How to turn off lazy load in WordPress

Last updated December 6th, 2023 06:04

Do you need to deactivate the lazy load feature in WordPress? WordPress typically uses this feature to delay the loading of images until the page needs to display them on the user’s screen. In theory, this can improve the initial loading speed of the page, but this feature is not always desirable. Therefore, today I will show you, how to turn off lazy load in WordPress, step by step.

How to check if WordPress is actually using lazy load for images?

It can be determined from the page source code. If you right-click on your page in the browser and choose “view source code“, you can find the inserted image in the source code. The HTML tag will have the attribute loading=”lazy”. See the image below for reference.

How to turn off lazy load in WordPress using code.

Lazy load can be easily disabled using PHP code, which you can insert into the functions.php file of your theme. The code is provided below. However, please note that improperly inserted code can break your website. Therefore, always make a backup of the functions.php file or at least its code.

The code to disable lazy load looks like this:

					add_filter( 'wp_lazy_loading_enabled', '__return_false' );

To make the whole process truly secure, we will not directly modify the source code of the theme, but instead use a plugin for inserting so-called “snippets“.

To install and activate the “Code Snippets” plugin, first go to the “Plugins” option in the left-hand menu of your WordPress dashboard and then click on “Add New“. Search for the “Code Snippets” plugin, install it, and activate it. Once the plugin is activated, a new option called “Snippets” will appear in the left-hand menu. In this section, you can add a new snippet by following the instructions shown in the image, save it, and activate it.

You can find the plugin’s standalone page here: Code Snippet

How to turn off lazy load in WordPress

Once you insert the code into your website as a “snippet,” the lazy load feature will be deactivated. And that’s a very safe way to do it.


Using “snippets” is a safe way to add additional features to your website’s source code. The main advantage is that your custom code won’t disappear from the template files in case of a theme update or file overwrite. So its allowing you to make modifications quickly without risking a website crash or breakdown. As I demonstrated today, disabling lazy load images in WordPress can be easily done through “snippets”.

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