Google has updated its Gmail app for iPhone and iPad, finally bringing the ability to select attachments from Apple’s Files app.
Until now, users have only been able to select from the camera or camera roll, recent attachments, files from Google Drive. It’s also been possible to send or request money via Google Pay via an attachment.
Now, in the latest rollout, the main document repository in iOS, the Files app, is now being added to the repertoire. You’ll see the option when when you hit the usual paperclip in the compose or reply menu.
It’ll be particularly useful for iCloud users who’ve stored all of their Mac documents in the cloud. Those documents are accessible within the Files app. Effectively, it’ll give iOS users an easy option to attach documents from your desktop PC. It might also woo some iPhone users away from the default iOS Mail app, which has built in access to the Files portal.
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In a post on the G Suite Update Blog, Google said: “In the Gmail iOS app, when composing or replying to an email, you can now upload attachments from the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.
“This feature will be available by default. In the Gmail iOS app, when composing or replying to an email, click the attachment icon and scroll to the “Attachments” section. Then select the folder icon to select an attachment from the Files app.”
The rollout started on February 12, so check the App Store for the latest version of Gmail for iPhone.