Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Attach a Photo to an Email Message on the iPhone or iPad Send pictures on your iOS devices by Daniel Nations Writer Daniel Nations has been a tech journalist since 1994. His work has appeared in Computer Currents, The Examiner, The Spruce, and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Daniel Nations Updated on April 27, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Apr 09, 2020 Jon Fisher Apple iPad Macs Tweet Share Email Just like on a desktop computer, you can include photo attachments in emails you send from your iPhone or iPad. You have a couple of options for how to do this; two of them are the Photos app and the Mail app. If you have an iPad, you can also pull both programs up on your screen to attach several photos to your email message. Lifewire / Maddy Price These instructions apply to devices running iOS 9 or later using Apple's Mail and Photos apps. How to Attach a Photo to an Email Using the Photos App This approach dedicates the entire screen to select the photo, making it easier to pick the right one. Open the Photos app and locate the photo you want to email. Tap the Share button. It's the button that has an arrow coming out of a box. To share several photos, tap each one you want to attach to the email message. Scroll through the images by swiping from left to right or from right to left. A blue checkmark will appear next to the photos you select. To attach the photo(s), tap the Mail button. When you tap the Mail button, a new mail message will appear. Type your email message and send it from within the Photos app. How to Attach Photos From the Mail App If you're already writing an email in the Mail app and want to attach a photo, follow these steps: Tap inside the body of the message to open a menu that includes the option to Insert Photo or Video. (You might have to tap the right arrow first.) Tapping this button activates a window with your photos in it. Tap the one you want to send, and then tap the Choose button in the upper-right corner of the window. On an iPhone, you can't attach more than one photo simultaneously, but you can send more than one photo in an email. Repeat these steps to attach multiple images. On an iPad running iPadOS 13 or later, you can select multiple images and tap x when you're done. To take a new photo to attach to an email (iPad-only), tap the Camera button on the keyboard. After you've attached your photos, send the email as normal. How to Use the iPad's Multitasking to Attach Several Images Attach several photos using the iPad's drag-and-drop feature and its multitasking abilities to move photos into your email message. The iPad's multitasking feature works by interacting with the dock, so you'll need access to the Photos app from the dock. However, you do not need to drag the Photos icon to the dock, you simply need to launch Photos before you launch the Mail app. The dock displays the last few apps opened on the far right side. Inside of a new mail message, do the following: Start a new message in the Mail app, and then slide your finger up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the dock. Don't slide your finger more than an inch, or the iPad will transition into the task-switching screen. Tap and hold the Photos icon until it expands slightly. Drag the icon to one side of the screen. It's compatible with Split View, so it'll have a rectangle around it. When you reach one side of the screen, a black area will open that you can drop the icon into. When you lift your finger, the Photos app will launch on that side of the screen. Use it as usual. When you've located a photo you want to add to the mail message, tap and hold it, again waiting a second for it to expand. Drag it to your email message and lift your finger to drop it. While you're dragging one image, you can tap more to add them to the "stack" of photos. Drop them all at once to add multiple images to your email. Finish your email, and then send it.