Turn images on or off in Gmail

By default, when you get an email with an image, you’ll see the image automatically.

Always show images

If images aren’t loading in Gmail, check your settings.

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the "Images" section.
  5. Click Always display external images.
  6. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

Note: If Gmail thinks a sender or message is suspicious, you won’t see images automatically. Instead, you'll be asked if you want to see the image.

Ask before showing images

If your internet connection is slow or you want to save mobile data, turn off images.

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the "Images" section.
  5. Click Ask before displaying external images.
  6. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

When you get a message with images, see the images by clicking Display images below.

How Gmail helps make images safe

Google scans images for signs of suspicious content before you receive them.

These scans make images safer because:

  • Senders can’t use image loading to get information about your computer or location.
  • Senders can’t use the image to set or read cookies in your browser.
  • Gmail checks the images for known harmful software.

Sometimes, senders may know whether you've opened an email that has an image. Gmail scans every message for suspicious content. If Gmail thinks a sender or message is suspicious, images aren’t shown and you’ll be asked if you want to see the images.

 

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