attach file when composing email?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by patp, May 12, 2010.

  1. Guest

    Apr 10, 2008
    Love my iPad but am thinking that not being able to attach a file when you're composing a message is kind of silly?

    possible it could be something that OS4 takes care of?

    I understand I can attach a file when I'm in a app like photos etc. But sometimes your replying to or composing a message and need to attach a saved document or picture.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Peter Harrison

    Dec 24, 2009
    If it's an image, just copy/paste. You're replying, then realise you need to add a pic. Exit, copy the pic, go back to the email and paste it in. Plus, attaching via the Photos app actually makes the image smaller. Copy/paste uses the full resolution.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    I think that Apple will have to give us the ability to store and file documents on the iPad first!

    I want to be able to carry my bids with me on the iPad. This is my only complaint and would make my iPad useful in the filed.

    We need the ability to have folders to store these files. Oh, and I guess while I am dreaming, I want a MS Office App;)
  4. macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2007
    It usually works best to know what you want to attach first and then originate the email from within the source app -- Pages, Keynote, GoodReader, etc. Sometimes you can copy paste/paste, but i have found that tends not to come through as a usable file, like keynote will give you a jpeg of the slide, not a keynote file. Definitely a limitation.
  5. macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    The most likely reason for this is allowing any type of attachment could open the door for nasty little viruses. Code that would execute just by selecting the file.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    san diego
    check into the 'dropbox' app
  7. macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2008
    Goodreader works perfect for emailing documents.
  8. macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2011
    I bought an iPad and sending e-mails with multiple attachments is very essential for me, but obviously you can't do it on iPad or any iOS device.

    Butt!!! I found a solution. For example I have to send my cv and cover letter to many people and firstly I sent the mail with 2 attachments to my mail address from a computer ! Then I opened the mail on iPad. Now I just forward the email to different emails.

  9. macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    This is incorrect.

    As mentioned above, you can send any attachment via Dropbox to anyone.

    Of course if you jailbreak your device, you can add attachments with ease from within the built in mail app. I love having my idevices jailbroken.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011

    Worth noting, of course, that to have an (untethered) jailbroken iPad requires being at least four OS updates behind the current 5.0.1 version. But if you're willing to do that the iPad "just works." Otherwise, not so much.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    I agree that not being able to add attachments via the built in email app is a serious omission by Apple!

    But, as I said, you can email any attachment you like via Dropbox and that does not require a jailbreak.

    Of note, the Chronic dev team posted last night about an iOS 5 untethered jailbreak.
  12. Mdifilm, Nov 27, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2011

    macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2010
    The way I would do it is copy the email address of the person I need to email a doc to and then go to the document to go or good reader app and email the doc to the person... The only thing that you wouldn't have is the replies to be attached...

    Here is a how to with good reader.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    It's not an "omission." It's an inherent characteristic of the closed app architecture Apple uses. Third party apps such as Dropbox may pass data to the Apple email app but the email app cannot access attachments stored with other apps. There are justifications for Apple's approach, primarily in terms of reducing the likelihood that viruses and malware can infect the operating system. But the architecture itself imposes a number of inconvenient workarounds such as this.

    As for an untethered jailbreak. Well, let's just say the news is something less than earth shaking.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2012
    it's not like this

    With Dropbox you don't really send anything, That's not how Dropbox works. You just share it.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2012
    open in a broswer

    True .. it is silly to not have the "attach" button while you compose emails. Being a Graphic Designer I deal with attachments in almost all my emails.

    The answer to this is to open your email from a browser. You will have all your buttons and features that you re used to! :D
  16. macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    ...and then, where are you going to attach the files from?
  17. Anti-Lucifer, Aug 14, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    You can insert a picture or video just by tapping on the email body. Is included in ios6.[​IMG]

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