Choose whether to show images

Gmail automatically shows you the images in your messages. If you have a slow Internet connection or limited mobile data, you may want to change your setting so that Gmail asks you before showing images.

Choosing not to show images automatically

On a computer
  1. Open Gmail.
  2. At the top right, click the gear Settings.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the Images section (stay in the "General" tab).
  5. Choose Ask before displaying external images.
  6. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

To see images in a message, click Display images below in the box near the top of your message.

Allow or block images from specific senders

If you'd like to always be able to see images from a particular sender, click Always display images from in the box above your message.

If you don’t want to see images from a particular sender, open a message from that sender, click the Show details arrow show details icon below the sender's name, and click Don't display from now on.

On an Android phone or tablet
  1. In the Gmail app, touch the Gmail icon Gmail icon, then Settings.
  2. Choose your account.
  3. Touch Images.
  4. Choose Ask before showing.

To see images in a message, touch Show pictures above your message.

This information is for the Gmail app for Android 4.0 and up.
On an iPhone or iPad

To change your settings, open Gmail on a computer and follow the computer directions above.

How Gmail makes images safe

Some senders try to use externally linked images in harmful ways, but Gmail takes action to ensure that images are loaded safely. Gmail serves all images through Google’s image proxy servers and transcodes them before delivery to protect you in the following ways:

  • Senders can’t use image loading to get information like your IP address or location.
  • Senders can’t set or read cookies in your browser.
  • Gmail checks your images for known viruses or malware.

In some cases, senders may be able to know whether an individual has opened a message with unique image links. As always, Gmail scans every message for suspicious content and if Gmail considers a sender or message potentially suspicious, images won’t be displayed and you’ll be asked whether you want to see the images.

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