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How to stop playing GIFs automatically in your browser

febrero 14, 2020

Animated GIFs are probably one of the best things that have happened to images for some time. They introduce a sense of life into otherwise static photos. This, in turn, allows creators to transmit much more information with GIFs than they could with other image formats (JPEG, PNG). I personally love GIFs. They can be fun, informative and useless at the same time. However, what I don't like about the way GIFs are used. Websites often use them in autoplay mode, eliminating the power of choice from their users. Also, if a heavy web page on GIF, it takes much longer to load, especially if you are on a slow internet connection. And frankly, sometimes just annoying when things start playing automatically on a web page. While we can't stop websites from using autoplay GIFs, we can stop it on our side. So if you are someone who has been a victim of GIF autoplay, here's how to stop GIFs from autoplaying in your browser:

Note: the methodology differs from browser to browser. Then, scroll down to find the browser and use the method you specified for this.

1. Stop automatic playback of GIFs on Google Chrome

Since Google Chrome is the most used browser in the world, we start our list with it. If there is one thing Google Chrome is known for, for its healthy selection of extensions. The extensions add a lot of functionality to Google Chrome and we will use one today to solve our problem as well. There are a couple of extensions that can help us solve the problem of automatic GIF playback, but probably the best one GIF Jam (Download).

evident enough from the name itself, what makes the extension. Basically, I will only show you the first frame of any GIF present on a web page and prevent loading. However, this also means that you won't be able to see any GIFs. To watch GIFs, you will need disable the extension and reload the page again .

If your problem is not with the automatic playback of GIFs but with their loading time, you should use another extension called GIF delayer (download). When the extension is running, it will show only GIFs on a web page when they are fully loaded . Therefore, you won't have to wait for GIFs to load while you watch them while they are buffering.

2. Stop automatic playback of GIFs on Mozilla Firefox

Just like on Chrome, you can also use an add-on with Firefox to stop GIFs from playing automatically on any web page. To do this, download and install Animated GIF Toggle (Download). The best thing about using this add-on that allows you to use simple keyboard shortcuts to enable or disable GIF animation. So if you want to play GIFs, you can easily do it by pressing the keyboard combination. You can press Ctrl + M to enable / disable GIF animation in the current tab or press SHIFT + M to restart all animations.

However, if you wish disable GIFs from autoplay forever, you can do this by changing the browser configuration. To do this, do the following:

1. Open Firefox and type "about: config" in the address bar . Hit Enter and then click "I accept the risk!".

2. In the search bar, type "animation" . Select " image.animation_mode "and therefore double click on it.

3. Type "none" inside the pop-up box and then click "OK". Follow the photos for clarity.

Once you hit it, no GIFs will ever play automatically on your Firefox browser. If you want to go back to the original settings, that's it replace the text "none" with "normal" in the third step.

3. Stop automatic playback of GIFs on Opera

Similar to Chrome and Firefox, there is a rather good add-on for Opera that is available in its extension store and can block GIFs from playing automatically. L' extension aptly called GIF-blocker (download) and can be installed by clicking on the link indicated. Once installed, you can simply click the extension icon to toggle it on or off . Once enabled, GIFs on any web page will be replaced by the extension icon. If you want to see GIFs, you have to disable the extension by clicking on it and then refresh the page to load the GIFs.

4. Stop auto play GIF on Safari (or not)

The macOS update of High Sierra is making many changes to Safari. One of the additions to Safari is the feature that blocks videos from autoplaying on any website. However, the function does nothing when it comes to stopping GIF from playing automatically on a web page. The only thing you can do right now to block GIFs from autoplay on Safari is to install the Deanimator extension (download). However, the extension hasn't been updated in the last 6 years or so and it doesn't seem to work on my device. It may work on previous versions of Safar i, so if you are on the previous version of macOS, you can check it out. In addition to this, it is currently not possible to disable automatic playback of GIFs on Safari.

Stop automatic playback of GIFs in Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari

As I mentioned in the introduction, GIFs are one of the best things that have happened to images for some time. However, since they are overused on certain websites, it is important to prevent them from playing automatically. Stopping the automatic playback of GIFs will result in faster page loading with less data consumption. Both results are very useful if you have limited data service. At the moment, there is no apparent way to do this on Safari and the Edge browser in Windows 10, but we will update the article as soon as we find one. In the meantime, let us know if autoplaying GIFs bother you or not. Leave your thoughts on them in the comments section below.


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