iOS 9 New Features – How to add File Attachments in the Mail App.
Prior to iOS 9 you could insert images and video into a new message directly from the Mail App but not file attachments. A new feature, “Add Attachment”, allows you to attach a copy of the document directly within the Mail app using iCloud Drive, a new app automatically installed with the new operating system.
This new feature in iOS 9 is long overdue! It is simple to do but there are a few things you should know. Watch the Quick Tip Video above to see: How to Add File Attachments in the Mail App.
You can attach any type of file – Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Pages, etc as long as it is stored in iCloud drive. You cannot navigate outside of iCloud Drive to other apps to attach a file.
How to share files not stored in iCloud Drive
If you have files stored in Dropbox or other apps you can still share those files in a mail message but not from directly within the Mail app. Most apps will send a link to the file and not actually send a copy of the file.
To share a link to a file within most apps: go to the App, find the file you want to share then press the share icon. This will bring up a menu of options for sharing including: Mail, Facebook, Messages, etc. In most cases this will send a link to the file and not attach a copy.
Here in one example on how this works from within Dropbox.
How To Share a Document Link in Dropbox:
- Go to the Dropbox App.
- Navigate to the folder with the file you wish to share.
- Tap to open the desired file.
- Tap the Share icon (in the upper right corner).
Mail should show up as an option along with many other options (like Facebook, Messages, etc)
- Tap Mail.
A link to the file is automatically generated and copied to a new mail message.
- Finish addressing the message and tap send.
Sharing files through this method has been around for some time. Attaching a copy of the file is new to iOS 9.
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