Help & Support
Send Feedback
Save Emails and Attachments
Download email messages and file attachments from Gmail to Google Drive, automatically. The emails are saved as PDF Files.
1,777,438 users
Works with
Save Emails is an email backup and archiving add-on for Gmail that lets you automatically download email messages and file attachments from Gmail to Google Drive. You can also save Gmail messages in  shared Team Drives. 

The email threads are converted into high-quality print-ready PDF files while the file attachments are saved to Google Drive in their original native format.

You can use the Gmail archiver to backup important emails, video files,  timesheets, photos, Microsoft Office documents, travel receipts, expenses and other emails easily from Gmail to your Google Drive. It works with Gmail, Google Inbox and G Suite (Google Apps) accounts.

Check the help manual at to know more about capabilities of Save Emails addon.

Attorneys have used Save Emails to download and print all email correspondence related to a litigation with few clicks. Teachers can download student assignments in respective student folders automatically. Corporate users can save Uber receipts for claiming expenses. Sellers can archive PayPal invoices and payment receipts as PDFs.

The program runs in the background, once every hour, but you also have an option to run the rules manually. Go to Add-ons > Saves Emails and Attachments > Manage Rules and select any rule from the dropdown to download the matching emails.

How to Use Save Emails

To get started, use the built-in wizard to create a rule and any email messages in Gmail that matches this rule will be automatically saved to a specific folder in your Google Drive. You can organize the saved emails in date-based sub folders to avoid cluttering the main folder.

Unlike email automation solutions like IFTTT or Zapier only work on new and incoming messages, the Save Emails add-on can also download old emails to your Google Drive. All the activity is logged inside a Google Spreadsheet for quick search and reference.

For instance, you can have a rule where emails from Expedia and Trip Advisor are automatically saved to the Travel folder in your Google Drive. Or a rule where all emails with "backup" in the subject line are saved to the project folder in Google Drive. If you are running out of space in your Gmail account, you can setup a rule for message size and all emails with large attachments are saved to Drive.

Advanced Uses

You can customize the file names of saved emails and attachments with variables. For instance, you can set the attachment name as {{Sender}} {{Subject}} to include the sender's name and the email subject in the attachment file name.

You can also choose to overwrite files in Google Drive if an attachment with a similar name already exists in the same folder. Google Drive allows you to have multiple files with a similar name in the same folder.

Free vs Premium

The add-on is free and fully functional. Premium version includes several extract features including:

1. Create an unlimited number of rules for downloading Gmail messages to Google Drive.
2. Emails are saved every 15 minutes while the free edition downloads emails once every hour.
3. Rename PDF files and email attachments based on the email subject, sender or date.
4. Save emails in separate folders based on the email headers.
5. Skip downloading smaller files.
6. Allow or disallow saving of file attachments of specific types.
7. Overwrite existing Google Drive files (useful for keeping a single copy of disk backups)
8. Specify your own custom formats for printing dates in PDF files.
9. Save PDF files in your own Drive folder or a Team Drive folder owned by another user in the organization.
10. Download files and email in Google Team Drive folders.


To upgrade to premium, go to Add-ons menu - Save Emails - Upgrade to Premium. 

* Help Manual -

* Premium Upgrade -

* Email Support -

* Video tutorial:
A User of Save Emails and Attachments
January 23, 2020
I have used this to download attachments in bulk from wireless scanning successfully. My question for the developer is does the premium subscription allow you to download emails with inline images? Right now the pdf'd emails have an unsightly watermark and do not include embedded images.
Submit reply
A User of Save Emails and Attachments
January 14, 2020
Author is not responding to queries, no longer working
Submit reply
A user of Save Emails and Attachments
January 17, 2020
Have you found replacement?
Joseph Caulfield
January 14, 2020
Same problem. Single email can be saved, but not label multiple email.
Alex Jessey
November 30, 2019
This add-on is useful but it doesn't auto renew and if you manually renew before the expiry date of your current contract then you lose all the period forward from that date. The developer reminds you that your contract is about to expire but doesn't tell you when. Not helpful.
Submit reply
Amit Agarwal
May 5, 2016
Thank you Alex.
A User of Save Emails and Attachments
November 25, 2019
Hi Amit, I'm receiving error message emails concerning the add-on. Google is telling me that the plugin is trying to copy my email attachement to this file : [Addon] Save Emails GA02... which I do not own. This is exact error message : «You do not have permission to access the requested document.» Is there anything I need to be aware of?
Submit reply
A User of Save Emails and Attachments
November 23, 2019
Hi Amit, application was working fine till a few days back and has now stopped copying files to drive. Any idea why it's not working now?
Submit reply
A User of Save Emails and Attachments
November 20, 2019
App was checking for new attachments every 15 min and we purchased premium version based on that. A few months later with no notice they apparently changed it to only check once per hour. That's not the functionality that we bought. Zero support response to inquiry about it. Also on initial install we had a minor issue. Again, zero support response to inquiry and we had to deal with the issue on our own, so offering no support is clearly their normal ongoing way of doing business. Potential is there for this to be a great app if they wouldn't make substantial changes in functionality after you purchase (bait & switch) and would provide any support response at all. Why provide support links if you're never going to respond to submissions?? Seems to be another bait & switch tactic... appear to offer support as bait and then switch to no support.
Submit reply
A User of Save Emails and Attachments
November 15, 2019
Worked for a year then stopped working. I would love to uninstall and get my money back please.
Submit reply
A User of Save Emails and Attachments
November 7, 2019
No way to use it unless you go pro. So it's useless.
Submit reply
A User of Save Emails and Attachments
October 18, 2019
This is the only solution I've found for my organization's need to have multiple file attachments uploaded to Gdrive SEPARATELY. All the others we've tried to use automatically .zip everything, and it must then be manually extracted; for a high-volume application, this was untenable.
Submit reply
A User of Save Emails and Attachments
September 28, 2019
Good project, I like support and service
Submit reply
1-10 of 102
Additional information
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu