Save attachments (iPhone & iPad)

This information is for the official Gmail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Save to your phone's photo gallery

  1. Open a message with an attachment.
  2. Touch the attached photo.
  3. Touch the Share button Share button.
  4. Choose Save to Photos.

To download a photo attachment for the first time, you’ll need to allow Gmail access to photos you’ve taken on your device.

Note: Photos that are embedded within the message can’t be saved to your Photo Gallery. The photo must be added as an attachment.

Save to Drive

  1. Open a message with an attachment.
  2. Click the Drive icon insert from Drive on the image thumbnail.
  3. Wait for the Saved to Drive confirmation message at the bottom of the screen.

My photo wasn’t saved to my Photo Gallery

Your photos from Gmail may not save to your Photo Gallery if you haven’t allowed Gmail to access your photos. To allow access, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app for your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and choose Privacy, then Photos.
  3. Switch on Gmail.

Learn more about iOS 6 privacy settings.

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