Do you know how to attach a file in Gmail? Personally, I think that this is the most or one of the easiest things to do on the platform.  Composing a mail via Gmail might be easy and all that, but attaching a file on the other hand is way too easy.

I mean come on; I literally learned this on my own, without any guide. And guess what, I think that you too can do this. Attaching a file to the mail you want to send by Gmail is self-explanatory, but there are still some Gmail account holders and users who are finding this difficult.

How To Attach A File In Gmail


How To Attach A File In Gmail

When Gmail users complain about not finding the little icon that will enable them to attach a file to their Gmail’s, I also might not be surprised. Just like I said, some of these icons can be small and can prove hectic to find.

If you are however one of the users on the platform, having a difficult time locating the icon that will enable them attaches files to their Gmail’s, then you are absolutely in the right place. In this article and in a bit I will be guiding you on how you can easily attach files to your Gmail before sending. To attach a file in Gmail follow the steps below;


  • Login to your Gmail account on your computer.
  • Click on the compose tab on your Gmail account page.
  • At the bottom of the compose page, click attach.
  • Select the files you want to upload.
  • Lastly, click on open.
  • To remove a file, click on the close icon next to the attachments name.


  • Open the Gmail app on your android device.
  • Tap on compose.
  • Next, tap attach.
  • Tap on attach file or insert from drive.
  • Next, choose a file you want to attach.
  • To remove an attachment or file, tap the close icon to the right of the said attachment.

iPhone and iPad

  • Download and install the Gmail app on your iOS device.
  • Open the Gmail app and tap on the compose button.
  • Tap on attach and select the file you want to attach or upload.
  • To remove an attachment, tap the file and then on remove.

Gmail Account Opening

Before you can start adding files and attachments to your Gmail, you will first need to be a Gmail account holder. If on the other hand, you don’t have a Gmail account you cannot send or attach files to your Gmail’s. If you don’t have a Gmail account you may be prompted to create one now if you ever wish to do the above. To create a Gmail account;

  • Go to the Google account creation page Here.
  • Follow the on-screen instruction by entering the relevant and correct pieces of information in the spaces provided to set up your account.

After creating your Google account, you can, therefore, use the login details to login to Gmail. You can also download and install the Gmail app on your device and create your Gmail account from there.

Gmail Account Login

The above and latter is for those persons who do not have an account on the platform. Anyways, if you already have a Gmail account, you will need to be logged in to the said account to do any of the things that have been discussed in this article so far.

Logging in to your account is easy, but if you ever find it difficult, go to Gmail Login Page. On the Gmail login page, enter your username and click on next. Enter your password on the next page and click on login. That’s it. You will be logged in to your Gmail account immediately.

How To Send Gmail

Now, this article won’t be complete without guiding you on how to compose and send Gmail’s. I know most Gmail account holders already know about this, but there are those who are new to the platform and for their own benefit, I will be guiding them on how to compose, write and send Gmail’s on the platform;


  • Login to your Gmail account on your computer.
  • Click on the compose button in the top left corner of your Gmail account page.
  • Add recipients in the ‘to’ field. You can also add recipients in the ‘cc’ and ‘Bcc’.
  • In the subject field, add a subject.
  • Next, write your message.
  • After composing your message, click on send at the bottom of the page.


  • Open the Gmail app on your android device.
  • Tap compose in the bottom right corner of the Gmail page.
  • Add recipients in the ‘to’ field. You can also add recipients in the ‘cc’ and ‘bcc’ fields if you chose to.
  • Add a subject in the subject field and compose your Gmail.
  • Tap on send at the top of the page.

iPhone and iPad

  • Open the Gmail app on your iOS device.
  • Tap on the compose button at the bottom right corner of the page.
  • Fill in the ‘to’ fields by adding recipients.
  • Add a subject of the email in the subject field.
  • Write or compose your message.
  • Lastly, tap on send at the top of the page.

That’s it! You have just successfully composed and sent a message via Gmail.

Why can’t I attach a file to my Gmail?

There could be several reasons why you’re having difficulty attaching a file to your Gmail. Here are some common reasons and solutions:

  1. File size limit: Gmail has a limit on the size of files that can be attached to an email, and this limit is 25MB. If the file you’re trying to attach is larger than 25MB, you won’t be able to attach it. In this case, you can try compressing the file or using a cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox to share the file.
  2. File format: Gmail supports a wide range of file formats, but some file types may be blocked for security reasons. For example, Gmail does not allow you to attach executable files (.exe), compressed archives with password-protected files, or certain types of script files. In this case, you may need to change the file format or use a different method to share the file.
  3. Browser issues: If you’re using an outdated or unsupported browser, you may experience issues when attaching files to your Gmail. Try updating your browser to the latest version, or switch to a different browser to see if the problem persists.
  4. Internet connection: A slow or unstable internet connection can also cause problems when attaching files to Gmail. Make sure you have a stable and strong internet connection before attempting to attach a file.

If you’ve tried all of these solutions and still can’t attach a file to your Gmail, you may want to reach out to Gmail support for further assistance.


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