As you probably know, the Gmail email service allows you to send and receive images through email messages in two different ways: As an attachment or as part of the email body using a link (Online Image). This last method is used by most marketing companies with the aim of grabbing the user’s attention.
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In addition, since these online images that are displayed in the body of the email message include a link, the user can click on the image and be redirected to the website to which the image belongs, through a link (URL) . In fact, newsletters and promotional emails with a high frequency often have images linked to links.
This can have a number of downsides that lead users to want to disable external images in the Gmail app for iPhone or Android. The reasons for wanting to deactivate remote images via URL may be bandwidth consumption, a decrease in the load version, and some mobile devices the message may not be seen correctly, making it difficult to read.
The External Images feature is available in both Gmail for iOS and Android (must be enabled or disabled for individual accounts) and in the web version of Gmail for PC. This means that if you have multiple email accounts added to the Gmail app, you can disable external image uploading for some accounts but allow them to upload automatically for other of these accounts.
Knowing all this, if you decide to disable external images in Gmail applications on Android, iPhone or PC, below we want to show you step by step how to do it:
How to disable external images in Gmail emails (Android or iPhone)
– Before starting the tutorial, you should make sure you are running the latest version of the Gmail application.
– Once updated, open the Gmail application and click on the icon in the form of three horizontal stripes. This will open the navigation menu where you will have to scroll down until you find and select the option: Settings.
– In the Settings screen you will have to select the account in which you want to disable external images.
– On the next screen you will have to scroll down until you find the option: Images.
– After selecting this option, you will be sent to a new screen where you will have to select one of the two options:
- Ask before showing external images.
- Always show external images.
– In our case we will have to mark the option: Ask before showing external images.
Once the option is selected and the new settings are saved, the external images found in the received emails will no longer be displayed automatically. Instead, you will be asked whether or not you want to show the external images. To show them you will need a manual action.
It should be noted that this setting will apply to all messages that arrive after you have enabled this setting. The emails that have already been downloaded to your device will have already downloaded the images in their messages, so nothing can be done about it.
How to disable external images in Gmail emails (Web / PC)
– In this case you will have to go to the Web: gmail.com
– Here you log in with your account and once the interface is displayed you will have to click on the gear icon in the upper right part of the screen.
– When the menu is displayed you will have to click on the option: Setting
– Once inside the configuration screen you will have to go to the tab general.
– In this section you will have to look for the Images section. Under it you will have to select the option: Ask before displaying external images – This option also disables dynamic email.
– Finally, you must not forget to click on the button: save changes, so that the new configuration takes effect.
This feature can also, in some cases, can also be useful for emails that incorporate (pixel) trackers. These trackers tell the sender if the email they sent has been opened or not. Often the tracker is just a pixel-sized image so it will not be seen with the naked eye, however not all trackers are images. On desktops, it’s easy to disable trackers just by using an extension, but on mobile devices, it’s much more difficult since you can’t change how an app works beyond what its developer allows to change.
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