Gmail for iOS Gaining Integration With Apple's Files App for Adding Attachments

Thursday February 13, 2020 2:58 AM PST by Tim Hardwick

Google is rolling out an update to its Gmail app for iOS devices so that users can upload attachments from Apple's native Files app.

When the new feature becomes available, tap the paperclip icon when you're composing or replying to a message in the Gmail app. This will bring up a sheet with carousels for "Camera roll" and "Attachments" (formerly named "Recent attachments").

This new Attachments section will feature a special folder icon for directly accessing the contents of the Files app on your iPhone or iPad, including access to the native search and selection tools of the Files extension.

As for the rollout timeline for the Files integration, Google says there will be an extended rollout which may take longer than two weeks for "feature visibility." Whether that means this is a server-side change or requires an updated version of the app is unclear.

The Gmail app is a free download available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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7 weeks ago


Lol all the people in this thread (me included) that still don’t have the dark mode setting for gmail rolled out to them. What a sad story for Google.

The Tuskegee experiments are a sad story. Native Americans during westward expansion are a sad story. The 2004 Sumatra-Andaman tsunami is a sad story. Not having dark mode for your emailis not a sad story, not even for Google. It’s a temporary minor annoyance to some people. Not that I expect proper perspective these days, especially on the internet.
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7 weeks ago
I get the reasons why companies have extended rollouts.. it allows them to catch bugs before they become widespread, but Google takes this to the extreme. Gmail dark mode has been in extended rollout for MONTHS, no reported issues.. and yet still most people don't have it. What's the holdup? This new feature will be the same. In frustration at the lack of dark mode I've swapped over to iOS mail and have been pleasantly surprised...I don't miss the Gmail app anymore, and iOS mail already has the above feature too. Trying to remember why I even want to keep using their crappy app?
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7 weeks ago
I can care less about not having dark mode with Gmail now, this is the #1 feature I’ve been dying for, I hate having to start a new email when sending a file from files. This makes me extremely happy.
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7 weeks ago
Sweet. Now when will I be getting dark mode?
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Lol all the people in this thread (me included) that still don’t have the dark mode setting for gmail rolled out to them. What a sad story for Google.
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Wow I didn’t realize how many people didn’t have dark mode. Definitely thought that rolled out to everyone by now.
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