I can only send encrypted mails if I start the mail app directly. But if I try to send a mail from the image gallery, the mails are neither signed nor encrypted (and I can't find a way to enable that).

Edit: My current (non-acceptable) workaround would be to save the mail as a draft, then open the draft with the default mail app and then send it.

  • Development questions are off-topic here, so I've edited your question slightly. For development stuff stackexchange.com is usually the place to go.
    – nohillside
    Sep 10, 2013 at 8:00
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    If no answer comes up, please report this as a bug using <bugreport.apple.com>. Thanks! Sep 12, 2013 at 19:47
  • I already did that, but thx anyway
    – Marc
    Sep 14, 2013 at 13:14

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I can tell you why this happens but not give you a solution. To me this is a bug, when you 'mail' from within photos or whatever other app, using the modal compose window (the one that pops up from the bottom of the screen) you are using a MFMailComposeViewController class, this is effectively a baby version of mail that pops up and composes mail for you, then redirects this to the mail app.

Something is broken in between that's causing your issue.

Bottom line the MFMailComposeViewController (https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/documentation/MessageUI/Reference/MFMailComposeViewController_class/Reference/Reference.html) is not the full mail client and thus it's lacking the encryption piece.

  • This doesn't really answer whether there is a solution to this problem, but thx for the effort.
    – Marc
    Sep 15, 2013 at 15:04

This sounds like an iOS bug that there isn't going to be any way to solve, but in the meantime you can add images to an email in the Mail.app.

Tap on the message to bring up the 'Insert Photo' option, as shown below.

This isn't a solution, unfortunately, and probably not much better than your current workaround, but it's another option until Apple fixes it.

Screenshot of iOS 6 Mail app

  • Unfortunately not suitable, since I also need to send other file types (pdf, doc, numbers..)
    – Marc
    Sep 17, 2013 at 18:10
  • Ah, yeah, that would be a problem. I just started using S/MIME myself, so I'm glad to know about this limitation. Maybe it will be fixed in iOS 7 (due out tomorrow :-)
    – TJ Luoma
    Sep 17, 2013 at 20:09
  • Don't get me wrong, it is possible to send other file types with my workaround, so there is no real limitation. And as to iOS7.. well at least the latest beta didn't fix it.
    – Marc
    Sep 18, 2013 at 5:31

I recommend that you go with a VPN Service. You can find a good number of VPN service providers over iTunes, and you don't need encryption after that, as your data will be absolutely secure. Hide My Ass, Astrill etc are good and easy to use VPN services. You can chose to go with any of them.

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    How does using a VPN ensure encrypted communication from the iPhone until the mail message arrives at the receiver's computer?
    – nohillside
    Sep 16, 2013 at 13:52

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