Disable Animated GIFs from Auto-Playing in Chrome and Firefox

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Animated GIFs have come back with a vengeance and can be quite annoying when they play automatically while you’re browsing. Here’s how to stop them.

Animated GIFs have come back with a vengeance and can be quite annoying when they play automatically while you’re browsing. Here’s how to stop them from auto-playing in Chrome and Firefox.

Disable Animated GIFs Firefox

Type: about:config in the address bar and hit Enter. If the “This might void your warranty message comes up click that you’ll be careful.

about config

Next type: anim in the search box to find image.animation_mode. Double-click on image.animation_mode and type in none and click OK. Or, type one if you want the GIFs to play them once).


Disable Animated GIFs Google Chrome

Chrome is a bit different, so your best results are to use an extension. There are plenty to choose from, and each one varies a bit. Here are a few different ones you can choose from:

  • GIF Stopper: it allows you to stop all animated gifs with a press of the Esc key, and it works with Google+.
  • Animation Policy: This will run animations only once or disable them altogether.
  • Gif Jam (Animation Stopper): This might be the most detailed one and work the best. Http requests to Gif images will be intercepted and replaced with a version contain only an empty frame.

Note: Since a lot of GIFs are Flash-based, you can also stop them by disabling Adobe Flash completely by using guides:

Just remember if you use the options above, it will turn off Flash completely. So, videos and other Flash items won’t play. Which, honestly, isn’t a bad thing due to the fact that Flash is extremely insecure.

Do you have a favorite way to stop annoying auto-playing GIFs for your browser? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.



  1. Mary

    I love this tip! Is it reversible? Can you turn the gif ads back on? I hope so. There are some gifs I *do* want to see as their animated selves.

    Also, is there a similar tip to keep flash ads from autoplaying when you open a webpage? Having several tabs open, each with multiple flash ads running, slows down my browser and freezes my scroll bar and cursor.

    Thank you!

    • Brian Burgess


      You can turn it back on, just reverse the steps in Firefox or use one of the extensions for Chrome, you can control them as described in the article.

      Maybe Animation Policy? There are a bunch of these types of extensions in the Chrome store.

      • Mary

        Thanks, Brian. That’s good to know! ^_^

        Is there a way to preemptively turn off flash ads? I adore YouTube but I really dislike them on other websites.

        • Melvin Batchelor

          I use the Chrome extension Flash Control. It displays Flash videos as an empty frame, with a button you can click to enable it to play if you want. You can also configure it to allow Flash on specific web sites without having to click to allow it. Don’t know if it’s available for Firefox.

      • Manuel

        It does not work with CNN page in firefox, I hate it. Any ideas? thank’s

  2. David

    Does this do anything to prohibit those annoying ads that plays sounds, usually voices promoting some product, in a tab while you’re working on another tab? I have sometimes closed down several tabs, only to realize that the noise was coming from an ad on the tab on which I was working!

    Anything that I can do to eliminate this horrible intrusion to my browsing experience would be appreciated.

    • Brian Burgess


      Gif Jam (Animation Stopper) should do it because it completely removes the GIFs

  3. Frank

    Doesn’t work. I still see animated gifs all over the place, after having set this option over a year ago.

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