Why Save Gmail Attachments to Dropbox?

Gmail Save Attachment to Dropbox
Gmail Save Attachment to Dropbox

Since many people have this need, it must bring some benefits to us. This section will show 4 advantages.

  • Backup and Storage: You can create a secure backup of important files by saving attachments to Dropbox. Dropbox provides reliable cloud storage, ensuring that your attachments are accessible even if your computer or device encounters issues.
  • Collaborative Sharing: It is easy to share Dropbox files and folders with others. By saving Gmail attachments to Dropbox, you can easily share the files with colleagues, friends, or family members, granting them access and allowing for collaboration.
  • Organization and File Management: Dropbox offers robust organizational features, allowing you to create folders, categorize files, and add descriptive metadata. This helps you keep your Gmail attachments organized and easily searchable, saving you time and effort when you need to locate specific files in the future.
  • Integration with Other Apps: Dropbox integrates with various third-party apps and services, expanding the functionality and possibilities for your Gmail attachments. For example, you can connect Dropbox to productivity tools like Google Docs or Microsoft Office Online to edit or collaborate on documents directly from your Dropbox account.

How to Save Gmail Attachments to Dropbox Automatically [2 Ways]

To automatically send Gmail email attachments to Dropbox, you can use MultCloud or Power Automate to realize that. Although both of them can automate the saving process, if you want to save emails along with the attachments to Dropbox, MultCloud will be better. Since the Power Automate template only supports saving attachments, creating a new workflow on it can be quite troublesome.

Way 1: Copy Gmail Attachments to Dropbox via MultCloud [Simplest]

MultCloud is a cloud management service and is professional in cloud-to-cloud file transfer. To transfer emails to another cloud, there is a specific function called Email Migration. It transfers emails as PDFs meaning all your emails in Dropbox will be in PDF format. So, your emails can be conveniently read on Dropbox.

The steps for using Email Migration are shown below.

Step 1: Enter MultCloud and sign up for a free account.

Step 2: Connect your Gmail account to MultCloud by clicking “Add Email” and the Gmail icon. Then log in to the account and allow MultCloud’s access in the pop-up window.

Add Gmail
Add Gmail

Step 3: Connect your Dropbox account to MultCloud by clicking “Add Cloud” and the Dropbox icon. Also, follow the instructions in the pop-up window to finish this step.

Add Dropbox
Add Dropbox

Step 4: Select “Email Migration” in the left sidebar and choose Gmail and Dropbox in the boxes.

Save Gmail Attachments to Dropbox
Save Gmail Attachments to Dropbox

Step 5: Open “Schedule”, set a frequency to automate the migration process, and click “Save”. Since the default setting of Email Migration includes transferring with attachments, just click “Migrate Now” to start the Gmail to Dropbox migration.

Email Migration Schedule
Email Migration Schedule

Note: Every user can migrate up to 50 emails. If you have more emails that need to be transferred, you can get a paid plan to migrate more freely.

Way 2: Send Gmail Email Attachment to Dropbox via Power Automate

Power Automate is Microsoft's workflow automation tool. It can streamline tasks across apps and enhance productivity with ease. There is a template on Power Automate named “Save Gmail attachments to a Dropbox folder” which is useful in this situation.

Step 1: Open Power Automate and sign in to your account.

Step 2: Click “Template” in the left bar, search the “Save Gmail attachments to a Dropbox folder” template, and open it.

Choose Save Gmail Attachments to a Dropbox Folder Template
Choose Save Gmail Attachments to a Dropbox Folder Template

Step 3: Connect your Dropbox and Gmail accounts to Power Automate and click “Continue”.

Connect Gmail and Dropbox to Power Automate
Connect Gmail and Dropbox to Power Automate

Step 4: Choose the Gmail label and fill the “Raw input” blank in the “When a new email arrives” box.

Choose Gmail Label
Choose Gmail Label

Step 5: Choose which Dropbox folder you’d like to save Gmail attachments and click the “Save” button at the bottom of this page. Then the task will run automatically.

Choose a Dropbox Folder to Receive Gmail Attachments
Choose a Dropbox Folder to Receive Gmail Attachments

MultCloud vs Power Automate

There is a brief comparison of using MultCloud and Power Automate. You can take it as a reference when you choose one to use.

  • It may cost you several days for Power Automate to transfer all the Gmail attachments to Dropbox. However, MultCloud uses bandwidth to migrate emails and attachments, the transfer speed will be much faster than Power Automate.
  • MultCloud allows you choosing to save which emails by the Filter feature. You can enter the sender, receiver, date, with/without attachments, and read/unread to Filter and it will only transfer the emails and attachments which meet your needs.
  • If you change your mind and want to save Gmail attachments to iCloud Drive, Box, or Google Workspace, there is no template on Power Automate. Also, it is not easy to create a new workflow on Power Automate. But similar steps can be used for other clouds if you use MultCloud to copy attachments. All you have to change is choosing another cloud instead of Dropbox to add to MultCloud.

How to Save Gmail Attachments to Dropbox Commonly [Download & Upload]

If you only have a few email attachments to save to Dropbox, you can try this common way.

Step 1: Enter Gmail, log in to your account, and open the email that you want to save its attachment.

Step 2: Click the download icon to save the attachment to a local position.

Download Gmail Attachments
Download Gmail Attachments

Step 3: Open Dropbox and log in to your account.

Step 4: Click “Upload” and choose “Files”. Then select the attachment you downloaded before and click “Open”. After that, the Gmail attachment is saved to Dropbox.

Upload Attachments to Dropbox
Upload Attachments to Dropbox


See, it is not hard to automatically save Gmail attachments to Dropbox. Whether you want to use MultCloud or Power Automate, your problems can be solved smoothly. If you think the automatic process is not so important for you, you can also try the common way.

Besides, if you choose to use MultCloud, you may find it can help you in more aspects. Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup, and Cloud Transfer are good to use, too. After saving attachments to Dropbox, if you want to transfer these files from Dropbox to iCloud Drive, OneDrive, or another cloud, using MultCloud is still a wonderful choice.

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