Use Markup on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

With iOS 12, there are even more Markup tools that you can use. You can edit screenshots and photos, select different opacity and font thickness, and even add a signature to a PDF document.

Apps and features that use Markup

Here are some apps that you can use with Markup and steps to get started:


  1. Open Mail and tap  to start a new email. Or reply to an existing email.
  2. Tap inside the body of your email, then tap Insert Photo or Video or Add Attachment. You might need to tap  to scroll through the options.
  3. Find the photo or PDF that you want to attach and mark up, then tap Choose.
  4. Tap the attachment, then tap Markup . Tap plus sign icon to add a signature, text, and more.
  5. Tap Done, then send your email.


  1. Open Messages and tap   to start a new conversation. Or go to an existing conversation.
  2. Tap  and select a photo.
  3. Tap the photo in the message, then tap Markup. From here, you can add a sketch to the photo, or tap plus sign icon for other Markup options.
  4. Tap Save, then tap Done.
  5. Tap  to send.


  1. Go to Photos and select the photo you want.
  2. Tap Edit, tap , then tap Markup . Tap plus sign icon to add text, shapes, and more.
  3. Tap Done, then tap Done again.

Draw with Markup

After you choose a Markup tool, like the pen , highlighter , or pencil , select a color and start drawing. Tap the same tool again to change the color opacity, or tap another tool to change the thickness. You can also tap  to change color shades.

Move a drawing

After you draw something, you can move it around. Tap the Lasso  tool, trace a circle around the drawing that you want to move, then drag it where you want it.

Erase or undo a drawing

To redo a drawing, tap  and rub your finger across the area you want to erase. You can also undo any markup action by using undo icon. If you accidentally undo a markup, you can shake your device and tap Redo.

Add text, a signature, magnifier, and shapes

Tap plus sign icon to choose from other Markup tools:


Tap the circle to choose a different text color, then tap text adjustment icon to adjust the font, size, and alignment.


Quickly add or create a signature for a document.

Drag the loupe around, use the blue dot to adjust the size, and the green dot to increase or decrease the magnification level.

Tap a shape to add it to your screenshot, photo, or PDF. Drag the shape to where you want it and use the blue dots to adjust the size and shape. Use the green dots to adjust the arrow's curve and the speech bubble's appearance.

Do more with Markup

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