Disable Responsive Images Complete


This plugin completely disables WP responsive-image feature that was introduced in version 4.4. It is meant for people who know what they are doing and want to use their own responsive-image techniques.


  • Disables responsive images on the front-end
  • Disables generation of medium_large 768px image size
  • Completely plug-and-play, no configuration required
  • Uses the WP API to disable responsive images
  • Clean, lightweight code, a real pleasure

Why would anyone want to do this? Check out the FAQs below for all sorts of good reasons.


This plugin does not collect any user data. So it does not do anything to make your site less compliant with GDPR. I have done my best to ensure that this plugin is 100% GDPR compliant, but I’m not a lawyer so can’t guarantee anything. To determine if your site is GDPR compliant, please consult an attorney.

Works perfectly with or without the Gutenberg Block Editor


How to Install

  1. Upload the plugin to your blog and activate
  2. Visit the plugin settings to configure options

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If you like Disable Responsive Images, please take a moment to give a 5-star rating. It helps to keep development and support going strong. Thank you!


Where are the screenshots?

This plugin works behind the scenes with no settings required. So there are no screenshots to show!

Does this work for WP Multisite?

Yes, this plugin works great on Multisite.

How does this plugin differ from the original Disable Responsive Images plugin?

The difference is that this plugin also disables the extra 768px image copy from being generated for every image upload. So it saves server memory and other precious resources. Additionally, at the time this plugin was created, the original Disable Responsive Images plugin had not been updated in over 2 years.

Why would I want to disable responsive images?

This plugin is not “anti-responsiveness”. In fact, quite the opposite. WP responsive-image feature locks users into prescribed methods, instead of leaving it open for users to create their own solution. With this plugin, users take back control in order to implement their own preferred responsive solutions. So it’s actually “pro-responsiveness”, as it frees designers and developers and encourages independent, innovative implementations.

For anyone still confused, here is a list of reasons why anyone would want to disable WP responsive images:

  • Because not all sites want or need responsive images
  • Because not all users want or need WordPress to do everything for them
  • Because generalized solutions do not cater to 100% of users or scenarios
  • Because there are many different ways to implement responsive images
  • Because the WP method makes assumptions that may not hold true in every case
  • Because some users want to implement their own responsive image solutions
  • Because the WP method generates an additional mid-size image for every image upload (which can be wasteful and gobble up server memory and other resources)

Again, as explained on the homepage, this plugin is designed for people who know what they are doing and want full control over how responsive images are handled on their WordPress-powered site.

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Light as feather and fixed our problem of WordPress “helping” us by serving an unoptimised, resized version of a PNG image that was 4x the size of the original. You’d think they’d just not add it if was larger.

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Contributors & Developers

“Disable Responsive Images Complete” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



1.2 (2018/11/14)

  • Tests on WordPress 5.0 (beta)

1.1 (2018/08/16)

  • Updates GDPR blurb and donate link
  • Adds icons for the WP Plugin Directory
  • Further tests on WP versions 4.9 and 5.0 (alpha)

1.0 (2018/05/18)

  • Initial release