How To Download Disallowed Attachment From Gmail?

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I am looking for a very old file on my PC and I was struggling to find it in my Hard Disk. But later I get to know that, I have sent that file to one of my buddies over Gmail.

I opened my Gmail account and located that exact email with attachment to download.

I was happy that I got that important file but later I was worried as I found an error message like – “Anti-virus warning  – 1 attachment contains a virus or blocked file. Downloading this attachment is disabled. ”

Seems like; you discovered a gold mine but can’t use it as there is no way to dig it ahead. But folks, there is always a way!

I found a method which is I think the easiest method to download blocked or disallowed attachment from Gmail. Going to guide you step by step ahead, read on.

Step 01 – Go to that particular email with attachment and open that email. Find the three dots in the upper right corner and click on it and then click on “Show Original”.

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Step 02 – Another tab will be opened on your Gmail with the original file and text. Click on the “Download Original” link. You will get a file named “original_msg.eml”.

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Step 03: Click on the “Download Original” file to download the eml version of your email on your computer.

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Step 04: – As you have already got an .eml file with your attached file; let’s move on and open it with any other Desktop email clients like Microsoft Outlook, Mail App on Mac or any other email client you are comfortable using. In this case, I am using Microsoft Outlook. Just locate that “original_msg.eml” file in your download folder, right-click on it and open over a desktop email client.

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Step 05 – A pop up will be launched with your original file. Just right click on it and save that disallowed attachment to your computer. Bingo. 🙂

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Hope this tutorial will help you properly.

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