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How to Save email Attachments on iPhone

Emails often contain important attachment files like documents, photos, videos, PDFs and more. Rather than just viewing these attachments, you can save them directly on your iPhone models including the latest iPhone 15, iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 and older models. Downloading attachments allows you to access them separately, share them easily, and even have them if the original email is deleted. This guide will provide step-by-step instructions to save email attachments on any iPhone model.

How to Save email Attachments on iPhone

Steps to Save an Email Attachment on iPhone

  • Open the Mail app and view the email with the attachment.
  • Tap on the attachment file preview to open it.
  • With the attachment open, tap the Share icon (box with arrow) at the top right.
  • In the share sheet, tap “Save to Files” to download and save the attachment.
  • On the Save to Files screen, tap where to save it – On My iPhone, iCloud Drive, etc.
  • Go to Files app to see the downloaded attachment in its folder location.

Where do email downloads go on iPhone

On an iPhone, downloaded email attachments are typically saved to the Files app. Here are the most common locations to find email attachments that you’ve downloaded on an iPhone:

  • Files app > On My iPhone > Downloads – This is the default folder where most email attachments will be downloaded to on an iPhone.
  • Files app > iCloud Drive – If you have iCloud Drive set up and available storage, attachments may be saved here.
  • Files app > Third party cloud folders – If you use a service like Dropbox or Google Drive, attachments may be saved in those folders.
  • The app associated with the file type – For example, a PDF attachment may open in the PDF viewer app after downloading. Check that app for recently opened files.
  • Photos app – Image attachments like JPG or PNG files will be saved to your Photos app. Check the Albums tab for a “Recently Added” section.

So, the Downloads folder within the Files app should be the first place to check for downloaded email attachments on an iPhone. But also look in iCloud Drive, third party cloud services, associated apps, and the Photos app for attachments. Using the Files app to manage downloads keeps them organized in one place.


Saving email attachments on your iPhone takes just a few quick taps. Downloaded files are accessible anytime in the Files app, organized in selected folders even if the original email is unavailable. This lets you archive and share important attachment documents, photos, videos, and other files from any emails you receive on your iPhone.


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    Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he's back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.

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