Users of Gmail can now choose out of having images load automatically on the iPhone app.

The email client has announced its recent update to the App Store including an alternative for those who want to avoid tracking their emails or don't need to see every single external image sent to their inbox.

To activate, let go to Settings, select your account, go to Images and select "Ask before displaying external images". For a while now, Android consumers have had that choice.

Even if you are old enough to remember when Gmail requested before loading external images, you still could not have realized that they stopped doing this by default back in 2013.

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That year's email suppliers began cutting down on showing attachments to prevent malware spreading. Instead of using Google's own proxy servers, Gmail chose to supply images. All images were displayed automatically from that stage forward.

Unless you have chosen to block images by default, that line of blue text that read "Display images below" was wiped from Gmail's interface.

Disabling automatic images isn't just helpful if you need to avoid trackers but it'll come in handy if you're relying on a slow or unreliable connection. It will also make sure that your email loads faster, uses less data and may even save you battery power.

So if you're in need of all those things, ensure that you have the latest version of the Gmail app installed and opt-out of displaying external images. A black-and-white, text-heavy future awaits you.