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Sender Images and Selecting in Gmail

What do I need to know about sender images and selecting items in Gmail?

You can use sender images in your inbox to select messages and see who’s involved in the conversation. Sender images are on by default, but you can always turn them off.

Select messages

Touch one or more Sender Images in your inbox to select [multiple] messages. After selecting, you can take action on multiple messages at once, such as marking as unread or archiving.


Deselect individual messages by touching the sender image again and deselect all by touching the  Image icon at the top.

Contacts without profile photos

If some of your friends and family don’t have profile photos, try these suggestions:

  • Ask your contact to add a profile photo in Google+.
  • Add a photo of your contact in the People app or Contacts app.
  • Go to www.google.com/contacts on a computer and add pictures to your contacts.

Only you can see photos that you’ve added for a contact.

Hide sender images

  1. In the Gmail app, touch the Menu icon, then Settings
  2. Select General settings
  3. Uncheck Sender image


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