The link element’s “media” attribute will be honored for link[rel="icon"] so that web developers can define multiple equally appropriate icons based on a media query (dark and light modes for instance). The last one that matches will be picked. Browsers don’t currently honor the media attribute for link[rel="icon"] even though the HTML specification says they should.


This is a known and acknowledged bug in Chrome.


De-facto standard

Status in Chromium


Enabled by default (tracking bug) in:

  • Chrome for desktop release 91
  • Chrome for Android release 91
  • Android WebView release 91

Consensus & Standardization

After a feature ships in Chrome, the values listed here are not guaranteed to be up to date.


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Last updated on 2021-07-17