Google finally added image blocking to Gmail on iOS

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Google has finally rolled out an update to the Gmail app for iOS that helps users to secure them from email tracking. The new Gmail app brings a new feature that allows users to block external images in emails from being displayed automatically.

After updating to the latest version, users can choose to be asked each time whether or not to display external images in an email. This includes email trackers that can be hidden in the body of emails. The new setting is meant to counteract the tracking services that embed small invisible images into emails to let a sender know when an email has been opened.

Here’s what the changelog explains:

This feature was in rumors after the controversy from July, when former Twitter executive Mike Davidson drew attention to how a subscription email service was allowing users to track the location and time of when an email was opened.

Gmail has long included the ability to disable the automatic display of external images on the web, but today’s update to the iOS app finally expands that setting. This joins other features in Gmail designed to prevent tracking, such as blocking a sender from locating a recipient through an IP address.

The latest version of Gmail is now live on the App Store and can be downloaded for free. he new setting is available now to personal Gmail accounts, but not yet to accounts managed through G Suite.

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