How to Add Email Attachments in Mail for iPhone & iPad


How to Add Email Attachments in Mail for iPhone & iPad

Mail icon for iOS Mail app in iOS allows users to easily add any type of file attachment to an email, as long as the attachment in question is coming from an associated iCloud Drive. This means you can add files from Pages, Microsoft Office documents, PDF, PSD, text and rtf files, or just about anything else, directly to an email on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The selected file(s) will behave just like a regular email attachment sent from a desktop email client too. Let’s walk through the steps for how to add attachments to emails in iOS.


This ability requires iCloud Drive in iOS to use as described, which means the files you can attach to the email must be stored on iCloud Drive, either through an app or if you have copied them there manually from a related Mac. You’ll also need to be running a modern version of iOS, anything after the 9.0 release will have this ability. Without iCloud Drive you won’t have access to the file attachment feature, but you can still attach photos and videos to emails as usual.

How to Add Email Attachments to Mail Messages in iOS

This works the same to add attachments to any emails within the Mail app on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Open Mail app in iOS and compose a new email as usual (you can also reply to existing emails and attach a file to a reply, or add attachments to forwarded emails too)
  2. Tap and hold in the body section of the email until you see the familiar black pop-up bar with various options for copying, pasting, etc, and tap on the arrow on the far right until you see “Add Attachment”
  3. Add an attachment to email in iOS Mail app

  4. This launches an iCloud Drive browser, so navigate to the file(s) you wish to attach to the email and touch the document or file to “Add” to the email
  5. Selecting a file to attach to email in Mail iOS from iCloud Drive

  6. Fill out the email as usual and send it
  7. Send an email with attachment in Mail for iOS

The chosen file actually attaches to the email, just like it would from a desktop email client. This assumes the attachment is an appropriate size, as a large file sent through Mail will offer an iCloud Mail Drop link when sent from iOS instead.

If you’re on the receiving end of an email attachment in iOS, you can choose to save the attachment to iCloud Drive, or in some cases you can save the attachment to iBooks if it’s a file that can be ready by the program, like a DOC or DOCX file, PDF, or text document.

If you send and receive many email attachments from an iPhone or iPad, you may want to enable an Attachments inbox in Mail for iOS which makes it easy to view only emails with attached files.

This is a pretty easy way to attach files to emails in iOS, though it’s not quite as quick as the drag and drop method for Mail on Mac, where you can simply drag a file onto the Mail icon to compose a message with said file attached to a new email.

How to add and manage calendar events on iPhone and iPad


How to add and manage calendar events on iPhone and iPad

Calendar for iPhone and iPad means never missing and appointment — or party! — again!

The Calendar app for iPhone and iPad provides a great way to keep track of all your appointments and events. While it’s faster to use Siri to create basic events to add to your calendar, if you need more precise control, or if you want to edit existing event details, you can also do it the old fashioned way — by tapping your way through all the options!

  • How to create a calendar event on your iPhone or iPad
  • How to edit a calendar event on your iPhone or iPad
  • How to delete a calendar event on your iPhone or iPad
  • How to add links and notes to calendar events on iPhone and iPad
  • How to view links and notes in calendar events on iPhone and iPad
  • How to get travel times with Calendar for iPhone and iPad

How to create a calendar event on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the plus sign in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Enter a title, date, and time to your event. You can also enter an exact location if you wish.

  4. Next, choose if you want the event to be an all day event. Turn this option off if the event has a specific time. You’ll then see dates and times you can edit and change.
  5. If your event repeats, you can customize it to do so.

    • Tap Repeat.
    • Choose how often your event will repeat.

      Turn on all day event, tap repeat, choose how often

  6. Next choose an alert if you’d like to be notified of an event.

    • Tap Alert.
    • Choose when you’d like to be alerted.

      Tap Alert, choose when to be alerted

  7. Enter a URL if there is a website associated with your event.
  8. Tap Add in the upper right hand corner in order to save your entry.

    Enter URL, tap Add

How to edit a calendar event on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the month during which your event takes place.
  3. Tap the day on which your event takes place. It will be denoted by a gray dot.

    Launch Calendar, tap the month, tap the day

  4. Tap the event that you’d like to edit.
  5. Tap on Edit in the upper right hand corner.
  6. Edit anything you need to and then tap Done in the upper right hand corner to save your changes.

    Choose an event, tap edit, edit, and tap done

How to delete a calendar event on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the month in which your event takes place.
  3. Tap the day on which your event takes place. It’ll be denoted by a gray dot.

    Launch Calendar, tap the month, tap the day

  4. Tap the event that you’d like to delete.
  5. Tap on Delete Event — it’s all the way at the bottom.
  6. Tap on Delete Event one more time when it pops up in order to confirm the delete.

    Choose event, tap delete event, tap delete even

That’s all there is to adding, editing, and deleting Calendar events. Now you can fill up your calendar, form a cocoon, and very soon emerge as a social butterfly! Or, something less visual and creepy. Whatever.

How to add links and notes to calendar events on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the plus sign in the upper right hand corner to add an event like you’d normally do.
  3. Scroll down to see the URL and Notes fields.

    Launch Calendar, tap add, tap the fields

  4. Tap the field in which you’d like to enter information and do so accordingly.
  5. Tap Add at the top right to save your event.

    Tap the fields, enter your info, tao Add

You can now tap on URLs and view notes attached to the event, as can anyone you share the event with.

How to view links and notes in calendar events on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the event you’d like to view.
  3. Tap on the event that has a URL or notes attached.
  4. Tap the URL or note you’d like to view.
  5. The URL will load automatically in Safari or the appropriate app.

    Launch Calendar, tap the event, tap the URL or note to view

How to get travel times with Calendar for iPhone and iPad

Have a lot of appointments and meetings to juggle? Would it make your life a little easier to be able to easily see how long it will take you to get from one place to another? Apple’s Calendar can use location information to figure out just that, and best of all, it’s easy!

  1. Launch the Calendar app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the event you’d like to calculate a travel time for or create a new one.
  3. Tap on Edit at the top right.
  4. Tap on Travel Time.

    Tap the event, tap Edit, tap Travel Time

  5. Turn On travel time.
  6. Tap on Starting Location and tell Calendar your starting location either by entering an address or the name of a place or business.
  7. Tap on Based on location for either driving or walking directions.

    Turn on Travel Times, tap Starting Location or  Based on Location

  8. Tap on Edit Event at the top.
  9. Tap Done.
  10. Look for travel time under the date area.

    Tap Edit Event, Done

How to move a calendar event or appointment on iPhone or iPad by dragging and dropping

If you need to quickly change the time of an event or appointment in your iPhone or iPad’s Calendar, the today view gives you an incredibly easy way of doing so by dragging and dropping instead of entering into edit mode for each event you need to change.

  1. Launch the Calendar app from you Home screen.
  2. Toggle list view off at the top if it isn’t already.
  3. Tap on the day you need to switch things around for.
  4. Press and hold on the event you need to change the time for. It will change to a darker color.
  5. Drag the event to the time you need to move it to and release it when it’s at the correct time.

    Tap the day, tap and hold the event, drag it to the time you'd like to move it