How to send photos using iMessage

iMessage lets you easily send photos without paying your carrier for a special messaging plan (data rates will still apply if you aren't on Wi-Fi). iMessage is built right into the same Messages app and Share Sheet that sends SMS and MMS to your non-iPhone using friends, so you don't have to do anything extra to use it. Just pick your photos and send them!

How to send a photo with the iOS Messages app

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. Find the photo you'd like to send to someone and tap on it.
  3. Now tap on the Share button.
  4. Select the Message option.
  5. Now type the name of the person you'd like to send it to and select them.
  6. Tap Send.

That's all there is to it, your photo is on its way. Alternately, you can tap on more than one photo in order to send more than one at a time.

How to send a photo in the Mac Messages app

  1. Launch the Messages app on your Mac.
  2. Find the contact you'd like to send an image to.
  3. Drag the image into the text input area.
  4. Click on Send.

How to get more help with iMessage

If you're having issues getting iMessage to activate, get more help at the iMore forums, and for more tips, check out:

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How to send photos using iMessage


Couldn't figure out how to do this on OSX as I was trying to do it from within the app (I just don't like the Messages app on OSX, but my phone is across the room and I'm just feeling lazy). This was the first hit on Google. Amazing how much good information I get from this site.