Send photo, video, or audio messages on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Make your messages even more personalized and interactive with photos, videos, and audio messages.

With iOS 10, you can draw animated sketches on your photos and videos and reply to messages with quick expressions—all from within the Messages app.

Depending on your carrier, messaging rates might apply when you send SMS/MMS. If you use iMessage and Wi-Fi is unavailable, cellular data rates might apply.

      

Send photo messages

  1. In a message conversation, tap  camera icon.
  2. Swipe left, then tap Camera.
  3. Tap  to take a photo. Then tap Done. 
  4. To send, tap send photo. If you don't want to send the photo, tap cancel photo in the upper-right corner of the photo.

     

Personalize your photos

With iOS 10, you can use Markup to add things to your photos, like drawings and text. Follow these steps:

  1. In a message conversation, tap  camera icon and select a photo that you want to send.
  2. Double tap the photo in the text field.
  3. Tap Markup in the bottom-left corner.
  4. Select draw on message to draw, magnify message to magnify, or add text to add a text box.
  5. Tap Save, then tap Done. 
  6. To send, tap send message. If you don't want to send the photo, tap cancel message in the upper-right corner of the photo.

Send video messages

  1. In a message conversation, tap  camera.
  2. Swipe left, then tap Camera.
  3. When the Camera app opens, swipe left to choose Video and start recording.
  4. When you're finished recording, tap Done. 
  5. When you're ready to send, tap send message. If you don't want to send the video, tap cancel message in the upper-right corner.

     

Send audio messages

  1. In a message conversation, touch and hold   to record an audio message.
  2. To preview your message, tap  . To cancel, tap  . To send, tap  .

To play an audio message, tap the message. To save an audio message, tap Keep underneath the message.

The Messages app deletes audio messages after 2 minutes. To keep your audio messages longer, go to Settings > Messages. Scroll down and tap Expire under Audio Messages, then select After 2 Minutes or Never.

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