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Kloudless: Two Way Access To Files In Gmail, Dropbox, Google Drive And More

Nancy Messieh 22-05-2013

KloudlessWith Google introducing its Chrome OS, an entirely cloud-based system 5 Reasons To Give Chrome OS A Second Chance Google’s launch of Chrome OS was one of 2011’s most disappointing moments. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of Chrome OS was its performance. Since then, Google has been gradually updating Chrome OS. The user experience has... Read More that leaves nothing on your hard drive, it would seem that one direction today’s gadgets are heading in is a purely cloud-based one. We’re spending less time on our desktops and more time in the cloud – and file storage is certainly no stranger to that concept.


A couple of months ago, we introduced you to Cloudy, a Chrome extension How To Attach Files From The Cloud To Gmail In Chrome Have you ever found yourself in a position where you're trying to get files out of the cloud and send them to friends or colleagues via email? You probably end up having to download the... Read More that allows you to upload files to your Gmail account directly from your cloud-based storage accounts like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and more.  Kloudless Kloudless: Automatically Create Email Backups To Cloud Services [Chrome] Read More is a new Chrome extension that offers the same feature – removing that unnecessary extra step of downloading a file from the cloud only to upload it as an attachment – but takes things one step further, by also allowing you to save files directly from your Gmail account to your cloud storage accounts.

Kloudless closes the gap between email and cloud-storage, creating a link that makes perfect sense, is incredibly convenient, and is one of those features that you won’t know how to live without once you get it set up. Kloudless serves several functions – one of which is to automatically back up your email attachments How to Send Large Files as Email Attachments: 8 Solutions Want to send large files via email but running into file size limits? We show you how to send large files via email attachments. Read More to cloud-based storage accounts.

When you first install Kloudless you’ll be walked through a series of simple steps to set up your accounts. You’ll first be prompted to connect Kloudless to your email account. At the moment it only works with Gmail, but support for Outlook is also available, but you do have to sign up to get an invite for access.


If you’re logged into more than one Gmail/Google Apps account, you’ll be prompted to select the account you want to use.


Kloudless Email

The good news is that if you want to use Kloudless simultaneously with more than one Gmail/Google Apps account – you can. Just simply go through the setup process individually for each account, by logging into that account and clicking on the Kloudless Beta link at the top-right hand corner of the page.

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The permissions you are granting Kloudless when it comes to your email address include viewing your email address, viewing and managing your mail, and knowing who you are on Google. That may seem like a lot of data to entrust Kloudless with, not to mention data that you have saved in your cloud storage accounts, but all of your files are encrypted while being transferred using Kloudless, and the service has an extensive Privacy Policy worth reading.

Once your Gmail account is connected, you can then connect your cloud storage account. Currently, Kloudless supports Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.

Kloudless7At this point, Kloudless is fully set up and can be used. But there is one final step that brings an interesting and much welcomed-feature that isn’t available in Cloudy. Since Kloudless allows you to save attachments directly to your cloud storage, the service also offers automation features. You can create rules for how to handle certain attachments. So for example, if you want to save all of the attachments sent to you by a specific person, you can create a rule to copy all of those attachments to a specific Dropbox folder. Rules include copying or moving attachments, based on who they were sent from, who they were sent to, or even based on keywords, and more.

Kloudless8While the automation feature is really cool, it does have its limits. Unfortunately, you can only create up to 10 rules.


If you’d rather not automate the process of saving attachments to your cloud-based storage accounts, you can still access this feature manually when opening individual attachments. When you open an email with an attachment, you’ll find a new option alongside ‘Download.’ Hitting the ‘Copy/Move’ link will open up a pop-up window which gives you access to folders in whichever cloud storage account you’ve connected to.

Copy Move You can then copy or move individual files, one at a time, directly from your email account to your cloud storage account. If for any reason, space is becoming an issue in your Gmail account, this is a great way to quickly free up space in Gmail 3 Ways To Free Up Storage Space In Your Gmail Account Google Mail currently offers 7,679 MB of free storage. For the average user, that is enough space to last a lifetime. But what if you run out of storage space nevertheless? How can you find... Read More by moving large attachments. Even better, if you don’t want to keep the attachments at all but want a record of the email itself, you can also delete individual attachments from your Gmail inbox using Kloudless.


Kloudless is a convenient, handy Chrome extension which will be appreciated by anyone who finds themselves spending more time in the cloud than they do on their desktop. While Cloudy was a step in the right direction, Kloudless  completes the equation by providing two-way access to your files saved in the cloud and to attachments in your email account.


What do you think of Kloudless? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Cloud Storage, Email Tips, Gmail, Google Chrome.

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  1. arpitnadda
    June 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Thats really cool and helpful...

  2. Henry S
    May 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Rules don't seem to work well, at least not for me. I've created 3 rules, basically to send specific filetypes directly to my Public dropbox folder. However, when I open an email, nothing happens! Is anybody facing the same problem? Are rules working well for you?

  3. null
    May 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I can use this with my DropBox> Thanks a lot!!!

  4. rish404
    May 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Would I be able to send a file that's on my dropbox as an email attachent through this, WITHOUT having to download it first? I used Cloudy first in hopes of this, but that always downloaded the attachement first from Dropbox to attach in the mail. Kind of defeats the purpose.

  5. TalkingBee
    May 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Why not add a warning like "remember that Kloudless could always access your full data" (e.g. full connected Dropbox account, full Google Drive account). This is something many people forget ...

    The main reason for me to NEVER connect to any third party service.

  6. David Moreira
    May 22, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I'm just going to use it with Dropbox, but thanks MUO!

  7. Nevzat A
    May 22, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Those great addons make me want to try Chrome again, however I'm still a Firefox addict :)