Working with Attachments on Your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus - dummies

Working with Attachments on Your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus gives you lots of options for sending attachments exactly as you want them. You can add or mark up your attachments directly on your iPhone and send them off for viewing!

Adding attachments

You can easily attach photos and videos to your outgoing messages. In iOS 9, Apple supplied a new way to add an attachment. Press your finger against the body of the message in the same way you just did to format text, select Quote Level, and so on.

Tap the arrow to the right of Quote Level and tap the new Add Attachment option. You’re immediately ushered to an iCloud Drive screen, from where you can choose the attachment you would like to add, from the likes of Pages, Keynote, Preview, QuickTime Player, and TextEdit. Tap the file to add it to the body of your soon-to-be sent email.

That would be Apple’s preference anyway. The attachment screen is not exclusive to iCloud, working with Dropbox and other services.

Marking up attachments

If you’re attaching a photo or a PDF document, you can take advantage of the Markup feature added with iOS 9. With the picture attachment or PDF embedded in your outgoing message, tap and hold down or double-tap the attachment; then tap Markup from the share menu that appears.

You can summon the Markup feature also when you receive a PDF or picture attachment. Tap the attachment and then tap the briefcase icon in the lower-right corner.

Now that you’re in markup mode, you can draw on that image or PDF, tapping the simple annotation tools just below it.

The tools are represented by four icons: one for a pen tool (unless you use an optional stylus, your finger will be that pen), one for a magnification loupe so that you can zoom in on the document or pic, one for writing text (you can summon the keyboard), and one for drawing your signature.

Simple tools let you mark up an attachment before sending it out.
Simple tools let you mark up an attachment before sending it out.

If you draw a shape such as an arrow and the iPhone recognizes that that was the shape you had in mind, it will give you the option to draw it for you. One piece of advice on that arrow business: Draw with a single stroke and do not lift your finger. You can leave your own imperfect arrow (or other symbol) if you prefer to use that one instead of Apple’s version.

Within Markup, you have the option to change the color and thickness of the lines and symbols you draw.

Lastly, you can write your signature in script, a potential boon for lawyers or folks needing to get a John Hancock on a contract or lease. Just choose the fourth icon at the bottom of the Markup screen and tap Add or Remove Signature. Tap the + and sign your name with your finger.