Direct-to-Drive attachment saves added to Gmail for Android

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The great Google services integration continues with a new feature that will let you save attachments from Gmail without plugging up your phone's storage space. After coming to the web version of Gmail in November, Gmail for Android now lets you save attachments directly to Google Drive.

The new feature is part of the latest version of Gmail for Android, which started rolling out on Monday via Google Play.


Save storage space on your device by saving attachments in Gmail directly to Google Drive.

It's surprising it took Google so long to bring Gmail-Drive integration to Android, especially since it came to the web a full six months ago. Smartphones and tablets have far less space for downloading attachments than PCs do—Chromebooks excepted—so the ability to save space by offloading large documents or photos to Drive will be a boon for anyone who manages most of their email on the go.

To save at attachment to Google Drive in Gmail for Android, open a message and scroll down until you get to the attachment icon. Tap the menu option (the three vertical squares) on the attachment and select Save to Drive.

In addition to the new Google Drive integration, the new version of Gmail also adds explanatory notes to messages marked as spam, just in case you wanted to know why certain messages were tagged as junk.

Google says the new version of Gmail for Android also offers faster access to the side navigation menu and improved support for left-to-right languages such as Arabic and Hebrew. If you don't see the new features yet, it may take a few days before the updated version of Gmail for Android rolls out to you.

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