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How to download all attachments in Gmail

If you're involved in a big Gmail thread, attachments can soon start to stack up. Here's how you can download them all.
How To
November 23, 2021
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Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

If you get involved in a huge email conversation thread, the number of attachments can quickly start to build up. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to download all attachments in Gmail at once, we’ve got you covered. It’s a quick and simple method which will put all attachments back on your computer or in your Google Drive folder.

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To download all attachments in Gmail, the desktop is the only viable solution. On a mobile, you can only download attachments one at a time, which is rather time consuming and tedious. On a desktop, forward the whole email thread back to yourself then select the download button to download all the attachments as a zip folder.

How to download all attachments in Gmail

The fastest and easiest way to get all of the Gmail attachments in one go is to forward the whole email back to yourself.

To do this, open the email, and in the top menu, select More–>Forward All.

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All of the email conversations will now be contained in one single email window. Send the email back to yourself. It can be the same email address.

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When the email immediately arrives back in your inbox, scroll down to the very bottom. This is where you will find your attachments sitting (in my example below, I only have two files, but you may have dozens). At the far right is a vertical arrow on a horizontal line. If you click that, all of your attachments will be automatically put into a zip folder by Gmail and downloaded to your computer.

Or alternatively you can click the Google Drive icon for the zip folder to be uploaded to your Drive account.

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