May 19 AT 9:12 PM Alex Wagner 9 Comments

Major Gmail app update adds Save to Google Drive feature and more


Use Gmail on your Android device? If so, you’ll want to keep an eye on the Play Store in the coming days, because there’s a pretty significant update to  the Gmail app that’s rolling out starting today.

Google took to the official Gmail Google+ page today to announce a new update for the Gmail on Android app that brings with it several new features. Those include the ability to save attachments directly to Google Drive, explanations for why a spam message was marked as such and more. Here’s the full rundown, straight from El Goog’s mouth:

  • Save to Google Drive: Instead of downloading attachments to your device which takes up valuable space, you can now save attachments directly to Google Drive. Files saved to Drive are easily accessible from any smartphone, tablet or computer.
  • Spam explanations: Have you ever wondered why a message ended up in spam? You’ll now find an explanation at the top of every spam message.
  • Improved RTL support: If you’re an English speaker, you’re used to reading sentences from left-to-right. But there are a lot of languages out there that are written from right-to-left (RTL), such as Arabic, Hebrew and Persian. If you’re a speaker of one of these languages, Gmail on Android now looks and feels the way you’d expect with profile pictures and the navigation menu on the right instead of the left. 
  • Faster access to the side navigation menu: It’s easier to get wherever you need to go in the app. While reading messages, you can now swipe from the left edge (or right edge for RTL languages) to quickly access your accounts and labels. You’ll also find Settings, Help, and Feedback in the side menu.

This is a spiffy little update that adds new functionality and makes the app easier to use. For example, the Save to Google Drive feature can come in handy by helping to preserve precious storage space, especially on those devices without a microSD card slot. And the faster access to the side navigation menu? Who doesn’t like faster access to accounts, settings and more? That’s right, no one.


This Gmail for Android update is rolling out over the next few days. You can find the app’s Play Store widget below. Be sure to give us a shout once the update hits your devices!


Source: +Gmail

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  • Eli Gaffke

    I wish the menu swipe was on the right already. I like to be able to be able just hold my phone in the right and not have to reach over so far to open menus.

  • Scott Robertson

    It’s a nice update, but it’s hardly “major”. Stop link bating.




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  • hafiz khalfan

    I ‘m cool

  • Notorious

    The files get added to the root of “Drive” it would have been way better to have it share to Drive or use a download or Gmail folder on Drive. I will go back to the old way. Nice try maybe next update. Just as easy to go to downloads and move to Drive or whatever. SPAM info and better NAV menu are nice though.

  • shivamtiwari

    wish the

  • Elvina Jolie

    I am using Samsung GT S6582. I am unable to add files from drive. But when I tried to add from photos, or music app, its done. Problem is only in Drive..

    Pls Help.

  • sujjonsorker

    it is very hard ohhhhhhhhh