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How To Disable Gmail Automatic Image Loading

Gmail recently introduced automatic image loading, both on the desktop and the mobile app. If you’re on a limited internet connection, or if you simply don’t want images to load, here’s how to disable it.

You should know that Gmail doesn’t load images straight from the source; it serves them through Google’s own proxy servers, which the company claims is more secure, since malware served via images can be stopped there. That might raise privacy concerns for some — just like the feature which allows users to email Google+ connections. We can also assume images are probably stored on Google’s servers for a while, too.

Also, if your connection is a slow, loading images all the time certainly won’t do anything to help. No matter what your reason is, here’s how to disable the feature.

Disable Image Loading in Gmail Desktop

On the desktop version, start by going to Settings ( gear icon) at the top right side of Gmail.

Gmail disable automatic image loading

Next select the General tab and scroll down until you find the section pertaining to loading external images. Make sure Ask before displaying external images is selected.

Gmail disable automatic image loading settings

Then, don’t forget to confirm by clicking Save changes at the bottom of the page.

Disable Image Loading in Gmail Android App

In the case of the Android app, especially if you have a limited data connection, external images really don’t need to load all the time. Start by tapping the three dots button on the top right side of the screen and selecting Settings in the menu which comes up.

Gmail Android external images settings

Then, if you have multiple accounts in the Gmail app, select the one you want to change the setting for.

Gmail Android external images settings account

Scroll down until you find the Images setting. If you’re on the latest version of the Gmail Android app, it’s probably set to Always show.

Gmail Android external images images

Tap on it and set it to Ask before showing.

Gmail Android external images never

There you go! Images won’t be shown automatically anymore, keeping you as far as possible from hitting your data cap.

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