How to remove image previews from your Twitter timeline

Confused as to why your Twitter timeline is full of images after the recent update? Don't worry, it's easy to fix.

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Twitter recently updated its Android and iPhone apps to include inline previews of Twitter photos and Vine videos. What this means is when using the official Twitter app on your smartphone you'll now see a preview of some media, instead of a simple link to said media.

For some this is a welcome change, making it easier to view a photo or Vine without having to tap a few extra times. Of course that's if you want to see more of the photo, or watch the Vine video.

With the new previews taking up space in your timeline it's easy to start to feel that your timeline is cluttered. Thankfully Twitter added a setting to remove image previews from your timeline.

On the left you see the image preview. On the right, the image preview has been disabled for the same tweet. Big difference! Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Using either the Android or iPhone version of the app, navigate to the settings page. Scroll down near the bottom of the main Settings page where you'll find the option to disable Image Previews. Either remove the checkmark (Android) or switch the toggle to the Off position (iPhone).

It's that easy.

Sadly there's not an easy way to disable image previews when using the Web version of Twitter. I'll be sure to update this post should Twitter add the option in the future. Watch the quick video below if you're still having issues figuring out where to find the setting.

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Jason Cipriani has been covering mobile technology news for over five years. His work spans from CNET How To and software review sections to WIRED’s Gadget Lab and Fortune.com.

 

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