Yesterday I got an email with a video attachment (which was taken with an iPad). I opened the email with the Gmail app. I gently touched the attachment and a new screen with the video appeared. I wanted to save it to my camera roll so I touched the share button but it gave me only three options; open the attachment in Chrome, Safari or copy the link. I tried to open the attachment in Chrome and Safari thinking that maybe those apps have the option to save an attachment but it didn’t work.

Then I thought maybe Mail app will be a solution. I opened the app and touched the attachment. Something different than other apps happened. Under the attachment icon I saw that app started to download the file. When it was finished the video didn’t start automatically. I touched and held my finger for a second and a small screen appeared asking me to mail, quick look open in a different app and SAVE TO CAMERA ROLL!!! That was it. This was the solution to save a video attachment permanently to iPad.


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24 Comments so far

  1.    Anonymous on December 14, 2013 05:24      Reply

    I need to save a video from gmail to my camera roll on ipad but i don’t know how.

    •    emrefirat on December 14, 2013 22:57      Reply

      Hi. Add your gmail account to Mail app. Open your mail from Mail app and push the video icon. It will be downloaded to your camera roll.

      •    Anonymous on August 24, 2014 13:40      Reply

        Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks :)

      •    Anonymous on February 10, 2015 09:49      Reply

        Thank you very much! :)

  2.    Anonymous on December 19, 2013 19:04      Reply

    Yay! Thanks for the tip! It worked perfectly.

  3.    rahul desai on January 8, 2014 15:04      Reply

    thanks man !
    was getting frustrated !

  4.    Athena on February 9, 2014 20:24      Reply

    What about ios 7?

    •    emrefirat on February 9, 2014 21:03      Reply

      It is same actually. Just touch on the attachment and it will be opened but it will not start. Touch the screen only once and you’ll see that a menu will appear. On the top right corner touch the share button and you’ll see “Save video” button.

      Hope this helps.

  5.    Irina on May 5, 2014 06:50      Reply

    Thanks so much was starting to get very frustrated!

    •    emrefirat on May 5, 2014 07:05      Reply

      You’re welcome…

  6.    Brigette on May 17, 2014 23:02      Reply

    Omg thank you emrefirat! I have to do a project for my engl. class and you helped me by posting this thank you thank you!

  7.    Anonymous on June 27, 2014 07:54      Reply

    What about for an iphone? I’m not seeing anything below the video attachment in the Mail app?

  8.    Ann on July 4, 2014 23:16      Reply

    Must I search mail app in app store? I can,t find it… Or is other app?

  9.    Ana on July 4, 2014 23:18      Reply

    Must i search Mail app in app store? Or is it an app of gmail?

    •    emrefirat on July 11, 2014 19:21      Reply

      Ana, it is the Mail app of iPad. Your iPad has it but you have to link it to your email first.

  10.    Vasudha on July 9, 2014 16:33      Reply

    It worked ! Yay ! :)

  11.    Anonymous on August 7, 2014 03:59      Reply

    I tried open my gmail in mail and it only shows options for sharing as mail or message?

  12.    Anonymous on August 7, 2014 04:01      Reply

    Sorry what I’m trying to save is actually audio it is a sermon I preached it says m.4 on the lattachment

  13.    Jessica Peridolla on August 21, 2014 02:25      Reply

    I have an IOS 6 for IPod Touch and I need help from saving a video from my Gmail to my Camera Roll. I need help I can’t figure it out.

  14.    geetha on October 19, 2014 07:02      Reply

    i got a video file from whatsapp but i can’t open this in can i open that?pls help me

  15.    Ipod on April 7, 2015 13:47      Reply

    Is this also applicable to ipod touch 5th gen? Is the mail app different from gmail app? Haha. Soorryy not so techy :(




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