Don’t Like Gmail’s New Always Display External Images Feature? Here’s How to Disable It

In the past, Gmail has never automatically loaded images in your email, unless you specified that you wanted images from a specific sender to always load. However, for some reason now, Gmail has decided to change that. Instead of being able to choose which senders to load images from, Gmail will now automatically load images from all senders; this is the new default behavior.

If you don’t like this new feature though, you can easily disable it and go back to the way things used to be. Here’s how to disable the always display external images feature.

1. Log into your Gmail account.

2. Click the gear icon (top right corner) and go to “Settings.”

Click on the gear icon and then Settings in your Gmail account.

3. Under the “General” tab (you’ll already be there once you click on Settings), look for the “Images” section. Select the box next to “Ask before displaying external images.”

Make Gmail ask first before displaying external images in your email messages.

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Save Changes” button.

That’s it. Now you’re back to the old method of not displaying images in your email messages, unless you choose to. Even though Google is now loading images on their own servers in hopes of better protecting you from spammers and marketers, it’s still pretty annoying to have this on by default. It’s a good thing you can revert back (for now anyway).

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Charnita has been a Freelance Writer & Professional Blogger since 2008. As an early adopter she loves trying out new apps and services. As a Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS user, she has a great love for bleeding edge technology. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

2 comments

  1. I went into my Gmail to do this, and immediately got a window telling me that I could disable it if I clicked on the conveniently given link to “Settings”. Which I did.

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