Your iPhone or iPad comes with three apps that make it easy for you to send pictures via email or text message. You can send these photos one at a time or in batches using the Photos, Messages or Mail app. Of the three apps, Mail has gained a new iOS 6 enhancement that makes it just as easy to use as the other two (hallelujah). Now here’s how to use each of them to attach and send pictures from your iPhone or iPad straightforwardly.
NOTE: This post updates a previous post on “How to Send or Email Multiple Photos from an iPhone or iPad” Please refer to that post instead if your iDevice runs on iOS 5.
PHOTOS: Attach and Send Pictures with the Photos App
Unlike the other two options, the Photos app allows you to choose your photos first, decide how you’ll send them and then compose an accompanying message. It’s actually my personal favorite. Proceed as follows:
- Tap the “Photos” app.
- Tap “Albums” to choose a specific photo album. Or, tap “Camera Roll” (iPhone) or “Photos” (iPad) to see all the pictures saved on your iDevice.
- Tap “Edit” on the upper right. This puts you in select mode.
- Tap the pictures you wish to send. A tiny red (iPhone) or blue (iPad) check mark will appear on each selected image. To de-select a photo, tap on it a second time. To start over, tap “Cancel” on the upper right, followed by “Edit.”
- Tap “Share” on the bottom left (iPhone) or upper left (iPad).
- Choose “Mail” or “Message” in the pop-up menu to indicate how you’d like to send the pictures. A new text message or email will appear with the pictures you selected.
- Complete the “To” and “Subject” fields and then tap within the message area to type a message.
- Tap “Send.”
TIP: Choose to email rather than text pictures as a courtesy. Multimedia or MMS messages often incur extra carrier charges and use up the monthly message allotments of recipients. You would be wise not to presume otherwise. However, don’t hesitate to send pictures via the Messages app to another iDevice running iOS 6 or iOS 5. It will not cost either one of you anything. When in doubt, ask your recipient if she is an iOS 5+ user, or check the color of the text bubbles and “Send” button of your texts to her. They will appear blue if she is.
TIP: Attach no more than five pictures to an email. This limit is imposed by the Photos app to help ensure that your message stays safely within the typical size limits of various email systems. If you select more than five photos on an iPhone or iPad, the “Mail” option will not appear under the “Share” menu.
TIP: Attach no more than nine pictures to a text message on an iPhone. If you go over this limit, the “Message” option will not appear under the “Share” menu. On an iPad, the limit does not apply.
TIP: Choose “Photo Stream” instead of “Mail” or “Message” if you must send more than the maximum number of pictures allowed. Shared Photo Streams enable you to publish sets of pictures to the devices of a select group of people or post them as a Web gallery. Alternatively, upload your photos to a photo-sharing service such as Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, Snapfish, Dropbox and Facebook. You can also use a free third-party email app called Kicksend.
EMAIL: Attach and Send Pictures with the Mail App
- Tap the “Mail” app.
- Tap the “New Email” pen-on-paper icon that appears on the bottom right (iPhone) or upper right (iPad) to create a new email.
- Complete the “To” and “Subject” fields of the blank email that appears. Tap within the message area to type a message that explains the multiple photos you are sending.
- Position the blinking cursor on the spot where you want to drop in the photos.
- Tap once on the cursor to reveal a popover bar, and choose “Insert Photo or Video” on an iPad. On an iPhone, tap the right arrow to get that option.
- Tap an album from which to select the photos you want to send. For every picture you intend to send, tap the desired image followed by “Use” on the upper right of the preview pane. The photos will drop into your email as you choose them. To delete a photo, tap on the picture and then hit the backspace key on the keyboard.
- Tap “Send.”
TIP: Adjust the size and quality of your pictures after you attach them to an email. On an iPhone, Mail shows you different size options after you tap “Send.” On an iPad, tap the “Image Size” button on the right side of of the “CC/Bcc, From:” field. Choose your preferred size — Small, Medium, Large or Actual Size — within the new header that appears. Then tap “Send.”
TIP: You can go over the five-picture limit imposed by the Photos app on your email by using the Mail app. But keep an eye on your total image size on the upper right. Remember that most email systems reject attachments larger than five megabytes.
TEXT: Attach and Send Pictures with the Messages App
- Tap the “Messages” app.
- Tap the “New Message” pen-on-paper icon that appears on the upper right (iPhone) or upper middle (iPad) to create a new text message.
- Complete the “To” field and “Subject” field (if visible) of the blank text message that appears. Tap within the message area to type a message that explains the multiple photos you are sending.
- For every photo you’d like to send, tap the “Camera” icon to the left of the message area. Then tap “Choose Existing” to select multiple photos from your Photo Library, Albums, Camera Roll (iPhone) or Saved Photos (iPad). Tap on the desired picture, followed by “Choose” on the lower right (iPhone) or “Use” on the upper right (iPad) of the photo preview. The photos will drop one at a time into your message. To delete a photo, tap twice on the picture and then hit the backspace key on the keyboard.
- Review your message and multiple photos, and then tap “Send.”
TIP: Use the Messages app to send one or several pictures that you take on the fly with your iPhone or iPad camera. Tap the “Camera” icon that appears to the left of the message area, followed by “Take Photo or Video” to launch the “Camera” app. Tap the “Camera” icon to capture an image, followed by “Use” on the lower right. A new text message with your first image will appear. Repeat the process to add more photos.
TIP: You can override the nine-picture limit imposed on your iPhone texts by the Photo app if you compose them with the Messages app instead.