iCloud: Add an attachment to an email

Add an attachment to an email

When you use iCloud Mail, you can attach one or more files, such as a photo or a Pages document, to an email message.

If you want to attach files that are too large to send in email, you can use Mail Drop. It delivers large attachments by uploading them to iCloud when you send your message. If recipients use the Mail app on, they see low-resolution versions of image attachments in the message and can download full-resolution images. For other kinds of attachments or other email apps, recipients see a link to download the attachments from iCloud. Recipients can download Mail Drop attachments for 30 days after they’re sent.

iCloud Mail offers to use Mail Drop if message size, including attachments, exceeds 20 MB.

Use Mail Drop for large attachments

If you want to use Mail Drop to deliver large attachments, make sure it’s turned on in iCloud Mail preferences.

  1. In iCloud Mail, choose Preferences from the Action pop-up menu in the sidebar.

  2. Click Composing, then select “Use Mail Drop when sending large attachments.”

  3. Click Done.

Add an attachment

  1. While writing a new email message, click the Attach button at the top of the message window.

  2. Select the files you want to attach, then click the Choose button to begin uploading the files.

    If your attachments are too large to send in email, iCloud Mail asks if you want to deliver the attachments using Mail Drop. If you agree, Mail Drop uploads the attachments to iCloud.

    To select several adjacent files, click the first one, then Shift-click the last one. To select multiple nonadjacent files, Command-click them on a Mac or Control-click them on a Windows computer.

    When the upload is complete, the attached files are listed above the message you’re writing.

    To attach more files, repeat steps 1 and 2.

You can also simply drag files into your message.

If you use Internet Explorer 9, drag and drop requires an add-on.
If you use Internet Explorer 9, drag and drop requires an add-on and Mail Drop isn’t supported.
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Delete an attachment

In the Mail Message window, click the Delete icon next to the attachment’s filename.

For information about including original attachments in a reply, see Reply to or forward an email.

Note:   A large message may be undeliverable even if it’s smaller than the iCloud Mail message maximum of 20 MB including attachments. A recipient’s email app might have a smaller message size limit. Your Internet service provider (ISP) might also have a smaller message size limit. If a message is returned to you because it exceeds the maximum size, send the contents of your message in multiple email messages, or use compression software, such as the Compress feature on a Mac, to make your attachments as small as possible.
Last Modified: Oct 30, 2014
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