How to Block Apple Mail Tracking Pixels on macOS and iOS

How to Block Apple Mail Tracking Pixels on macOS and iOS? If you receive a marketing email in your inbox, regardless of whether it is a service you registered for, there may be some tracking software built in. Confidentiality is the top priority of today’s discussion, so it is very important. In this article, I will show you how to block the Apple Mail tracking pixel on macOS and iOS, why this topic is important and how to block Apple mail tracking pixels on macOS and iOS.

How tracking pixels work?

If you’re not familiar with tracking pixels, you need to understand what’s going on. Usually, the received HTML e-mail contains a link to the image hidden in the e-mail.

This is the most popular place to insert a tracker. If you click to open the picture, you will get the picture from the remote server. In this case, anyone who sends you an email will know that you have opened the email. This means that you are interested in topics that can be easily persuaded, but this is not the end of the story.

When you click on this picture, your IP address will most likely be sent back to the server, which means that the sender can now use your location. You may also know the type of device used, which may also lead to more direct email targeting.

So, what steps can you take to protect yourself from such intrusive email tracking?With the basic Apple Mail app, anyone who wants to turn off such tracking can easily do it on macOS and iOS.

How to block Apple Mail tracking pixels on macOS

  1. To prevent tracking, open Apple Mail, go to the top menu bar and find “Mail -> Preferences”.
  2. In that window, look at the “View” tab and look for the “Load deleted content into a message” option.
  3. Here, you will see a warning that “the email may contain pictures or content stored on a remote server”. Although this may be done to keep email size to a minimum, this is how these trackers are built-in.
  4. Uncheck the box, restart and reopen Apple Mail, and make sure to clear the Upload deleted content in mail checkbox.
How to Block Apple Mail Tracking Pixels on macOS and iOS
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You can then choose to open the images manually when they enter the inbox. If you are sure that the email was sent by a trusted sender and/or someone who doesn’t mind accessing your information, a window will appear at the top of each email asking you which uploaded missing pictures. If you open a lot of emails on a regular basis, you may encounter problems, but this is also the safest way to avoid tracking through the Mail app on your Mac.

How to block Apple Mail tracking pixels on iOS

In the same way that you can easily track with remote server images on MacOS, this can also be done under iOS. Fortunately, just like macOS, it is very easy to end it.

  1. Open the “Settings” application and scroll down until you find the “Email” application.
  2. Open the “Settings” of the “Mail” application and scroll midway until you find the “Download deleted pictures” option.
  3. Uncheck this button (it will turn gray instead of green) to prevent the deleted pictures from uploading to your inbox.
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That’s all you have to do on iOS.

Third-Party Apps

You can also follow similar steps in Gmail and Outlook.

To block tracking pixels on Gmail for iOS, you can go to the “hamburger menu” at the top left (three bars), go to “Settings -> [Your Email Address] -> Images” and toggle the option to “Ask before displaying external images.”

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That’s it, this is how you can block Apple mail tracking pixels on macOS and iOS. Now you can be sure that privacy will still be an issue for the foreseeable future, so pixel tracking in Apple Mail must be blocked.

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