How to edit, annotate & manage attachments in Messages for iPhone and iPad

Apple’s expressive Messages application on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch includes features that help you annotate image attachments with the Markup tools, touch them up with just a few taps using built-in Photos filters and browse files such as PDF or Pages docs separately of images—all without ever leaving the Messages app.

In this step by step tutorial, we’re going to teach you how you can edit, annotate and manage attachments in Messages for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

How to annotate email attachments in iOS with Markup

One of the major features that shipped with iOS 9 was Markup, better known for the ability to draw on and annotate attachments of various file types that you receive in the Mail app and then send them back to the original sender, or someone else for that matter.

Despite how useful this feature is, few people actually use it, either because they don’t know it exists or they don’t know how to access it. In this tutorial, we’ll take you through how to access it and cover some of the features it provides.

iOS 9 includes Markup feature to let you annotate email attachments

Similar to a feature that first made its way to the Mail app under OS X Yosemite, iOS 9 now includes Markup, a tool that lets you annotate email attachments, including image files as well as PDFs, effectively turning the Mail app into a more powerful one with a growing focus on productivity.

Just like its OS X counterpart, Markup for iOS 9 allows you to sketch, zoom, add text, and sign documents on the go. Absent from the list of annotations is the Shape button, which lets you easily insert squares, circles, etc.

Markup for iOS 9 works for both incoming or outgoing attachments, meaning that you can annotate either the attachments you receive, or those that you send. This seems to actually go hand in hand with another new iOS 9 feature that lets you attach documents from iCloud Drive.