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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How to send email with attachment over android and how to import files from download folder

Hi there!

Today i'm gonna show how to attach a file as attachment and send it over your smartphone using Android. This is specially good if you want users to send you feedbacks or you are trying to backup something.

I had specially problems with attachments because out there was a lot of content but no one completed. Just code snippets and fragments. Here you'll find a complete and working example!

Preparing Attachments

Before you can send attachments, you must create a file in an external directory of your choice before trying to send it. I tryed several approaches and no one has worked for me. Only this one! So, first of all save your data, for example, like this bellow:

    private static final String DATABASE_NAME = "yourDatabaseName.db";
    private static final String SEPARATOR = File.separator;
    public static final String BACKUP = SEPARATOR+DATABASE_NAME;
    public final String packageName = context.getPackageName();
    public static final String DB_FILEPATH = "/data/data/" + packageName + "/databases/"+DATABASE_NAME;
    public void backupDatabase() throws IOException {

        if (isSDCardWriteable()) {
            // Open your local db as the input stream
            String inFileName = DB_FILEPATH;
            File dbFile = new File(inFileName);
            FileInputStream fis = new FileInputStream(dbFile);

            String outFileName = Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory()+ BACKUP;
            // Open the empty db as the output stream
            OutputStream output = new FileOutputStream(outFileName);
            // transfer bytes from the inputfile to the outputfile
            byte[] buffer = new byte[1024];
            int length;
            while ((length = > 0) {
                output.write(buffer, 0, length);
            // Close the streams

    private boolean isSDCardWriteable() {
        boolean rc = false;
        String state = Environment.getExternalStorageState();
        if (Environment.MEDIA_MOUNTED.equals(state)) {
            rc = true;
        return rc;

Email Intent

Das is the method responsible for sending emails.

    public void backupOverEmail(String[] toEmails) throws IOException {
        String fileName = BACKUP;
        File file = new File(Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory() + fileName);
        Uri path = Uri.fromFile(file);
        Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND);
        intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "Backup");
        intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_EMAIL, toEmails);
        intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, "Backup database\n");
        intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_STREAM, path);
        context.startActivity(Intent.createChooser(intent, "Send mail..."));

Importing Files 

To import your files, you may use this:

    public void copyFile(FileInputStream fromFile, FileOutputStream toFile) throws IOException {
        FileChannel fromChannel = null;
        FileChannel toChannel = null;
        try {
            fromChannel = fromFile.getChannel();
            toChannel = toFile.getChannel();
            fromChannel.transferTo(0, fromChannel.size(), toChannel);
        } finally {
            try {
                if (fromChannel != null) {
            } finally {
                if (toChannel != null) {
    public boolean importDatabase() throws IOException {

        // import backup from download folder
        String dbPath = Environment.getExternalStoragePublicDirectory(Environment.DIRECTORY_DOWNLOADS) + BACKUP;
        // Close the SQLiteOpenHelper so it will
        // commit the created empty database to internal storage.
        File newDb = new File(dbPath);
        File oldDb = new File(DB_FILEPATH);
        if (newDb.exists()) {
            copyFile(new FileInputStream(newDb), new FileOutputStream(oldDb));
            // Access the copied database so SQLiteHelper
            // will cache it and mark it as created.
            return true;
        return false;

That's alll. Hope you like it.

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