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I would like to prevent Firefox from loading images, due to 3g data limit.

  • I was googling for an anwser, but it seems that option is not available, and, to my surprise, I did not find any posts mentioning it does not exist.

  • There is no option in about:config that looks like the one permissions.default.image in the desktop version of Firefox.

  • No extension (in particular, the Image Block) seems to be installable in Firefox 16.0 for Android.

Can you suggest a solution, or a browser, which supports this feature?

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The Dolphin browser has an option to turn off images. I believe most versions of the stock browser have this capability as well. The 4.0.4 version can disable images via Settings ->Bandwidth management -> Load images, and I'm pretty sure that the Gingerbread browser had this capability as well.

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Yes, the gingerbread stock browser has this; I just checked. Under Settings->Load Images. – Stephen Schrauger Oct 20 '12 at 13:40

Opera Mini / Opera Mobile are two recommended options for saving money on data charges:

Opera's mobile browsers are the smart choice for browsing on expensive wireless data plans. Using Opera Mini or Opera Mobile to browse the web with your mobile phone can save you money on your phone bills, by reducing your data usage substantially. Opera Mini uses only a tenth of the bandwidth of other browsers, compressing webpages by up to 90%. With Opera Mobile, turning on Opera Turbo compresses data by up to 80%, or leave Opera Turbo off to get full website data, as you would on a PC.

Data compression in Opera mobile browsers

Additionaly, of course, they allow to turn off images via settings.

You can download them from

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Thanks. I don't like opera for political reasons (closed-source) though. – eudoxos Dec 19 '12 at 8:49
OK, I can't fight against that, but I won't delete my answer just in case someone else have the same problem and he/she finds useful this alternative. – Francisco Alvarado Dec 19 '12 at 8:53
It was not meant as offense, sorry for misunderstanding. Your answer is technically very valid and definitely worth keeping here. – eudoxos Dec 19 '12 at 9:12
Don't worry: I didn't take it as offense :) – Francisco Alvarado Dec 19 '12 at 9:19

At Firefox Android Add-Ons, there is a recent add-on that is just what you want:

Mobile Image Blocker v1.0

Speed up browsing on mobile connections and use less data by blocking all images. Working on images defined in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

ADD-ONS Page Screenshot

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This answer could be a lot more useful if you added a link to the add-on. – Dan Hulme Aug 29 '13 at 9:34

this feature is now available in Firefox Nightly but will be shipped in 45/46:

Menu->Settings->Advanced->Show Images

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