How To Attach A Photo From My Phone To An Email 

Sending photos from your phone to friends, family and colleagues is a super effective and fast way to send images whilst retaining their full quality and resolution.

To learn how to attach photos from your phone to an email in two different ways, see our step-by-step tutorials below. For all other information and questions, see our FAQs.

How to attach a photo to an email from the email app

  1. On your phone, open up your preferred email app and compose a new email
  2. Enter the email address(es) of your recipient(s), a subject heading, and some text into the body of the email

  3. Look for and tap on the ‘Attach’ icon (which looks like a paperclip)
  4. Select where you wish to search for the photo from the pop-up menu (for example, ‘Gallery’ app, ‘Photo Library’, or ‘From my device’)
  5. Navigate to the folder containing the photo(s) you wish to attach to your email
    1. If you want to attach just ONE photo: Tap on the photo to attach it
    2. If you want to attach MULTIPLE photos: Tap and hold the first photo to select it, then tap each subsequent photo to also select them, then finish by tapping ‘OK’, the check mark, or ‘Select’
  6. Send the email once the photo attachments have finished uploading to it

How to attach a photo to an email from your photo library

  1. On your phone, open your photo gallery/folder and find the photo(s) you wish to attach to an email
  2. Select all photos you wish to attach by tapping and holding the first one, and then tapping each subsequent one after that
  3. Next, tap the ‘Share’ icon
  4. From the pop-up Share menu, select which email app you wish to use to send your photos via email
  5. Your photos will automatically attach to a new blank email template; finally, enter your recipient’s address(es), a subject heading, and some body text

  6. Lastly, hit ‘Send’

That’s all you need to know to attach a photo (or several) from your phone to an email. If you have any further questions, see the FAQs below.


Should I keep the photo’s original size or reduce it for the email?

If you want to prioritize the quality and resolution of the photo(s) you’re sending via email on your phone, then you should elect to keep the photo’s original size when you attach it. If, on the other hand, you have a lot of photos to send, and you need to prioritize space (emails usually only allow you to send up to 20MB of media at one time), then you should instead opt to reduce your photos’ sizes.

What email apps can I use to send a photo from my phone?

No matter whether you’re an iPhone or Android smartphone user, you can use any number of email apps to send photos from your phone. Usually, the app you may choose to use depends on the email account you wish to send your phone’s photos from.

For example, if you wish to send them from your personal Gmail account, you should use the Gmail app. On the other hand, if you need to send them from a professional work Hotmail account, say, then you may opt to use the Outlook app instead.