Working with Attachments in Mail iOS 9

Add attachments to and from Mail

iOS 9 finally allows you to save attachments or add attachments to emails from iCloud Drive or another Cloud location like Google Drive or Dropbox  in the Mail app.

Currently, if you want to save an attachment in the Mail app, you have to open the attachment using a third-party app using the Open in option, and then export it to iCloud Drive. While composing an email, you cannot attach any file, you can only add photos from your Camera roll.

If you wanted to add any other type of file as an attachment to an email, then you had to do it using the app that was used to create or edit it, which was quite cumbersome.

At the same time, you can now "Mark up" your attachment - writing or typing text, highlighting, sketch and draw on the attachment.

Save attachment from a mail message

  • Open the email with the attachment.

  • Tap to download the file, if it has not been downloaded automatically.Tap and hold on the attachment. It will open the Share sheet.

  • Swipe to the right on the bottom row of icons to access Save Attachment icon Tap on the icon.

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It will open iCloud Drive document picker. You can select the folder you want to save the email attachment and then tap on Export to this Location at the bottom to save the file to iCloud Drive.

You also have the option to change the Locations (an option available at the top left corner). This allows you to save the files directly to third-party storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive etc.  This gives you the ability to save attachments directly to Dropbox, Google Drive etc. within the iCloud Document picker, instead of using the “Open in” option.

 

Add attachment to an email in Mail app

  • Tap on the Compose icon at the top right corner to write a new email.
  • Tap and hold in the body area.
  • It will bring up the Action menu. Tap on the right arrow until you see the Add Attachment option.
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  • This will open the iCloud Drive again or you can tap Locations and select another Cloud service.
  • Tap on the document to attach it to the email.
HERE, I've selected my Google drive. mail has accessed google drive and i've selected the folder and from there i can tap a file to add it as an attachment.

HERE, I've selected my Google drive. mail has accessed google drive and i've selected the folder and from there i can tap a file to add it as an attachment.

That’s it. The file will be attached to the email. Tap on the Send button once you’re ready to send your email with the attachment.

If you want to attach multiple files to an email, then you need to repeat the above process. You don’t have the option to attach multiple files at once currently when you’re adding attachments to the email.