How to Disable Auto Photo Download in Windows 8 Mail App

Who doesn’t like to wake up to the picture of his new born nephew emailed by his cousin last night.. or may be a photo of that hilarious moment you had with your friends during a party last week. We love pictures… especially when they concern us, or when they’re real good pictures. And photos in promotional emails or stupid chain mails do not fall into that category.

That means having them downloaded automatically into your email is the last thing you’d want. But the Windows 8 Mail app does exactly that unfortunately. So how to disable it?

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The Windows 8 Mail app downloads and displays all the embedded photos in emails without even asking. If you have used Gmail, you must be knowing how Gmail needs user permission to download embedded photos in an email and it indeed is a very nice implementation. This way, my internet bandwidth is not wasted and my privacy is maintained.

So now that I have started using the Windows Mail app to manage my emails, I will show you how to stop the app from downloading these photos automatically.

Disabling Auto Photo Download in Windows 8 Mail

Step 1: Open Windows 8 Start Screen and tap/click on the Mail app to launch it. If you are already running the app, use the Windows 8 Side Switch to open the app.

Mail App

Step 2: After the app opens up, open the Windows 8 Charm bar by the side-slide gesture on the top right corner of the screen and select Settings. Alternatively you can simply press the Windows+I hotkey.

Charm Settings

Step 3: In Mail settings click on Accounts to open the account configuration section.


Step 4: Select the account for which you would like to change the settings for. Having done that, you would be shown the entire account related settings that you can configure. Here, find the option Automatically download external images and toggle it from on to off.

Select Account

Step 5 (Optional): If you have more than one email account configured in the app, repeat the above step for all of them individually.

Mail Aps

That’s all, after making the changes, you can return to the app. All the incoming mails in future will not load the images automatically and your permission will be needed before it can download the embedded photos.


Looking from a tablet user’s point of view, it’s very important that you make these changes, especially if you plan to use the tablet over a cellular network for accessing the internet. Bandwidth might be limited in that case and hence using this method would be an intelligent way to save it.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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