If you use Outlook to check your emails, you know that you have to download each image manually. Outlook won’t download the photos in your emails automatically, so click where it says “Click here to download pictures.” To help your privacy, Outlook has prevented automatic downloading of some images in this message.”
It’s a good thing that the creators of Outlook want to protect your privacy, but this feature can be a nuisance at times. So if you are tired of manually downloading each individual image, you can learn how to set your Outlook to download images automatically.
How to Download All Images Automatically on PC
You can allow Outlook to download pictures automatically by following these simple steps:
- Abra Outlook.
- Click “File,” then “Options.”
- Click on “Trust Center” and then on “Trust Center Settings”.
- Look where it says “Automatic Download” and uncheck the box that says “Don’t automatically download images in HTML emails or RSS feeds”.
These steps work for Outlook versions 2019, 2016, 2013, and 2010. If you’re using version 2007, things are a bit different. Here’s how to set up automatic image download for this version:
- Abra Outlook.
- Click “Tools” and “Trust Center.”
- Look for the “Auto Download” option.
- Uncheck “Don’t automatically download images in HTML emails or RSS feeds”.
The 2003 version is one of the oldest still in use, and here’s what you need to do to allow automatic image downloading:
- Abra Outlook.
- Go to “Tools” and click on “Options.”
- Click on “Security tab” and then on “Change automatic download settings”.
- Uncheck “Don’t download images or other content automatically in HTML email”.
- Uncheck “Warn me before downloading content when editing, forwarding, or replying to an email”.
After you complete these steps, Outlook will automatically download all images in the future. Before doing so, you should read the rest of the article to find out what are the security risks of automatic image downloading.
How to allow automatic downloads for emails you trust
You can set automatic image download feature only for emails you know. That’s probably the best thing you can do because you’ll avoid downloading images that come from unknown sources. You can make exceptions for emails by following these steps:
- Abra Outlook.
- Open a trusted email and right click on the message header.
- Click “Add sender to Safe Senders List” or “Add @example.com domain to Safe Senders List”.
why is this important
Outlook comes with an important security feature that prevents images from being automatically downloaded to your computer. You must allow it manually, but you must be aware of the security risks involved.
The feature may seem unnecessary, but it’s there for a reason.
Imagine receiving an email from someone you don’t know. You open the message and all the images inside will be downloaded from the sender’s server directly to your computer. If the sender’s server is monitored, they may say that you allowed the images to download immediately. You will confirm the validity of your email, leaving it open to all kinds of annoying intrusions, including spam and even viruses.
Outlook blocks automatic downloads to prevent spammers from getting confirmation that your address is active. No one wants to be buried with unknown emails and images.
Benefits of Blocking Automatic Image Downloads in Outlook
Microsoft is the company behind Outlook, and there’s probably a valid reason for blocking automatic image downloads by default. Blocking automatic image downloads is a good idea because:
- Spammers will have a hard time getting your email address.
- You’ll use less bandwidth on download because you’ll only save the images you need.
- It will save storage space in the mailbox.
- You will be safe from potentially hurtful or insensitive images.
A standard feature since 2003
The first version of Outlook to block all automatic downloads by default was Outlook 2003. The feature proved useful, so it became a standard in all subsequent versions of Outlook.
How to Download All Images Automatically on Mac
As you might expect, the instructions for our Mac users are very different from our PC users. While some say that you need a third-party service to automatically download all Outlook pictures, this is simply not true. You can set your Mac to automatically pull pictures from the Outlook app.
To set up automatic downloads, simply do this:
- Open Outlook on your Mac and click on ‘Preferences’ in the menu bar at the top.
- Click on ‘Preferences’ in the drop down menu.
- In the ‘Email’ section, click ‘Read’.
- If you scroll down, you will see a section with three options. Click the bubble next to the selection that fits your needs.
Of course, it’s probably safer to keep this option for your contacts, but you can select all messages if you want.
Filter your automatic image downloads
Instead of allowing automatic image downloads for all messages, you should limit yourself to unblocking only trusted emails. Make a list of the emails you trust and download only the images you really need. That way your computer will remain safe from all spammers and unknown emails and images. The Internet is full of all kinds of scams and spammers, so it’s best to be safe.