I tried using the attached image option and thought I would be able to drag the image into place but this didn't work.

Is it possible to do insert inlined images directly on Gmail?

  • sure, open this link for desktop version on mobile device where inline image uploads are supported: mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2#inbox Jul 23 '20 at 0:23
  • I tried this, but the desktop version doesn't appear to allow inline uploads.
    – ishmael
    Jun 1 at 17:37


  1. Open Google Docs
  2. Open a new Word document
  3. Select "Insert image" and insert the image of your choice
  4. Once done, it is now in clipboard form, copy that
  5. Switch to Gmail and paste the image
  • It looks like this adds a full-size copy of the image which is unfortunate.
    – wp78de
    Apr 5 '19 at 0:12
  • Also, it seems it's limited to one image only. Cannot paste any other pic past the first one. Nice hack though
    – Ozh
    Sep 25 '19 at 17:14
  • Nice hack! @wp78de if you want to reduce the size, try making a screenshot of the original image, and cropping the screenshot, then insert the screenshot in Google Docs. They are usually smaller than original (albeit lower quality). But if that's not good enough, you'll need a photo resizer app to adjust the original image's dimensions and file size.
    – ADTC
    Nov 26 '20 at 10:02
  • @Ozh I could insert a second image. Try again. Also if you're having problems copy-pasting only the image (like, it's showing up blank), add some text near the image in Google Docs, and copy-paste both the image and text together. Then just delete the extra text in Gmail. (As with any hack, this needs some getting used to.)
    – ADTC
    Nov 26 '20 at 10:03

Attaching inline images is not supported by Gmail, but you can attach images inline in the Inbox by Gmail app for Android.

  1. In the compose window, touch Attach enter image description here.
  2. Choose from your most recent photos, take a photo, or touch Open file browser to view all your photos.
  3. Your photo will be added inline.
  4. To send as an attachment, touch the photo and choose Send as attachment.
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    OP mentioned app as Gmail and not Inbox. Apr 2 '16 at 17:07
  • Attaching inline images is not supported by Gmail, so Inbox by Gmail is plan B, and you can easily switch back to Gmail from Inbox by Gmail without losing any data if you don't like it. Inbox still does not have all of the same features that Gmail does.
    – karel
    Apr 2 '16 at 17:11
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    Hmm, I guess you may want to edit your post then that Gmail does not support this feature, and as an alternative one can use Inbox as you already said in your Answer. This is not the first time that Inbox had an additional feature than Gmail. You may check my Q, about Label creation here:android.stackexchange.com/questions/96253/… Apr 2 '16 at 17:15

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