How to send photos using iMessage

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 share photos faster than ever with Messages for iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or higher.
  2. Tap on the message thread you'd like to send a photo in.
  3. Tap on the Share button in the lower left hand corner.
  4. Scroll sideways through the recent photos pane and tap on the photos you'd like to send to select them.
  5. When you're finished selecting photos, tap on Send 3 Photos — this message dynamically changes to represent the amount of photos you've selected.

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. Hit Enter on your Mac's keyboard to send it.

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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Allyson Kazmucha

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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.