AT gmail You can send images in two ways: as attachments or inline, that is, in the body of the email. Here’s how to do it.

The process for sending an image to Gmail is slightly different in the desktop browser and mobile app versions.

How to send a picture to Gmail

To add an image or photo to a post you’re composing in Gmail on the Internet using a desktop browser, follow these steps.

  1. Make sure the message you are writing is public and visible.

    Gmail New Message Window

    Holding down key Shift click full screen mode in the composition panel to open it in a separate browser window.

  2. Drag the image from its folder on your computer to the desired location in the message.

    Drag the image to the new Gmail message screen.

You can also paste an image to the desired location in an email from the clipboard using control + V (Windows, Linux) or command + V (Mac).

How to send an image from the web or Google Photos to Gmail

To use an image you found online, or upload one from your computer if you don’t want to drag and drop:

  1. Place the text cursor where you want the image to appear.

  2. Click icon insert photos on the message formatting toolbar.

    Screenshot of Gmail with the Insert Image button highlighted
  3. Select » Built-in» Near » Insert images», so that the images appear inside the email.

    Select here the attachment, if you want to send your photo as an attachment.

    Screenshot of Gmail
  4. To upload an image from your computer, click » Download» > » Select photos to upload» and open the picture you want.

    Images downloaded from a computer remain available in dialog box » Inserting an image ‘ while composing the message (but not for other emails).

    Screenshot of Gmail
  5. To insert an image already uploaded to Google Photos, go to tab » Photo » and select the images you want to add.

    On the tab Albums you’ll find photos organized as they are in your Google Photos albums.

    Screenshot of "Insert Photo" in Gmail with "Photos" tab highlighted
  6. To use an image found on the web, go to tab Web address (URL) . Enter Image URL Near Image URL field .

    Images from the web will always be displayed in the post; they will never be sent as attachments. Any recipient who has deleted images blocked will not see the image.

    Screenshot of Insert Photo in Gmail with Web Address tab highlighted
  7. Click Insert .

    Screenshot of "Insert Photo" in Gmail with "Insert" button highlighted

How to send an image using the Gmail app

To send a photo to Gmail using the iOS app or android:

  1. When composing a message or reply, tap the attachment’s paperclip icon ( 📎 ) and select » Attach file» in the menu that appears. Select the photos you would like to send.

    Tap the camera icon to take a new photo to send via email.

    On iOS, Gmail needs access to photographs . Make sure that Photo included in gmail > ALLOW GMAIL TO ACCESS in Settings .

    Screenshots of the Gmail app with attachment and file attachment buttons highlighted
  2. By default, the picture will be sent inline. To send an attachment instead, click on the image to open its context menu and select » Send as Attachment» from this menu; to indicate inline, tap on the attached image and select » Send online» from the menu.

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