How to Use Gmail to Send a File on an iPad

by Melly Parker
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To send files through Gmail with the iPad, you must choose to export the files from the program that supports them. For example, you can send photos on the iPad through Gmail if you start in the iPad's Photo app. Pages, Numbers and Keynote also allow you to choose files from "My Documents" to export via Gmail. It's not possible to create attachments within the Gmail app itself; you can only compose text-based messages for recipients. If you attach a file from within an app, though, you can add text in Gmail before you send it.

Step 1

Open the app that manages the file type you want to send. For a picture, as an example, tap on the "Photos" app.

Step 2

Select the file you want to send. In "Photos," open a folder and tap on the photo.

Step 3

Tap the "Export" button at the top right and choose "Email" to open the attachment in a Gmail message.

Step 4

Type the recipient's email address in the "To" field.

Add text in the main text box. Adjust the subject. Click "Send" to send the email with the attachment.


  • The path to send a file via email is slightly different in each program. In Pages, for example, you tap the "Wrench" icon, choose "Share and Print," select "Email Document," and then choose the document type. It opens as an attachment in Gmail.


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About the Author

Melly Parker has been writing since 2007, focusing on health, business, technology and home improvement. She has also worked as a teacher and a bioassay laboratory technician. Parker now serves as a marketing specialist at one of the largest mobile app developers in the world. She holds a Master of Science in English.

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