How to Use Gmail As a Dropbox

By Theon Weber

One of the most convenient ways of transferring a file from one computer to another is simply to email it to yourself. An email service like Gmail is accessible from any computer with an Internet connection, so you can attach a file from one computer and download it to another. Any file smaller than 25 mb can be transferred in this way.

Step 1

Go to and log in with your Gmail account, if you haven't already. Click "Compose mail."

Step 2

Enter your own email address in the "To" field and anything you like -- although nothing is necessary -- in the "Subject" and body fields.

Step 3

Click "Attach a file," then browse to and select the file or files you want to store.

Step 4

Click "Send." The message will appear in your Inbox. You can now access the file from any computer you like by logging into your Gmail account on that computer, clicking the message you sent, and clicking "Download" next to the name of the attached file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Gmail will not allow you to send executable files, or archives like ZIP files that contain executables. This is to prevent the distribution of viruses. If you know exactly what your file is and know it poses no threat, you can change its file extension before uploading it to Gmail, camouflaging it. When you download the file on another computer, simply restore the old filename.

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