Gmail: Save Attachments Directly to Google Drive
Article by George Norman
On 13 Nov 2013
Gmail has been updated, Google recently announced. The update brings with it a very nice change: directly from Gmail, you can save attachments to Google Drive.

So instead of downloading and saving the attachments locally, you can very easily save them to your Google Drive. And once in there, you can access them from anywhere, from any device you want.


On Tuesday, November 12, Google announced that it rolled out an update for Gmail, an update that aims to change the way we store attachments.

Until now Gmail presented you with the option to download and save attachments locally. When you received an email, you could view the attachment, share it, and download it to your PC. The problem is that after you downloaded the attachment, it got buried in your Downloads folders.

The updated Gmail aims to change this situation by introducing the option to save attachments to Google Drive. So instead of saving an attachment in your Downloads folder, you can save it in your Google Drive. The nice thing is that you can easily do so from within Gmail and that once the attachment is saved to Google Drive, you can access it from anywhere, from any device (PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet).

“This new attachment experience is available on desktop and will be rolling out over the next week,” commented Scott Johnston, Director of Product Management with Google. “If you’re one of the more than 120 million active Drive users, you know that saving your files to Drive lets you get to them from any computer, phone or tablet. And if you aren’t taking advantage of Drive just yet, give it a try with your next Gmail attachment.”

In related news, Google recently introduced a new live video service called Helpouts. Its purpose is to provide real people with real help, all in real time.

Tags: Google, Gmail, Google Drive, attachments, Helpouts
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