Gmail not displaying images? Check these solutions

Many email correspondences are heavily focused on attachments and, among those, images are the most used one. However, some Gmail users noted that images in emails just won’t load for them. If that’s the case for you and Gmail is not displaying images on Android/iOS or the web, make sure to check the steps we listed below.

Table of contents:

  1. Gmail not displaying images on Android/iOS
  2. Gmail not displaying images on the web

Why are images not showing in my emails?

1. Gmail not displaying images on Android/iOS

In case Gmail is not displaying images on Android or iOS, there are a few steps you can take to make them appear in your emails. Firstly, we’ll need to enable images in emails and then, if they come from an untrusted source, you might need to allow them on a one-by-one basis.

Here’s what you need to do both on Android or iOS:

  1. Open Gmail on your phone.
  2. Tap on the hamburger menu and open Settings.
  3. Open your account from the list.
  4. Under the Data usage section, select Images.
  5. Choose Always show or Always display external images.

In addition, you might want to add certain recipients to your contacts list. That way, if they send emails containing images for you, they won’t be registered as spam.

Another thing you can do is reinstall the app, sign out and sign in with your Google Account, and ensure that the sender sent images in supported formats. In addition, if you need those images, make sure to give the web-based Gmail client a try. Just open Chrome and, from the 3-dot menu, select Desktop site. After that, look for Gmail and sign in.

2. Gmail not displaying images on the web

On the other hand, if your Gmail is not showing images on the web, as well, here’s how to enable them and allow images in emails:

  1. Open Gmail in the web-based client.
  2. Click Settings (cog icon at the top right corner) and select See all settings.
  3. Under the Images section, click Always display external images.
  4. At the bottom, just click Save changes and refresh your Inbox.

After that, images should load without issues. However, if it doesn’t, sign out and sign in with to Gmail. Another thing you might want to do is disable the ad-blocker temporarily and consider switching the browser. Some Android/iOS steps mentioned above apply to the web-based client accessed via PC.

That should do it. Thank you for reading and, in case you are aware of some alternative steps to fix this problem, be so kind to share them with us in the comments section below.

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Mitt Navn
Mitt Navn
June 26, 2022 8:07 pm

Not working

October 8, 2022 7:42 am
Reply to  Mitt Navn

is this problem solved

October 8, 2022 7:42 am

not working

November 19, 2022 5:01 am
Reply to  Morshed

tried this option, been set that way forever. used to get the images, now they are blank boxes

Doug Hanlon
Doug Hanlon
November 17, 2022 3:42 pm

Tried this (web Gmail) and images are still not displaying.