Download GIF instead of WebP

WebP images are developed by Google to make the web faster, with reduced photo and graphic sizes. Google Chrome natively supports WebP, and other web browsers like Firefox, Edge, and Opera. When you try to save a JPG, PNG or GIF image from the web, you may find it is saved as WebP other than its original format. However, as a designer or web developer, you may need to save images in their original format as many image editors don’t support this new format currently. In an earlier post, we discussed how you can convert WebP to JPG or PNG on Windows computer. This method however doesn’t work if you need to convert WebP to GIF animations. A workaround we recommend is to download those original GIF files other than converting WebP images to GIF. You can use Mozilla Firefox browser to achieve this.

Type about:config to the address bar of Firefox instead of the URL, press Enter to visit, you will see a warning page. Click Accept the Risk and Continue button to go to the advanced preferences page. Click Show All to view all preferences currently set in the profile. Here we will use the Search preference name box to find the option we need to change. Copy & paste image.webp.enabled into the search box to quickly locate it. Its status should be true by default, double click on this entry to turn it off. Now relaunch the web browser or reload the web pages to let the change take effect.

disable webp image firefox browser on windows computer

Once you have disabled WebP image In Firefox browser, you can directly download or save not only GIF animations, but also other image types such as JPG, JPEG, PNG, etc.

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