Send attachments with your Gmail message

Add attachments, like files or photos, to your emails. To send large files over the size limit, like videos, use Google Drive.

Attach a file 

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Click Compose.
  3. Click Attach Attach.
  4. Choose the files you want to upload.
  5. Click Open.
Tip: Add an image by dragging it directly into the compose window.

Remove an attachment

To the right of the attachment name, click Close Close.

Send attachments with confidential mode

Note: If you're using Gmail with a work or school account, contact your admin to make sure you can use confidential mode.

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Click Compose.
  3. Click Attach Attach.
  4. Choose the files you want to upload.
  5. In the bottom right of the window, click Turn on confidential mode Turn on confidential mode.
    Tip: If you've already turned on confidential mode for an email, go to the bottom of the email, then click Edit.
  6. Set an expiration date and passcode. These settings impact both the message text and any attachments. 
    • If you choose "No SMS passcode," recipients using the Gmail app will be able to open it directly. Recipients who don't use Gmail will get emailed a passcode.
    • If you choose "SMS passcode," recipients will get a passcode by text message. Make sure you enter the recipient's phone number, not your own.
  7. Click Save.

Attachment size limit

You can send up to 25 MB in attachments. If you have more than one attachment, they can't add up to more than 25 MB.

If your file is greater than 25 MB, Gmail automatically adds a Google Drive link in the email instead of including it as an attachment. Your recipient can open it even if you remove it from Drive. Learn more about Google Drive attachment sharing settings.

Troubleshoot problems

Attachments won't upload (Desktop)

  1. Make sure you're using a supported browser.
  2. Try adding the attachment in another browser.
  3. If you've set up a web browser proxy, try disabling it.

Attachments might be unavailable

Your network administrator or Internet provider probably blocked "mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com," the domain Google uses to host attachments.

For more help, contact your internet service provider.

Blocked for security reasons

To prevent viruses, Gmail doesn't let you attach executable files, like files ending in .exe.

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