We have previously discussed different ways to customize the behavior of the Mail app on your iPhone 5, such as how to set the default email account, but there are some other helpful things you can learn that more directly affect your iPhone 5 usage. One such piece of information is how to insert an image into a new message while you are writing an email. Most of the simplest ways to share items on your iPhone 5, whether they are pictures or website links, involve going to the item you want to share, then using the Share button associated with that item to do so. But this isn’t always a realistic option. You can often find yourself writing a message, then realizing that you need to insert a picture from your camera roll into the already in-progress message. Fortunately it is possible to do that by taking advantage of a (somewhat) hidden option in the Mail app.
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Attach a Picture to an Email on the iPhone 5
The use of the word “attach” might be a bit of a misnomer, as the image will actually be inserted directly into the message for many mail clients. But the methodology and process are the important part, as the other option is to start the email with the picture, then work around the already-inserted picture. The end result would be the same, but the steps are different. So read below to learn how to attach a picture to an email that you have already started writing in iOS 6 on the iPhone 5.
Step 1: Tap the Mail icon.
Step 2: Tap the New Message icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Press and hold your finger in the body of the email, then release your finger to see the pop-up in the window below. Tap the Insert Photo or Video option.
Note that, if you have already started writing the body of the email, you will see the options below instead. Simply press the right arrow to be given the Insert Photo or Video option.
Step 4: Select the album containing the picture you want to insert.
Step 5: Select the individual image you wish to add to the email by tapping the thumbnail image of that picture.
Step 6: Press the Choose button at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
The image should now be shown directly in the body of the email message.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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