Some iPhone and iPad users unhappy with changes to the Mail app in iOS 13 have turned to third-party clients. Google announced today that Gmail for iOS will soon support the native Files app for browsing and uploading attachments. With this update, users will now be able to upload attachments from the Files app on your iPhone or iPad, while composing or replying to an email. Google says this feature is now being rolled out for users and will be enabled without you having to switch on or modify any settings.
All that the user needs to do is to tap on the attachment icon in the top right corner and scroll till the “Attachments” section, after which they will have to tap on the folder icon to select the attachment from the Files app. The ‘attachment’ section will be seen in the place of the erstwhile recent attachment section.
From there, the experience of searching, selecting, and uploading documents or photos is similar to other apps that feature this support.
The ability for Gmail on iOS to upload attachments from Files is rolling out starting today. It will be available for all users over the next two weeks. It’s not clear whether this is a server-side change or requires a new version of the app.