– Gmail’s new update will allow users to block images from automatically loading
-The new option has been available for Android users for a while, but it is only just reaching the iPhone users now
Gmail has always made sure that users can have access to all the details of a mail the moment it is been opened. This way users get to see both text and images at the same time, and as for document, users can review any document even in-app. However, the ability for an image to automatically load is somewhat not found appealing at times, as it distracts people from rather focussing on the main test, while in some otherwise cases, makes emails trackable.
Apart from that, the ability for an image to automatically load is not a data-friendly one, and of course, these are some of the likely reason why the email client, Google released a new update for the app, although only for iPhone for a start. In the new update, Gmail users can now finally opt-out of having images load automatically on the iPhone app.
It will also interest you to know that this is not the first time that Gmail is giving the option to turn off the auto-load image feature. Back in 2013, the company by default put an end to asking for permission before loading external images, however, it seems like the company cannot totally do away with the old tradition.
According to Engadget, “Disabling automatic images isn’t just useful if you want to avoid trackers– it’ll come in handy if you’re relying on a slow or unreliable connection. It will also ensure that your email loads faster, uses fewer data and may even save you battery power.”
To activate the new feature, you can simply go to Settings, select your account, go to Images and select “Ask before displaying external images”. Android users have had this option for a while now. That been said, you also have to make sure you have the latest version of the Gmail app installed before you can opt-out of displaying external images.