Dropbox for Gmail
Dropbox for Gmail helps you share files from your Dropbox through your Gmail account. The integration is free and available through the Google Chrome webstore.
Enabling the integration adds a Dropbox icon at the bottom of the Gmail compose window. When you click this icon a pop-up window appears, allowing you to select from the contents of your Dropbox. A shared link to any selected file or folder will appear in the body of the email.
While this link looks like an attachment, it's in fact a shared link. This means no slow-down in sending emails, and no space limitations in your inbox.
Sections in this article:
- How do I enable Dropbox for Gmail?
- Does Dropbox for Gmail require Chrome permissions?
- How do I use the integration once I've enabled it?
- Does the integration have any limitations with file type or file size?
- Is the integration available on all devices and all browsers?
There are two ways to enable Gmail integration: in your Chrome browser settings or when installing the Dropbox desktop (version 3.8 and higher). More detailed guidelines for both methods are available in this article.
Chrome extensions, like Dropbox for Gmail, request certain permissions in order to make your browsing experience better. Dropbox for Gmail requires that you give permission to add Dropbox functionality to the Gmail experience.
For example, these permissions make it possible for our extension to do things like save files to your Dropbox account, copy Dropbox links into the text of your emails, and show you previews of files linked from your Dropbox.
- From your Gmail account, click Compose.
- Click the Dropbox icon at the bottom of the Compose window.
- Select the file you’d like to share from your Dropbox in the pop-up window, and then click Insert link.
- You will then see an attachment link in the body of your email.
- Note: Though the file will appear as an attachment, it is in fact a shared link. This saves space in your inbox, and ensures others will always see the latest version of the file.
While there is technically no file size limit, Dropbox does have some bandwidth limitations which are based on your account type. Learn more about Dropbox bandwidth limitations, and how going over these limitations can lead to banned links.
Since the integration creates a shared link rather than attaching the file itself, there are no file-type limitations.
Currently the Gmail integration is only available through the Google Chrome store. It will work on any computer that has Google Chrome.