Stop Gmail from Displaying Images Automatically in Email

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stop gmail from displaying images automatically

If you are wondering why Gmail is displaying all the images automatically even without clicking on display images then here is why you should and how you can stop Gmail from displaying images automatically in Email.

The email services providers including Gmail allows the users to send and receive media in an email. The image feature is mainly useful for digital and email marketers. But, every image you receive is not necessary to be a legit one.

Let’s see why Gmail is displaying all the images automatically in the email. This is because of Google’s latest update for Gmail, which enables viewing of images in your Emails instead of blocking them.

stop gmail from displaying images automatically

Earlier, like most of the other Email service providers Gmail was blocking any images in Email and the images will be displayed only if you click “display images”.

Why Email service providers block images from being displayed in your email?  Because the images are loaded from the third-party server, and if your Email service provider allows this images there are chances that it might reveal some sensitive data about you including your computer’s IP address, Operating System info and some of other information.

These details can be used to trace your location easily on the map. You can read in detail why the Email service providers block images here.

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Now if you are a Gmail user, then you don’t have to worry because Google’s new proxy technology downloads all the images to its server and serves them directly to the users. So, you don’t have the risk of leaking your information unknowingly.

If you are still not comfortable with Google’s new Gmail update for any reason,  maybe you think the images are unnecessary and wasting your bandwidth or if you are on a slow internet connection and loading images are making it even worse then you may want to stop Gmail from displaying images automatically. So, here is how you can stop Gmail from displaying images automatically in Email.

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Stop Gmail from displaying images automatically

Step 1: Login to your Gmail Account.

Step 2: Click on “Gear” icon and select “Settings” from the menu.

stop gmail from displaying images automatically

Step 3: Now, in General, tab, select “Ask before displaying external contents.”

stop gmail from displaying images automatically

Step 4: Click on “Save” to save the settings.

That’s it! By following above steps, you can stop Gmail from displaying images automatically in Email. Now whenever you receive an Email with images, Gmail will block it. If you want to view the images then click on “show images” and you are done.

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