In Drupal 7, you can disable user pictures just by unchecking the appropriate box on the Config -> People screen.

How can I disable user pictures in Drupal 8? I see that the default D8 install adds an image field user_picture at /admin/config/people/accounts/fields, but I assume that it would be better to somehow disable this than just to delete it.

For now, I don't want user pictures to be shown or used in any way, unless I decide to re-enable them later.

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If you don't want to delete the field, you can exclude the field from input:


and from output:


I am using the Field Permissions module to accomplish this by only lettings admins see the field. This way I do not disrupt what is there by default if things change in the future.

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