When I receive a PDF attachment, the Gmail app only gives the option to preview it, not download. It opens in the default PDF reader (I have Adobe's reader).

How can I save the PDF instead?

  • Good question. I couldn't figure out a way with Adobe Reader or Quick Office.
    – ale
    Commented Dec 10, 2010 at 21:10

3 Answers 3


Attachment2SD will do the trick.

After you install it when you click on the PDF attachment in the Gmail app it'll pop-up the "Complete Action Using..." dialog. Choose Attachment2SD and it'll download to a directory on your SD card, where you can immediately open it or save it for later. This works with all kinds of files, not just PDF.

  • That does the trick, thanks. There really ought to be a download option in the Gmail app itself though.
    – misterben
    Commented Dec 12, 2010 at 21:00
  • Agreed, it baffles me how they could leave something so basic out.
    – Matt
    Commented Dec 12, 2010 at 23:56

Don't use the Gmail app, instead use your browser, go to gmail.com, mobile or desktop view doesn't matter,

open the mail you want to download the pdf from

click on the pdf icon and it will be downloaded automatically.

About doing so with the Gmail app specifically, I've no idea, and that was how I dodge the pdf problem.


I use the Internet Download Manager.You open the pdf in new tab and then copy your url and then click Add url at Internet Download Manager, paste to your url.

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