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Can iOS open .eml files?

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drewmunn Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Feb 4, 2012 2:58 AM

I am trying to open a .eml attachment sent to my iPad using the default mail app, but when I click it, mail says it cannot open that kind of attacment. I am just wondering whether it is a corruption of the attachment, or whether the app just cannot handle that extension. I don't believe it is corruption, as I can open the attacment fine using the iCloud webmail service, but I just want to know before requesting that it is sent in a different manner.

 

Thanks in advance.

iPad 2, iOS 5.0.1
  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Feb 4, 2012 3:02 AM (in response to drewmunn)

    .eml is not natively supported by iOS. This app claims to open them:

     

    http://klammer.kupon-bg.com/ios/

  • chcn Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 5:02 PM (in response to drewmunn)

    This has been annoying me for a long time now. I just sent feedback at http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html again.

     

     

    "This issue has been around since 3.1, and it is *still* not fixed:

     

    When I receive an email message with an attached email in .eml (rfc/822) format, iPhone Mail cannot open the attachment. In fact, it does not appear as an attachment at all; there are just some garbled bits of headers that appear after the main message. This happens when I send an attached email from Novel GroupWise 8, as well as from SquirrelMail Webmail version: 1.5.2 [SVN]."

     

    According to this page, it once worked fine (v. 3.0). Frankly, I don't remember. But whether or not it ever open the attachment, support has gotten worse, not better, because not it doesn't even show up as an attachment for me.

  • chcn Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 5:07 PM (in response to chcn)

    Actually, it may have been implemented finally in iOS 4, but it was broken horribly in iOS 5. Anyway, definitely not working for me in iOS 5, 5.0.1, and 5.1.

  • Maria Magdalena Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 4, 2012 1:00 PM (in response to drewmunn)

    The eml attachments don't even show up in my emails.  Very frustrating.  Have to go to my Windows computer to read my email.

  • vipinb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 11:07 PM (in response to Julian Wright)

    just bought this software for 3$, cannot believe I had to spend money on such a basic functionality....very sad indeed...really missing my android...

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,440 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 11:23 PM (in response to vipinb)

    Sell your iPad nd buy a different device.

    We don't care.

  • vipinb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 13, 2012 1:28 AM (in response to Johnathan Burger)

    wow what aggression...such cultish attitude...interesting!!!

  • chcn Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Aug 13, 2012 1:02 PM (in response to Johnathan Burger)

    Actually, we do care. I love the four iOS devices in our house, but this is basic functionality for an email client, and functionality that iOS used to have, at least partly. It needs to be fixed, and you need to be more polite.

  • chcn Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Aug 13, 2012 1:19 PM (in response to chcn)

    I will add that it still doesn't work in 5.1.1. I sure hope they had this on the iOS 6 list.

     

    Interestingly, in a Microsoft Exchange account, I can consistently see attached emails, but still not like you would hope or expect. Instead of appearing as an attachment that you would tap on, an attached email appears appended immediately to the bottom of the main/parent email, with no header information at all, so you don't know who it is from, when it was sent, etc. This is marginally better than the behaviour in IMAP accounts, but not much.

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