Learn to Correctly Send an Attachment With Yahoo Mail

Send pictures, documents, and other types of files up to 25MB

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You can attach any file type to an email message with your Yahoo Mail account. The maximum message size limit is 25MB, which includes all the elements in the email such as text and encoding. Learn how to send images, spreadsheets, PDFs, and other files as attachments in Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Mail Basic, and Yahoo Mail Classic.

How to Attach a File in Yahoo Mail

To attach one or more files to a message you are composing in Yahoo Mail:

  1. Create a new message in Yahoo Mail and select the Attach File icon (it looks like a paperclip) in the message toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

    Create a new message in Yahoo Mail and select the Attach File icon (it looks like a paperclip) in the message toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Locate and highlight the file you want to attach, then select Open.

    Locate and highlight the file you want to attach, then select Open.
  3. Compose your message and send the email.

How to Send Large Attachments With Yahoo Mail

For attachments exceeding 25MB in size, Yahoo Mail suggests using Dropbox or another large-file transfer service. Such services let you upload large files to a company's server, and it sends an email or provides a link for you to send in an email to your recipient. The recipient downloads the file directly from the transfer service website.

Send an Attachment With Yahoo Mail Basic

To attach a document from your computer to an email using Yahoo Mail Basic.

  1. Compose a new message and select Attach Files next to the subject line.

    Compose a new message and select Attach Files next to the subject line.
  2. Select Choose File.

    Select Choose File.
  3. Locate and highlight the file you want to attach, then select Open. You can add up to five files this way.

    Locate and highlight the file you want to attach, then select Open. You can add up to five files this way.
  4. Select Attach Files in the purple tool bar.

    Select Attach Files in the purple tool bar.
  5. Compose your message and send the email.

Send an Attachment With Yahoo Mail Classic

It is no longer possible to revert to the classic version of Yahoo Mail. The instructions below are for historical reference.

  1. While composing a message, follow the Attach Files link.

  2. Select Browse to select one file you want to attach to your computer.

  3. Click Attach Files.

  4. To add more files, select Attach More Files. Yahoo Mail Classic grabs the files from your computer and attaches them to the message you are currently composing. Additionally, every file you attach is scanned for known viruses automatically.

  5. Select Done to close the attachments window and return to the message composition page.