Mail on Mac throws a “Can’t privately download content from remote sources” error. What to do

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The standard macOS email client has stopped loading images in emails. Instead, an error banner appeared. How to fix it?

One of Apple’s priorities is the privacy of user data . iOS 15 and macOS Monterey have added some useful features and options for this .

One of the innovations allows you to additionally protect the owner of the mailbox and hide his location at the time of downloading data from the mail server. Sometimes the operation of this feature can cause problems with loading content and attachments in emails.

The error can occur in two cases, now we will figure out how to fix it.

How to Fix Image Uploading Error in Mail on Mac

In any case, you will not be left without attachments, all content can be downloaded manually using a special button. However, you will have to do this in each letter separately. To fix the error, you may need to do the following:

▶ Turn off the VPN service you are using while using your mail. Having a private connection can interfere with your email client.

If the Mac VPN app you use allows you to set exceptions, add the Mail app to it , otherwise opt out of the VPN when checking for new emails.

Related: 10 most downloaded VPNs in the Russian App Store

Another reason for the error is the very innovation of the mail client, which increases the confidentiality of user data. To disable the option, go to the settings of the mail client on the Privacy tab and uncheck the box Protect my activities in Mail .

After that, email attachments will start downloading to incoming mail automatically again

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