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Does Gmail block large images?

Asked by silverfly (4045points) April 29th, 2010

I’m trying to create a newsletter and I have several images. Most of them are fairly small and most are showing up in Gmail when I a send a test. However, there’s one large image at the top that won’t show up! It’s about 20k and 796px x 390px. I can’t see why it won’t show up.

Does Gmail block large images based on size or kb?

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njnyjobs's avatar

For the size of the image you’re emailing, it should not be a problem on Gmail. I have emailed file sizes as much as 5MB to and from Gmail addresses, without a problem. What format is the image?

silverfly's avatar

It’s a really low res jpg – I saved it for web and reduced the quality.

silverfly's avatar

So, it turns out that Gmail blocks background images. Is there a way to get around this?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

When you open the email, click “display images below”. You can also click “always display images from”

As the sender, you have no control over this. Only the receiver can choose to show images.

silverfly's avatar

@papayalily This actually doesn’t work. This article answers the question. I was using a background image on a div and Google blocks all background URLS.

So I added the image using a simple <img src> and it’s working now. Still unfortunate that it doesn’t allow BG.

njnyjobs's avatar

@silverfly the reason Google does so is to conserve on unnecessary use of bandwidth when people send email messages using custom html stationery.

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