How to Send and Receive Email Attachments on the Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

The key to understanding email attachments on your Fire phone is to look for the Paperclip icon. When you find that icon, you can either deal with an attachment for incoming email or add an attachment to outgoing email.

Receiving an attachment

You’ll find an attachment lurking at the bottom of a received message. It appears as a large square with a preview inside — if the document can be previewed. Otherwise, the square is labeled with the document type.

To deal with the attachment, touch it. In most cases, the attachment opens using a given app on your phone. The app that’s used depends on the type of attachment. For example, a PDF attachment might be opened by the OfficeSuite app:

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  • As with email attachments received on a computer, the only problem you may have is that the phone lacks the app required to deal with the attachment. When an app can’t be found, you have to either suffer through not viewing the attachment or simply reply to the message and direct the person to resend the attachment in another file format.

  • You may see a prompt displayed when several apps can deal with the attachment. Choose one and touch the Just This Once button to view the attachment.

Sending an attachment

The best way to email an attachment is to use the Share icon. That’s the accepted way to send files via email on a mobile device, such as the Amazon Fire phone. Here’s the general procedure:

  1. Visit the app that created the attachment.

    For example, to send a photo, open the Photos app.

  2. View the specific item you want to attach.

    In the Photos app, view an image full-screen. In the Maps app, view the information card about a location.

  3. Tap the Share icon.

    A list of apps appears.

  4. Choose Email.

  5. Compose the message.

    The item is attached to the message.

The computer way of attaching a file to a message is to first use the Email app to write the message. Tap the Paperclip (Attach) icon and then choose a command representing what you want to attach. For example, choose Attach a Photo to fetch a picture from the phone’s photo album as an attachment.

When you send the message, the attachment rides along with it. In mere Internet moments, the message and attachment are made available to the recipient(s):

  • It’s possible to attach multiple items to a single email message. To add another attachment, tap the Attach icon again.

  • The variety of items you can attach depends on which apps are installed on the phone.

  • You can locate some attachments by opening the Docs app. From the Home screen, choose Docs from the Navigation panel. When the Docs app opens, swipe its Navigation panel and choose Email Attachments. You see a list of saved document attachments.