Apple® iPhone® - Send Existing Picture via Messaging

Note Notes:

  • The following steps also apply to sending via iMessage. When a message is sent, the message type is indicated by differing colors.
  • To take a new picture then send, refer to Take and Send a Picture via Messaging.
  • The steps below apply to the following models:
    • iPhone X / XS / XS Max / XR
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone SE
    • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone 5 / 5c / 5s
    • iPhone 4s
  • Follow these steps for the iPhone 4.


  1. From the Home screen, tap the Messages icon Messages icon.
  2. Tap the New Message icon New message icon (upper-right).
  3. From the To field, enter a 10-digit mobile number
    Note Alternatively, enter a contact name.
    Note Repeat this step as necessary to add additional recipients.
  4. From the Text Message field, enter a message.
  5. Tap the Photos icon Photos icon.
  6. Tap the picture.
    Note Tap 'All Photos', to view albums.
  7. Tap Choose (lower-right).
  8. Tap the Send icon Message Reply (in the text field).
    Note The Send icon appears green in text messages or blue in iMessages.