How to Send Image As Attachment and Not Embedded On iOS 14

Are you desperate to know how to bring back your Mail’s ability to send an image as an attachment and not embedded on iOS 14?

Many people have been switching from Apple to Android due to the obnoxious issues that iOS 14 presented. Some of the issues are annoying, like the screen time not working, or the timer not showing up in the lock screen, and most recently, the screenshots that appear dark

However, this is not the end of the annoying list of issues in iOS 14, as users are once again infuriated by another disappointing news. With iOS 14, iPhone users no longer have the ability to attach any image as an attachment in their native mail app. Instead, they can only embed them into the body of the email.

Some users were able to get this information from Apple Support. Unfortunately, Apple Support is also clueless as to when it is going to be reinstated. 

As this may become a bigger issue to most users, we have come up with a list of how you can fix this issue.

Let’s dive right in!

1. Attach A Non-Image File.

One way you can try to trick the image to avoid being embedded in the email is to attach a non-image file. But what is a non-image file?

A non-image file can be a video or a PDF document, as long as it is not an image. You need to include at least a small-sized video or any kind of document in your email, together with the image you need to attach. Doing this should allow you to attach the photo instead of embedding it.

send image as attachment and not embedded

With that out of the way, see if you can send the image as an attachment and not embedded. We’re rooting for this fix, but if it did not work for you, let’s try the next one!

2. Use Send As Attachment.

If you are using Gmail, then one of the easiest ways to try to fix this issue is to choose the ‘Send as attachment’ option . 

By default, if you attach an image in Gmail, it will be embedded into the body of the email. However, you can attach the image by double-tapping it instead, then choosing ‘Send as attachment’.

Send as Attachment in Gmail

Once you have done this, check if the image in your email will now be attached and not embedded. Hopefully, this already did the trick for you, but if not, let’s head over to our next suggestion.

3. Change Photo Privacy Setting.

The privacy setting allows you to control what your third-party applications have access to. These are information found in your ‘Contacts’, ‘Photos’, ‘Calendar’, and other applications.

With the release of iOS 14, the privacy setting for your photos has been reverted to ‘Selected Photos’. What you need to do is to set it back to ‘All Photos’. 

Similar to the previous suggestion, this fix is for the users who are using Gmail. Moreover, in order to see this setting, you need to give Gmail the permission to access your ‘Photos’.

Here’s how you can change your photo privacy setting:

  1. Start by opening your Settings app and select Privacy.
  2. After that, select Photos, then choose Gmail.
Privacy Settings in iOS 14
  1. Then if it is set to Selected Photos, change it to All Photos.
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  1. Finally, restart your iPhone after applying the change.

Now, check if you can send the image as an attachment and not embedded. Let us know how it goes!

4. Use Messages App.

One of the fixes that users were able to find to fix the issue was to send the images using a text message to an email account. It may be unusual and may look complicated, but it worked for some users.

You can do this by selecting the images that you need to send, then send the text message using the ‘Messages’ application. If you only send a few images, they will be sent as attachments. However, if you have a lot to send, it will upload the images to iCloud, then you will get a link to a zipped file where you can download the images.

send image as attachment and not embedded

If you do this for the first time, the recipient’s mail server may block the incoming messages. What’s worse is it can be flagged as potential spam. But to prevent that from happening, you can ask your recipient to get your address listed as trusted. So take note that all of the text messages that you send out will be coming from the following email address: <phone number>@<carrier’s id>.com

send image as attachment and not embedded

Lastly, check if the issue is no longer there, or if you can now send the image as an attachment and not embedded. This may not be perfect, but it can suffice while Apple has not yet released a fix on this.

5. Do A Restart.

Unfortunately, If you have tried all the previous suggestions, but nothing worked for you, then it’s time to restart your iPhone. Since you did some troubleshooting, it’s best to do a restart to ensure that the settings have been properly set.

Though if you restart your iPhone and nothing seems to have made a difference, try it again. Try it at least twice, because if you don’t succeed on your first try, try it again until you do!

Here’s how you can restart your iPhone:

  1. Start by pressing and holding down the Side or Power button. Do this for a few seconds.
  2. Should a prompt appear with a red slider that says ‘slide to power off’, drag it to the right to turn off your iPhone. 
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  1. Now, press and hold the Side or Power button again until you see the Apple logo. This will turn your iPhone back on.

Finally, check if the image in your email will be attached. It’s time to start believing that a restart can resolve many complicated issues!

6. Try Dr. Fone.

Nevertheless, if your issue remains the same, you may want to try Dr. Fone.

What is Dr. Fone? Dr. Fone is one of the leading names when it comes to mobile repairs. It has all the tools that you need to keep your mobile at 100%. As an example, Dr. Fone’s ‘System Repair’ tool is a very effective tool that fixes a lot of iOS (and even Android) system issues. 

You can also utilize Dr. Fone’s toolkit for your other needs. Some of the tools that it offers aside from the ‘System Repair’ are the ‘Data Transfer’ tool, ‘Data Recovery’ tool, ‘Phone Unlock’ tool, and ‘WhatsApp Transfer’ tool.

Dr. Fone Repair for iOS Devices

So why choose Dr. Fone? You can be assured that millions of users worldwide have put their trust in Dr. Fone. Up to this day, there are over 50,000,000 Dr. Fone users around the globe! At the same time, it has also received acclaim from respected media outlets such as ‘PC World’,  ‘Forbes’, ‘CNET’, and many more.

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7. Contact Apple Support.

When nothing seems to work, the only thing left to do is to contact Apple Support. It is best to contact Apple Support as they should be able to enlighten you on this issue. This is usually a norm if you encounter a difficult issue that cannot be easily resolved.

Apple Support

Moreover, you can also decide to go to your nearest Apple Store to have your iPhone checked by Apple-certified technicians. Though before you make the trip, ensure that you check your iPhone’s warranty options first.

Apple Support and Service Coverage

This ends our list of suggestions, but we hope that one of these things helped you resolve this issue. If you have any other questions or concerns, put them in the comments section!

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter) Website

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