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Stop GIFs from Automatically Playing in Your Browser

If you often spend a lot of times working with web browser, it’s a big chance that you sometimes stumbled in a specific website that contains so many animated GIFs. There’s no bad with animated GIFs actually since most of them are contains funny things.

But, there will be a time when you don’t expect them. Particularly if you are busy enough with your today’s tasks. Every time you find a specific website that contains a lot of animated GIFs, they will automatically play their self. This can cause your browser to run slowly, or for worse, stop running.

So, it’s better to prevent any animated GIFs to automatically playing to keep your browser run as it should be. This article will show you how to stop GIFs from automatically playing in Google Chrome and Firefox

Chrome

Unfortunately, Chrome doesn’t offer any built-in feature to allows you disabling the automatically-play of GIFs. Luckily, there’s a number of extensions that will do it for you. In this case we will use Gif Jam (Animation Stopper)

  • Visit this page to go to the Gif Jam (Animation Stopper) page in Chrome web store and press the ADD TO CHROME button on the top-right corner

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  • Once the extension is installed you will have a new icon next to the three dots icon on the top-right corner

Firefox

Unlike Google Chrome, Firefox lets you to set an advanced setting to disable the GIFs.

  • Type “about:config” on the Firefox address bar and confirm the prompt to go to the config page

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  • Type “image.animation” on the search field and double click the “normal” option to change the value. Change it to “none”. You can also change the value to “once” in order to only play them once and prevent looping. Please note, you have to type the option manually by your self

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Once you applied the two methods above, please go to the giphy.com to test the change

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