Send photos on your iPhone or iPad with Messages

Learn the different ways to share photos and videos through the Messages app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. 

You can send pictures and videos from your Photos library in two ways: starting in the Photos app, or starting in the Messages app.

How to share photos and videos from the Photos app

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap Select, then tap each photo or video that you want to share.
  3. Tap the Share button .
  4. Tap Options at the top of the share sheet to choose how you want to send the items.*
  5. Tap Done.
  6. Tap Messages.
  7. Add recipients in the To field, and add a comment if you’d like.
  8. Tap the Send button .

* You can choose to send the items as individual photos or as an iCloud link, or you can choose Automatic to let the app decide the best format. When you send an iCloud link, your recipients see one of the items you've shared along with an iCloud link that they can tap to view the rest. Like individual photos, this link can be shared.

How to share photos and videos from the Messages app

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Tap a conversation, or tap the New Message button .
  3. Tap the Photos button . If you don’t see the Photos button, tap the iMessage apps button  to open the app drawer.
  4. Tap each photo and video that you want to share. To see additional recent items, swipe left. As you select items, they're added to the message.
  5. Add recipients in the To field if it’s a new message, and add a comment if you’d like.
  6. Tap the Send button .

Other ways to share

  • When you tap the Share button  in Photos, you can choose other ways of sharing, including Mail, AirDrop, and third-party apps.
  • Sharing Suggestions are great for remembering past events and easily sharing them for a limited time. 
  • If you want to create a space for ongoing collaborative photo sharing, or you want to control who can see your shared photos, try Shared Albums.
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