When you receive an email with an image attachment in Gmail, you may notice a new option that allows you to save the file in another location.
The new “Save to Photos” feature allows you to save images from your Gmail account directly to Google Photos. There’s no need to manually download files before saving them to Google’s image storage service, though this feature is currently only available for JPEG attachments.
When previewing an attachment, the new option will appear in the upper right-hand corner menu. If you don’t want to bother previewing the file, the feature is available as a button on the attachment, right next to the “Add to Drive” button.
Save to Photos is now available to all Gmail users, including those with only personal accounts. It will be rolled out gradually over the course of 15 days, so it may take some time before you get it.
If you already have access to the feature, you only have a few days to save as many files as you want to Google Photos before the service discontinues offering free unlimited storage.
After June 1st, any photo or video you upload will be counted against a 15GB limit shared with Gmail, Workspace documents, slides, and spreadsheets. Unless you own a Pixel device, you’ll have to pay for additional storage in the future.