How to attach real files to Gmail messages, not just links

If you’re a Gmail user, you know that if you need to attach a Google Drive file to a mail, your only option is to attach a link to that file.

Not anymore. Thanks to a new update, Gmail now lets users attach actual Google Drive files. Just two limitations: This works only with files you’ve uploaded to Drive (not items actually created in Drive), and the maximum file size for attachments is 25MB.

How it works
Step 1:
Open Gmail in your browser, then click Compose to create a new message.
Step 2: Near the bottom of the new-mail window, locate and click the Google Drive icon.
Step 3: Now you’ll see the contents of your Google Drive. Choose one or more files, then select the Attachment option in the bottom-right corner. At first glance it may not look like anything has happened, but basically you’re just toggling between that and the Drive Link option.

Step 4: Click the blue Insert button (bottom-left corner), then finish sending your message as usual.

That’s it. Your friend will receive the actual file instead of a link.

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