This may be the most easy question to answer but I have struggled for few days now to get a proper view on how to achieve attaching an email on another email in iPhone 7.

I am a new iPhone user and would like to achieve

  1. Attach existing email onto new email
  2. Attach existing email to a reply/forward email

Is this at all possible?


While you still can't attach emails from the Mail app in iOS 11 on iPhones, you can now drag and drop emails onto an email draft that you're editing on iPads that are running iOS 11 (so far I've tested on an iPad Pro 10.5 and an iPad 5th Gen running 11.2.1).

  1. Create a new email (or forward or reply to an existing email)
  2. Swipe down on the email title bar (where it says "New Message" or the subject line) - you should now be able to interact with Mail again
  3. Tap and hold on the email in your inbox list that you want to attach (it will appear to pop up)
  4. Drag that email to the title bar of the draft email at the bottom of the screen until the edit window pops back open
  5. Continue to drag that email to the body section of the email draft and a green circle with a plus sign will appear on the email that you're dragging
  6. Drop/release into the body of the email you're editing - you should now see a .eml file attached

Hopefully this means there's hope this will come to iPhones in the future!

  • I have IOS 10.3.3 on my iPad4. Step 3 in your sugestion gives no "pop up" response. It simply displays the E-mail in the right side viewing panel when I lift my finger. – Len Paton Jan 15 '18 at 23:50
  • @LenPaton that's correct, you will only see the drag and drop functionality on iPads running iOS 11. – Matt S Jan 17 '18 at 11:17

Currently, you can't send an email as an attachment on iOS. The only functionality available is to use the Forward button to quote a copy of the email (with or without the original attachments).

(On macOS , right-click on a message and select Forward as Attachment.)


You can take a screenshot of the original email. This will save in Photos. You can then attach it to the new email.

  • The point of forwarding as an attachment is to get the complete email including all the headers and other bits that don't get included nw tha normal forward. This is vital if you are trying to report problems with emails. – Russell Fulton Nov 16 '20 at 3:48

I realize this question was posted in 2017 but considering it still shows up as a top result on Google I figured I’d provide an updated answer. You can now send an email as an attachment on the iPhone (at least I could on the iPhone X) although it was a little weird how I had to do it.

1) Click on the email you want to send as an attachment. 2) Click on the arrow at the bottom of the email and click the print option. 3) Hold your finger down on the picture of the email that shows up on the print screen until it pops up onto a new full sized screen. 4) Click on the “move to folder” button on the top right and from there you can select your email which will attach a copy of the email to a new email.

  • I cannot bring up the picture into full screen by holding my finger down on it. What iOS version were you on ? I am on 12.. almost last in 12 series. – anki Oct 18 '19 at 23:10
  • That defeats the whole point of forwarding as an attachment. The reason you would want to forward as an attachment is to keep the original email in tact, including email headers. Printing the content is little more than a formatted email forward. – Josh J Feb 22 '20 at 15:19

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