How to Send Images With iPhone Mail

Attach files to an email on your iPhone to send them to anyone

iPhone Mail lets you share photos easily. Sending just one or even a handful of pictures can be done in just a few taps.

Emailing photos on your iPhone is ideal because Mail is built-in to your phone. This makes sharing much quicker than using other file transfer methods such as cloud storage services.

The screenshots in these directions apply to the latest version of Mail and Photos for iOS 12, but the steps should also work for older versions of iPhone.

How to Send a Photo or Image With iPhone Mail

Follow these steps to insert a photo (or video) into an email in iPhone Mail or iPad Mail:

  1. Determine where in the email you want the pictures or videos to be placed. When you find it, tap and hold on that area.

  2. Select Insert Photo or Video from the pop-up menu. You might have to tap one of the menu's arrow buttons to find it.

  3. Browse through your phone until you find the file you want to attach, and then select Choose.

    Insert Photo of Video, Choose, Send in iOS Mail

    You can repeat these first three steps until you're finished attaching images and/or videos to the email.

    To insert something — such as another file or some text — below an image or video that you've already attached, tap the right side of the image/video and press return.

  4. Finish editing the email if you need to, and then choose Send to email the photos or videos.

If your total message size (including text and attachments) is determined to be too large, Mail will offer to shrink the image or images to smaller dimensions. However, you can still choose the original size option if you're presented with that decision.

Another way to send photos from your iPhone is to start in the Photos app. This might be an easier method if you're sending lots of photos and/or videos. You can still add text like a normal email, but all the files will be imported into Mail at once.

  1. Open the Photos app.

  2. Open the album that has the images/videos you want to email.

  3. Tap Select at the top and then choose all the files you want to send over email.

  4. Select the share button on the bottom menu and then choose Mail, or Email if you're not using a modern version of iOS.

    iOS Photos app sending images via Mail

    This share option is also how you'd email photos or videos from a different app. For example, maybe your images are stored in a cloud storage service but you want to email one of them from your phone. Just open the picture in the other app and use this share button to open it in Mail to send it off.

  5. Fill out the email like normal and then tap Send to email the photos and videos.

Tips for Sending Photos From Your iPhone

If when selecting photos to email, you don't see the ones you want to send, they might be hidden from the current view. Tap the arrow or Albums link at the top to find all your photo albums, one of which will be storing the image.

If the particular photo you want to email isn't stored on your phone, you need to save it to Photos first, which you can do in most apps by holding your finger down on the image and selecting Save Image. Other apps might have a specific menu for downloading photos/videos to your iPhone.

To email photos from your iPhone that you took from a camera, you'll have to transfer them to your phone first.

iPhone doesn't let you send photos over email that you've already deleted. To do that, you have to recover them from the deleted folder first, and then email them normally like described above.