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

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


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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

Next, learn what to do if your iMessage photos are not showing.

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Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Video Production Manager of iPhone Life. In her 10+ years at the company, she has produced hundreds of educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Macs. Rheanne holds a bachelor’s degree in Literature & Writing and has 11+ years of experience in photography and video work, which she enjoys utilizing in her how-to videos.

When she isn’t overseeing video content, Rheanne loves drinking tea, taking lots of photos, and hanging out with her Instagram famous cat Wesley (IG: wesley_the_pirate_cat)