How to Block Images on Websites with Firefox and Chrome

For a number of reasons, you may need to block displaying of images on the websites you are viewing. In this tutorial, I will show you how to easily do that.

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Did you know that you could block images on websites easily while browsing the internet? Yes, that's true: You don't have to see any images on a website if you don't want to.

Why would Someone Need to Block Images?

There could be a lot of reasons for blocking images when viewing a website. Here are a couple of them that comes to my mind:

- Saving bandwidth. The biggest bandwidth consumers on the internet are image files (after videos). If you are using a very limited internet connection plan, you can save a lot of bandwidth by blocking images.
- Family-safe browsing. Let's say you need to do some research about an adult related topic but you don't want to display images because you are in the office or in a public library. If reading the text will be enough for you, you could simply block the images and browse like that.
- Too annoying images? Some websites have dozens of images on a single page that are not related to the article; hence, blocking them could be a good idea.

Now, I will briefly explain how you can block images in Firefox and Chrome browsers. Note that the following steps may be different depending on your browser version.

Blocking Images with Firefox

To block images in Firefox, simply go to Firefox menu on the upper left corner and click on Options to open Options window.

Firefox Options

On the Content tab, deselect Load images automatically and click OK. Now, when you visit a website, the images will not be loaded. If you want to allow certain sites to load images, you can do that by clicking Exceptions button and entering the URLs of the allowed websites on the next window.

Block Images in Firefox

Blocking Images with Chrome

Blocking images in Chrome is also simple. Open Chrome and go to the options panel or type the following into the address bar.


The Content Settings window will open. In the Images section, select Do not show any images.

Block Images in Chrome

You can allow certain sites to display images by clicking Manage exceptions.

This is how to block images in Firefox and Chrome. If you are using another browser, you can block images in the same manner from its options panel.

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