How to Stop Mail App from Automatically Downloading Attachments on Mac

If you are finding the way to prevent Mail App from automatically downloading attachments, this topic is for you.

The Mail app might have the potential to take away your necessary storage of your Mac. However, there is a solution to control Mac’s Mail app to totally stop downloading its attachment. Now, I am going to show you how to get it done.

Follow these instructions to prevent Mail App of your Mac from downloading unwanted files included.

Step 1. Open Mail app on your Mac.

Step 2. Next, go to the Mail menu at the top left and select Preferences.

Step 3. Then, guarantee that the Accounts tab is selected. Afterwards, select the email account containing attachments that might annoy you and you do not want them to be downloaded automatically.

Step 4. Click on the drop-down menu next to Download Attachments.

Step 5. After that, you have three options:

All: All the attachments will be automatically downloaded.

Recent: Only the attachments less than 15 months old will be downloaded.

None: Stop the app from downloading the attached files automatically.

Select “None” if you want to have full management of controlling which attached item to download and which one to ignore.

You can manage to adjust the download of attachments of all your email accounts as you prefer through drop-down menu. Close the setting whenever you finish modifying it.

Now, enjoy what you have done.


It is not difficult to stop the Mail app from taking away your Mac’s storage. Therefore, wisely keeping the necessary files away can boost up the performance of your Mac. Once you underestimate to prevent them, they will be accumulated in the background and finally negatively impact your device.