Email to Google Drive to Save Attached Files

By Matthew Guay - Published September 27, 2018 -

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When you're on the go or using a shared computer, the easiest way to save files is to email them to yourself. But what if you could email those files to Google Drive instead and automatically save them along with the rest of your files?

Here's how, using Zapier to make a new email address that automatically saves everything you send it to Google Drive.

What You Need:

  • A Zapier account
  • An Email app
  • A file to save to Google Drive
  • A Google account

Here's a pre-made Zap to get started, then follow the tutorial below:

1. Make a New Google Drive Email Address

Zapier Email Address for Google Drive

This Zap starts by getting you to make a new email address just to save files to Google Drive. Click the Use this Zap button above to start building this Zapier workflow, and sign in with your Zapier account or sign up for a free Zapier account if you don't have one already.

Zapier will then automatically make a new email address for you with drive followed by some random characters and—but you can change drive to anything you'd like to make the email easy to remember. Copy the complete address and add it to your address book so you can easily email files to Google Drive. Then to test it out, send a new email to that address with an attached file to save to Google Drive.

2. Choose Your Google Drive Folder for Email Attachments

Pick Google Drive folder in Zapier

Next, connect your Google account to Zapier if you haven't already. You can then choose the folder where you want Zapier to save your emailed files—or if you want, leave that option blank and Zapier will save the files to your main Google Drive without adding it to a folder.

Click Continue and turn on the Zap, and you're ready to email files to Google Drive whenever you want.

Note: Most email apps only let you send files up to 25MB.

3. Email Files to Google Drive

Now, the next time you need to save a file to Google Drive, open your email app, attach the file, and email it to your new Google Drive email address. When someone emails you with a file, you can forward that email and copy the attachment—and Zapier will save that to Google Drive, too.

It's the easiest way to send files to Google Drive.

→ New to Zapier? Learn more in Zapier's Getting Started Guide. Then find more ways to build custom email automations in our Email by Zapier guide.

Have another question about Google Drive or other apps? Ask the Zapier team

Published September 27, 2018

Written by Zapier writer Matthew Guay


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