WhatsApp message thread on iPhone XSource: Luke Filipowicz/iMore

One of the biggest perks to using WhatsApp is the free picture and video messaging over Wi-Fi. And there are several ways for you to send pics or vids with WhatsApp as you go about your day, whether you're globetrotting around the world or just sharing an adorable picture of your cat with a friend in Japan.

How to share photos and videos with WhatsApp for iPhone

WhatsApp offers a robust number of options for sending photos and videos straight from within the app. Without leaving the app, you can take multiple photos, do some quick edits, and send them off to your friend.

How to take and share a photo with WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Chats tab on the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the conversation you want.

    Launch WhatsApp, Tap Chats, and then Tap on the conversation you want. Source: iMore

  4. Tap the Camera button to the right of the text field. This launches the built-in camera function.

  5. Tap the shutter button when you're ready to take a picture.
  6. Tap the caption field if you want to add a caption. This is optional.

    Tap the Camera button, tap the shutter button, and then tap the caption field if you want to add a caption. Source: iMore

  7. Tap on the edit buttons to crop, add stickers, add text, or sketch on your photo. This is optional.

  8. Tap Send when you're done editing and ready to send the photo. It's the blue circle in the bottom right corner.

    Tap on the edit buttons to edit the photo if you want, and then tap the send button. Source: iMore

How to record and share a video with WhatsApp for iPhone

If a picture is worth a thousand words, say more by sending a video.

Using WhatsApp, you can send a quick video to a group chat to capture an epic moment among friends or share quick video messages to a far-off friend in an instant. As well as recording live video from within the app, you can also share videos stored in your camera roll.

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  1. Launch WhatsApp from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Chats tab on the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the conversation you want.

    Launch WhatsApp, Tap Chats, and then Tap on the conversation you want. Source: iMore

  4. Tap the Camera button to the right of the text field. This launches the built-in camera function.

  5. Tap and hold the shutter button when you're ready to take a video.
  6. Release the shutter button when you're done recording.
  7. Tap the caption field if you want to add a caption. This is optional.

    Tap the Camera button, tap and hold the shutter button, release the shutter button when you're done recording, and then tap the caption field if you want to add a caption. Source: iMore

  8. Tap on the edit buttons to crop, add stickers, add text, or sketch on your video. This is optional.

  9. Tap Send when you're done editing and ready to send the photo. It's the blue circle in the bottom right corner.

    Tap on the edit buttons to edit the photo if you want, and then tap the send button. Source: iMore

How to share a photo or video from your photos to WhatsApp on iPhone

If you've got an image or video saved to your photo gallery, you're able to view and send it to a WhatsApp contact all within the app itself.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Chats tab on the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the conversation you want.

    Launch WhatsApp, Tap Chats, and then Tap on the conversation you want. Source: iMore

  4. Tap the + to the left of the text field.

  5. Tap Photo & Video Library.
  6. Tap the photo or video you want to send.

    Tap the "+" button, tap *Photo & Video Library, and then tap the photo of video you want. Source: iMore

  7. Tap the caption field if you want to add a caption. This is optional.

  8. Tap the edit buttons to crop, add a sticker, add text, or a sketch. This is optional.
  9. Tap Send. It's the blue circle in the bottom right corner.

    Tap the caption field to add a caption, tap the edits buttons to make any edits, and then tap Send. Source: iMore

How to send a contact with WhatsApp for iPhone

Ever meet a friend of a friend and forget to grab their contact information? No worries, get your buddy to share their friend's contact info through WhatsApp, and you'll get all their info in one shot without having to enter phone numbers or email addresses manually.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Chats tab on the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the conversation you want.

    Launch WhatsApp, Tap Chats, and then Tap on the conversation you want. Source: iMore

  4. Tap the + to the left of the text field.

  5. Tap Contact.
  6. Tap on the contact you want to send. You can choose multiple.

    Tap + button, tap contact, and then tap the contact(s) you want to send. Source: iMore

  7. Tap Done

  8. Tap to check on or off the contact details you wish to send.
  9. Tap send when you're ready to share the contact.

    Tap done, tap the information you want to send, and then tap send. Source: iMore

How to share a location with WhatsApp for iPhone

These days, smartphones will track your every move through location services, so why not have those services work for you when you can share your location with friends. No more trying to describe your surroundings, just let your friends know exactly where you are!

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Chats tab on the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the conversation you want.

    Launch WhatsApp, Tap Chats, and then Tap on the conversation you want. Source: iMore

  4. Tap the + to the left of the text field.

  5. Tap Contact.
  6. Tap the location you want to send. You can send a location in the following ways:

    • Tap Send your Current location to send a map to your contact with your location pinned.
    • Tap a nearby business or location to send a nearby address.
    • Tap the Search Bar and search for a location. Relevant results will populate below.
    • Tap Share Live Location to share your live location.

      Tap +, tap contact, and then tap the location you want to send. Source: iMore

How to share a document with WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Chats tab on the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the conversation you want.

    Launch WhatsApp, Tap Chats, and then Tap on the conversation you want. Source: iMore

  4. Tap the + to the left of the text field.

  5. Tap Document.

    Tap + and then tap document. Source: iMore

  6. Tap the document you want to send.

  7. Tap Send.

    Tap the document you want to send, and then tap send. Source: iMore

Any questions?

Let us know in the comments down below!

Updated February 2020: Updated for the most recent version of WhatsApp for iOS.