The new image blocking feature has added to Google’s new update in its Gmail app for iOS devices to prevent Gmail from automatically loading the attached images.
By using this update, users will be able to choose to be asked each time whether or not to display external images in an email.
According to the 9to5Mac report on Tuesday, this new setting is intended to prevent the tracking services that embed small invisible images into emails to let a sender know when an email has been opened.
This update is now available on the Apple App Store. “You can now choose to be asked before external images are displayed automatically. To enable this for new incoming messages, go to Settings > specific account > Images and select Ask before displaying external images,” reads the change log on the Apple App Store.
This image loading setting was limited to the web version of Gmail only and it might have gone unnoticed by the iOS application users.
Currently, users are able to get access to this setting on iPhone and iPad devices.
According to a report, “the rollout of the feature is almost certainly a response to a 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,”
Google has also added a new feature last month for its G Suite users where it will show a notification to your contacts in Gmail and Hangouts chats that you are away on vacation.
Currently, this feature is available for G Suite (Google’s enterprise customers) only and it will be available globally from September 16.