option in order to minimize their internet bandwidth usage. Now, with the release of Mozilla Firefox 23 and later versions, it is not possible to disable image loading directly from main menu.

Why did Mozilla Firefox remove the Load Images Automatically feature from the main menu?

The action was taken to make the browser safer and more reliable and to prevent users from accidentally disabling the option to load images while browsing. Thus, from Firefox 23 and the versions after it, you cannot check or uncheck the Load Images Automatically option from the UI. Fortunately, there are many workarounds to use this feature. One of the workarounds uses about:config settings.

Follow these steps to use the feature Load Images Automatically.

[+] About:config
     [-] I'll be careful, I promise
            [-] Search - permissions.default.image
                  [-] Right click - Modify
                     [#] Value = 2 ( to block all images from loading)


What are the different values we can set?

permissions.default.image = 1 is used to allow images to load.
permissions.default.image = 2 is used to prevent all images from loading.
permissions.default.image = 3 is used to prevent third-party images from loading.


Follow these steps to use About:config settings to enable the feature Load Images Automatically.

1. In the address bar, type about:config, and press Enter.
2. Click I’ll be careful, I promise.
3. In the search bar, search for permissions.default.image.
4. Right-click the result named permissions.default.image, and click Modify. Then set the permissions.default.image value = 2 (to block all images from loading). To reverse the changes and allow images to load, set permissions.default.image value = 1, which is, by default, the value for loading all images while browsing.

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Vishwanath Dalvi
Vishwanath Dalvi
Vishwanath Dalvi is a gifted engineer and tech enthusiast. He enjoys music, magic, movies, and gaming. When not hacking around or supporting the open source community, he is trying to overcome his phobia of dogs.


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