How to Attach a Photo to an Email Message on the iPad

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How to Attach a Photo to an Email

Have you ever wanted to attach a photo to an email message?  There are a few ways of accomplishing this, but if you are new to the iPad, they might not be readily apparent.  We'll cover two of the most popular ways of attaching photos to email messages.   You can attach photos starting in the Photos app or in the Mail app.  We'll start with attaching the photo from withing the Photos app.  

  1. Open the Photos app and locate the photo you want to email. (Find out how to launch the Photos app quickly without hunting for it.)  
  2. Tap the share button at the top of the screen. It's the button that has an arrow coming out of a box.
  3. If you want to attach multiple photos, you can do so from the screen that appears after you tap the share button.  Simply tap each photo you want to attach to the email message.  You can scroll through the photos by swiping from left to right or from right to left.  
  4. To attach the photo(s), tap the Mail button.  It is located near the bottom of the screen, usually just above the Slideshow button.  
  5. When you tap the Mail button, a new mail message will appear from within the Photos app.  There's no need to launch Mail.  You can type out your email message and send it from within the Photos app.

This is a great way of sending photos to family and friends, but what if you are already composing an email message?  There's no need to stop what you are doing and launch Photos to attach an image to your message.  You can do it from within the Mail app.

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How to Attach Multiple Photos to Email on Your iPad

The most natural way to attach a photo to an email message is to simply do so within the iPad's Mail app.  There are actually several ways you can attach a picture to your email message from within the Mail app.  

  1. First, begin by composing a new message.  
  2. You can attach a photo anywhere in the message by tapping once inside the body of the message.  This will bring up a menu that includes the option to "Insert Photo or Video".  Tapping this button will bring up a window with your photos in it.  You can navigate to different albums to find your photo.  When you have it selected, tap the "Use" button in the upper-right corner of the window.
  3. Apple also added a button to the on-screen keyboard that allows you to quickly attach a photo to the message.  This button looks like a camera and is located on the upper-right side of the keyboard just above the backspace button.  This is a great way of attaching a photo while you are typing.
  4. You can attach multiple photos by simply repeating these directions.  

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Did You Know:  You can also attach files to an email message by tapping the paperclip button located to the right of the camera button on the on-screen keyboard.   This will bring up an iCloud Drive window, allowing you to attach documents from any app that uses iCloud Drive.  If you have a cloud-based service like Dropbox, you can add this to your Locations by tapping Locations and tapping the More option.

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