How to Stop iOS Mail From Downloading Remote Images

Use less data on your iPhone by disabling Load Remote Images

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch loads remote images in the Mail app, it uses your data allotment and battery charge. It might also notify spam senders that you opened their messages. Remote images are not like images that arrive in your inbox as attachments to messages. Remote images are URLs that point to online pictures. When you open the email, those images download into the message.

Instructions in this article apply to iOS 12, iOS 11, and iOS 10.

How to Stop Downloading Remote Images

The option that controls remote images in the Mail app is called Load Remote Images, and it's enabled by default. When you disable it, emails load faster, you use less data, the battery lasts longer, and senders can't track when you download their images or gather personal information.

Disable remote images on an iPhone or another iOS device through the Settings app.

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Tap Mail.

    On older iOS versions, this setting might be called Mail, Contacts, Calendar.

  3. Scroll down to the Messages section. Tap the Load Remote Images toggle switch to move it to the off position and disable it.

    Mail, Load Remote Images toggle in iOS Settings

    If this option is green, then loading remote images is enabled. Tap it once to disable remote images.

Load Images in a Single Email Message

When the loading of remote images is disabled, emails that contain remote images display the message, "This message contains unloaded images." To display images contained only in that email, tap Load All Images. This one-time bypass does not re-enable automatic downloads for all emails.

Load All Images link in iOS Mail app