In the latest update for the iOS app, Google has introduced the option to no longer automatically download images in emails. This makes it easier to block tracking software in e-mails.
In e-mails, tracking software can be hidden in a generally invisible image in the text. When opening the e-mail, this image collects information about whether, when and sometimes where the e-mail is opened.
By not loading images automatically, but first asking for permission, such images can be avoided with tracking software.
The feature was previously available in the web version of Gmail, but Google is now adding support for app users with an iPhone. The function can be switched on in the app settings.
Here's how to adjust the image settings:
- Open the Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad
- Go to Settings via the menu and choose the account for which you want to adjust the setting
- For Images, select the option "Ask external images to be asked first"