Downloading this attachment is disabled in Gmail [FIX]

by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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The rise of Android as the most-used OS platform brought lots of users to Google’s native email client. Gmail looks great, works great, and has a lot to look for ahead.

However, there are certain details that can draw negative feedback from its users.

Namely, security measures and virus detection are something on which Google has been working for a long time, but disabling access to attachments is rather unexpected.

Similar to other Google features, Gmail is sometimes too strict when it comes to certain security details.

Indeed, a lot of spam mail comes with attachments that, if accessed, can infect your system with various sorts of malware. Consequently, Gmail blocks attachments with certain extensions as they suspect those are the most dangerous. This especially applies to archived files.

On some occasions, the restrictions still apply even when the users confirm that the files come from a trusted sender. On that note, a lot of users’ reports state that they were unable to download the RAR archives within the attachments.

Luckily, there’s a way to access your files by extracting them from the Gmail client and we’re showing you how.

How to open disabled/blocked attachments in Gmail

  1. Open Gmail client in the browser.
  2. Open the flagged mail and click on the menu and select Show Original.downloading this attachment is disabled gmail
  3. Right-click on the Download Original link and choose Save as… from the menu.downloading this attachment is disabled gmail
  4. Change the .txt extension to .eml and save it.
  5. Open the saved file with any other email client (e.g. Mailbird, as suggested above).downloading this attachment is disabled gmail
  6. Right-click on the attachment and choose Save.downloading this attachment is disabled gmail
  7. Save the archive and extract it in the preferred location.

That’s it. Using these steps you should be able to access files from any attachment in Google’s Gmail.

Finally, we hope this was a helpful read. If you’ve tried other ways to access blocked attachments in Gmail, make sure to tell us in the comments section below.

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