How to add an email as an attachment in Mail

Email with Email Attachment Mac

If you want to send an email you received to another person as an attachment, this is easy to do in the Mail app on Mac and iPadOS. Maybe you don’t want to just forward it like you can on iPhone because you want to keep it in its original form.

Here’s how to add emails as attachments in Mail.

Add an email from Mail on Mac

Open the Mail app to the message you are composing and want to attach the other email to. It’s easiest to open it in its own window if it’s a reply or forward.

With both the Mail window and the email composing window open, drag the email you want to attach to the other window and drop it in.

Mail Add Email Attachment Mac

Add a saved email

If you saved the email to another location already, you can navigate to it and use the same drag and drop action to add it to your new message.

Alternatively, click the Attach button, locate the email, and click Choose File.

Mail Choose Attachment Mac

Just remember that if you use the first method to drag the email to the message, it will be attached in its original format. If you save the email first, you may also want to select Raw Message Source to retain that format.

Mail Save as Raw Message Source Mac

Add an email from Mail on iPadOS

If you have an iPad running iPadOS, you can drag and drop an email into another one in Mail with Slide Over.

Open the message you’re composing, hold down on the line at the top, and drag the window to the right side. It should be parked there so you see it along with the Mail app window.

Select your email in the Mail window, drag it onto the message window on the right, and release.

Mail Add Email Attachment iPad Slide Over

Wrapping it up

Sending emails attachments may not be something you need to do often, but when the time comes you know now just how easy it is on Mac and iPad.

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