Gmail gets a new forward emails as attachment option

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 11, 2019
Email, Gmail

Google is rolling out a new feature on Gmail that enables the forwarding of emails as attachments in the email service.

Gmail users who use the web interface currently can forward individual emails only. While that is useful at times, forwarding multiple emails can be a time consuming process as each email needs to be selected individually when it needs to be forwarded.

We’ve heard from you that there are situations where attaching emails makes more sense than forwarding separate emails, like wanting to forward multiple messages related to a single topic. With this new functionality, you can do exactly that. Sending emails as attachments allows you to write a summary email message to your recipients, and attach the set of supporting emails that recipients can directly open in their mail client.

To make things easier for users, Google is rolling out a new feature on Gmail currently that allows users of the service to forward emails as attachments.

One of the main advantages of the new feature is that it allows users to forward multiple emails in one operation.

google-gmail attach emails attachment

All that it takes is to select one or multiple emails on Gmail, right-click the selection, and select the forward as an attachment option from the context menu.

As is the case with most new features on Gmail or Google updates, the feature is being rolled out gradually to all Gmail users. It is enabled if the "forward as attachment" option is visible in the context menu. Google started the rollout of the feature on December 9, 2019 for rapid release domains and plans to complete the rollout by January 21, 2020.

Google notes that users may also use drag and drop to attach selected emails as attachments on Gmail. The operation may not be as convenient as using the right-click option as it is necessary to juggle between two interfaces (email list and compose) when using drag & drop.

Emails that are attached to emails are saved as individual .eml files that most email clients can read. Attachments are not limited according to Google (You can attach as many emails as you’d like), and eml files can be opened with a click when they arrive in Gmail.

Now You: do you forward emails often?

Gmail gets a new forward emails as attachment option
Article Name
Gmail gets a new forward emails as attachment option
Google is rolling out a new feature on Gmail that enables the forwarding of emails as attachments in the email service.
Ghacks Technology News

Tutorials & Tips

Previous Post: «
Next Post: «


  1. said on February 26, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Finally, there really wasn t any flexibility in your plans. You forgot to add a buffer between tasks and understand that certain tasks are much larger than what they seem outside. How much time did you actually spent on planning your day was it just 5 minutes while the television set was distracting you?

  2. Robert Tipping said on December 15, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Forwarding multiple mails in this manner is a godsend if you are creating chronological discussions for qualification – let’s face it proof of occurence_- I’m in large scale construction management with my own little corner being estimating this new feature will get a thorough workout on my machine.

  3. Jay said on December 13, 2019 at 2:56 am

    I have not tried it out yet but what if the emails you are sending as attachments have attachment to within the emails i.e photos, videos, or other files?

  4. Clairvaux said on December 11, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Most, indeed I suppose all email providers have limits in place for attachments. So while Google does not impose a size limit on the sending side, there would certainly be one on the receiving side.

  5. John Fenderson said on December 11, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    “do you forward emails often?”

    I do, mostly at work. But I can’t remember if I’ve ever needed to forward multiple emails in one go.

  6. ULBoom said on December 11, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I guess it’s useful to some users, I don’t forward regularly so the current method is fine.

    Could be a great annoyance tool by forwarding someone’s entire mailbox. If the feature lasts, I see a limit being imposed.

  7. quiterssgotanupdate said on December 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    If were talking about updates and new features: QuiteRSS got a new version, which among other new features supports dark themes and updates third-party the libraries, which includes security fixes.

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

We love comments and welcome thoughtful and civilized discussion. Rudeness and personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please stay on-topic.
Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.