Show Images by Default

ProtonMail enables you to load the images in the messages you receive automatically or manually. Here you can learn about the difference between both settings and how to change them.

When receiving a message with an image in it, ProtonMail will prompt you to manually select Show Images by default. This is implemented to improve the security of your account by ensuring no code is executed on your system without your knowledge.


By selecting Show Images ProtonMail will display all images that are embedded in the message through an external link.

You can make embedded images display automatically by visiting your Settings, within the Account tab of settings you will find Email Images toward the bottom of the page. Select Auto to have all links executed automatically.

Please note: the Show Images feature only applies to images that are embedded in a message through an external link. If the image is stored in the message directly, it will be displayed as an attachment at the bottom of the message.  If you are not seeing images in a message that you were expecting to see, please check the attachments of the message.








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  1. Anonymous

    ok I get it, but we are not able to see the accepted images

  2. ProtonMail Support

    Are this images sent in attachments or copy and pasted in the body of the message. Can you please contact us at

  3. Virgile

    Hi, it could be great we can see the image in attachment too… Thanks.

  4. Paul McDonald

    Am I accepted?

  5. ProtonMail Support

    Can you please contact us here: so we can be more of an assistance?

  6. Alexander

    Thanks for all your hard work. It’s a great service!

    Could you add an option to always show images from the same sender?

  7. mo

    i’m wondering if there’s a way to change the download destination…?

  8. ProtonMail Support

    If you are referring to the web app, you will need to change your browser settings for downloads.

  9. Etienne

    It would be great to have another option: Auto for whitelist.

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