Apple Mail on iPhone not Forwarding Images

This has been the case as long as I can remember, but when I forward emails with images, the images don’t get forwarded. Of course, I’m talking about the default mail app.

Instead, I get a blank box where the image should be located.

This has always been a sort of minor quibble, but today I had to forward an email with images, and I had to go into the Fastmail app to do it.

Searching the Internet, I found only Apple Discussions (discussions.apple.com) of others complaining about the same issue.

Certainly, I must be missing a setting. I can’t believe this issue has been around this long.

Is this happening when you email just one or two people, or to everyone when you send it to a group? There’s a chance it could be a problem, or a preference, on the receiver side. On your side, check to see that Load Remote Images is checked in your Mail settings.

Did this just start happening now, or did you upgrade to 14.7 recently? It could be a bug.

Sending very large images, or lots of multiple images in a message could cause problems.

Is this happening when you email just one or two people, or to everyone when you send it to a group? There’s a chance it could be a problem, or a preference, on the receiver side.

No. When I see the forwarded messages, the images are not there. I have loaded the images manually before I sent the message and see the images.

On your side, check to see that Load Remote Images is checked in your Mail settings.

It’s not checked. I don’t want to automatically download images since that’s used to track when you open the message. However, when I forward a message, I make sure the images were manually downloaded.

Did this just start happening now, or did you upgrade to 14.7 recently? It could be a bug.

Been happening for a long time. For multiple releases.

Is no one else having this issue? It doesn’t come up a lot. You normally don’t forward that many messages and when you do, they rarely contain images.

I’ve seen this happen for quite a long time with iOS Mail. Testing it just now there are some where iOS Mail asks if I want to include the attachments and others where it does not. Looking at the source view of the messages on my Mac, I don’t see any differences that could explain it.

All the messages I looked at were sent from the same iPhone using iOS Mail through a Gmail account. The order of the message parts doesn’t seem to matter, the size of the message (with or without the image) doesn’t seem to matter, whether the images are from the Camera Roll (have filenames like IMS_0408.jpg) or not (have filenames like image0.jpeg or image.png) doesn’t matter.

There are inline attachments and attachments to the email itself. For example, Outlook normally does attachments to the email itself while Mail in iOS inline the image in the message.

It affects the way the MIME encoding is done. When the attachment is on the email message itself, the message is not MIME encoded, but there is a MIME attachment as a separate part. If the images are inline to the message, the message itself is MIME encoded.

What I’ve noticed is that if the image is attached to the message, iOS Mail will ask if you want to include the attachment. However, if the image is inline, it won’t include the image when forwarded.