iOS 9 brings Mail Drop support to iPhone and iPad; allows you to email large attachments using iCloud

iOS 9 removes an annoying restriction as it finally allows you to email more than 5 photos using the Photos app. While testing this out, I also realized that iOS 9 includes support for Mail Drop, a feature that allows users to send large attachments up to 5GB in size via iCloud. Apple had introduced the feature with OS X Yosemite last year.

When I tried to email 100 photos, it asked me whether I wanted to use Mail Drop using iCloud as the “attachments may be too large”. You can tap on Use Mail Drop to send the attachments using iCloud. The recipients can download the attachment within 30 days.

iOS 9 - Mail Drop

I found the user experience a little abrupt, as tapping on Use Mail Drop just closed the popup-menu, without giving me a confirmation that the mail was sent or will be sent, and took me back to the Photos app. But I received the email to my test account with a link to iCloud informing me that I have 30 days to download the full resolution images.

Some of our readers have pointed out that the 5 photos restriction was removed in iOS 8 beta as well but was reinstated in when it was released to the public. If iOS 9 does ship with Mail Drop support, I think the chances of that happening are slim.

In case you’re not aware, Mail Drop does not eat into your iCloud storage limit. You also get an additional 1TB storage limit for Mail Drop. Since each attachment expires after 30 days, you can send new attachments after earlier attachments expire and more storage becomes available.

Mail Drop is a great way to send large attachments without worrying about the recipients message size limit. I think it makes a lot more sense with the new iCloud Drive app.

What do you think?

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