How to Upload Pictures to Facebook from Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

One of the many things your Android phone can do is take pictures. Combine that feature with the Facebook app, and you have an all-in-one gizmo designed for sharing the various intimate and private moments of your life with the ogling Internet throngs.

The picture-posting process starts by touching a Photo icon in the Facebook app. After touching the Photo icon, the photo selection screen appears.

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You have two choices:

  • First, you can select an image from pictures shown on the screen. Those images are ones found on the phone. Touch an image, or touch several images to select a bunch, and then proceed with the steps listed later in this section.

  • Second, you can take a picture by using the phone’s camera.

If you elect to use the phone’s camera to take a picture, touch the Camera icon on the photo selection screen. (It’s in the lower-left corner.) You then find yourself thrust into Facebook’s camera app. This is not the same app as the Android Camera app.

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Use the onscreen controls to take your picture. Or you can shoot a quick video. When you’re done, touch the Gallery icon. Refer to the figure for the location of the Gallery icon, as well as other onscreen controls.

To proceed with uploading your image, follow these steps:

  1. Touch an image in the Gallery to select it.

  2. Optionally, tap the image to add a tag.

    You can touch someone’s face in the picture and then type the person’s name. Or choose from a list of your Facebook friends to apply a name tag to the image.

  3. Use the Rotate icon to reorient the image, if necessary.

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  4. Touch the Compose icon.

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  5. Add a message to the image.

    At this point, posting the image works just like adding a status update, similar to what’s shown.

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  6. Touch the Post button.

    The image is posted as soon as it’s transferred over the Internet and digested by Facebook.

The image can be found as part of your status update or News Feed, but it’s saved also to Facebook’s Mobile Uploads album.

Facebook appears also on the various Share menus you find in other apps on the phone. Choose the Share command to send to Facebook whatever it is you’re looking at.