The next time you get an email with a Gmail image attached, you may find a new option that will give you another way to save the file. The new “Save to Photos” feature will allow you to save images directly to Google Photos from your Gmail account. There is no need to manually download files first before saving them to Google’s image storage service, even if the capability is only available for JPEG attachments at this time.
While previewing a link, you will find the new option in the upper right corner menu. But if you don’t want to bother previewing the file, you can see the appearance as a connect button just next to the “Add to Drive” button. Saving Photos is now open to all Gmail users, including those with their own accounts. This is a gradual launch that will take 15 days to complete, so it may be a long time before you get it.
If you have access to the image, you have a few days left to store as many files as you want in Google Photos before the service. stopped offering free unlimited storage. After June 1st, any photo or video you upload will count toward the 15GB limit shared by your Gmail, Workspace documents, slides and spreadsheets. You’ll have to pay for the extra storage up front, unless you have a Pixel device.
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