September 30, 2014

How to Send or Email Multiple Photos from an iPhone or iPad

You can email or text multiple photos from an iPhone or iPad in one of two ways:  Select the pictures to be shared first and then compose an accompanying email or message afterward. Or, create a new email or text message and then attach or copy and paste multiple photos into it. Either way, the process is so straightforward, only a few constraints will keep you from going overboard sending multiple photos to everyone you know. Unless, of course,  iOS 5 is on the sending and receiving ends of an iMessage — in which case, the sky’s the limit.

NOTE: This post has been updated elsewhere for iOS 6. Please see 3 Ways to Send a Picture or Multiple Pictures with an iPhone and iPad on iOS 6.”

(To learn how to send or email multiple attachments other than photos – such as files or documents – see my article on How to Send Multiple Attachments on the iPhone,” published online at eHow. I will be updating that article soon but the tips remain solid and apply to the iPad as well. )

 

How to Send Multiple Photos from an iPhone or iPad, How to Email Multiple Photos from an iPhone or iPad

 Start with the “Photos” App

  1. Tap the “Photos” icon on your home screen.
  2. Tap an album from which to select the photos you want to send. Or, select “Camera Roll” (iPhone) or “Photos” (iPad) to display all the pictures saved on your iDevice.
  3. Tap the curved-arrow icon on the bottom left (iPhone) or upper right (iPad).
  4. Tap the thumbnails of pictures you wish to send (see “Smart Tips” below for limits). A tiny red (iPhone) or blue (iPad) check mark will appear on each selected image. To de-select an image, tap on it a second time. To start over, tap “Cancel”  on the upper right, followed by the curved-arrow icon.
  5. Tap “Share” on the bottom left (iPhone) or upper left (iPad).
  6. Tap “Email” or “Message” in the pop-up menu to indicate how you’d like to share the images. 
  7. Scroll down through the new email or message that appears to view and review the images you are sharing.
  8. Complete the “To” and  “Subject” fields and then tap within the message area to type a message.
  9. Tap “Send.”

How to Send Multiple Photos from an iPhone or iPad, How to Email Multiple Photos from an iPhone or iPad

 Start with the “Messages” App

  1. Tap the “Messages” icon on your home screen.
  2. Tap the pen-and-paper “New Message” icon that appears on the upper right (iPhone) or upper middle (iPad) to create a new text message.
  3. 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 introduces or explains the multiple photos you are sharing.
  4. 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).
  5. Find a photo that you’d like to add to your text message from within your photo collections.
  6. Tap on the desired image, followed by “Use” on the upper right of the “Choose Photo” pop-up window. The photo will drop into your message.
  7. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for each photo you would like to add to your text message. (See “Smart Tips” below for limits.)
  8. Scroll down through the text message to view and review the images.
  9. Tap “Send.”

 

 

Start with the “Mail” App

  1. Tap the “Mail” icon on your home screen.
  2. Tap the pen-and-paper “New Message” icon that appears on the bottom right (iPhone) or upper right (iPad) to create a new email.
  3. Complete the “To” and  “Subject” fields of the blank email that appears. Tap within the message area to compose an introduction or explanation of the multiple photos you are sharing.
  4. Press the Home button below (or beside) your touchscreen display to return to the home screen.
  5. Tap the “Photos” icon on your home screen.
  6. Tap an album from which to select the photos you want to send. Or, select “Camera Roll” (iPhone) or “Photos” (iPad) to display all the pictures saved on your iDevice.
  7. Tap the curved-arrow icon on the bottom left (iPhone) or upper right (iPad).
  8. Tap the thumbnails of pictures you wish to send (see “Smart Tips” below for limits). A tiny red (iPhone) or blue (iPad) check mark will appear on each selected image. To de-select an image, tap on it a second time. To start over, tap “Cancel”  on the upper right, followed by the curved-arrow icon.
  9. Tap “Copy” on the bottom left (iPhone) or upper left (iPad).
  10. Double-press the Home button to display the multitasking bar at the bottom of your screen. Tap the “Mail” app within it to return to your email.
  11. Double-tap within the text or email message area, followed by “Paste.” The selected photos will drop into your email.
  12. If you wish to fetch more photos from other albums, double-press the Home button again to display the multitasking bar.  Then tap the “Photos” app and repeat Steps 6 to 11.
  13. Scroll down through the email to view and review the images you are sharing and their accompanying message.
  14. Tap “Send.”

 

How to Send Multiple Photos from an iPhone or iPad, How to Email Multiple Photos from an iPhone or iPad

Smart Tips by Which to Send or Email Multiple Photos

  • Use the “Messages” app to send multiple photos 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.
  • Attach no more than five (5) images at a time to an email for quick and assured delivery. This five-image limit, strictly imposed by the iPhone’s “Photos” app, ensures that your email will safely stay within the email size limits of various email systems. If you select more than five images on an iPhone, the “Copy” button will deactivate and  “Email” option will not appear. On an iPad, you can copy and paste more than five images into an email, and then adjust their cumulative size by tapping the “Images: Size” detail to the extreme right of the “From” field.  In my experience, however, this can slow down email delivery considerably. If you must send many more than five images in an email, consider: 1) Using a free third-party app called Kicksend; or, 2) Sharing the photos via a cloud-based storage system, such as Dropbox; or,  3) Sharing photos through a web album site, such as Flickr or Picasa; or, 4) Using a big-file send service, such as YouSendIt and SendThisFile.
  • Share no more than nine (9) images at a time in a text message, which will be sent and received as an MMS or multimedia message. If you go over this maximum on an iPhone, the “Message” option will not appear. On an iPad, you may still get the “Message” option but if either your recipient or you have no Internet connection at the time of transmission, your message will be undeliverable and flagged with “Message Send Failure.”
  • To be supremely courteous and frugal, email rather than text multiple photos. MMS messages sometimes incur extra carrier messaging charges and use up the monthly message allotments of both sender and receiver.
  • If your iPhone or iPad is running on iOS 5, then you can text an unlimited number of images for free to another iDevice running on iOS 5.  iOS 5 devices communicate with each other using iMessages that are transmitted over the Internet instead of text messages over a phone carrier’s infrastructure or network. To verify that a recipient is an iOS 5 user, check for any one of these telltale signs: Fist, when writing a new text to the recipient, the light-grey text within the message area will read “iMessage” instead of “Text Message.” Second, messages to or from  the recipient will appear within light blue rather than green text bubbles. Third (and least reliably), a tiny blue speech bubble will appear beside the recipient’s name as you type it in the “To” field. If your recipient is an iOS 5 user, you’re home free — text away as many photos as you wish!

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Comments

  1. whoa!!! thanx a lot…. just realised “start with the mail” idea just worked perfectly fine :)

    • I needed to send 18 iphone taken photos from the Photo Stream on my Ipad running 5.1.1
      The ‘send’ failed
      as I saw somewhere that the size was 20mb.
      Then, somehow
      After selecting “all” photos – in the body of my mail application,
      and somehow clicking on a little icon sort of thing that appeared around the top left corner of the ‘select all’ highlighted pictures, all of a sudden – options appeared for resizing!!!
      I’m pretty sure I saw 640 x 800 and 3 others
      I can’t recall which one I selected.
      But the weird thing is… I can’t get this to appear again in a couple of more attempts,
      and – now, all future “pasted” photos into the mail application are at the reduced pixel rate I selected
      – whereas my photos appeared huge before in the mail [body]……. they are all tiny now…….
      Be nice to have them a little bigger.
      Does anyone know how to get that resize option to appear for selected photos in the body of an email?
      Thank you

      • Groovin' On Apps says:

        Hey Stefan. If it’s any consolation, I’ve lost my photo resize options also — which leads me to believe that the Mail app is programmed to remember your last emailed photo size preference. It happens in iOS 6, too. In any case, here’s what I do. After you’ve pasted the images in the body of your email, tap the “Image Size” button on the upper right, across from “CC/Bcc, From:”. Then choose your preferred size — Small, Medium, Large or Actual Size — within the new header that appears. Then tap “Send.” Try to keep the cumulative size of your photos to below 5MB if you can, just to be sure your recipient gets it and avoid tempting your iPad to automatically re-size photos further on your behalf. Hope that helps.

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