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How to save emails to Google Drive automatically

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Uploading files and documents to Google Drive can be time consuming especially if you receive countless emails or attachments from different people. Since it is a manual process, you have to set aside some time in your busy work life to do it as you might need them for auditing, accounting or archiving.

In this article, we’ll show you how to save your original emails that you forward to the Parseur mailbox to Google Drive via Zapier.

Why integrate Google Drive with Parseur?

Let’s take the case of Samy who is a content creator in a marketing agency. Samy uses several online graphic design platforms to create social media graphics for the company. Each time he pays a subscription fee for those tools, he has to keep the invoices for records. He uses Parseur to automatically extract specific information on the invoices (invoice number, invoice date and the subscription charges) and export those parsed data points to his accounting system such as QuickBooks. This workflow process is fully automated with Parseur whereby he saves countless hours of manual data entry.

Now Samy wants to keep the original invoices as a record for accounting purposes. At the end of each month, he needs to share those with his accountant.

With Parseur, you can store your original emails automatically to your Google Drive Cloud Storage. There’s no need to to manually upload each of your emails or documents to Google Drive. Once set up, each time a new email is received in Parseur, Zapier will upload the file into Google Drive, where you will have all the original documents stored.

Requirements to integrate Google Drive with Parseur

You will need:

  • A configured Parseur mailbox
  • A Zapier account
  • A Google Drive account

Step 1: Create your free Parseur mailbox to collect your email

Parseur is totally and forever free for a limited number of emails sent per month, with all features enabled. Click on the link below to create your Parseur account.

Create my Parseur account
Having a powerful email parsing tool can help you automate your business processes, saving you countless hours of work.

Once your account is created, you will get your Parseur mailbox automatically. You can create an unlimited number of mailboxes depending on which type of emails you want to parse.

For this article, we will choose the option Custom emails so that Samy’s invoice can be saved to Google Drive automatically.

choose Parseur mailbox

Select custom emails (default)

Step 2: Forward your invoice email to your Parseur mailbox

You will receive an email address so that you can send your emails and attachments to your Parseur mailbox.

You can also set up an auto-forwarding rule to forward all your emails automatically to the Parseur mailbox. The email will reach your mailbox in less than 10 seconds!

email received in parseur mailbox

Email received in Parseur mailbox

Once the email attachment is in your mailbox, go to “fields” and click on “extras” and tick “OriginalDocument

With this extra field, the original raw document can be extracted, downloaded and exported:

tick the OriginalDocument field

Tick the OriginalDocument field

For the data extraction process, you can follow our integration article where we showed you how to automate your Quickbooks accounting with Parseur.

Step 3: Send the original email to Google Drive

Go to “Export” on the left hand side of your mailbox, click on “Zapier” and search for “Google Drive

If you cannot find Google Drive in the search results, click on “create zap” and you will be redirected to your Zapier dashboard.

search for Google Drive in parseur mailbox

Search for Google Drive in the Parseur mailbox

Connect Parseur with Zapier

Zapier is a cloud automation tool that connects apps together. Choose “new document processed” as the trigger event.

choose new document processed in Zapier

Choose new document processed in Zapier

Choose your Parseur mailbox and Zapier will retrieve the extracted data.

Select your Parseur mailbox in Zapier

Select your Parseur mailbox

Connect Google Drive with Zapier to save your emails automatically

Choose the action event as “upload file”. You will then be asked to sign in to your Google Drive account.

connect Google Drive to Zapier

Connect Google Drive to Zapier

Once connected, fill in the data fields as per below. Select your Google Drive folder and select the url field when asked for file.

customize fields in Zapier to send the original email to Google Drive

Customize the fields in Zapier; select the OriginalDocument.url field

Test your zap to ensure are uploaded to your Google Drive automatically

Test the integration before you turn the Zap on! With this Google Drive automation, you can save hours of manual work and focus on other aspects of your business.

zapier test successful

Zapier test is successful

email uploaded in Google Drive

Email successfully uploaded in Google Drive

Parseur logo What is Parseur?

Parseur is a powerful email parser software to automatically extract text from emails, attachments and documents and automate your workflow. See Parseur features.

Google Drive logo What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is a file storage that allows you to save and backup your data which you can access at any time. The first 15gb storage is even free. More about Google Drive.

Zapier logo What is Zapier?

Zapier is a cloud automation tool that connects apps together. You can connect two or more apps to automate repetitive tasks without coding or relying on developers to build the integration.