How To Attach and Include an Email to a Text Message

Sending an email attachment via text message allows you to share files and information quickly and easily. While most smartphones don’t support attaching files directly to text messages, there are a few straightforward workarounds. This guide explains the different methods for attaching an email to a text on both iPhone and Android devices.

Taking a Screenshot of the Email

One simple way to send an email in a text is to take a screenshot of the email on your phone and send the screenshot. Here is how:

On iPhone

  1. Open the email you want to send on your iPhone
  2. Take a screenshot by pressing the Side button and Volume Up button at the same time
  3. Open your Messages app and select the contact you want to text
  4. Tap the photo icon above the message field
  5. Select the screenshot you just took of the email
  6. Crop the screenshot if needed so just the email content is showing
  7. Tap Send

On Android

  1. Open the email you want to send in your Android Mail app
  2. Take a screenshot by pressing the Power button and Volume Down button at the same time
  3. Open the Messages app and select a contact
  4. Tap the attachment icon (paperclip symbol)
  5. Select Gallery
  6. Tap on the screenshot you took of the email
  7. Crop the image if desired
  8. Tap Send

This method is quick and easy. The recipient will receive the screenshot of the email as an image file they can view and zoom in on.

Forwarding the Email to Your Phone Number

Another method is to forward the email to your own phone number. Here is how to do this:

  1. On your computer, open the email you want to forward in your email account
  2. Click the forward button
  3. In the TO: field, enter your phone number including the country code
  4. Add your phone carrier’s email extension at the end
  • For AT&T add
  • For T-Mobile add
  • For Verizon add
  1. Click Send

You will then receive the forwarded email as a text message on your phone. You can copy and paste the text of this message when texting someone else.

The advantage of this method is the full text and details of the email will be visible in the text message. The disadvantage is that any images, attachments, or formatting will be lost.

Using Email Apps with Text Message Integration

Some email providers and apps have built-in integration with text messaging:

  • Gmail: Android phones can sync text messaging with Gmail allowing you to access text messages in the Gmail app. You can then forward an email to a text message the same way described above.
  • Outlook: iOS and Android phones can link to an Outlook account to sync emails and texts in one place. You can then forward Outlook emails as texts.
  • Pulse SMS: This Android app syncs texts across devices including tablets and computers. It also allows attaching emails to text messages.
  • Pushbullet: This handy app lets you integrate and sync various services between devices. You can use it to forward emails from your computer directly to text messages on your phone.

Check if any apps you already use offer text and email integration features to streamline sharing emails via text.

Using Email-to-Text Services

There are also various online services and mobile apps you can use to convert emails into text messages:

  • EmailOnText: This free web-based tool lets you forward an email to a text-enabled phone number or short code they provide. You then receive the email content as a text message to copy/paste and send.
  • SMSEmail: Another free email-to-text forwarding service. Just forward an email to their assigned number based on your country and carrier.
  • TextMe Up: A mobile app for iOS and Android that gives you a virtual phone number to send emails to that get converted and forwarded to your actual phone number as text messages.

The advantage of these services is convenience, especially when texting someone with a different carrier. The disadvantage is having to trust another service with access to your emails and texts.


While natively attaching an email to a text isn’t possible across all smartphones, the workarounds listed above make it simple to effectively send emails within text messages:

  • Take a screenshot of the email and attach the image file
  • Forward the email to your phone number
  • Use integrated email/text apps like Outlook or Pulse SMS
  • Leverage email-to-text conversion services