Insert Auto Backup Photos From Your Phone Into Gmail Messages

Gmail has rolled out a new feature that lets users attach photos on their phone into emails they compose from Gmail for web. The feature has been integrated in the attach file menu but it requires you to have Auto Backup enabled for your photos on your handset. The new feature will make it easier to attach files from your phone, and the process will be much faster since your photos have already been uploaded online and attaching them is pretty much like creating a link to the photos. If you’re using an iOS device you will need to have the official Google Plus app installed on your device and Auto Backup enabled for it. Here’s how the feature works.

Open Gmail in a tab and compose a new message. Hover your mouse over the paper clip/attachment button and wait for the toolbar to expand. You’ll notice the ‘New’ tag on the photo icon. This is where the new option can be accessed, click it.

You won’t see a new tab or anything but photos from your phone  which have been backed up will appear, sorted by date, under the Photos tab. Click any one, or several of the photos you want to attach with your message and you’re done. google plus photo

This new option means that if you want to send photos from your phone when composing an email from your desktop, you won’t need a data cable to connect and transfer them. Android users can turn Auto Backup on from the Photos app by Google or from the Google Plus app. iOS users will be able to turn it On from the settings in the Google Plus app.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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