Daily Tip: How to share iPhone and iPad photos via iMessage

Taken a bunch of great photos with your brand new iPhone -- or photos with your new iPad or iPod touch -- and wondering how to share them with the people you know? There are several ways, including Mail and Twitter, but you can easily use Apple's new iMessages service for free, or old style MMS if your friend or family member doesn't yet have an iOS 5 device of their very own.

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Sharing photos via Messages from Photos app

Sharing a single photo

  1. Open the Photos app
  2. Tap the photo you with to share
  3. Tap the arrow in the bottom left corner (If the menu bar has disappeared, tap the photo once to bring it back)
  4. Tap Message.
  5. This will open a blank message with the photo inserted. Fill in the To: field. If you wish, add text below the photo.
  6. Tap Send.
  7. The Message box with now disappear and send in the background.

Sharing more than one photo

  1. Open the Photos app and select the folder that contains the photos you want to share
  2. Tap the arrow in the top right corner
  3. Tap up to 9 photos that you wish to share (note you can choose only one if you wish)
  4. Tap Share in the bottom left corner
  5. Tap Message
  6. This will open a blank message with the photos inserted. Fill in the To: field. If you wish, add text below the photos.
  7. Tap Send

Sharing photos via Messages from Messages app

  1. Open Messages app
  2. Open a new message or tap on existing conversation with person you wish to share photo with
  3. Tap on the photo icon in the bottom left
  4. If you want to take a new photo, tap Take Photo or Video. If you want to upload a photo from your Photo Library, tap Choose Existing.
  5. If you chose Take Photo or Video, the camera will launch. Take your photo, then tap Use.
  6. If you chose Choose Exisitng, browse to and select the photo you wish to share.
  7. Both choices will result with the photo being inserted into a new chat bubble.
  8. To add more photos, tap the photo icon again.
  9. Add any desired text
  10. Tap Send

There you go! Now you're all set to start sharing messages via iMessage or MMS!

Let us know how this tip worked out for you, and if you have an questions, ask them in the comments below!

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Daily Tip: How to share iPhone and iPad photos via iMessage


I noticed that while using the phone, iMessage does not work to send pics or messages, it only sends them as a regular sms message.

I believe u need to be on wifi to use iMessage, perhaps you were on 3G at the time

iMessage works over 3G or WiFi. It only falls back to SMS if the other party is out of data coverage or you are out of data coverage.

indeed it does over WiFi and 3G. I have noticed though that sometimes it takes a few seconds just to change from "message" to "imessage" try it. It doesn't happen all the time but I have immediately sent a text only to notice that the first text was an sms with the others being imessage.

Remember that iMessage only works to other iDevice users, so if they don't have that and they have another platform, it's obviously not going to work. If your text box is blue and said iMessage before you started to type, it's going out as iMessage. Simple as that.

I used to get angry/annoyed at these "simple" articles that TiPb always posts... but then I realized 75% of my friends have been jumping on board with the iPhone in the last year or so - even more so with the 4S now.
While I've been using an iPhone since day 1, not everyone has and not everyone uses ALL of these features every day. I find it really easy to send one of these articles to my friends so I don't have to text them 10 texts in order to help them with something simple.
You all can hate all you want but these articles are helpful to some people.
Now, carry on children. ;-)

I'm having a hard time figuring out how to turn on my iPhone or how to hold it. Can we have some writeups on that too? lol

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