Although Mail has not received a major update in iOS 13, the new formatting and attachments toolbar makes it easy to style your messages and quickly access files you want to send. It even includes the excellent document scanner built into iOS, which lets you turn a physical document into a PDF with your iPhone and attach it to your message – all right in the mail app.
The integrated mail app in iOS has never been a powerful e-mail client. While it always handles the basics well, certain features, such as appending files beyond pictures and videos, have been added to iOS 10 when integrating iCloud Drive. However, adding attachments was not very discoverable, and you could only do so by opening the edit menu in the body of a message or passing the file to Mail from another app.
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Accessing the Formatting and Attachment Bar
When writing a new message in Mail, the QuickType bar above the keyboard appears to the right of a spiky parenthesis icon (<). You can either tap the icon or swipe left over the QuickType bar to scroll through the formatting and attachments toolbar. If you're using a third-party keyboard like Gboard, the new toolbar is immediately locked above it, so you do not have to show it. The toolbar displays the following options:
- Add Rich Text Formatting: Contains options for styling your text, including font styles, sizes, and colors, as well as bulleted and numbered lists, text alignment, and indentation options.
- Attach photos and videos: Select photos and videos from the photo app to attach to your message.
- Attach photo or video from camera: Take a photo with the iPhone camera and attach it Attach to your message.
- Attach a file from the Files app: Select a file from the Files app that you want to attach to your message.
- Scan a document: Use the built-in iOS scanner to attach a document as a PDF or as a photo.
- Add a drawing: Use the built-in drawing tools to attach a drawing to your message.