How to Remove Google Fonts from your WordPress Theme

I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately, to implement a ‘Remove Google Fonts’-option into OMGF.

After a lot of research (a few months!) I managed to implement an efficient way to do it. Version 1.9.0 contains an experimental option to remove any Google Fonts that are enqueued in your WordPress blog.

But, for those where it doesn’t work, or for those that want to have full control, I provided an alternative: a complete guide on how to remove Google Fonts from your WordPress Theme.

Why should I Remove Google Fonts?

Your motivation to remove the externally hosted Google Fonts from your blog may differ. It might be a design or programming choice, but in most cases the reason is site optimization. External requests slow down your site’s loading speed. That’s why it’s a smart choice to move external files to your own server and host them locally. Even Google says so.

The same goes for Google Fonts. But moving them to your server can be quite an exhausting process, especially if you’re using a lot of different fonts, weights and styles. To make this process easier, I created OMGF: a WordPress plugin which automatically downloads any Google Fonts it finds and serves them from your server.

If you’re an absolute speed-freak, and you don’t care for Google Fonts. You might want to get rid of them entirely. Today we’re going to discuss different ways — in varying difficulties — to remove Google Fonts from WordPress.

Easy: remove Google Fonts using OMGF

OMGF offers and Unload All option to remove Google Fonts from WordPress.
OMGF v5’s Unload All feature grants you fine-grained control over which Google Fonts you’d like to remove and/or keep (and load locally).

Because it’s not smart to blindly remove Google Fonts, OMGF’s automatic removal feature has been removed in v5.0.0. The plugin now offers fine grained control and allows you to specify which fonts (or font styles) to remove (or, unload) and which you’d like to keep.

After running OMGF’s Save & Optimize routine once, you can easily remove (unload) Google Fonts in the Manage Optimize Fonts section, by clicking the Unload All link next to a font-family.

Any fonts you decide to keep are automatically loaded from your server, i.e. hosted locally.

Pro-tip: leverage OMGF Pro’s Fallback Font Stack feature to specify which system font (stack) should replace your Google Fonts. If you’re a speed freak, this is what you’re looking for.

Easy: Automatically remove Google Fonts using Autoptimize

Another easy way is to use Autoptimize, but I can’t stress this enough: blindly removing Google Fonts gives no guarantee what your pages will look like in different browsers and/or operating systems. Chances are, visitors will view your pages in Times New Roman. Who wants that?

A WordPress plugin which I’ve mentioned several times, due its incredible optimization capacities. Simply put, if you want to achieve a high score on Google Pagespeed, Autoptimize’s the way to go. One of its options is — guess what? — it removes Google Fonts..

How to Remove Google Fonts using Autoptimize
How to Remove Google Fonts using Autoptimize

Assuming you’ve already installed Autoptimize from the WordPress Plugin Directory, go to its settings page (Settings > Autoptimize) and:

  1. Click on the ‘Extra‘-tab,
  2. Select ‘remove Google Fonts‘ from the Google Fonts options menu,
  3. Click ‘Save‘.

As promised, that was easy, right?

Now, if for some reason you don’t like easy, and you skipped reading this entire chapter, because it was too short and boring for you. Keep reading. Now we’re gonna get down and dirty.

Hard: Manually remove Fonts from WordPress using a Child Theme

This option is mostly convenient, if you’re already running all sorts of custom optimizations on your site, preventing you to install OMGF or Autoptimize.

The hard way to remove Google Fonts from your WordPress theme involves creating a child theme. You’ll also need a basic understanding of PHP and Bash.

If these words mean nothing to you, I suggest you skip back to the first chapter of this post and install OMGF.

Before continuing, make sure you’ve created a child theme for your theme following the steps from the WordPress documentation. After you’ve activated and verified it’s working, continue.

The steps are the same for every theme, the function name’s will just differ.

Find out which function loads the Fonts

Google Fonts are loaded from an URL looking similar to this:,400,600,700|Roboto+Slab:400,300,700Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

So the smartest way to find out the name of the function loading the fonts is to look for it using a terminal command called grep. E.g. grep "googleapis\|gstatic" * -r will return a list of all files containing the word ‘googleapis‘ or ‘gstatic‘. Make sure to trigger this command inside your theme’s folder.

Dequeueing the stylesheet

grep should return one file. Open that file using your favourite IDE (such as PHPStorm or Notepad++) and locate the function containing the Google Fonts URL.

The URL is probably wrapped inside a function called wp_enqueue_style or wp_register_style. What we need from this function is the value of the first parameter, called the ‘handle’. This is what we’ll use to ‘dequeue’ the fonts in our Child Theme’s functions.php.

E.g. in my theme (Sparkling) the fonts are enqueued as follows:

wp_register_style('sparkling-fonts', '//,400,600,700|Roboto+Slab:400,300,700');

So I’ll be using the handle ‘sparkling-fonts‘ to dequeue it in my child theme.

We can do this by adding the following code to the Child Theme’s functions.php:

// The start of my Child Theme's functions.php
function sparkling_remove_google_fonts() {
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'sparkling_remove_google_fonts', 100);
view raw functions.php hosted with ❤ by GitHub

When activating the child theme (make sure you’ve enqueued the parent’s theme styles, etc. as described in the WP dev-docs!) you’ll see that the function loading the Google Fonts isn’t triggered anymore.


Hosting Google Fonts from your own server can be beneficial to the speed of your WordPress blog, that’s why it is recommed to remove the externally hosted Google Fonts from your WordPress theme. There are many ways to remove Google Fonts from your WordPress theme. In this post I’ve described the easiest way (using OMGF or another plugin) and provided a (harder) alternative (using a Child Theme) for those longing for more flexibility.

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17 thoughts on “How to Remove Google Fonts from your WordPress Theme”

  1. Most of the times we have to remove Google Fonts to solve the leverage browser caching issue as you mentioned in your another article on this blog.

    However, for this reason alone, removing or locally hosting google fonts is not the best option because removing fonts will affect the layout and user experience and locally hosting google fonts will increase server bandwidth. As a 3rd option, we use another free opensource fonts library Easy Fonts that is an unofficial fork of Google Fonts and CDN for which is available at

    Using this CDN for fonts not only solves leverage browsing caching issue pointed out by many online performance evaluation tools, but also makes using fonts really easy as documented on the above page, or as explained in this answer:

    1. However, for wordpress sites, currently no plugin provides support for this except for the PageCDN’s own plugin that reads all Google Fonts links and replaces them with better cacheable PageCDN links.

      It would be nice if you can add support for Easy Fonts in your plugin as an optional feature.


      1. Sounds like a pretty cool idea, Adil!

        I think it deserves its own plugin, though. Cause in the basics it’s an entirely different concept.

        I’ll think about it. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. thanks a lot for those info.i try to remove the google font from my theme , astra , but i dont manage to do it… if someone know how to do that , thanks to point me out in the right path.

    BTW thanks for those nice article and pluggin for wordpress .. i use caos too.

    for performance i used autooptimise in past but nowday i use 3 plugin , “fast velocity minify” “powercache” to cache in ram and not on hardrive .. and “asset cleanup” to remove what some plugin load on some page…

    1. Have you tried the ‘Remove Google Fonts’ option in OMGF? It’s become pretty enhanced over the past few months. If you can’t manage to remove the fonts using OMGF, please contact me and I’ll see if I can make it compatible with your theme!

  3. Hey I am using MEdicom Theme and somewhere in the plugins.js there is the font.googleapi thingy. I am really not willing to touch the code, so is there another option? I have tried several plugins: Autoptimize, Remove Google Fnts, Clerify …. all not working. Maybe because its in the parent-theme, not the child-theme which i am using?


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