How to Write a New Email and Send It Through iPhone Email

Writing and Sending iPhone Email

After you add an email account to your iPhone, you'll want to send email messages. Here's what you need to know.

Sending a New Message

  1. Tap the Mail app to open it.
  2. Tap the square with a pencil in it at the bottom of the screen to open a new blank email message.
  3. Tap in the To: field and start typing your recipient's name or email address. If he or she is already in your Contacts, options appear. Tap the name or address you want to use. You can also tap the + icon at the end of the To: field to open your Contacts and select the person there. If your recipient is not in your Contacts, tap in the To: field and enter the address manually.
  1. Tap the Subject line and enter a subject for the email.
  2. Tap in the body of the email and write the message.
  3. Tap the Send button to send your email message.

Using CC and BCC

Just as with desktop email programs, you can CC or BCC people on emails sent from your iPhone. To use either of these options, tap  Cc/Bcc, From: in a new email to open the CC, BCC and From fields.

Add a recipient to the CC or BCC lines in the same way that you address an email.

If you have more than one email account configured on your phone, you can choose which one to send email from. Tap the From line to display a list of all your email accounts. Tap on the one you want to use.

Using Siri

In addition to writing an email with the onscreen keyboard, you can use Siri to dictate a message. To do this, open a blank email, tap in the message field, tap the microphone icon and speak. When you're finished dictating, tap Done and Siri converts what you said to text.

You may need to edit it, depending on the accuracy of Siri's conversion.

Sending Attachments

You can send attachments—documents, photos, and other items—from the iPhone, just like from a desktop email program. 

  1. Tap and hold briefly on the message area of the email.
  2. Tap Insert Photo or Video in the menu bar that appears. Browse your photo and video library until you find the one you want to send.
  1. Tap it and tap Choose to attach the photo or video to your email.
  2. If you use iCloud Drive, you can send attachments from iCloud Drive by clicking the arrow at the right of the pop-up menu bar and choosing Add Attachment. You are taken to your iCloud Drive and can select the attachment there.

If you want to attach other types of files, you need to do that from within the app where you made them. Most iOS apps support email sharing.

The process differs in iOS 5 and earlier. In those versions of the iOS, you won't find a button in the iPhone email program to add attachments to messages. Instead, you have to add them from the apps in which they were created.

Not all apps support emailing content, but those that do have an icon that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it. Tap that icon to pop up a list of options for sharing content. Mail is one in most cases. Tap the icon or word and you'll be taken to a new email message with the item attached. At that point, write the message as you normally would and send it.