Gmail for Desktop Gets Video Attachment Streaming Feature

Google has today announced a handy little feature for users who frequently use email to send or receive video attachments. Starting today, users will be able to stream video attachments on the page, rather than having to download the attached files first.


Although video attachments can still be downloaded, clicking the file will pull up a YouTube-style video player that’ll let you watch the video (via The Verge). A YouTube-style video player will let you play the clip back, adjust quality and sound levels, and even stream it to a Chromecast device. 

Google says the feature is rolling out to everyone but may take up to 15 days before some users see it. The feature could be particularly helpful when sending small videos captured on your phone, as it’ll save recipients a step or two before watching them.

It must be noted that the feature is still limited by the fact that Gmail attachments can’t exceed 50MB, which means it won’t be much useful if you share longer videos, particularly in high resolution. Also, the feature is currently only available on Gmail for desktop.