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February 14, 2015

Download Blocked Gmail Attachments

I was checking some old Gmail messages and I noticed this warning: "Anti-virus warning - 1 attachment contains a virus or blocked file. Downloading this attachment is disabled." It turns out that the .rar archive was "blocked for security reasons" and I can't download it.

There are some file types that are blocked by Gmail, but .rar is not one of them. Here's the list: ".ade, .adp, .bat, .chm, .cmd, .com, .cpl, .exe, .hta, .ins, .isp, .jse, .lib, .lnk, .mde, .msc, .msp, .mst, .pif, .scr, .sct, .shb, .sys, .vb, .vbe, .vbs, .vxd, .wsc, .wsf, .wsh". It turns out that the archive included a few .bat files inside a .zip archive and "Gmail won't accept these file types even if they're sent in a zipped format".

Anti-virus warning in Gmail's web interface

How to download the blocked attachment? I couldn't find a way to do this from the web interface. Gmail disabled the download button and the "save to Drive" button. Not even the "basic HTML" Gmail interface lets you download the file and the "download all" link only lets you download all safe attachments.

Fortunately, you can use other mail clients: Outlook, Thunderbird, KMail, Apple Mail. Surprisingly, Gmail's Android app lets you download blocked files or save them to Google Drive. Gmail's iOS app doesn't let you download blocked attachments, but you can save them to Google Drive. I also checked the built-in mail clients from iOS and Mac OS X and it's easy to download all attachments. To open archives in iOS, install an app like iZip first.

Gmail's Android app

26 comments:

  1. Workaround : Simply access the same mail via gmail android app.. u can download it . no issues.

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    1. Using Show Original, Save That Content On Desktop in Text File.
      Now Rename That Text File To [FileName].eml extension.

      now double click that file and download that file.

      Enjoy...:)

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    2. ...Assuming you have any email client installed in your system.

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    3. Thanks Anudeep, I cut out an additional step. Save as "all files" namefile.eml
      I was getting worried for a moment

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    4. thank U very much, Suraj Jain, Android made it.

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    5. gmail app is the simpliest solution. then transfer it to any other mail account that supports the format

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  2. Why the fuck *#)($/=$/#%)? Google is trying to be too clever...

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    1. They fail at making their own virus scanner.
      Sorry bud. *Shrug*

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  3. Thanks Anudeep. An awesome help!!!!!

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  4. Yes! it allowed to save from android app. Thank you very much :)

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  5. I'm sure buying smartphone isn't affordable. but i'll chose to use a safe "Mail Attachment Downloader" instead for PC.
    Google needs to fix the system.

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  6. Click this link
    http://programming-bca-mca.blogspot.in/2014/11/access-to-attachment-gmail-regards-as.html .
    I accessed the blocked contents.

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    1. This link is really great. It works perfectly as described. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. just "sign in" your mail in Android device then download blocked file easily

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  8. Mine was in Drafts which made the Android GMail solution the simplest but I used the save to Drive option as it was a ZIP for a Windows box. Then I was able to download from Drive and open it.

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  9. tq so much ......... recovered very imp file...

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  10. Another easy solution. Use GMAIL on another browser. I tried IE 11 and was able to download everything fine

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    1. Hi Paul. Scary stuff from Google. Ended up having to save the original and open in Thunderbird email app. Then was able to retrieve. Guess time to move on from Gmail as Google made a fundamental change which almost cost me a lot of lost time.

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