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Insert Auto Backup Photos From Your Phone Into Gmail Messages

Gmail has rolled out a new feature that lets users attach photos on their phone into emails they compose from Gmail for web. The feature has been integrated in the attach file menu but it requires you to have Auto Backup enabled for your photos on your handset. The new feature will make it easier to attach files from your phone, and the process will be much faster since your photos have already been uploaded online and attaching them is pretty much like creating a link to the photos. If you’re using an iOS device you will need to have the official Google Plus app installed on your device and Auto Backup enabled for it. Here’s how the feature works.

Open Gmail in a tab and compose a new message. Hover your mouse over the paper clip/attachment button and wait for the toolbar to expand. You’ll notice the ‘New’ tag on the photo icon. This is where the new option can be accessed, click it.


You won’t see a new tab or anything but photos from your phone  which have been backed up will appear, sorted by date, under the Photos tab. Click any one, or several of the photos you want to attach with your message and you’re done. google plus photo

This new option means that if you want to send photos from your phone when composing an email from your desktop, you won’t need a data cable to connect and transfer them. Android users can turn Auto Backup on from the Photos app by Google or from the Google Plus app. iOS users will be able to turn it On from the settings in the Google Plus app.

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  • If one happens to not want to use Google’s auto photo backup from the handset, then why couldn’t one just begin the email message in the handset using the GMAIL app, then attach the file to said message, then save it in the DRAFTS folder…

    …then launch GMAIL in the browser on the desktop, go into the DRAFTS folder and resume/complete the message? That would work, right?

    An easier way might be to use any of the gabazillions on apps that push things from phone to desktop/laptop (PushBullet, for example); or to even just manually save the photo from the handset to Google Drive, then attach it to the GMAIL message from there in the Windows desktop/laptop’s browser.

    There are lots of ways to skin a cat without buying-in to the notion of every photo automatically being backed-up to Google, which isn’t always a good idea.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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