No matter how many messenger apps or iMessages options we have, email will always be our first priority, when it comes to important conversation. It is more secure, private and at times can be used as legal evidence. Email app in iOS 9 has turned smarter like never before.

Earlier, if we had to attach a PDF or any other file, we had to move to the app and send it from there. But now, it can be done right from the Mail app on iPhone and iPad. We can now send attachment from iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox or any other cloud based drives.

How to Attach iCloud Drive, Google Drive and Dropbox Files to Email on iPhone and iPad

We have already discussed on saving attachment from email to iCloud drive, sending mail with large file attachment and marking up email attachment in iOS 9.

Here we will explain in details on how to attach files from iCloud Drive and other similar cloud based drives. To make it easy to understand, we have divided the process in two parts: Attachment using iCloud Drive and Attachment using third-party cloud based drives.

How to Attach File to Emails Using iCloud Drive on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 9

Step #1. Open the Mail app from home screen.

Open Mail App on iPhone

Step #2. Compose a new mail by tapping the icon located at bottom-right side of the screen.

Tap on Compose Icon on iPhone Mail App

Step #3. Enter the recipient name and subject.

Compose Mail from iPhone Mail App

Step #4. Now double tap anywhere in the messaging space.

Step #5. You will see options like: Select, Select all, Paste and an arrow. Keep tapping the arrow, until you see Add Attachment. Tap on “Add Attachment”.

Tap on Add Attachment in iPhone Mail App

Step #6. You will be taken to iCloud Drive by default.

Step #7. Select the file you wish to attach and press “Done”.

Attach File in iOS 9 Mail App on iPhone

Step #8. Type in your message if any, and tap on “Send”.

Tap on Send in iPhone Mail App

Your message will be sent. Now we will explain on how to send an attachment saved on any other cloud drives apart from iCloud.

How to Attach File Using Dropbox or Google Drive on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 9

Please note: Certain third-party cloud drives require their app installed on your iPhone or iPad in order to access this feature.

Once you have installed the app, follow first five steps from the above tutorial.

Step #1. You will be under iCloud Drive. Now tap on “Locations”, located top-left corner of screen.

Tap on Locations in iPhone Mail App

Step #2. You might not see your cloud drive. So, tap on “More”.

Step #3. Here, you will see the cloud drive, simply toggle it on and tap “Done”.

Step #4. Now again tap on “Locations” and you will be able to see your cloud drive.

Tap on Dropbox in iPhone Mail App

Step #5. Tap on the drive you wish to access. If you are using Google Drive, it will ask you to select your account, simply tap on your account name. If you are using Dropbox, it will directly take you to your files.

Step #6. Select the file you wish to attach. If your file is located inside a folder, tap on the folder followed by the file you wish to send and tap on Done.

Select File from Cloud Drive in iPhone Mail App

Step #7. Now all you have to do is tap the Send button.

Tap Send in iPhone Mail App

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