How to Send a Photo with a Text Message on Your iPhone: (part of the) Very Beginner Series

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If you have been enjoying sending text messages with your new iPhone, you’ll find that you will enjoy it even more when you occasionally add a picture to your message. Sometimes you want to share whatever it is you are looking at, and adding a picture to your message is the perfect way to do that, instantly. If you email the photo, it might not get looked at for a while. But when the picture travels with the message, poof! your recipient gets the photo and the message at the same time.

Here is how you do it:

Open your “messages” app, represented by the green speech-bubble icon.

Choose your recipient, and get ready to compose your message.

You can type your text either before or after you select your picture. For the sake of this demonstration, we’ll type our message after we add the photo.

Tap on the little camera icon next to the message box.

A menu will pop up and ask you if you would like to use an existing photo or take a new one. If you choose to take a new one, the camera app will open so that you can take a picture. For our purpose, we are going to choose an existing picture.

Select “Choose Existing”.

This will open ‘photos’. Navigate to the photo that you want to send. (Your most recent picture will appear at the end of the photo roll.) You will see “Cancel” “Preview” and “Chooose” at the bottom of this picture. Tap on “Choose”.

Once you select it, your photo will appear in the text box window.

Just add your text and hit “send” …… swoosh!

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