Sunday, 27 September 2015

Saving Mail Attachments in iOS 9

Though email attachments are a well-established fact of life, past versions of iOS haven’t always made them easy to work with. Fortunately, that changes in iOS 9: It’s now a lot easier to add attachments to, and to save attachments from, Mail messages. The new iOS finally brings to the iPhone and iPad abilities that Android users have enjoyed for some time now.

Adding an attachment

In the past, creating an email with an attachment in iOS meant going to the app in which the file was created and hoping it gave you the option of sharing the file via email.
In iOS 9, the process is more traditional: You fire up Mail on your iOS device and start a new message. You then tap on the insertion point and, from the resulting pop-up menu, choose Add Attachment. (On the iPad, it’s even easier: you just tap the paperclip icon that appears in the top right of the keyboard when you’re in the body of the message.)
A Document Chooser appears, letting you choose from files stored in iCloud Drive. (By default they’re organized by the app in which they were created, but you can use the iCloud Drive app to rearrange them if you like.)

Should your file be somewhere other than iCloud, don’t fret: Tap the Locations button in the top-left corner of the window for a list of other storage providers registered with your device. These are generally apps that have their own local storage or those (such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) that let you access remote storage.
Once you’ve located the file you want, tap it; an icon should appear in the body of your message, indicating that the attachment was successful.

Saving an attachment

Saving attachments from Mail is just as easy. Next time you receive a message to which somebody has attached a file, just tap and hold on that attachment until a Share sheet pops up. In the bottom row of icons, choose Save Attachment. (You may need to swipe left until it appears.)
Once again, a Document Chooser will open, displaying your iCloud Drive. Choose the folder in which you’d like to store the document, then tap the Move to This Location button at the bottom.
As when adding an attachment, you can also save to other storage locations, provided you have the appropriate apps installed. Tap the Locations button at the top left of the initial screen to choose another storage provider, and follow the same steps as with iCloud Drive. (Note that not all locations from which you can add attachments support savingthem too.)

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