Remove Google Fonts References


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This plugin stops loading of Open Sans and other fonts used by WordPress and other themes (such as Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen, Twenty Fourteen etc.) from Google Fonts.

Reasons for not using Google Fonts might be privacy and security, local development or production, blocking of Google’s servers, characters not supported by font, performance.

Remove Google Fonts References is a very lightweight, it has no settings, just activate it and it works immediately.

From version 2.0, CSS files detecting has been added to this plugin to avoid google fonts loading inside CSS files. Although it helps stop loading google fonts more thoroughly, it will causes more resource consumption at first runing as well, may cause some minor problems(Like space or the host is not unobstructed access to extranet resources will lead to the first response time too long). If you don’t need CSS files detecting feature, Remove Google Fonts References Version 1.2 only contains the simple removal of the full-text search function, maybe a better choice for you.


  1. Upload remove-google-fonts-references folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress background.


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload remove-google-fonts-references folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress background.


Works Great

No more errors message on page speed. Showed improvement on GTMETRIX and Pingdom Tools

Works great

The only google font removers plugin that works.
But it would be better also remove call to (<link
rel=’dns-prefetch’ href=’//’ />)

Host your own fonts. Speed up your site!

This plugin is great and saves a lot of time having to manually edit a commercial theme which may get over-written the moment there is an update.

By stopping all references to google fonts allows me to host my own fonts and there-fore keep all data flowing to my site alone. As a hyper-paranoid blogger that hates data of my readers being shared removing google font references is a savior.

It should be noted though: This plugin is not for the novice WordPress user as it does have the potential of wrecking a good typographic theme.

Does the Job, makes the Page slow.

I am creating a big corporate page, need to remove some plugin-added google font.
After installing this plugin, my page went super slow.

3 stars, because it could be good for pages with less code.

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Contributors & Developers

“Remove Google Fonts References” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • 2016-06-17
  • Fix compatibility with Avada theme.


  • 2015-07-24
  • Add two filters: “remove_google_fonts_content_filter_before” and “remove_google_fonts_content_filter_after”, used for handling page content.


  • 2014-10-03
  • Fix a bug in some situation: ‘resource huge consumption’.
  • Change file obtaining function from ‘file_get_contents’ to ‘wp_remote_fopen’.


  • 2014-09-25
  • Add ‘remove_google_fonts_priority’ filter, used to change sequencing with ‘Useso take over Google’ plugin.
  • Stop loading google fonts imported by ‘Web Font Loader’.


  • 2014-09-20
  • Add theme ‘pinnacle'(use redux framework) compatibility.


  • 2014-09-19
  • Remove some redundant codes.
  • Keep silence when error occurred during file_get_contents() runing.
  • Add “Useso take over Google” plugin compatibility.


  • 2014-09-17
  • fix bug: can’t load resources defined in the cached css files with relative path.


  • 2014-09-17
  • Remove google fonts references inside css files.
  • Add plugin activation handler and uninstall handler.


  • 2014-09-10
  • Cover another reference method like ‘@import url(…)’.
  • Optimized action hooks.


  • 2014-08-26
  • Cover login and register page.


  • 2014-08-19
  • First released version.