We work with Cloudflare with 8 websites. In all of them the favicon in Google results has disappeared after activating Cloudflare.
According to what I have been reading in the community I am not the only one who has had this problem.
Can anyone help us?
Is it a problem of caching the favicon?
Is Cloudflare blocking the “Google Favicon” agent?
Is there any way to use Cloudflare only as WAF and not cache anything or modify the headers?
You face exactly like me, I have done many things to disable the most of the Cloudflare feature it didn’t help, until I deactivated Cloudflare all the resources is loaded in google. I have been reported this issue since last year with no luck until today. The support keep saying nothing is wrong. It is impacted on google ranking when google cant render your page properly because cant load the resources. Especially the website with client side rendering!
It is accessible and it shows normally on Chrome web browser when I use Google search on my mobile phone.
→ not showing on desktop, nor Firefox mobile …
And my domain is using Cloudflare too.
At the end, cited from above link to the Developers Google:
A favicon isn’t guaranteed in search results, even if all guidelines are met.
So, it might not be related to Cloudflare at all.
I see your favicon on my mobile phone → when using Chrome web browser.
But, not on the Firefox → is it related to Google products only? Seems to me it is.
So, what’s the issue then?
On desktop → I am afraid they do not show favicon on desktop (anymore if they did), or they are still testing (mobile users first, then desktop?) this feature which might be visible some day.
NOTICE: I do see it only on the actual “news carousel section” for some news/media website.
Not to mention different OS like Android vs iOS which might affect this too in some way or another.
Fix this first, then try to re-submit your homepage.
Maybe you are missing “indexing” and “crawling” of your images (MIME types) by Googlebot-Image?
I am not aware how Google treats each and which one does it “catch” and “use”, but you also have multiple icons even defined as:
shortcut icon - ico
apple-touch-icon - png → multiple ones
site-manifest.json → defined 2 icons
Otherwise, if you still appear at Google, without the favicon, you are good and in much better position than people who cannot get on the 1st page of the Google Search results
Again, Google does not guarantee that a favicon will be visible in SERPs.
You can even have it on the 1st, but not on the 2nd result, or the favicon would be “default globe” instead of the one (but this might be seen as an error/issue in the GSC report/Console).
One more cite from
Our experimenting will begin today. Over the coming weeks, while we test, some might not see favicons while some might see them in different placements as we look to bring a modern look to desktop.
Even more rigorous
I am afraid favicon showing up in SERPs is completely controlled by Google search.
I just found a great article about favicons: