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Mail - how to forward a message as an attachment

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sfatula Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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Jun 4, 2012 8:44 PM

I need to be able to take a message I have received, and, forward in in a new message, but, retain all headers and such, i.e., like like Mac mail app option forward as attachment.


I am guessing the iPad cannot do this.


Is there a third party app that allows forwarding as attachment?

iPad (3rd gen) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iOS 5.1.1
  • bwfromspring hill Level 4 Level 4 (1,465 points)
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    Jun 4, 2012 9:42 PM (in response to sfatula)

    When you forward mail from your iOS device, it is the same as forwarding it from your Mac. If you have any doubts, forward a copy to yourself and you will see that it works.


    On your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) select the message you wish to forward then Mail > Share > Forward

  • bwfromspring hill Level 4 Level 4 (1,465 points)
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    Jun 4, 2012 10:24 PM (in response to sfatula)

    Sorry, but the result is the same - all Mail headers are retained whether it is an attachment or straight forwarded message. Instead of guessing, try it.


    The only thing different in appearances is that when you forward an email from either Mac Mail (OSX) or iPad Mail you get the added words: "Begin forwarded message:" that don't appear on mail that is forwarded using the Mac option "Forward as attachment" - in all honesty, those words are necessary to tell the recipient that he/she are receiving a forwarded message as opposed to an original. All of the original headers are retained in both cases.


    Good luck.

  • bwfromspring hill Level 4 Level 4 (1,465 points)
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    Jun 4, 2012 10:33 PM (in response to sfatula)

    Well, there you go... you've tried it and find it lacking. Here is a way to let the folks at Apple know what you need:



    Most third party apps that would closely approach what you need would be dealing with PDFs but, alas, iOS Mail won't export to PDF. Best you stick with Mac OSX Mail until there is a fix.

  • dmcosta000 Calculating status...
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    Jun 24, 2012 11:39 PM (in response to sfatula)

    Yes, when you send a spam email to apple at you are required to send the email "as attachment" I do not know what makes it different than a basic forward, but they want it that way. I have not figured out how to on the new iPad.

  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3 (975 points)
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    Oct 19, 2012 8:14 AM (in response to dmcosta000)

    When forwarding as an attachment all the original headers of the email are preserved, which they need to identify the sender of spam and be able to report the spammer. On the other hand, if you just forward spam, only the contents of the spam message is forwarded and no technical details are preserved.

  • bwfromspring hill Level 4 Level 4 (1,465 points)
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    Oct 19, 2012 8:40 AM (in response to Mark23)



    When Forwarding an Email as an Attachment do this simple step before forwarding:


    With the suspect mail selected:


    1. Hit CMD-SHIFT-H to reveal the header information,


    2. Then Foraward as an Attachment and the header information will be included.


    I just tried this with 5 different mails and when you double click the icon of the attached mail that resides on your forwarding mail, you can reveal the complete original header information of the suspect mail - it is identical to the original - word for word. 


    Perhaps when you just Forward as an Attachment without opening the header first you might lose that data, but if you follow the steps above, it works fine.


    I should add that this works on the Mac, not sure about iPad.


    Message was edited by: bwfromspring hill

  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3 (975 points)

    Just forwarding as an attachment will do the trick, even without CMD-SHIFT-H. The iPad (iOS) isn't capable of doing this.


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