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 lets you upload attachments up to 5 GB and send a link or preview to your recipients. If recipients use the Mail app on iCloud.com, they see previews 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.

Use Mail Drop for large attachments

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

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

  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 and Mail Drop isn’t supported. See the Apple Support article Windows browser plug-ins, extensions, and add-ons.

Remove an attachment

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

You can’t remove files already sent with Mail Drop. They expire after 30 days.

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

Note:   If you send an email with large attachments, it might be returned by the recipient’s email service because your email exceeds the size limit set by that email service. You can try sending the contents of your message in multiple email messages, or using compression software, such as the Compress feature on a Mac, to make your attachments as small as possible.
Last Modified: Oct 9, 2015
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