How to share photos on mobile phones using WhatsApp?

whatsapp for mobileEveryone likely has some photos sitting on their mobile phone they like to share with others, whether the family albums, photos of events, travel photos, or anything else that are interesting. The sharing of photos and videos on mobile phones is really a pleasant experience, as you can share your happiness and valuable memories with family and friends. Unfortunately there isn’t an easy way to share photos on various mobiles, like iOS, Android, Windows phone, Nokia. Many phone users might think of sending photos from their phones through email. It works well under many different scenarios. If you have couple of images to share, attaching them to an email is handy. However emails would have the maximum file size limits, it is only good to transfer a few photos through emails, let alone the heavy video transfer.

The photo sharing among different mobile phone owners can’t be achieved through bulk photo transfer or backup solutions, such as iTunes for iPhone. It is because you do not want to transfer all your photo albums with others, you need to share photos on a per-photo basis. Plus there are different mobile OS, there is no such a cross-platform mobile sync tool yet can help you with it. See some related bulk photo transfer guides below.

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Luckily there are some cross platform chats or IM apps can help you share photos and videos between different mobile phones and OS easily. You can use a chat app for mobile, like WeChat, Skype, WhatsApp, to transfer photos, videos and other files between different phones, whether an iPhone, Nokia, Samsung, Windows phone, or else. For example, you can transfer videos from phone to phone through WhatsApp, you can also share videos using WeChat on mobile phones. In this guide, we will demonstrate how you can transfer photos from an iPhone or an Android phone such as Samsung phones using WhatsApp for iPhone or WhatsApp for Android below.

How to transfer photos on iPhone using WhatsApp?

Open the chats windows in WhatsApp for iOS, then select the contact you like to share photos with, you will get a screen like this on your iPhone.

send photo on iphone using whatsapp

From the bottom screen, you should see a upward arrow, tap on it to bring up a menu like below.

choose and share photo on iphone using whatsapp

Here you can select “Choose Existing Photo” menu item to browse to your camera roll or photo album on iPhone, then select photos and send them using the WhatsApp on iPhone.

How to transfer photos on Android phones using WhatsApp?

Similar with the photo sharing on iPhone through WhatsApp. The Android version of WhatsApp for Samsung, HTC, LG, Moto or other Android powered phones works almost the same. Run WhatsApp for Android, then open the Chats window, select the contacts you like to transfer photos to in WhatsApp. Tap on the attachment icon on the top right corner to open the share options like this:

transfer photos through whatsapp on android phones

Choose Gallery item from above screen to browse to your gallery on phone, pick up the photo and share it through WhatsApp on your Android phone.

How to share photos & videos with family, friends or groups using WhatsApp?

You can also go to WhatsApp >> Chats >> New Group to create a new group for your family, friends, classmates, company, organization or any other groups so you can share photos, videos, location, contacts and more data with all members in a certain group other than send these files from one person to another.

More WhatsApp Tips & Tricks

WhatsApp can also help you exchange other files between mobile phones, such as videos, audio files, contacts, etc. See this step-by-step guide as an example: Swap Contacts between Android and iPhone through WhatsApp. If you accidentally deleted WhatsApp chats or attached files, you can get them back using WhatsApp recovery tool. See How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone? If you are using WhatsApp for Android, you can refer to this tutorial: Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on Android Mobile.

6 thoughts on “How to share photos on mobile phones using WhatsApp?”

  1. Using Alcatel pixi 4if you choose a photo in gallery to share via WhatsApp it says file you choose not a pic why?????
    Grrrrrrrr

    1. what’s the file format of the photo, png, jpg, gif or else? you can try to capture a photo using your phone’s camera and share it via WhatsApp see if any luck.

  2. Can you tell me how to send and download photos to family with WhatsApp.
    Thank you

    1. you can go to create a group for your family in WhatsApp, then share photos with your family group. See more details from the “How to share photos & videos with family, friends or groups using WhatsApp?” part of the above post.

  3. Angela gannicott

    Can you tell me how to download my what’s app photos on my android to my Picasa program on my computer please. Thanks.

    1. If there are only a few photos received through whatsapp, you can simply send the photos to from phone to your email address on the phone. Open the chat window in Whatsapp, long press on an photo, you should see the options to share the photo, email is one of the way you can share whatsapp photos. Then log on your email account on the computer, and download photos from email to your PC or Mac.
      If you have a lot of media files want to transfer from whatsapp to computer, you can refer to this guide to backup photos and videos from android phone to computer.
      Once the photos loaded off your phone, it should be very easy to import them into Picasa program on your computer.

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