How do you share photos on your iPhone?


The iPhone has a built in camera and with its always-on internet connectivity, it's a great way to share your pictures with friends, families, colleagues, and the world.

  • Send via mail. The classic iPhone way to send photos is through email. Just choose a picture, multi-select up to five and tap Share, or copy and paste a dozen or so right into the body of your message and send away. (Pro tip: the share button compresses your photos into smaller files for easier transport, pasting them in keeps them in full size for higher quality). This is also great if you're sharing with someone who has a computer, since Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix -- almost everything! -- has an email client to receive them.
  • Send via MMS. Yes, the iPhone finally has MMS so the same way you send photo via mail you can now send them via the Messages SMS/MMS app as well. This is the best option if you're sending to another phone, especially a feature phone that doesn't have email.
  • Upload them to galleries. The iPhone will let you upload to Apple's own (subscription required) MobileMe gallery. You can also upload to the popular Flickr site, and there are (of course) apps for that.
  • Post them to a social network. If one-to-one is too few, and one-to-many sounds more like it, you can share your photos with your friends, your followers, or the whole wide world through your favorite social networks. Facebook is obviously huge here, with the app letting you upload and comment (when it works!) on photos. Thanks to integration with TwitPics and other, similar services, many popular Twitter clients like Twitterrific, Tweetie, TwitBit, etc. let you post pictures to your Twitter timeline for your followers to enjoy (and tweet back about).
  • Hand them your iPhone. And for your non-computer friends, you can just launch the Photo app and pass them your iPhone. The modern equivalent of sneaker-net, after a few moments even your least tech-savvy family member will be swiping, pinching, and otherwise enjoying your camera work right into the palm of their hand.

How do you share photos on your iPhone? Have any special tips or tricks you can share? Let us know in the comments!

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Rene Ritchie

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How do you share photos on your iPhone?


I am a MMS whore. I also do a lot of facebook uploads, mostly of things I find hilarious though.
I love that you can take video with the 3GS and MMS it to a 3G. Once I found that out I've been blowing up my friends' phones.

MMS and e-mail mostly. I wish I could make folders for the pictures though without going through my computer.

I have a whole host of services I could use, such as MobileMe and my own Wordpress blog. But I share all my photos using social networks, Facebook and Twitter. Mainly because they're far more accessible not only for me, but for the people I want to share them with. But mainly because they're more accessible to me.
Uploading is easy, and they automatically make the photos easy to find for the recipient. Facebook publishes them for all to see, and Twitter gives a TwitPic link for simple access. If I were to go via MobileMe on my iPhone there's a little more labour involved. And that's unintuitive. The process of uploading to MobileMe, and ease of access across mobile, and desktop platforms should be made simpler :) then maybe I'd make better use of my MobileMe subscription...

Mostly Facebook or email. Occasionally via MMS. Totally depends on the nature of the photos and the recipient.
You sure you're not trying to find out who the heavy sexters are, Rene?

ok im usually opretty smart at these things but the iphone 3gs has me stumped. HOW do I share pics from my phone to facebook?????????????? I must bwe missing one simple step cause Iim not seeing the share button to fb

I use email more than anything else but sometimes I sent naughty MMS... thank goodness the iPhone can shoot video now ;)

im with you on that one buddy gotta wait till beta 3 to take pics again hopefully beta 3 in this monday

MMS requires the iPhone to be in an open area with the sun and moon lined up just right and in a major US city to be able to work properly. AT&T should be ashamed of themselves.

MobileMe galeries are the way I go. Then I can just email a link. The iPhone Gallery app is really solid and allows viewing of friends' galleries. I have used Picassa, but MobileMe looks better and allows users to download your pics.

I mostly email because Im not paying 20$ for text and mms when I could email pics and use textnow for free which pretty much functions the same way

When I take photos with my iPhone I take em with hdr pro( I highly recommend) if it's something I need to quickly take a picture if I just load up the default camera app. I share mainly on facebook( most my friends and family have it. Email is my second choice and in rare instances for my friends whom emails I don't have thru mms

Hmmmm....let me count the ways (in no particular order): 1) mobile me gallery, 2) Flickr, 3) Facebook, 4) MMS/WhatsApp, 5) email.

I just think it's funny how long it took Apple to implicate MMS into thier devices. This function is a "given".. Maybe there's an actual legal reason for their action. Nevertheless, I still love my iPhone.

In addition to the aforementioned methods, I use good old iPhoto, mover (great app), and dropbox (fantastic service). If you join dropbox, try to find someone that has it...they get extra storage for referring you. And the basic accounts are free!

I use a FTP program and upload to my web site , I don't use anything like Twitter facebook myself

Email because you don't lose quality. MMS is second and MobileMe is my third (but favorite option as my family friends can add to it!!)

I do everything but the gallery thing. I put my stuff up on social networking sites, email them, mms to friends, and pass my iphone around.

Obviously not trough Bluetooth...! Maybe there will be an iPhone HDb? and "b" standing for bluetooth functionality? Meh maybe not. Theire to greedy...

MMS because most of the people I know use standard flip phones with no smartphones in sight. I'd never go back to a normal phone now.

GraphicConverter (shareware) has been around almost as long as Macs. It does a great job of importing the pictures from iPhone (without even syncing) into folders with dates. There are several import options. The pictures are easy to use and placed in whatever directory is desired. It doesn't create a lot of little thumbnail images like iPhoto.
Since you don't have to sync you can easily download from anyone's iPhone to your hard drive.

I have so many picture sharing accounts I always hook up to my laptop and get the pictures off then post them wherever they need to be. If it's a picture I need to share with family or my GF they either look at it on my phone or I'll use Bump to get it onto my GF's iPhone but that is very rare.

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When i first bought my iphone4,when i clicked on a phone it showed share on facebook..and it would go directly to my news feed..Why does it not show share on facebook anymore?

Is there an easy way to share multiple pictures from iphone 4 with others? My "share" isn't illuminated to select.