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What’s New With Sending Pictures and Videos Via Text Message?

  • By Integr8

sunsetWe’ve already seen the cool new feature where you can respond to a text without actually going into the Messages app, so today I’d like to share with you how to easily send photos and videos via text messaging.  I truly believe that Apple has done a phenomenal job making this much more user friendly. While the ability to send photos and videos isn’t new, how you interact with this feature is so let’s continue on to explore the differences.

When we look at the screen in the messages app, while the keyboard is up, there’s not a lot that has changed.


It’s when you tap on the camera button that you’ll start to see some changes.  The first thing that you’ll notice is the filmstrip with the most current photos in your Photo Library.  A lot of the time, when I’m sending a photo to someone, it is usually one of the more current photos which makes this added feature really great to have. Now, if for some reason the photo you’d like to send doesn’t populate in the most current filmstrip, there is an option directly below that will give you access to your entire Photo Library. You also have an option to take a photo and video or even cancel if you brought this menu on accident.


If you were to press and hold the camera icon instead of simply tapping it, you then have three options on the left hand side of the screen.  You can tap the camera icon to take a still photo, tap the red circle to begin recording video or tap the X if you didn’t mean to bring these options up in the first place. One thing to keep in mind is, if you tap the camera icon while on this screen, it will automatically send whatever is in the viewfinder.  If you’re like me, you’re bound to send a few friends photos of your floor at least a couple of times before it sinks in that this mode is really for those quick in the moment snapshots.


If you choose to record video, it does begin immediately so be sure you’re ready to go.  Keep in mind here that the recording will only happen as long as you’re holding down the red circle.  Once you let up, the recording will stop.  At that point, you’ll have the option to playback what you just recorded by hitting the play symbol, send the video by choosing the up arrow or canceling it by selecting the X button.


We have just covered the two ways you can send pictures and videos directly from a text message.  One thing to keep in mind while choosing which method to use is, if you press and hold the camera button from the message screen, you do not have the option to edit the photo or video.  This method will most likely be used for those occasions where time is not on your side and every second counts.

I hope this post was helpful and that you enjoy exploring the new ways Apple has given us to share those memorable moments through photos and video.


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