Send photos on your iPhone or iPad with Messages

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

You can send photos and videos in the Photos app or the Messages app.

How to share photos and videos from the Photos app

  1. Open the Photos app and tap the Library tab.
  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, then tap Messages.
  6. Add your contact.
  7. 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 Compose 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.
  5. Add your contact.
  6. Tap the Send button .

Other ways to share

  • When you tap the Share button  in the Photos app, you can choose other ways to share, 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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