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An update to Gmail started rolling out this morning, bringing it from version 4.6.1 to 4.7. We have the APK for you below, as usual, because waiting is for suckers.

What's New

Vacation responder

The most obvious new addition to Gmail 4.7 is the Vacation Responder. You can set start and end dates, enter a subject and some text, and check a toggle to only send the vacation response to your contacts. Finally, you can enable and disable the whole responder with another toggle. The vacation responder is certainly a welcome addition to the mobile app, considering that by the time you realize you need the feature enabled, you may only have your trusty phone or tablet but no computer.

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KitKat printing

Gmail 4.7 also includes support for cloud printing, which is a new feature built into Android 4.4 KitKat. You can print all messages in a thread or select just the ones you want. Yay!

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Archive downloading

I can't believe it's finally here - the feature we've been waiting for, since... 2009? Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the banishment of the Unfortunately, you can't save or open this type of attachment message, which specifically applied to several archive formats, and if we're being honest, was the most ridiculous limitation in the name of user security and safety I can think of. Zip downloads are finally a go. And it's only the end of 2013. Amazing!

In fact, it's not just zip extensions - here's the full list of file types that are no longer disallowed:

  1. application/zip
  2. application/x-gzip
  3. application/x-bzip2
  4. application/x-compress
  5. application/x-compressed
  6. application/x-tar

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Left: Gmail 4.6; right: Gmail 4.7

Update: You can now send any file too

With the removal of the above limitation, we can now send any files we want as well. Previously, only two annoyingly limiting options Attach picture and Attach video were present. Hooray!

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Left: Gmail 4.6; right: Gmail 4.7

Update: Better performance on low-memory devices

According to the official announcement, which was just posted by +Gmail, devices with low RAM should now benefit from improved performance:

Just in time for the holidays, Gmail on Android adds vacation responder, attachment support for any file type and more

If you forget to set a vacation responder as you scramble to pack for a flight, you’re in luck since you can now create or update an auto responder message right in the Gmail app on Android. In addition to photos and videos, you can send attachments—documents, PDFs, zip files—of any type. You can also print hard copies of your emails if you’re using Android 4.4 KitKat. And finally, you’ll notice enhanced performance of the app on low memory devices as part of Project Svelte (http://goo.gl/zD5thU).

Spot anything else? You know what to do - drop a comment down below.

Download

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.gm-4.7 (941620).apk.

Version: 4.7 (Android 4.0+)

MD5: b1a466e6e205117c0065ba6de87acac4.

Thanks, +DerekTraini, and Stephen Zeck, and Santiago Rosales!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Wazzifer

    omfg

  • Ishaan Rajiv

    Zip download... Finally. Let us have a moment of relish. :D

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No, I still have it.

    • naysayer

      You can still choose in the settings.

    • http://gplus.to/mbirth Markus Birth

      I'm not seeing the "Primary", "Social", "Promotions", "Updates" and "Forums" folders anymore, if that's what you mean. Yes, it seems they removed it?

  • erz2192

    The twitter tease left me expecting so much more. But still, this is pretty nice

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Updated with more things.

      • Justin

        I still can't believe it's not butter. ¯(ツ)/¯

      • Pierre Gardin

        Well, Google reads AP (multiple hints), so you should make a Christmas list.

  • Marcell Lévai

    Yall kiddos, here's your Christmas present ;)

  • Shane Hastings

    This is tingling my tastebuds..nom

  • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

    wait so this was the update? it just said bug fixes in the change log I got it a couple of hours ago :o

    Edit: really? downvotes for me realising that I didn't check what the update was really about when I got it?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Have you learned not to trust Google to update the changelog in a timely manner yet?

      • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

        Lesson learnt!

        In my defence I was binge watching Person of Interest

  • Dharmesh Kalwani

    Woah. Finally!

  • Floris

    The action bar buttons seem like they have another shade of grey now, or is this just me seeing things?

  • Fresh2infinity

    it feels like every week we are blessed with a wonderful addition to our android devices....this is why I love this OS...we don't have to wait half a year for features (iOS anyone?), Google just keeps pumping them out!!

    • Brad

      And by putting more of the google stuff into the play store (keyboard, search, etc) it makes it even better yet.

      • AbbyZFresh

        It's even better for Gingerbread users especially.

        • David Hart

          Gingerbread can probably send any file now, but it's a drastically different app on >3.0

    • AbbyZFresh

      You and i both know Google will give some of these presents to iOS users as well.

    • mustbepbs

      No, we only have to wait 4 years for features that any normal email client has on day one.

  • Ross MacRae

    Where is Group Mailing Lists support!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Been dying for this.

      • http://www.dljordaneku.com/ Darrell Jordan

        Same here.

    • abqnm

      FILTERS!! We need filters already. Having to filter things from the desktop is getting really old.

  • Michael

    I thought it might have finally left beta haha!

  • Dave Bowen

    Question, I've always downloaded new apps like this but for some reason, This file won't open. It tells me "can't open file", any ideas why? this has never happened before.

    Edit; I tried from the 3rd mirror and the file worked. :):):)
    Thanks Android Police!

    • Dustin

      Mirror 1 gave me the same prob. Try mirror 3.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Weird, I just re-downloaded it from the 1st mirror, and the file was fine.

        • Mobile Phones Fan

          Same here; primary DL mirror worked fine, as always.
          .

      • Brad

        Definitely mirror 1... been that way on everything I've tried grabbing. Just tried 3 and it was fine.

        • xRepinsSporx

          There are over 6 Servers to download from Mirror one. So if one of the servers isnt routing to your location you can chose another.

          I downloaded from each mirror on AFH and all worked fine.

          This is why we have servers across the US. Not everyone has the best routes to the servers.

    • Brad

      Ha, I just commented the same thing...

    • Taco Monster

      Opening it from a file manager like ES usually works for me.

  • Indianajonze

    love this update, but immersive mode for 4.4 would have been nice. funny how not even google supports this feature in their apps yet...

    • Imparus

      I very much doubt gmail will get that, since gmail isn't an app that should have it, it wouldn't make much sense.

    • Brad

      That's more for videos, books, etc that take up plenty of screen. I wouldn't want to have to swipe down every app to see my notification bar or click my back button since my buttons are on screen.

  • Brad

    EDIT:
    Seems mirror one is acting up...

    • xRepinsSporx

      I just download from Mirror 1. From each server
      IL Mirror 6
      IL Mirror 3
      IL Mirror 5
      TX Mirror 14
      TX Mirror 16
      UT Mirror 20
      VT Mirror 10

      All download fine to phone and the apk installed

      • Brad

        wonder if it has to do with ISP or something...

    • Taco Monster

      Open it from a file manager like ES file explorer.

      • Brad

        no, because mirror 3 worked just fine without doing so.

  • Danny Holyoake

    Vacation Responder should really be in the Email app...

  • rjr162

    So now when is the regular email app going to start actually working like an email client should? I can set it to sync sub-folders if I want, but even when a new email comes into them THERE'S NO NOTIFICATION!

    Sucks when you're using systems like Nagios to monitor the networks and servers and you don't get a notification unless any and all alerts go into your inbox...

    • Cj

      Simple...drag such emails to your primary folder.

  • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju

    I've always been able to send any file type. I'd just click on Attach Picture, then "Show All Files" in Dropbox/Drive or use a file explorer and attach the one I wanted. Else, open a file explorer app, long press the file I wanted and "Send To" Gmail.

    • Tim242

      Exactly!

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I'm still waiting for the "Canned response" option in the app. This is pretty good update though.

  • Omar Al Matar

    I believe I was always able to send any kind of files, Attach pictures : choose google drive or file explorer, choose file, voilà.

    • Tim242

      Correct.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      When I tried it recently, it didn't work, at least the file picker I was using. It was only showing pictures or videos, but not other files. So it was finicky to say the least.

      • Tim242

        No. You click picture, and it gives you file explorers as an option. I have been doing that since 2009.

  • whispy_snippet

    Great update!

  • David Walker

    This is a great update, but when I compose a new message, select menu>add file, it doesn't allow me to browse my folders, it's just drive, box, gallery, quickoffice, and a couple other cloud-based apps. Why can't I browse my folders? I know the work around for this is to go to the file itself, long-press and say "Share via" and then select Gmail (this has actually been available for a long time). But I should be able to do it both ways.

    • Tim242

      You have to have a file manager. I use Root Explorer.

      • David Walker

        So the stock file explorer on my S3 doesn't count? That's lame.

        • CoreRooted

          Thank Samsung for not including the proper intents into the stock file "manager".

          • David Walker

            Haha. Thanks for the quick replies. I installed Root Explorer and it works just great. I thin I'll use that for my default file browser now

          • supbro

            Use ES file explorer ;)

  • nihir

    I would really enjoy HTML functionality in Gmail.

  • Tim242

    I have been sending/receiving any type of file on Android's Gmail app for years.

    • Primalxconvoy

      You probably "shared" to gmail via a file browser or similar app though, right? Now, if you write an email and attach a file directly from inside gmail, you can send any file.

      Not that I care. I gave up using the official app ages ago and use the "gmail plus" app instead.

      • Tim242

        You could also click attach in the email, click picture, and it pulls up file explorers.

  • Howell

    Erm Google here in the UK we call it a holiday not a vacation. :-/

    • AbbyZFresh

      Google is a US company. They can call it whatever they please.

      • Roger Siegenthaler

        ummm... no they shouldn't;

        they have language files for the locale en_GB and en_US for a reason (actually I have no idea if they actually have seperate fle names, just an assumption tbh), and therefore they should actually respect such differences ;).

        Still, nitpicking ;P

    • mustbepbs

      Here in the US, we call Saint Patty's Day a "holiday".

      Holiday is also synonymous with Hallmark.

    • Andy Stetson

      Promise i'm not being rude, but actually asking an honest question. I know the UK, Australia and other countries with British influence refer to going on vacation as "going on holiday". What do you call the Christmas season, or better yet, how do you refer to a group of holidays, like Christmas and New Years?

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Super, wonderful...wait still forced into conversation view & can't sort by something simple like sender. Still my least favorite Google App.

  • 4.4.2 User

    anyone else notice ? swipe from left side on the screen when in the app doesn't open the menu!

    • 4.4.2 User

      ignore me! device needed a reboot ahh

  • ithehappy

    Could you delete an email now from a conversation? I am sure the answer is no. Seriously I sometimes think who works behind this Gmail R&D.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nope, not yet. I wish.

  • RadarJammer

    In the last 24 hours I received:new versions of Google Keep, Newsstand, Drive and for my .x86 RAZR i a special (?) Play Music app. The pre-Christmas push is steady.

  • TheLastAngel

    I was sending. apks to myself for years. Just pick the file in a file manager and share via Gmail.

    What I actually want is the capability to manage filters on mobile devices. How long is it going to take, a decade?

  • Tyas

    When will we be able to turn that annoying thread view off and get an option to use the regular view of emails coming in?
    I do think google needs to put more effort in providing an option for this preference and also a better folder structure on the app as it is really messy how it is now.

  • optiks

    I'm still disappointed by the attachment "problem". No option to choose files directly from the SD card, let alone from the the phone file system. The source options I get are basically the same as before this update; whether I choose Attach File or Attach Picture, same choices. Unfortunately, I still have to use Gmail Attachment Manager to get access to where I keep my files...on my phone, not on some cloud service. Would love to see Google approach attachments the same way the stock (and crappy) email app of the Galaxy S4.

    • Tim242

      No. All you need is a file manager. Root Explorer, ES, Astro, etc. Then it shows up as an option. I have been doing that since 2009.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Looks like Android needs a native filemanager

      • optiks

        Tried ES3. It doesn't do anything that I can't do already with the built in My Files on my S4 (which is basically just move stuff from the internal to external memory). In terms of attachments, I do like the UI, but its not any better (faster, yes, so I'll probably keep using it so thanks) than using Gmail Attachment Manager. The stock mail app in the S4 allows you to pick multiple attachments at once - this is the feature that I wish I had (the stock mail app I don't like). Gmail, even through a file manager, only lets you pick files one at a time. I haven't tried the others, but (you can correct me here) I figure they do the same as ES File Manager.

        • Tim242

          Root Explorer allows you to attachments at once.

  • Uberjon

    Am I the only one that stopped gmail updates before the advertisement patch they released?

    • bob

      yes

    • a

      No!

  • Nick Tsiotinos

    Whoa! My battery life just plummeted after installing this. Gmail has gone to using 65% of used power - screen has only used 16% in comparison. Hope this sorts itself out. Anyone else experiencing this??

  • Eyal Shalev

    What about RAR files?

  • truepopo

    all i want is a dark themed gmail....everything else works great

    • Andy Stetson

      Yup, really wish they would bake in a toggle since they broke it to where themers can't have their way with it.

  • AK

    Stock Email app needs these updates too. Push it to the Play Store, Google.

  • unify me

    still no unified inbox?

    • Nuno Guerreiro

      who cares!!!

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    What I want the MOST is allowing me to use HTML signatures from the mobile app! :(

  • berniemolloy

    Please Google, support sending emails to groups that exist in your email contacts. Every time an update comes I hope that will be in there and every time it doesn't make it. This is something that really needs to be added for those of us that use the Google Apps for enterprise and work a lot from out phones and tablets.

  • George

    Gmail 4.5 had the ability to download any kind of archive or executable file IIRC. But then Google removed it for 4.6 .

    Anyway glad to see this feature return for 4.7 and hope it remains like this for good. :-)

  • Android Developer

    How come the gmail website still blocks many types of files?
    Does the same thing occurs for the gmail app too?

    Also, did they fix the bug where I choose to reply to a thread, only to find out i'm sending the email to myself (it doesn't occur on the gmail website...) .

  • jordanjay29

    Now if I only I could use contact groups on Gmail for Android, my life would be complete.

  • Kingu Prima

    any link to google maps 7.5 apk ?

  • Mike Schreiner

    I can't believe after all this time Google has still not included the option to have an unread counter on the app icon.

  • Harisha Kumar K

    I found GMail 4.7.1(946962) but did not download from that site. If you have that update please provide the apk. I trust you AP!

  • Nithin Akkala

    Does anyone know how to delete a message from the notification bar? Right now, whenever I get a new message and open up the notification bar, my only options are archive and reply. Swiping that notification will remove it, and clicking the notification will open the app. Any way of adding a delete button in there?

    • Nithin Akkala

      Actually I see that if I change the "Archive & delete actions" to delete only then I get the delete button in the notification bar. But then that removes the archive button from the message itself. Anyway to have the delete button on the notification bar and both delete & archive present when I open the message?

  • Bjørn

    But what happened to "Swipe to delete"?

    I don't recall which version I used to have, but I do know it had a "Swipe to delete" option. Is it just me, who cannot find it any more?

  • Paul_Werner

    Just tried all three links and it won't install on my Nexus 5. Not sure why because it installed just fine on my Nexus 7 (2012)

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