People use Gmail to attach all kinds of files. While cloud services like Drive are more preferable for attaching larger files, anything smaller than 25MB is still dragged and dropped into the compose screen. But files aren’t the only thing users need to attach. Often times, users need to attach emails in Gmail emails as well.
Previously, users had to download an email before they could attach or forward it, which is not intuitive. Attaching an email directly is much easier to do and saves valuable time, making the process seamless. Note that attaching an email to a Gmail email is not the same on desktop and mobile. We explain everything.
1. Context menu option
Using Gmail in a browser makes it easy to attach emails to a new Gmail email. Right click on the email you want to attach and select the “Forward as Attachment” button.
This will open the compose pop-up where you create a new email. Emails will be attached to the new Gmail email just like any other attachment.
Select multiple emails in advance to attach them to the same email. Note that the 25MB limit for attachments still applies even when attaching an email in Gmail. However, there is no limit to the number of emails you can reach. So what happens when the email size exceeds 25MB? In this case, Gmail will automatically download the emails, if necessary, to your Google Drive account and add a link to it in the email. Either way, you don’t have to worry.
2. Drag and drop in the composition window (Webapp)
This little trick makes the process even more fun and just as quick. Click the Compose button to start composing a new email. You can drag and drop emails into the compose window at the bottom right of the screen to attach them.
Emails attached in Gmail will appear at the bottom of the newly composed email just like normal attachments.
If you want to attach multiple emails, first select all emails and then use the mouse to drag and drop them just like you do with files and folders in Windows.
This is the easiest and easiest way to attach emails to Gmail emails while composing, but only works on desktop. There is no way to drag and drop emails into Gmail’s Android and iOS apps.
3. Attach emails when replying
We’ve seen how easy it is to attach emails while browsing the inbox or when the compose email window is open. But how do you attach emails when replying to an existing Gmail email?
Step 1: Open the email you’re replying to and select the Reply button to start the reply process. Type your message as you normally would, then click the “In New Window” pop-up button.
2nd step: This will open the email in a new window. Now go back to the inbox in the previous window, select the emails you want to attach and drag and drop them to the other window where you compose a reply.
4. Use the Print to PDF option
Unfortunately, there is no direct way to attach emails in Gmail mobile apps. This is true for Android and iOS smartphones. But we have found a workaround for this problem.
Step 1: Open the Gmail app on your smartphone. We’re using Android as an example, but it works on both platforms. Open the email you want to attach and tap the three-dot menu icon. Select the print option here.
2nd step: Tap the PDF icon to download the email as a PDF file. If the button is not visible and you display the Print option instead, select the Save as PDF option from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Your phone’s default File Manager app will open for you to choose a location or create a new folder to save the PDF file. All you have to do is compose a new email in Gmail and attach the PDF file containing your email.
In our case, File Manager did not ask to choose a name for the PDF file. But you can change that later. Besides, there is no way to print multiple emails and by this extension save them as PDF files, at the same time on the smartphone. You will have to do this one at a time.
The smartphone can be used to attach emails to a Gmail email, but should only be considered when you have no choice or things can’t wait until you are at a computer. Otherwise, attaching emails in Gmail using a computer is much better and much faster.
To note: The attached email files are in .EML format, and clicking them will open the attached Gmail emails in a new window on the recipient’s computer.
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The ability to attach emails to Gmail emails is pretty cool and convenient. Especially when you want to attach multiple emails because by default Gmail does not allow users to forward more than one email at one time. You can only forward one email at a time. Attaching emails quickly fixes this problem, but few users are aware of this feature. Well, now you do.
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Last updated Feb 26, 2021
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