How to Attach Files to an Email From the iPhone

Unlike many email client apps and programs, your iPhone’s native Mail app does not have the familiar Attachment icon to attach files. Instead, use Mail’s Insert Photo or Video option to attach pictures or videos to an outgoing email message. To attach other file types, such as Word documents, PDFs and contact information, use the Share feature from within the app that has the file. The feature automatically attaches the file to the body of a new message in the Mail app.

Use the Mail App

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Open the Mail app, select the email account you want to use and then click the Compose button.

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Double-tap an empty area of the Message box and then tap the arrow to the right of the pop-up menu.

You can also tap and hold an empty area of the Message box to display the pop-up menu.
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Tap Insert Photo or Video to display the list of your saved photos and videos.

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Select the album that has the photo or video you want to add to the message.

Except for Moments, each album displays the number of items it contains.
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Tap the item you want to use. If there are a large number of items, scroll down the screen until you find the item you want.

Only one item at a time can be selected.
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Tap Choose to attach the item to the new message. The item is automatically inserted in the new email's Message box.

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Compose the email message. Add your recipient, enter a subject and add a message in the appropriate fields. Tap Send to email the message with the attachment.

Tap the Subject field's Notification icon to be notified when someone replies to the email message.
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Select an image size if you attached a photo to the message. If you attached a video, you are not prompted to select a size before sending the message.

You cannot send a photo as an attachment unless you choose an image size.
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Use the Share Feature

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Open the app that has the item you want to send as an attachment, such as the Notes app. Browse to the item and then tap the Share icon.

The Share icon resembles an arrow exiting a box.
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Tap the Mail icon to open a New Message screen. The item appears in the body of the new email.

The pop-up box also displays the other apps that support the sharing feature.
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Enter the recipient, select the email account you want to use to send the message and then enter the subject to complete the message. When you are ready to send the message, tap Send.

Tap the To field's Plus button to access your list of contacts.
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Not all apps that use the Share feature display a Share icon. For example, to send a contact's information as a vCard attachment from the native Contacts app, browse to the contact you want to send and then tap Share Contact.

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