Managing attached files in mails is kind of daunting task especially when we need to search one from the mail we received ages ago. It’s really hard to schedule and manage attachments in mails, but using these simple methods, you can tame the overall system of attachments in Gmail. Here’s how you can use these services to get the most out of it.
Attachments.me has turned off as well as their services are no longer available for users. If you want to get a replacement to Attachments.me, please go through the following trick.
Obviously, you have to do something tricky and interestingly, the trick will take much less time as compared to Attachments.me. Attachments.me made it easier for users to move all email (Only Gmail) attachments to a completely different place and then let them manage attachments in accordance with their requirements.
With the help of this particular service, it was possible to relocate all email attachments to Dropbox or Box.net. Following that, you had the option to share those attachments from Dropbox or Box via a different URL, which had been provided by Attachments.me itself. If you want all those things even after the shut down of actual service, you must need to follow this tutorial.
How to Send New Gmail Attachments to Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and OneDrive
If you want to use only one service to do all these things, there is no other choice except IFTTT, which stands for If This Then That. You already know that IFTTT is an automation service, which happens to be available as a cloud based application.
You can do nearly anything in automation with the help of IFTTT. Today, I am going to use this automation service to upload or send new email attachments to numerous cloud storage accounts such as Google Drive, Box, Dropbox etc.
You need to create an IFTTT recipe to get things done. You can consider using a ready-made recipe for the same. For basic safety reason, this is recommended to create your own recipe rather than using someone else’s. To create IFTTT recipe, continue with the following steps,
Step 1: Open IFTTT website and log in to your account. If you do not have any IFTTT account, simply create one for you.
Step 2: Create a new recipe. Select “Gmail” as Trigger Channel.
Step 3: After that, you will have to authorize your Gmail account. After authorizing, you have to select “Any new attachment in inbox”.
Step 4: In the “That” section, select the cloud storage where you want to get your attachments.
Step 5: Authorize your cloud storage account and select “Add file from URL”.
Step 6: Add essential details and complete your recipe.
That’s it. Now, your IFTTT recipe is ready to run. It may take up to fifteen minutes for the first time to run. After that, it will be running in the background continuously.
Although, Attachments.me had no file size limit, yet, you will get a barrier while using IFTTT. You can send up to 30MB file at once. But, it is not too low for an attachment.
Save Gmail Attachment to Google Drive using Google Script
If you do not want to use any third party service to employ into your Gmail account, do try this Google Script. Although, this trick has some restrictions, yet, you can use it fluently.
Step 1: At first, click here to make a copy of the original Google Script.
Step 2: After that, you have to authorize this script to use your Gmail account. To do so, just head over to the Gmail Attachments menu in the top menu bar and select Authorize.
Step 3: Again, click on Gmail Attachments and Run Program respectively.
That’s it. Now, this custom Google Script will run a scan in your Gmail Inbox and notify you in every five minutes for each new attachment before uploading to Google Drive.
You can check the further development of this Google Script at here.
No matter which method you have followed, but you can easily share your files from respective cloud storage after making that file for public. This is a default privacy setting of every cloud storage provider.
The following Method is No Longer Available
From searching, sharing or saving the attachments to cloud storage accounts, attachments when blended with G-Mail account, can easily take care of all your needs. Here’s how you can use it.
- First visit Attachments.me, create an account. Connect it with your G-mail account by granting the access. You’ll be asked to connect to the cloud storage accounts(Dropbox and Box.net) to bridge the connection between the two web services. If you want to save your E-mail attachments to the cloud storage services too, then you can connect the two accounts.
- Once you are done connecting the two services, all your attachments from G-mail account will be indexed by Attachments.me brainy computers, where they will display all your attachments at one simple web page.
- Now this web page is the power house of Attachments.me web service. From the attachments displayed there, you can search the desired one typing the attachment file name. Or if you are searching for some specific file(image, video, documents, audio, zip files and more), you can always skim the selected extension by choosing the right one from the Any Attachments drop down menu.
- So that’s how you can easily search the desired attachments from your G-mail inbox.
How To Share or Save The Attachments Files To Cloud Storage Accounts
Attachments.me is not only restricted to simple searching and traversing of attachments files from G-Mail inbox, but users can straight away upload their attachments files to Cloud Storage Accounts(Dropbox and Box.net) too. I’m assuming that you’ve already connected the cloud storage services. Here’s how.
- There are two ways to save E-mail attachments to Dropbox and Box.net cloud storage accounts.
- Either directly from the G-Mail inbox or from the attachments.met account.
- For a demo, open any mail with attachments files attached with it.
- Just to its right, in the sidebar, using the attachments.me menu. Click on Upload to Dropbox or Box.net cloud storage services button. Bored of directing your G-mail attachments everyday, you can Set automatic filling, the option beneath it, which will direct all your attachments to respected cloud storage services.
- The same task can be done via the attachments.me account, simply login and you’ll see all your attachments. Hover over one of them. And use the options offered by the service there.
Attachments.me is a versatile web services, and does what it says pretty well. What are your views?