We have a workaround to send more than 5 messages via email on iPhone. But I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not exactly the easiest workaround.

So what is? You probably know this already but copy-pasting images is the fastest way to send more than 5 images via email. And through Messages too. Here’s how it works:

The iPhone’s share option within Photo Stream lets you share the photos, send them to a printer etc. but did you notice that you can copy the photo as-is? We’re going to exploit this feature to send a lot of photos through email.

How to Send More than 5 Photos via Email and iMessage from iPhone

The default Mail client doesn’t let you attach more than 5 photos. To come around this, you can either use the Gmail app (or any other mail app) or follow this method (outlined here).

Step #1: Let’s Copy Those Photos

  • Go into the Photos app to choose the photos
  • Select the album
  • Tap on Edit right on top and select the photos you want to send
  • After you’re done selecting, tap on Share.
  • Now, tap Copy. The photos get copied.

Step #2: Paste Them Anywhere

This is the easy step.

  • Open the Mail app’s Compose dialog/new message
  • Or if you want to send the photos via Message app, open the New Message dialog
  • Now, just tap and hold and then tap on Paste
  • The photos get pasted and you can just send them now. Over email, they get sent as a part of the email body. In Messages, they’re sent as iMessage / MMS depending on the recipient.

This is actually far better than having to attach images. Really!