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How to Fix Featured Images Appearing Twice in WordPress Posts

Do you want to learn how to fix featured images appearing twice in WordPress posts?

Creating a new post in WordPress is a fairly easy process. But, some users run into an issue where the featured image is showing up twice.

In this article, we’ll show you how to fix featured images appearing twice in WordPress posts.

How to fix featured images appearing twice in WordPress posts

Why is the Featured Image Appearing Twice in WordPress?

Featured images appear twice in WordPress posts when users add an image to the featured image tab and also upload the same image to the post editor.

Featured image twice example in post editor

For those just getting started with WordPress, adding the image twice makes sense, because when you add an image to the featured image tab, it doesn’t display anywhere in your post content in the editor.

This is because your featured image is controlled by your WordPress theme. Your theme will decide how and where these featured images are displayed.

Usually, these images will appear next to the heading on your home page or blog page, and at the top of your blog posts.

Featured image example

They can be used as thumbnail images or main article images, depending on your theme.

Note: Featured images are not the same as cover images. Featured images represent the content and are displayed on single pages, blog archive pages, and the home pages of news, magazine, blog sites.

A cover image is a wide image that’s part of your overall article, and is used for a new section within your blog post or page.

For more details, see our beginner’s guide on cover image vs. featured image in the WordPress block editor.

With that said, let’s show you how to fix the featured image appearing twice in WordPress posts quickly.

Fix Featured Image Appearing Twice in WordPress Posts

Fixing the duplicate featured image in WordPress blog posts is quite easy. Simply open up the post where the image appears twice and delete the image inside the post editor.

To delete the image, simply click on it, then click the three dots to bring up the drop down menu, and click ‘Remove Block’

Delete featured image in post

After that, make sure to click ‘Update’ to save your changes.

Now, when you view your post, the featured image will only display once.

If you’re still experiencing more issues with your WordPress images, then see our guide on how to fix common image issues in WordPress.

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  1. DO having both images affect speed? actually have two images but my theme has a feature to hide feature image in a a post

    • If the images are large then it may affect speed but if the images are optimized then it would have a minimal effect on your site’s speed.


  2. DO having both images affect speed? actually have two images but my theme has a feature to hide feature image in a a post

    • It would depend on the image but as long as you have optimized your images for the web then it would not be a noticeable change in your site’s speed.


  3. I have a dought about featured image.

    Should i use same image or it’s wrong for seo like duplicacy.

    • While you can use the same image, that would likely confuse your users over time which is why sites attempt to have something different in each image.


  4. Hi,
    When going to my post I don’t have the option of “set featured image” on the side. Actually, my posts tab looks nothing like yours.

  5. I tried removing the top image in my post so that it wouldn’t duplicate. Now it shows up at the top when I go to my main blog address. I was pretty happy about that, except that when I went directly to the post where I set the featured image, the image isn’t visible there because I deleted it from the actual post. I’m part of communities where we link to direct posts and so now my fellow community members cannot see the feature photo unless they exit back out to my “home” page. :(

    • That design is determined by your specific theme, you would first want to reach out to your theme’s support for displaying the featured image on the post’s page.


  6. I actually want the featured image to appear later in the post but with Featured Image function, it shows at the top.

    I like to use this feature as otherwise Facebook shares will just show whatever is the first picture in the post, which I do not want.

    How do I get this control?

    • Sadly, for that type of customization, you would either need to reach out to your theme’s support about customization or use a page builder plugin


  7. I have just migrated from blogger so there are several posts. Removing post images and adding to featured images would be time-consuming. Can I do it all at once?

  8. Hey thanks man! This post really helped me out as I was getting duplicate images after changing my theme!

  9. This worked for my site, which runs on the Divi Elegant template. I wish there was a way to do this for all my posts though, instead of having to go manually and delete the images from the posts.

  10. I deleted the image in the article and left it as the Featured Image (more than once) and now it does not show in the article at all?

  11. i accidentally deleted some codes from my sliders appear twice on the homepage ..what should i do to avoid this

  12. how do i give credit to copyright images while using it in feature image
    of the post

  13. I’ve just taken over a blog & WP is driving me insane. I have an issue similar to this but not quite the same. If I delete the second image (so I now only see the featured image once and it’s not repeated) how do I get the 1st paragraph of copy to appear above the image, not below it?


    • Your theme displays featured image before the content or next to it. If you want to display an image after the first paragraph then you need to add it as a normal image instead of featured image.


      • I had the same problem, but when I do what you said, I don’t have a thumbnail show for prior posts.

  14. Thank you SO much for this info!!! I have been searching forever!!!
    It works for me however when I open the post the image is left aligned and all the other images are centered. How do I set the featured image to centered once I open the post?


  15. I have a self-hosted WordPress blog running the Sela theme. I have set in my pages a featured image. Yesterday I changed the page to full width page in page attributes. When I check my featured image in page preview it appears. When I visit my site the featured images do not appear at all.

    How can I solve this?

    Many thanks!


  16. Hi,

    My issue is different. I normally get a text code from the licensor of the photo and I insert the text onto the body of the post and the photo will show normally. Now, I want to know how can I use the same photo as featured image? Because the photo won’t show unless you open the article and see it.
    And If I select the featured image option, then two photos will show. The one that I put in the body with the text code and the one as a featured image.

  17. Thanks for the wonderful info. I want to know that if the thumnail photo and blog photo is different, then what we have to do in that case

  18. This works but what if I don’t want a thumbnail image in my post? What If in the post I want a full sized image? The other issue I have is that sometime I con’t want the lead image in my post to be the same image as the thumbnail used other places.

  19. I have been looking everywhere for a solution to this and this simple step have solved my problem. Thanks so much!

  20. Yes this article does not help you with that.

    Featured images are a theme feature, usually when it is added to a theme it becomes available to all posts by default. Disabling support for featured images in the theme will disable them on all future post as well.

    To disable featured image support for your theme you need to find this line in your theme’s files (the location of this line varies but most of the time it is found in functions.php file)

    add_theme_support( ‘post-thumbnails’ );

    On the other hand you can avoid altering your theme and keep using featured images. For your past posts you can display a generic default fallback image, or you can display a fallback image based on post category.

  21. Some themes have the option to display a featured image in your posts; some don’t. So for someone like me, who switched from a theme that didn’t support them, to one that by default automatically does, I’m looking for a way to disable them in all past posts in this new theme. This article does not help with that.

  22. Just found this post and it really was an eye opener. I have changed my post accordingly and understand now why I was getting the double images. The other issue I’m having is that I just changed my theme and now my featured images are not showing when publicized to FB. Trying to figure out what happened. Do you have any advice for fixing this issue?

    Thanks so much.


  23. But when i have a big blog and now i will change to show feature images directly in theme? Any function to automaticly delete the first picture in all posts?

  24. In WP, it used to be you could designate a picture within a post as the featured image. This did not produce a duplication of the image (usually now top right thumbnail) on the blog post. With one of the upgrades (not too long ago), I started having problems with any imagine showing up when posting to FB, Google+ et. al. without a second step declaring a feature image. Often I only have one image in a post. Is there any way to designate a feature image for sharing without having it show up as a thumbnail on the blog post (but instead, later as a larger imagine within the blog text)? I’m using the Headway theme, by the way, but don’t imagine that matters. Thanks for any help you can provide!

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