Apple® iPhone® - Take and Send a 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 send a picture that you've already taken, refer to Send an Existing 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 Messages 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 Alternately, enter a contact name. As the name is entered, a matching contact may appear and can be selected at any time.
    Note Repeat this step as necessary to add additional recipients.
  4. From the Text Message field, enter a message.
  5. Tap the Camera icon Camera icon (on the left).
    Note If you don't see the Camera icon, tap the Arrow icon Arrow icon (to the left of the message field).
  6. Tap Camera (bottom-left).
  7. Aim then tap the Take Picture icon Take picture icon.
    Note Alternatively, press either volume button located on the left-edge of the device.
  8. Tap Done (upper-right).
    Note To discard and take a new picture, tap the Retake then repeat step 7.
  9. Add text if desired then tap the Send icon Message send icon.