Disable Media Sizes


Easily disable any extra image sizes

This plugin provides options to disable the extra images generated by WordPress.

Options include

  • Disable Thumbnail Size
  • Disable Medium Size
  • Disable Large Size
  • Disable Medium Large (768px)
  • Disable 1536×1536 Size
  • Disable 2048×2048 Size
  • Disable Big/Scaled Size

The plugin settings screen does a good job of explaining the different image sizes. Should all be self-explanatory, let me know if anything can be improved.


  • Lightweight and secure
  • Built with the WP API and standards
  • Simple to use – anyone can do it
  • Easy peasy.

Why is this useful?

This article explains everything you need to know about the “hows” and the “whys” and such.


Please understand that this plugin:

  • Does not affect any existing images
  • Only works while the plugin is active
  • Does not delete any images
  • Only prevents WordPress from generating extra sized images
  • If all extra sizes are disabled, only original images will be uploaded

Learn more about the techniques and code used in this plugin.


This plugin does not collect or store any user data. It does not set any cookies, and it does not connect to any third-party locations. Thus, this plugin does not affect user privacy in any way.

This plugin is developed and maintained by Jeff Starr, 10-year WordPress developer, security specialist, and book author.


  • Plugin settings page


Installing the plugin

Activate like any other plugin and done. Visit the plugin settings page to choose your options.

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Still getting extra images?

If you are noticing extra images that cannot be disabled by the plugin, most likely they are being generated by some other plugin or maybe your theme. In that case, you would need to do some investigating to determine which plugin or theme is causing it to happen. This plugin disables only the image/sizes that WordPress creates by default. So any extra image sizes added by other plugins and themes will need to be disabled in some other way. If in doubt, ask your plugin or theme provider. They will know the best steps.


To uninstall/remove the plugin, visit the Plugins screen, deactivate and delete the plugin. All plugin options will be removed from the database when the plugin is removed via the Plugins screen. Also, the plugin does not remove any existing images at any time. So it is safe to delete the plugin, it never touches any images.


There are still some extra images generated?

If you are noticing extra images that cannot be disabled by the plugin, most likely they are being generated by some other plugin or maybe your theme. In that case, you would need to do some investigating to determine which plugin or theme is causing it to happen.

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8 0823 November 0823 000000 2021
This plugin is really works perfect and help me to remove unnecessary media sizes.
25 2538 October 2538 000000 2021
I was excited when WordPress added responsive images and media queries to its core. Loved it even more when Jeff published this simple yet perfect plugin for managing the generated images in WordPress. It does what it says id does. It disables the extra images generated by WordPress. For my use case I just enabled the thumbnail size. With some planning 320 -> 539 [ mobile -> l-mobile ] // 1 column -> content: 525px 540 -> 759 [ l-mobile -> tablet ] // 1 column -> content: 703px 760 -> 979 [ tablet -> l-tablet ] // 1 column -> content: 923px 980 -> 1199 [ l-tablet -> desktop ] // 2 columns -> content: 850px 1200 -> 1419 [ desktop -> l-desktop ] // 2 columns -> content: 974px 1420 -> 1639 [ l-desktop -> wide ] // 2 columns -> content: 1139px 1640 -> 1859 [ wide -> l-wide ] // 2 columns -> content: 1139px 1860 -> [ l-wide -> infinity ] // 2 columns -> content: 1139px some theme support add_image_size( 'themename-blog-image-mobile', 525, 0, false ); add_image_size( 'themename-blog-image-l-mobile', 703, 0, false ); add_image_size( 'themename-blog-image-tablet-l-tablet', 923, 0, false ); add_image_size( 'themename-blog-image-desktop', 974, 0, false ); add_image_size( 'themename-blog-image-l-desktop', 1139, 0, false ); some image sizes $sizes = (max-width: 539px) calc(100vw - 7px*2), (max-width: 759px) calc(100vw - 28px*2), (max-width: 979px) calc(100vw - 28px*2), (max-width: 1199px) 850px, (max-width: 1419px) 973px, 1139; and Jeff's plugin, you can have WordPress do whatever you want with responsive images. 10/10
6 0658 October 0658 000000 2021
I spent alot time to add code to function, and i found this plugin! So very niceeeeee 😀
7 0711 June 0711 000000 2021
Another 5-star plugin from Jeff. No bloat is added to the website at all and this allows for easy granular control without adding custom code to a theme. This little plugin can save you both server space and money! Excellent!
1 0153 March 0153 000000 2021
Thank you for this plugin! It's so simple to use and is a great help with getting control over some of the unnecessary image sizes that are generated in WordPress. Much appreciated!
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Contributors & Developers

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1.4 (2021/07/13)

  • Generates new default translation template
  • Adds link to rate plugin
  • Tests on WordPress 5.8

1.3 (2021/02/08)

  • Tests on PHP 7.4 and 8.0
  • Tests on WordPress 5.7

1.2 (2020/11/09)

  • Adds support for language translations
  • Adds languages directory and default translation file
  • Tests on PHP 7.4 and 8.0
  • Tests on WordPress 5.6

1.1 (2020/08/04)

  • Adds notes to plugin settings page
  • Updates link to the plugin homepage
  • Adds screenshot to readme/docs
  • Tests on WordPress 5.5

1.0 (2020/07/28)

  • Initial release