create handwritten email signature image iPhone

In a recent post, I showed you how to create an HTML email signature on iPhone or iPad, which led some of our readers to come up with a variation of this topic, asking how to add the image of a handwritten signature to an email signature on iOS.

As it turns out, the process is exactly the same and can be done in a few steps. In this post, I’ll walk you through the steps to create a handwritten email signature image to add to your emails sent from iPhone or iPad.

I must say I’m not a fan of that type of signature. To me, it screams 1998, but I guess it’s a personal preference. If you’re into that, then read on, but my personal advice would be to not use images in your email signature as it might cause formatting issues in some email clients.

How to add a handwritten signature image to your emails

Step 1: On your computer, open up your web browser and go to your favorite email client. I personally used Gmail for the purpose of this tutorial, but I assume it works the same with other services such as Outlook.

Note that it is important you perform this step from a web browser rather than a mail application on your computer. I’m not sure why, but if you were to do this from a mail app, the signature wouldn’t be persistent and the image would disappear after a while. While I can’t say what the reason is for sure, I believe it has something to do with caching. When you create an image via an email service on a web browser, I assume this signature image file is stored online, which could explain why it is persistent and doesn’t disappear.

Step 2: Create the signature you want and add an image of your handwritten signature. There are many ways you can get an image of your handwritten signature, such as using a scanner, or taking a photo. For fastest and best results, I would suggest using the Scannable app, which is free in the App Store.

To create a signature in the email service of your choice, simply go to the settings of this mail service.

add image signature gmail
In Gmail, I used the “Insert Image” button to add the image of my signature

Note that after experimenting with different sizes, it seems the sweet spot for that image is around 250px wide. Anything wider makes it look goofy.

Step 3: Depending on your setup, you might have to assign that newly created signature to a specific email address. For example, I’m going to assign my Handwritten signature above to my personal email address.

Step 4: Send yourself a new email from Gmail in the browser (or the other service you used), and obviously, make sure that you are sending this email with your new signature appended to it, as seen below.

send handwritten signature to email

Step 5: On your iPhone or iPad, open the email you just sent to yourself containing the image of the handwritten signature. Copy the image as seen below, but make sure you copy it using the selection menu showed on this screenshot.

copy handwritten signature

Step 6: On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Mail > Signature, and paste the signature image inside the mail account you want to use it for.

paste handwritten email signature

Step 7: To test your new signature, head over to the Mail app on your iPhone, and create a new email. If you followed the directions correctly, it should look like this:

handwriting signature email

You’re now free to replicate this signature or a variation of it on other email accounts you have on your iPhone or iPad.

Note that if the signature image doesn’t show up, or shows as a little square, it is because you didn’t properly copy it according to step 5 above.

I want to thank iDB reader Eric for helping me troubleshoot some issues with the process of creating an email signature based on a handwritten signature.

  • QuarterSwede

    While it looks great, there is no way I’m letting everyone have my actual signature. It would be a lot easier to defraud that way.

    • I don’t disagree with you, but let’s be honest, signatures are useless and don’t prove anything. You might as well use a X to sign documents and no one would think twice about it.

      • QuarterSwede

        Signatures are very useful when a claim is put into question. That’s when it’s a lot easier to defend yourself if your historically used signature is proven to be different.

      • This Guy

        Sometimes when I swipe my debit card, the cashier has pressed credit and I may need to sign on the machine…I usually just drawn a line or put a smiley face. It will accept anything you put in. Drives me crazy when I see some old lady writing her signature neatly on the thing LOL

      • mahe

        Here in Austria you nearly have to sign every bill you pay with a credit card. Many ppl also check if the sig is the same than the one on the back of the card.

        If there is something strange with the invoice of my credit card I can request the signed bill of the transaction and if it’s not my signutare I can get the money back.

        And it’s the only thing I still write with my hand xD

      • QuarterSwede

        Exactly. You don’t have to write your signature but you’re just screwing yourself when someone decides to rip you off and you can’t prove it.

      • Haha. It’s exactly what I do. I just do a smiley face of just an X.

  • The Fluffy Alpaca

    Fancy signature Sébastien, I like it!

  • UhaveNOlogic

    People with crappy handwriting can try
    Mylivesignature .com. Pick smallest font size

  • mahe

    omg, I hate ppl who put pictures (of any kind) in their signatures …
    special when I’m roaming or the signal is bad
    It’s the same “§$%§”&§$%§!!!! as putting some random quote in the sig …
    The only interessting thing in a signature is the contact data.

  • Kr00

    Why use scannable when Preview does the exact same thing, and you can email the signature directly from Preview? Advertising third party apps in a how to article, another low for idownload.

  • This sounds really cool and I followed all the steps, however my signature only shows up once and then will show a white box everytime after that. Any ideas?

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