In previous versions of Mail on macOS, there was an entry in Settings that read "Load remote content in messages".

I'd like to disable loading remote content. Is that possible to do in Catalina, either via the GUI or via the command line?

  • The first place I’d look for would be the question marks in preferences etc, or mail help menu to find something related..
    – anki
    Oct 26, 2019 at 14:14

1 Answer 1


From https://support.apple.com/en-in/guide/mail/cpmlprefview/13.0/mac/10.15

Load remote content in messages
When remote content is retrieved from a server, information about your Mac can be revealed. You can deselect the option for increased security, but some messages may not display correctly.

Remote content isn’t displayed in messages that Mail marks as junk.

This is found in

... the Mail app on your Mac, choose Mail > Preferences, then click Viewing.

  • That setting does not appear to be there in macOS Catalina
    – Tin Man
    Oct 27, 2019 at 15:45
  • the manual is of macOS Catalina. Could you post a screenshot? I am on Mojave.
    – anki
    Oct 27, 2019 at 15:46
  • jmp.sh/0kZp1iQ
    – Tin Man
    Oct 28, 2019 at 17:18
  • it seems to be in 5th line from the top except the header, unless I misread something in your question. Do clarify if so.
    – anki
    Oct 28, 2019 at 17:21
  • :D thanks, I can't believe I somehow missed it
    – Tin Man
    Oct 29, 2019 at 9:58

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