Nov 18


I just noticed than if you ‘forward’ an email containing photos Apple mail will reduce the quality and size of the photos. I noticed this when I forwarded some photos to myself from one computer to another and they shrank to about 1/10 of the size! Thankfully there is a way to change this to make sure your images forward at full size.

When you forward an email containing a picture, Apple Mail App may reduce the picture size. This does not make sense to me at all. When I press ‘forward’ I want the original email forwarded exactly as it is without any changes. There should at the very least be a dialog box saying ‘This email will be large to forward, would you like to reduce the image size: Yes/No?’ There is no such option, but you can change it manually.

Have a look at the bottom right of this screen shot…


It says ‘Image Size: Medium”

Be default Apple mail is reducing the size of the forwarded images. You probably don’t want this to happen, so select ‘Medium’ and change it to ‘Actual Size’ like this:


Now the images will be forwarded full size.

4 Responses to “How to forward photos in Apple mail and keep the high quality”

  1. Jack says:

    What if the person sending it to you selects ‘Actual Size’ but when it arrives in your mailbox it is significantly smaller? I’m having this problem from more than one source so it must be on my end. How do I fix this? I cannot find a setting to change. Thanks!

  2. Greg Schantz says:

    This does not work for me. Images still send very small. I’ve tried everything. Only Apple mail retains the large image. Reading it through Gmail in browser it is small on receiving end. In Apple mail app, the photos are fine. Frustrating.

  3. Ann says:

    Does not work for me. Still downsizes in “Actual”.

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