How to Stop Loading Email Pictures on the iPhone

If you have ever shopped online, then you have probably gotten subscribed to a store or business’ email newsletter. These emails come on a somewhat regular basis, and typically include a lot of pictures that you can click to view a product on their website. When you open an email like this that contains pictures, it needs to download those pictures from the Internet. If you are connected to a cellular network while doing this on your iPhone, then downloading these pictures is using data from your data plan.

This is behavior that you can change, however, by electing not to download remote images in the email app on your iPhone. This can both reduce cellular data usage and improve the speed of loading emails on your device. You can follow our steps below to learn how to change this setting.


Reduce Email Data Usage on the iPhone By Not Loading Remote Images

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. You can also stop loading remote images in other versions of iOS, but the steps may vary slightly.


Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Scroll down and select the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option.

open the mail, contacts, calendars menu



Step 3: Scroll down and tap the button to the right of Load Remote Images. You will know that it has been turned off when there is no green shading around the button, as in the image below.

turn off the load remote images option



Now when you open an email that includes pictures, it will look something like the screen below.

example of email without images



If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the email, you can tap the Load All Images button if you decide that you want to see these images.

manually select to load images


Are there apps on your iPhone that you would like to prevent from using any of your cellular data? Our guide on blocking data usage in the YouTube app offers instructions that can be applied to almost every other app installed on your device.

Join Our Free Newsletter

Featured guides and deals

You may opt out at any time.
Read our Privacy Policy

Newest Guides