Have you ever experienced images disappearing when replying to emails on your iPhone or iPad?
This is standard behavior for the Mail App on all iOS devices, such as iPhones and iPads.
Although it can be quite an annoying thing to happen, the reason it happens makes complete sense.
When are the images removed?
The images are removed only when replying to emails.
For example, you get an email from a colleague with a picture of a cat in it. You then reply to that email, and the picture of the cat is removed. In place of the cat picture, you get left with just the filename of the image in this format: <my-beautiful-cat.jpg>. Sometimes, if you have <span> tags around the images in the HTML code, you might just see small lines instead of the file names.
However, when forwarding an email, the images are not removed. This is a good thing since the recipient that you’re forwarding the email to likely hadn’t seen the image before.
Why are images removed when replying to emails from iPhone or iPad?
The images are removed because if the sender has sent you the image, they don’t need to see the same image again in your reply, right? Makes perfect sense. Also, removing images from replies means there will be less data to store on mail servers, and that’s a good thing!
Except there’s one problem. What if you want the images to be visible in replies, and you don’t want them to disappear? Well, it’s not possible. Seriously…you can’t change that default behavior in the Mail App on iOS.
This causes huge problems for email signatures since the whole point of email signatures is to relay your contact information and to maintain brand consistency, which involves having images in your email signature.
Which devices and operating systems does this affect?
This affects all devices running iOS operating systems, such as iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
How can I stop images from being removed in replies?
You cant. This is the default behavior of the iOS Mail App, and it cannot be changed.
However, there are several workarounds:
- You could always forward emails, instead of replying to them. This isn’t ideal because you would always need to input your recipients’ email address, and the email would be marked with an “FW:” in front of it instead of an “RE:”.
- Use another email client on your iPhone or iPad. There are many other email apps available to download for free, such as the Front App.
This can be a really frustrating problem when dealing with email signatures. However, when images are removed, the size of emails is greatly reduced, and this results in faster email send times.