Open & download attachments in Gmail

When you get an email with attachments, you can download a copy of the attachment to your device. 

Download attachments

Save to your phone or tablet

Download an attachment

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. Open the email message.
  3. Tap Download Download.

Download a photo from inside an email

Some photos are sent inside an email message, and not as an attachment. If the photo was inside the email:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. Open the email message.
  3. Touch and hold the photo.
  4. Tap View image.
  5. Tap the photo.
  6. In the top right, tap More More.
  7. Tap Save.
Save to Google Drive
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. Open the email message.
  3. Tap Save to Drive Save to Drive.
  4. When the message is saved, you'll see "Saved to Drive" on your screen.

I'm getting a warning message

Attachment allows unverified scripts

What this warning means

We can't confirm that the message's attachments are safe to open. If you open the attachments, there's a chance malicious software could start running on your computer or device.

What to do if you see this warning

If the email looks suspicious, don't reply and don't download the attachment. You can report it as spam or phishing.

If the email is from someone you know and trust, ignore the warning.

"Encrypted attachment" warning

What this warning means

Some attachments, such as documents requiring a password to open, are encrypted and can't be scanned for viruses.

What to do if you see this warning

If the email looks suspicious, don't reply and don't download the attachment. You can report it as spam or phishing.

If the email is from someone you know and trust, ignore the warning.

The authenticity of this message cannot be verified

What this warning means

The message has emails attached (.eml). While we've checked the message and .eml attachments for spam and viruses, we can't confirm that the sender shown in the .eml files actually sent those emails. Learn more about authentication.

What to do if you see this warning

If the email looks suspicious, don't open the attached emails. You can report it as spam or phishing.

If the email is from someone you know and trust, ignore the warning.

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