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Gmail for iOS is getting support for the Files app

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Gmail on iPhone (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Gmail is reportedly getting support for the Files app on iOS.
  • Users will be able to attach anything from the Files app.
  • The feature is rolling out now.

Google is rolling out support for the Files app to Gmail. But you might not be able to enjoy the new feature just yet.

A new Gmail blog post says Google is adding support for attaching files directly from the Files app, with search and multiple file selection also part of the deal.

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.

That's the good news. But this being Google, there's a caveat. The blog post notes that this is a rollout that may take a while to reach everyone. It should be available to all users within the next couple of weeks, but your mileage may vary there.

There's also no mention of when dark mode will be available to everyone, either. That's also been rolling out to users, but it seems to have been happening for a long time at this point.

You can download the free Gmail app from the App Store (opens in new tab), now.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

5 Comments
  • Another rollout plan, great. I'm still waiting for dark mode to get rolled out to me.
  • Same here. At this rate we’ll get dark mode and files support when iOS 14 drops. 🤣
  • I like your optimism
  • Already switched to Outlook, I don’t have time for this roll out farse. Why can’t companies just update their app and everyone gets it? Did they sack all their testing team?
  • Yup!! Took the words right out of my mouth.