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How to Share Images with an Android Phone

The images you take with your Android phone camera don’t need to be bottled up inside your phone. Nope — you can take advantage of the Share command or Share button to liberate images and videos, setting them free on the Internet for others to enjoy.

The Share command or Share button is available when you view a full-screen image in the Gallery. You may see the Share button when you touch the screen. Or you may have to press the Menu soft button to choose the Share command.

After you touch the Share button or choose the Share command, you see a menu chock-full of methods or apps you can use to share the image or video. The variety of items depends on the apps installed on your phone as well as on which accounts you’ve added. Here’s a run-through of some popular sharing options:

  • Photo/Video Share: These items work in conjunction with social networking sites as well as with any photo-sharing or hosting sites. You must set up your account on the phone for these options to work.

  • Email and Gmail: Choosing Email or Gmail for sharing sends the media file from your phone as a message attachment. Fill in the To, Subject, and Message text boxes as necessary. Touch the Send button to send the media.

  • Picasa: The Picasa photo-sharing site is one of those free services that comes with your Google account. Choose this option to upload a photo to your Picasa account: Type a caption, choose an online album, and then touch the Upload button.

  • Print to Retail: The image is beamed to a local photo developer. This option may not be available on every phone.

  • Bluetooth: The image is sent (uploaded) to a Bluetooth printer. The printer must be paired and ready to use, similar to using other Bluetooth devices with the phone.

  • Text Messaging: Media can be attached to a text message, which then becomes the famous MMS, or multimedia message.

  • YouTube: The YouTube sharing option appears whenever you choose to share a video from the Gallery.

Additional options may appear on the menu, depending on which apps you have on the phone or which special features have been added by the manufacturer or cellular provider. For example, if you have the Facebook app or a Twitter client, these items appear on the bottom part of the sharing menu.

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