How to remove favicons from Firefox [Guide]

Favicons are the small shortcut icons on the Firefox browser. They are on the browser’s tabs and menus. You can remove favicons from Firefox by configuring a couple of options on the advanced settings page.

Open the Firefox browser, and enter about:config in the address bar. Press Return to open the page in the shot below. There you should click I’ll be careful, I promise!


Next enter in the search box at the top of the page. That opens the options in the shot below. There are a couple of settings there which when set to false switch the favicons off.


Firstly, right-click and select Toggle to switch its value to false. Also right-click on the switch its value to false much the same. Next close and reopen the Firefox browser.

Once you’ve restarted Firefox, you will find that the Favicons are gone entirely. For example, note that there are no favicons on Firefox’s tabs in the shot below. 


To restore the favicons, return to Firefox’s advanced setting page; and switch the and values to true. You can also remove Firefox bookmark favicons with the Bookmark Favicon Changer add-on.

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  • Steve Kelem

    I tried this and it didn’t work. Only the icons in the pinned tabs disappeared. All the unpinned tabs have their favicons.
    This is the opposite effect of what I want. The pinned tabs have space for only the icons. Each normal tab has room for an icon and some text. I was hoping that by turning off favicons that Firefox would load a lot faster than the 6 minutes it now takes.