How to Send and Save Attachments in Mail on Mac

Pictures, documents, or any kind of file for that matter, can be attached to emails and send so that the recipient can open and save the file on their device. You can save attachments that you receive in emails on your Mac. Sending and saving attachments in Mail on Mac is pretty easy once you know how. Hence, let’s get you up to speed by guiding you through the process.

Sending attachments in the Mail app

Mail users can attach pictures, videos, documents, and a lot more in emails. They can also use Markup in the app.

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Create a new message.
  3. Click on the Attach option located in the toolbar.
  4. Now, find the file you wish to attach to the message.
  5. Click on the Choose File button.

In case you are attaching a picture, then you can tweak its size by clicking on Image Size meter located at the right-hand side of the screen. Mail app, by default, attaches pictures at their real sizes.

Files can also be dragged from wherever they are saved and dropped into the email message.

Attach images from the Photo app

Users can attach images to the email that are present in the Photo app. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Mail app.
  2. Create a new message.
  3. Click on the Photo browser icon located at the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  4. From the pull-down menu, select Photos…
  5. Now, find the image you wish to attach.
  6. Drag and drop it into the message box.

Attaching pictures on Mac from iPhone or iPad

In case your iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac, then you can use the iPhone or iPad for taking or scanning documents to attach in Mail.

  1. On your Mac, launch the Mail app.
  2. Create a brand-new message or open any existing draft.
  3. Click on the Photos Browser drop-down located in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Now, you can choose either to take photos or to scan documents.
  5. Now, follow the instructions on your iPhone or iPad.

Moving attached files to the bottom of the message

It is a good practice to save attached files at the bottom of the message. In case it is not enabled by default, here’s what you can do:

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Click on the Edit option located in the toolbar.
  3. Now, click on Attachments.
  4. Select the option called Always Insert Attachments at the end of Message.

Saving attachments in Mail to the Mac

When you get pictures or other things as attachments in Mail, then you can easily save them on your Mac. Just follow the steps given below:

  1. Right-click on the file that you want to save.
  2. Click on the Save Attachment option for sending a copy of the attachment to anyplace on your Mac.
  3. You can also click on Save to Downloads Folder.
  4. In case it is an image, then you can click on Save to Photos, and it will get saved in the Photos app.

Enne garcia is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats. Her passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. She writes for Norton security products at

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