Simple text signatures are often overlooked after following the body text of the email. This is why adding logos or a personalized image improves the signature of your email. Unfortunately, many Gmail users cannot use an image in their signature. Are you facing the same problem? Find out eight ways to fix Gmail signature image not working issue.
Gmail users face different types of issues related to signature images. For some users, the image disappears completely, and for others, a question mark appears instead of an image. Other issues include the inability to add an image without inserting the URL and the signature image appearing as an attachment.
Let’s check different ways to fix the problem when the Gmail signature image is not showing.
1. Check the necessary conditions
Image signatures will not display for emails sent from Gmail Android and iPhone / iPad apps. Mobile apps only support text signature. And you need to create it separately from Gmail apps by going to Settings> your account> Signature.
The following fixes will therefore be based only on the web version of Gmail.
2. Use the appropriate steps to add an image in the signature
As mentioned above, you can only add an image in your signature from a computer. So open gmail.com and log into your account. Click the Settings icon at the top and select Show all settings.
Scroll down under General Settings and you will see the Signature section. Click the Create New button.
In the right area, tap the Insert Image icon in the toolbar to add an image to your signature.
The Add Image window opens. Here you can add images from multiple locations – Google Drive, from your computer using Upload option and web address. Choose your preferred type and press the Select button.
You will be redirected to the Signature section. Here you can change the image size and hyperlink to your signature image. Finally, scroll down and click on the Save Changes button. Now when you compose an email from PC, you will see the image in your signature.
3. Copy and paste the image
For some Gmail users, the option to download images from Drive or your computer does not appear. All they see is the Image URL option.
If this also happens to you, you can try the copy and paste method of inserting images into your signature if you don’t want to use the link option. This solution has worked for many Gmail users.
There are two ways to do this. First, right click on the required image and select Copy Image from the menu.
Then go to the Signature section in Gmail settings. Right click on Signature box and tap on Paste option.
You can also compose a new email and copy and paste the image into the body of the email. Do not attach the picture. Just copy and paste it. Then send the email to yourself.
Once you have received the sent email, open it and right-click the image in the email. Tap the Copy Image option. Then go to the signature creation screen in Gmail and paste the image directly into your signature. Save the changes.
4. Use the correct link to insert the image
When adding an image URL, users often add incorrect links. Basically you need to add the address of the image and not the link to the page containing the image.
To get the correct URL for your image, right-click on the image and select Copy Image Address.
You can also right click on the image and select Open Image in New Tab. Then copy the URL displayed in the address bar. Paste the address copied from one of the two methods into the URL section of the Add Picture window of Gmail Signature. It should give the right image.
5. Select the correct signature
If you have created multiple signatures in Gmail, you can set a default signature or select the one with the image when composing an email.
To do this, compose an email in Gmail. When the New Message window appears, click the Pen icon in the lower toolbar. You will see the list of your signatures. Select the one you want to use.
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6. Disable plain text mode
If plain text mode is enabled for the Gmail compose screen, you won’t see the image in your signature. You must therefore deactivate it. To do this, open the New message window by clicking on the Compose button. Then click on the three dots icon at the bottom of the New Message window. If you see a check mark icon next to Plain Text mode, it means it’s turned on. Click on it to turn it off.
Close the window and click the Compose button to start over. Hopefully your signature image will appear.
7. Give sharing permission to drive the image
Typically, when you insert an image from Google Drive into Gmail signature, its privacy automatically changes to “Anyone Can See”. However, sometimes this may not happen. That’s why you can see a question mark icon. You will therefore have to modify the authorization manually. You can read more about Google Drive sharing permissions.
To do this, open Google Drive and right-click on the image. Select Share from the menu. Change the permission mode to “Anyone with the link” can view the file. You can now select the image directly from the Drive folders that appear in Gmail’s signature window or copy and paste the image link when you click on the Insert Image option.
Note: Don’t delete images from your Google Drive when they are used in your signature. Additionally, if you have a work or school Gmail account, you must contact your administrator to publicly share Drive images.
8. Log out of the Gmail account
You need to sign out of your Gmail account to troubleshoot signature image issues. If more than one Google Account is added, sign out of all of them. Then create a signature.
You can also open Gmail in incognito mode of your browser or try another browser to put a picture in your signature.
Preserve your image
This is how you fix and set up an appropriate image in your Gmail signature. If you are using images for Gmail signing from an external source, make sure the images are still active. If the image is removed or the URL has changed, it will not appear in your signature. The best practice is to add an image from your computer directly or from your own Google Drive account.
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Last updated on Dec 13, 2020
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