How and why to block the display of images in Gmail?

How and why to block the display of images in Gmail

Take care of your privacy and packet data.

How and why should you block images before loading them in Gmail? I managed to find two main reasons – maybe you will find more and want to share them in the comments. First of all, the graphics may contain tracking codes that will inform the sender of the email that you have read his message. You don't have to wish for it at all. The second reason to not want to load graphics from emails is savings. Sometimes you work using packet data – disabling loading images can help you reduce packet data usage.

How do you block the display of images in Gmail for computers?

By default, Gmail should block the display of images in messages, asking the user if he wishes to open images from a specific address. However, it's a good idea to look at your mail settings to be able to personalize those settings. To do this, open Gmail, then click in the upper right corner on the gear icon and go to Settings.

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In the bookmark "General" find the section "Images". Choose an option "always display external images" or, better: "Ask before displaying external images". After selecting the option you are interested in, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Save Changes".

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How do you block the display of graphics in Gmail for smartphones and tablets?

Blocking displayed graphics in mobile Gmail is just as easy. Select in the upper left corner the pull-down menu with "hamburger menu" (three horizontal lines above each other), then scroll to the bottom and select "Settings". From this level, click on the email name associated with the account you are interested in.

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At the very bottom of the list you will find the option "Images". Tap on it and choose from the list if you want "Always display external images" (strangely, the default option), or order "Ask before displaying external images". Of course, we recommend choosing the second option.

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It is worth remembering that thanks to Proxy servers Google significantly hindered activity tracking using images a few years ago, but this phenomenon is still occurring. Why risk if you can guarantee 100% security against this form of espionage with a few clicks of the mouse?