How to Instantly Send Photos in Messages

how to instantly send photos and videos in messages

Gone are the days when sharing photos and videos meant tediously transferring them from your camera to your computer via wires and SD cards. Thanks to email, AirDrop, and the ability to upload content directly to social media, sharing memories with your friends and family has become easier than ever.  Apple has taken that ease even further, allowing you to instantly send photos and videos directly from the Messaging app. Here’s how to instantly send photos in messages.

First, you’ll need to make sure that both you and your recipient have iMessage turned on. To do this:

  • Open Settings

  • Tap Messages

  • Toggle on iMessage

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  • Open the Messages app

  • Tap and hold down on the camera icon to the left of your text box

  • While still pressing down, slide your finger up to the camera icon to take a picture

  • Then lift your finger to automatically snap your photo

  • It will appear in the message text box, so you can review it. Then tap send

How to Instantly Send Photos in Messages How to Instantly Send Photos in Messages

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Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Video Production Manager of iPhone Life. Before discovering her love for video production, Rheanne was the Managing Editor. In her 6+ years at the company, Rheanne has helped produce 19 issues of iPhone Life magazine, edited countless podcasts, and produced over 1,000 educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their Apple devices. She continues to be a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine, using her 10+ years of photography experience to create content primarily covering photography tips and photography gear. Rheanne is a passionate photographer both in and outside of work and loves to remind people that they don't need a fancy camera in order to capture beautiful shots—her most recent photography show featured work mainly shot on an iPhone!

Rheanne holds a bachelor's degree in Literature & Writing from Maharishi International University. When she isn't overseeing video content, she loves drinking tea, holding up traffic by taking entirely too many photos of bugs, and hanging out with her Instagram famous cat Wesley (IG: wesley_the_pirate_cat).