iPhone 101: How to Email a Photo from Your iPhone

Welcome to iPhone 101, our help and how-to series for brand new and beginner iPhone users. If you're moving up from a feature phone, you may be surprised to discover one feature the iPhone is missing: MMS. Whether it's still coming, inexplicably omitted, or a callous way to force users into platform and device independent protocols, currently the only way to send a photo from your iPhone is via good old Email. After the break, we'll show you how!

To send a photo, you need to be in either the Photo application or the Camera Roll inside the Camera application.

If you're in the Photo app, first choose the album that contains your photo. If you're in the Camera Roll, you're already good to go.

Either tap the photo you want to send, or swipe sideway to browse through the album and find it. Once you have your photo, if you don't see the menu bar already, tap the screen once to bring it up. On the bottom left, tap the Send Photo icon to slide up your options.

Choose the Email Photo. (If you have MobileMe, you'll see you can also send your Photo directly to your web gallery -- more on that in a future post).

Your photo will shrink a bit and a blank email message will slide up behind it.

Tap on the To: field and start typing to bring up email addresses from your contacts. As as many as you like. You can also tap on the CC/BCC field to copy additional contacts or add blind copies, and to change your Sent From: address if you have more than one email account set up on your iPhone.

Tap Subject to give your email a title, and tap above the photo in the body of the email to add any descriptions or messages you want to go along with your Photo.

When you're happy with your email, hit Send and presto! your email is on its way.

Note: Presently you can only send one photo via email at a time, so you'll have to wait until it finishes sending the email to repeat the process (how long this takes depends on the speed of your connection: fast for WiFi, fast-ish for 3G/HSPA, and slooooow for 2G/EDGE). The email option will be ghosted out while your iPhone is busy, so if you see it available, you'll know you're good to go to send the next Photo.

Let us know how it works for you, and if have any extra tips for new users, please drop them in the comments!

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@daniel:
I believe Apple foresees MMS as they once foresaw the floppy drive; soon dead (just my belief).

maybe Steve, but 99% of the phone in the world are not iPhone's, and a huge percentage of them use MMS. MMS may be on its way out, but not for a good while then, and by the time its gone, we will probably be on an iPhone 4G!!
You think the apple also think that cut and paste is on its way out?!?! together with video recording?? HaHa. Thank god for jailbreaking!!

@daniel: 99% of vehicles were once pulled by horses. Things can change very quickly, and there are always going to be those who don't like it.

No one is talking about going around mms. I've been asking my friends to send me a text through thief mms to my email. That way I can get their phones email address (example soandsonmbr@vzwtext.com). It's a pain but now I can send photos to other phones and vice versa. . . now if only I could figure away around fowarding SMS...

I'm like THIS close to deleting you from my feed reader. Please stop with the 101 articles. Seriously, this is crazy. The iPhone is the most intuitive phone ever, you don't have to write stories like these.
What articles are next...
"How To Turn On Your iPhone"
"How To Find The Internet On Your iPhone (Hint: Safari = Internet)"

To Steve2
If you did not know, they are link building I assume. They must know a little about SEOing. It sounds annoying to you but ranks there site higher with each BS article. Thats why they post more articles than iphonehacks.com, modmyi.com, etc.
TheIphoneBlog.com has more articles posted than everyone. Some are very stupid though.

For info of Nick and those above - If your advanced users of the iphone, then clearly your too good to be reading this site! Seriously, look at what the article says above. it's aimed at "new users"!! Chill out!!! Some people may have just purchased the iphone and need a little direction. Ok, we know what to do - Great, some people don't. Remember, the iphone does not come with a user guide or manual. Yes, accepted, the phone is supposed to be intuitive, but not everyone has an honours degree in I.T! If you think some of the guides are too basic, move on to articles that are slightly more advanced. A good website (which this is) caters for the wider audience.....

Wasn't it Abraham Lincoln or maybe Mark Twain who said, "When you argue with a fool, make sure he's not similarly engaged." I really appreciate iphone 101. Thank you.

I have one of the first i phone's that were sold i have problems sending a photo from my phone not only that can any i phone forward on a text message that has been received from someone and want to forward the same message to another address

Can you transfer all the pics in your photos box on your iphone to your computer at one time?

I recently forwarded 4 separate photos and each time was told it couldn't be delivered. I then tried to resend 2 of those. As it turned out, not only were they sent but the receiver received over 30 of them. Any ideas?

I have done all of the above to email my photo and it says I have 4 ( the number I tried to send) are not sent
What can I do to get them to send?
my iphone is the 3G S
Thanks.

When I used to email photos with my iPhone it would include a .jpg attachment of the picture which could be saved by the receiver. Now my iPhone just inserts the picture and there is no way to save or save-as for for the receiver. What happend? How do I include the attachment?

Cannot send photo by email as the phone informs "Please set up a Mail account in order to email photos" Although a mail account has been set up.
Any one can help??

I followed these instructions explicitly and I receive an email with the appropriate subject line but no photo. Nothing in the body. No attachment.
Help would be appreciated.

Everything works fine on sending a pic from iphone to email address--then a screen pops up that says: cannot send mail a copy has been placed in your outbox. check the account settings for the outgoing server. I am clueless what do i do next. Thanks!

I would truly appreciat any assistance or advice that you could give me. I am following all of the steps that were reccomended to send a photo via my I-phone, however, the receivers are not receiving them. When I press send, should I get a receipt that the photo was sent? You know, kind of when you send a message through your regular e-mail.
If you could help me out, I would great appreciate any help and advice that you could give me.
Thank you,
Peter Ortenzi

I am having the same issue. I want to send a picture from my iphone but it never goes to my email. I do not think it even is being sent. I have done it before and It worked. Now it isn't. What is the problem??
Thank you
Lucy

:)
I'm a little sceptical that someone who cannot work out how to send a photo from their 'new' iPhone, can then get on their computer and find this site to assist them in the step by step process. I simply mean that the steps on an iPhone are as intuitive (or more) than searching for this article.
I personally think this article is meant for SEO purposes and/or the author could not think of anything challenging to write.
But then that's just my 2 cents. I Googled this page to help a 'new iPhone user' who is out of town, I'm sticking with Android for the time being.
Peace out.

I had trouble with tis situation and I am very computer litrate. I have just always use nokia palm and blackberry so as intuitive as iPhone is to people that have never used there products before well sometimes we get stuck. Mean I can rebuild a windows based computer as well as totally clean up a virus contaminated operating system but apple is new to me. And not always better so I am glad people post these tips.
So give us a breAk when we try to learn something new

I like the native app but use fo2go when I want to send multiple pics to the same group of people. I just select contacts or a group and then can send multiple pics without having to set up a separate email every time.

When I try to send a photo it put an "!" beside the photo and gives me a message send failure
Any ideas

Hello, the step by step guide is very straight forward but the bit where it says that once i click on "email photo" and a blank email will pop up behind/infront of the picture.... that doesnt happen on my phone... my picture shrinks and thats it... i dont even have any options! why is it doing that? thanks

Jet a thought... Daniel, technology in general especially in this field and ones like it is moving far faster than any of us can imagine. It is easy to think of something that was just a cutting edge computer or device a couple of years ago that already no one uses any more. I can anyway. :)

SMS is so 1999, MMS is much more powerful. I still remember receiving the 1st MMS and it was very nice. But back then email via mobile data network was very expensive. I guess it's being replaced by emails these days.

When I follow your instructions to email a photo from my iphone, I get a pop up message that says "This message is 780 KB. You an reduce message size by scaling the image to one of the sizes below." It then lists 3 size choices and a 4th for Actual. Assuming you chose one and hit send. However, that does not launch the email. Not sure what I am doing wrong or where to go from there to get photo sent.

Marie, I am having the same problem with the size choices, and once you click one, it just goes back to the photo and will not send. Did you ever get it figured out? I would love to know.

I have the same problems that have already been stated here but I don't see any answers. I get the 3 choices about scaling the image and also it is not sending but putting it in my outbox. Thank you

Did you ever get a reply to the problem of not sending photo after size choices were displayed? I would love to get an answer.

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SEND MULTIPLE PICS IN ONE EMAIL
Repeat this procedure: http://www.ehow.com/i/#article_6149194
Max for me is 5 photos at a time at actual size quality over wifi.
Basically it request you to tap & hold the pic while in camera hold to get 'copy', select copy & paste in mail body, & keep repeating that up to 5

If you email it only allows up to 5 images, but if you mms them, you can select up to 9 at a time. But I don't follow Jones proceedure on e-how. I go to the camera roll (photos) and select the folder roll in the upper right, I select my images, hit the share but if you go over 5 images then the email prompt don't show with the MMS and when you go over 9, then the share button shades out and won't function. Enter another phone number to send to another phone or enter an email address and hit send. You can also email photos to your phone vi mms text message. I use ATT service and enter my phone (#)@mms.att.net and I receive images from my computer to my text. Total images must be under 1 meg in size to keep from being rejected/cut out of the text message. I use ms out-look and I insert into the pics into the body of the email page, it will be removed if it's attached. I Don't know about Verizon service. Never had to use a mms app as mention earlier of this thread and the copy and pasting feature. Emailing must be configured to your email account setting if you send from other provider access. It must have a password to forward from another network access.

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Hey u can send multiple pics in email if u just copy n paste them individually into the email.

I have one problem sending pictures to an email. The picture always shows up in the email turned the wrong direction. Instead of showing up in the portrait landscape, it is always in a landscape. In other words, it's turned sideways. What causes this?

I just e-mailed myself 4 pictures of a car from my iPhone. When I went to save them to my hard drive, all 4 had the same name "photo."
Is there a workaround for this?????

Hi I've done all that but all that happens when I hit send is everything but the picture disappears- and it doesnt reach it's destination- any ideas?
Thanks

I really want to send multiple photos in one email but as iPhone users know you can't. This is the only feature on my iPhone I don't like! My previous phone (Droid) allowed me to send as many photos as I wanted, I miss that! Hope Apple iPhones change this.

Yes, you can send multiple pictures but again you are limited by the space.
Go to photos > camera roll > hit the arrow on the left > select pictures desired > press the "share" button > select email then just add the emails who you would like to send the pics to

I used to send pictures using my iphone and selected actual size - about 1MB usually - all of a sudden my yahoo account only receive a 1 or 2 KB size grainy photo. How can I go back to getting a higher res image?

If one is replying to an email and wants to add a photo, is that possible? This ia in contrast to generating the email "from" the photo album.

my phone used to let me do that, but now when i go to send it, the only options i get are mms, assign to contact, use as wallpaper and print. i want to be able to email though and it doesn't come up as an option anymore as of today and i can't figure out why.

When trying to send a photo from Camera Roll, I get an error msg saying:
Cannot Send Mail
A copy has been placed in your Outbox. The recipient "(intended e-mail address) was rejected by the server because it does not allow relaying.
I have sent them previously with no problem. Any help is appreciated.

On my new I phone 4 S I get to the end of the process for sending a photo by e-mail. After pushing the send button, I get a message indicating that the size of the message is 2.8 MB and I can reduce message size by resizing the pciture. I'm forced to select from one of four options (small, medium, large, actual size). Regardless of which tab I touch, I'm returned back to the camera roll with that same picture on my screen. No e-mail is sent regardless of what I do. I'm basically back at the beginning of the e-mail a photo process.
Anyone know what is going in with the strange loop?

On my new I phone 4 S I get to the end of the process for sending a photo by e-mail. After pushing the send button, I get a message indicating that the size of the message is 2.8 MB and I can reduce message size by resizing the pciture. I'm forced to select from one of four options (small, medium, large, actual size). Regardless of which tab I touch, I'm returned back to the camera roll with that same picture on my screen. No e-mail is sent regardless of what I do. I'm basically back at the beginning of the e-mail a photo process.
Anyone know what is going in with the strange loop?

I have an iPhone 4, and this is what I do every time I send a photo and they always got recieved, but lately I would do the same thing and I wont hear the noise it makes to let me know it's sent. And it doesn't get received to the email I sent it too. Why is this happening?

I want to send a large photo 1MB but the photo app is not asking me what size I want to send. It use too. What am I doing wrong? It's just a 3G.

I press send , it asks me what size, i choose the size then it all disappears. So now what. I tried it 20 times, always the same result.

I guess no-one knows the answer to this one huh? ......."On my new I phone 4 S I get to the end of the process for sending a photo by e-mail. After pushing the send button, I get a message indicating that the size of the message is 2.8 MB and I can reduce message size by resizing the pciture. I’m forced to select from one of four options (small, medium, large, actual size). Regardless of which tab I touch, I’m returned back to the camera roll with that same picture on my screen. No e-mail is sent regardless of what I do. I’m basically back at the beginning of the e-mail a photo process.
Anyone know what is going in with the strange loop?" .... everyone is asking and no-one is answering

I have the 1phone S and when I hit send it comes up asking me to reduce the size which I do then it disappears and it doesn't seem to send the photo. I have tried to send it to myself and it never comes through. What am I doing wrong?? It wont just let me hit send.

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how come when i try to send a picture from my iphone to mail it says " cannot send mail , an error occurred while delivering this message " ??