How to Add Attachments in Mail on the iPhone

You can add all types of attachments to Mail on iPhone. Being able to add attachments to your emails on the go allows you to be productive just about anywhere. You can attach a PDF, doc, and more. You’re able to do this because of iCloud Drive with iOS 9 or later and the Files app with iOS 11 or later. Here’s how to add attachments in Mail on iPhone.

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How to Add Attachments in Mail

  • Open Mail.

  • Start a new message by tapping the pencil and paper icon in the bottom right corner.

  • In the body text of the email, double tap.

  • Tap the arrow.

  • Select Add Attachment.

  • iCloud Drive will pop up. If you’re using iOS 11, the Files app will pop up.

  • Find the file you want to attach.

  • I’m using the iOS 11 beta, so I’m seeing the Files app. Here, I can find Recents or Browse the entirety of my iCloud files.

  • Tap on a file to attach it. You can also attach photos, videos, and other files.

  • Once you’ve attached the files, photo, or other media as an attachment in Mail, enter the other information such as Subject Line, To, and any message you want to include. Then tap Send.  

*iOS 11 beta screenshots may appear slightly different but instructions should be the same.

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