2 Savvy Ways To Extract Attachments From Gmail

These are the two ways to extract attachments from Gmail emails: Filter your inbox to only display emails that contain attachments and select all of them. Use the forward as an attachment feature to extract and forward each attachment to yourself and then download them.

Or Install the “Save Emails and Attachments” Google WorkSpace extension. Then use this extension to automatically extract all the attachments from your Gmail inbox and save them in a specified folder in Google Drive.

How To Extract Attachments From Gmail

In this article, I will show you how to use both methods to extract attachments from your Gmail inbox.

Method 1- Forward And Download Attachments From Gmail 

1 – Click on the “all mail” label in the menu to the right. 

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2 – Under the search bar, click on the “has attachment” button to filter out all emails in your Gmail inbox that have attachments.

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3 – Select all emails in this filter by checking the empty box at the top left of the page. 

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4 – Right-click on the selected list of emails and select forward as an attachment from the drop-down menu.

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5 – Enter your current email address in the “recipients” field, and then click on the send button. 

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6 – Return to your inbox and open the email that contains the extracted attachments.

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7 – Finally, within the email, click on the “download all attachments” icon to the right of the page

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Method 2 – Extract Attachments From Gmail Using The Save Emails And Attachments Extension 

1 – Download And Install The Save Emails And Attachments Extension. 

1 – Follow this link to the download page of the save emails and attachments extension

2 – On the extension page click on the install button 

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3 – Click the continue button in the popup box to grant the extension permission to begin installing. 

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4 – In the new window log in with the Gmail account that contains the attachments. 

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5 – Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click allow to give the extension permission to view and download your attachments. 

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2 – Create A New Folder In Google Drive To Store Extracted Attachments 

1 – Go to drive.google.com

2 – Right-click on the “my drive” menu item to the left of the page and select the new folder option in the pop-out menu.

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3 – Give the new folder a name then click on the “create folder” button. 

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3 – Configure The Save Emails And Attachments Extension 

1 – Go to google sheets and open a blank spreadsheet.

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2 – Next click on the extensions menu item at the top of the page.

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3 – In the dropdown menu hover your mouse pointer over the save emails and attachments option and then click on the “open sidebar” option.

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4 – Select the “all” option in the Gmail label field.

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5 – In the “advanced search” field enter the search query “has:attachment”.

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6 – Click the preview button to verify that the search query contains all the attachments you would like to extract.

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7 – Once you have confirmed that all the attachments are there, return to google sheets and click on the “continue” button.

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8 – Under the download settings tab give the rule a name and uncheck the “save email body” option.

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9 – Click on the select folder link.

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10 – In the “select folder” popup choose the folder you created in step 2 and then click on the “select” button.

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11 – After selecting the folder click on the “save rule” button.

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4 – Extract Attachments From Gmail

1 – Once the rule has been created, click on the “run” button to begin extracting the attachments.

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