How to Share Pictures with Your iPhone - dummies

How to Share Pictures with Your iPhone

By Joe Hutsko, Barbara Boyd

After you’re happy with your photos on your iPhone, you might want to share one or more electronically or as an old-fashioned print. Photos lets you copy, print, and send photos and videos to others by AirDrop or as e-mail attachments or multimedia messages (MMS or iMessage), or upload them to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, or YouTube. You can also delete photos and videos from Camera Roll or Photo Stream.

To share one photo:

  1. Tap Photos on the Home screen.

  2. Tap the collection, moment, or album where the photo you want to share, copy, or print resides.

    The thumbnail view opens.

  3. Tap the photo you want to use.

    At the top of the screen, you see

    • Collections, Camera Roll, or “Album Name” button: In the upper left corner, this tells you where this photo resides. Tapping this button takes you back to the album where you began. From there, you can tap one of the browse buttons at the bottom of the screen to go to another source (Photos, Shared, or Albums).

    • Photo number: Indicates where in the lineup this photo or video falls (such as 4 of 12).

    At the bottom of the screen, you see the Share and Delete buttons.

  4. Tap the Share button to open the Share Sheet and then tap the action you want to take:


    • AirDrop: Send the photo to someone nearby who has AirDrop turned on and who is in your Contacts. Just tap the person’s name or image and the photo is sent to them. From their iPhone, they can accept or decline the photo.

    • Message: Pastes the photo in a New Message, which will be sent as an MMS or iMessage. Fill in the recipient and tap Send.

    • Mail: The photo is pasted into a new message. Type in the address and a message if you wish, and tap Send. You are asked to choose what size file you want to send: Small, Medium, Large, or Actual Size. The approximate megabyte size is indicated; if your e-mail service has size limits for attachments, choose an image that is about half the size of the limit.

    • iCloud: Add the photo to a Shared Stream that you created, or you can create a new one.

    • Twitter: Sends your photo to your Twitter account. You must be signed in to Twitter to use this feature.

    • Facebook: Posts your photo to your Facebook profile. Add a comment and location if you like and tap Post. You must be signed in to Facebook to use this feature.

    • Flickr: Posts your photo to your Flickr account. Add a comment and tap Post. You must be signed in to Flickr to use this feature.

    • Copy: Puts a copy of the photo in the clipboard, which you can then paste in another app such as Notes or Pages.

    • Slideshow: Opens a slideshow of the images in the album or begins playing the video

    • Assign to Contact: Assigns the photo to a person or entity in Contacts

    • Use as Wallpaper: Uses the photo as the background for your lock or Home screen.

    • Print: Prints the photo to a printer on your wireless network.

    If you want to share more than one photo, you can select others from the thumbnails at the top of the screen just by tapping them, and then tap the action you want to take.

    Tap Cancel in the upper left corner if you don’t want to share the photo after all.

  5. After you tap your choice, the Share Sheet closes.

If you want to delete a single photo, select it as above and then tap the Delete (the trash can) button.