For a long time, it was impossible to forward multiple emails in Gmail. You were forced to use a Chrome extension that allowed you to forward emails as attachments in Chrome.
In 2019, Google added several new features to Gmail, and this was one of them. So now the Gmail Chrome extension is not required. In this article, you will learn about several ways to forward multiple emails in Gmail. The option you choose depends on how you want recipients to receive these emails.
Forward emails individually as attachments
The fastest way to forward an email as a Gmail attachment is from your inbox. All you have to do is right-click the email you want to forward and select “Forward as Attachment.”
This opens a new email in compose mode and automatically attaches the file to your email as a file with a .eml extension.
The .eml file extension is a standard email file format that is compatible with popular email clients such as Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, and Thunderbird.
Recipients can even open EML files using Internet Explorer if they need to. This makes EML an ideal format for forwarding emails, even if the recipient doesn’t have a Gmail account.
How to forward multiple email attachments
The above approach also works for forwarding multiple email attachments to Gmail. All you have to do is select multiple emails before right-clicking and choosing “Forward as Attachment.”
Several .eml files will be attached in a new email window.
Another way to forward multiple emails in Gmail:
- Select each of the emails you want to forward.
- Select the three dots to the right of the icon bar at the top of the mailbox.
- Select Forward As Attachment.
This will open a new email in compose mode and attach multiple .eml files, one for each email you select.
Save email attachments before sending
If you use the approaches described above to forward multiple emails to Gmail, you won’t have a copy of the email saved on your computer or in the cloud.
Another method that you can use if you want to keep a copy for yourself is to save the files first before sending them.
You can download emails by opening the email, selecting the three dots in the upper right corner of the email message and selecting Download Message.
This will allow you to save the .eml file anywhere on your computer. Just select “Save As” and choose the folder where you want to save the email message.
.Eml files are saved with a subject line as the name of the email file. You can save as many emails as you like in your folder before creating a new message to attach them.
When you’re ready to send an email, return to Gmail and start a new message by selecting Compose in the upper left corner of your inbox.
To attach e-mail files, click the paper-shaped file attachment icon at the bottom of the e-mail message. Find your saved email files, select them all, and click Open.
This email will have all email files attached in the same email type as using any of the above approaches. The only difference with this method is that you also have copies of these emails stored on your computer.
You can add recipients, subject and write a letter before sending files. Recipients can use any email client available to them to open attachments.
Attach emails as PDF files
If you don’t want email recipients to deal with .eml files, you can save and forward those emails as PDF files.
This takes some extra steps, but it also makes it easier for the people you send them to view emails.
First, open the email you want to forward. Select the three dots in the upper right corner of the email message and select Print.
The Chrome print window will open. From the Destination drop-down list, select Save as PDF.
Select “Save” to save the file to any folder on your computer as a PDF file.
Repeat this process for any number of email messages that you want to forward. When you’re done, you should have some PDFs with the subject line of these emails as the filename.
To forward these emails as attachments, simply select “Compose” in the upper left corner of your Inbox. In the New Message window, select the attachment icon and attach all PDFs by selecting them all and clicking Open.
Then just add recipients, add a subject line, and write your email message. You will see all emails attached to the message as PDF files.
Why forward multiple emails in Gmail?
There are many reasons why you might want to attach multiple emails to a Gmail message. For example, if you’re trying to attach multiple reports from your team to your boss, being able to attach all of those emails to one email to your boss will save you a lot of time.
Or, you may need to forward a few emails from your mailbox history to a company or government auditor. The need to forward multiple emails was common enough that Google decided to make it a standard feature of Gmail.
You can now use this feature whenever you want, or use one of the alternative approaches to save the files to your computer first if you want to back up your email files.