As you make your move to the cloud, you start saving a lot less to your computer, and instead save your documents to your Google Drive. When you need to attaching documents to an email, you don’t have to sift through files on your computer, you can go directly into your Google Drive. 

  1. From your email draft, select the Insert files using Drive button at the bottom of your Gmail compose window.
  2. Select the document you want to attach and click send!

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12 thoughts on “How to Attach Google Drive Files in Gmail

  1. Troy Reply

    This feature hasn’t rolled out to all users of the new compose as I don’t see the icon. Looking forward to it.

    • Google Gooru Post authorReply

      No, you do not need Google+ for this to work. However, it’s possible that you do not yet have this feature. Google is still rolling out this feature and I think everyone should have it within the next few days.

  2. Bob O Reply

    Any word that this will be on the scheduled release for Google Apps for Education?

  3. fred Reply

    I still don’t see a google drive feature anywhere on compose classic or new. At least not in my G app free account.

  4. Jason Reply

    It’s February of 2013 and can’t find any trace of the “+” sign to add files from “My Drive” to a Gmail. Is there a pluggin I need to download or am I missing it altogether?

  5. Mark Reply

    The Drive icon does show and I can select a drive file as attachement. But I never see the pop-up to specify the sharing policy.

    I’ll test it with another Gapps domain. Just to find out if the popup is also missing.



    • Linda Reply

      Can you give any additional details about how / why you have the Google drive icon and others, including myself, do not? I could really use this feature but not matter what I do I can’t attach from Google drive. Thank you, Linda

  6. Mark Reply

    So I did a test. Still no popup with the sharing options to specify. If I push the send button it will show a popup with:

    “This drive file isn’t shared with the recipient.

    Your recipient may not have access to the file you inserted from Drive. You may need to share the file from within Google Drive.”
    [Send anyway] or [Cancel]

    To bad. It seemed to be so convient.



  7. Dan Reply

    Try clicking compose new mail and you will see a link to the right appear asking to try out the new compose style method/ From there you can you can add a new google drive document by selecting the google drive icon from the new style compose.

    However, what I do find is that the “send without sharing” doesnt work, it still shares but does not “attach” the document like the old fashion way. Anyone else have that problem?

  8. BuggyCode Reply

    Same issue here.

    The first few time the popup appeared, it still shared as a link. The recipients cannot get the files.
    Now when I try it, the popup does not even appear.

    So I guess the send as attachment feature does not work well yet

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