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Send attachments with your Gmail message

You can add attachments, like files, videos, and photos in your emails. If you want to send large files that are over the attachment size, like videos, you can use Google Drive.

Attach a file

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. Tap Compose Compose.
  3. Tap Attach Attach.
  4. Tap Attach file or Insert from Drive.
  5. Choose the file you want to attach.

Note: For some file types, like ZIP files, you’ll need to download a file manager from Google Play before you can attach them.

Remove an attachment

After you add an attachment, you can remove it. To the right of the attachment name, tap Close Close.

Attachment size limit

  • Gmail account: 20 MB
  • Non-Gmail account: Up to 25 MB, depending on your email provider

For larger attachments, you can insert using Google Drive.

Troubleshoot problems

"Attachments might be unavailable"

If you see "Attachments might be unavailable," your network administrator or Internet provider might block "mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com," the domain Google uses to host attachments. Contact your Internet service provider to troubleshoot.

"Blocked for security reasons"

To prevent viruses, Gmail doesn't let you attach executable files, like files ending in .exe. If you try to attach an executable file, you'll see the message "Blocked for security reasons."

Michelle is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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