Gmail save to Drive feature

Google has updated the Android Gmail app, and have begun the release today. Over the next few days everyone will see an update that brings a few new features — like the ability to save to Google Drive and better support for right-to-left languages. Read on for the full list of changes.

  • 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.

You can check for your update through the Google play app, of click the Google Play button at the top of the post.


Reader comments

Gmail for Android updated with save to Drive feature, better RTL language support, and more


I haven't used the Gmail app in months, I use CloudMagic exclusively for all my emails on my phone. A combined inbox for 3 email accounts from 3 services (.edu, outlook, gmail) can't be beat for free.

Then why post on a Gmail update thread?

Wait, I know. You are better than me since I still use the lowly Gmail app.

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But it apparently STILL can't open a MS Outlook calendar invite, which makes it pretty much useless for business use.

+1 This by far my biggest gripe with Android. I have to use Invitation Processor to open calender invites, but this should be NATIVE to the operating system. Even worse is I can't CREATE an invite at all in Android. It simple isn't possible. That's one of the few things I miss from IOS. It's not just business use either, It helps coordinate schedules for those of us whole are married and have kids to stay on top of events and activities.

Thanks for the comment on Invitation Processor. I was using an other app, but it isn't very reliable. This seems to work well, so far.

The Google play link at the top just gives me an "open" dialog box... And mine hasn't updated yet

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Google always does Staggered rollouts.. If you are really in a hurry, you can head on down to androidpolice, and they usually have an APK download, otherwise, wait a few days, you should have it by the end of the week.

Will it have support for groups yet?
It's 2014... Emailing groups is a basic function of an email app.

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What I find REALLY sad is that I have to come here to find out what's in the update - a multi-billion dollar company and they still haven't figured out how to include change logs...

I WANT to download attachments to my device, that's not what takes up my space. Ya know what takes up my space? All the shitty, useless apps I can't un-install, that's why takes up my valuable space.