I have a load of messages with attachments. I want to keep the email but get rid of the attachments. This will free-up a load of space.

  • Are you really running out of space on Gmail? I've used it for everything for years now and I'm still only at 20% usage...
    – x3ja
    Jul 16, 2011 at 2:49

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I think what you'll need to do is forward the message to yourself without the attachment, and then delete the original message. Just the message, mind you, not the entire thread. You do that by clicking the down arrow on the message and selecting "Delete this message".

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  • one at a time == slow. Jul 16, 2011 at 7:45
  • I agree, but that's the only way to do it without using a third-party tool. Even then I'm not so sure you can batch it.
    – ale
    Jul 16, 2011 at 15:40

You can do this using a desktop client such as Thunderbird with an IMAP connection to your Gmail account. Step by step guide here.


Try this Google Docs script, it worked for me. It does not require installing anything.

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