How to send a picture in a text message on android phone

Last Updated on September 21, 2022 by Kennedy

This post will educate you on how to send a picture in a text message on android. It got to my notice that there is quite a number of android phone users that still don’t know how to send pics or images as SMS from their smartphone.

Today, you’ll learn how to do it, and will be surprised that it isn’t a difficult one at all, just that you don’t know how to go about it.

So on this guide on how to send a picture in a text message on android, I will be using the Samsung galaxy phone and it also works on all other android phone brands.

How to send a picture in a text message on android

To send pictures in a text message on android;

  • Open Google messages and make sure that rcs chat feature is connected on your android phone and as well as the recipient phone. 
  • Tap on Start Chat and locate the recipient. 
  • Tap on the plus ➕ icon and select files. 
  • Locate where you saved the pictures and select them. 
  • The pictures will be attached to your message box and finally hit on the send icon to send the text message. 

This is an initial explanation as I have provided a detailed explanation below. 

As we now have the rcs chat feature on google messages, sending a picture, video, documents or any type of file on android is a lot easier and better. 

So no to mms text messaging as it no longer Mahe any sense at all now we have instant messaging service and better still the rcs chat message. 

Getting Started

To send a picture in a text message on android phone, get started by downloading Google messages on your android phone or tablet, and please make sure that the recipient is also using the Google messages app

Once installed, open the google messages app. 

Tap on the hamburger menu option and select Settings. 

send a picture in a text message on android phone

The very first option you will see will be Chat Features, tap on it and wait for it to connect your phone number to the google rcs messaging. 

Normally it doesn’t take more than 30 minutes to have your phone number connected with the rcs chat feature but in some occasion it can take up to an hour or more. But make sure you have an active internet connection and sim card or eSim in your android phone. 

Once connected, it should show connected as shown on the picture below.

Rcs chat feature

Now you’re set and ready sending pictures, videos, documents and any type of file on your android phone to another android phone though so far the maximum file limit is 100mb.

I do believe that will be increased in the future.

Sending pictures in a text message on android 

Open the google message app, tap on Start Chat and enter the recipient’s phone number or name if saved on your android phone. 

Beside the message box, tap on the plus ➕ icon as shown below. 

Google messages

Among the options presented to you, select Files by tapping on it. Locate the folder you saved the picture on your android phone or tablet. 

Tap on the picture or select all the pictures by tapping on them, immediately they will be attached to your message box like below.

Google messages

You can choose to add text to the message box or leave it empty. Finally tap on the send button to send the picture to the recipient.

As rcs chat feature is an instant messaging service, you will know if the text message has been delivered to the recipient, and when the recipient opened the text message. 

Remember to have an active internet connection when sending the picture in a text message on your android phone.

Once the recipient is also using the rcs chat feature and has an active internet connection, definitely the recipient will receive the text message. 

And this is the latest and best way to send a picture in a text message on android phone by using the Google messages rcs chat feature. 

Below is the old method using mms. 

So first I will be using the default Samsung message application, and this is only available to those using the Samsung smartphone.

On Samsung Smartphones

To send a picture in a text message on an android phone (Samsung), kindly open the message application on your phone.

Tap on the new message icon to create a new message, or if you have already sent a message to the recipient previously, scroll down, and locate the message box.

Having done that which is adding the recipient, look down on where it states to enter the message. You’ll see a cross or plus icon ( ➕) simply tap on it.

how to send a photos in a text message on Samsung

Tapping on the plus icon will take you to other features that come with the message application. This is something that most android users never knew at all.

They only enter the message and click on the send icon without minding to explore other features of their phone message app.

So tap on the plus icon.

When you do so, it will bring out options that are featured in the messaging app. These options include;

  • Gallery or photos
  • Camera icon
  • Location or GPS
  • Other options

As our main focus is on how to send a picture in a text message on android, you should select the gallery or photo icon.

You can as well tap and select the camera icon if the picture you want to send was snapped using your phone camera or you want to take a shot at that very moment.

Tapping on the gallery or photo icon brings out all the photos or pictures on your Samsung smartphone.

This always starts from the recent or the newest pictures to the oldest pics in your phone.

Scroll down and having seen the picture you want to send as a text message on your android phone, simply tap on the picture.

If they are multiple (more than one) tap on all the pictures and click on done.

You’ll see that the selected media or pictures will be attached to the message box. You can as well add a text message to the message box, and after you’re done, click on the send icon. 

how to send a picture in a text message on android

The recipient will receive the message as it was sent to him or her. This includes both the picture(s) and the text itself.

On other Android phones

I tried using the procedure I used on my Samsung galaxy s9 plus to send a picture in a text message on an android phone which is Huawei and Xiaomi, I noticed that it wasn’t possible for me.

So what i did is to download the official Google message app for android.

However, when i downloaded and installed the application, it worked perfectly fine and just like the Samsung message app.

So for other android smartphone brands, if your phone doesn’t support  sending a picture in a text message on android, please kindly use the below guide.

First download and install the official Google message app for android.

Having done so, open the app and set it as your default message app. If you don’t do this, you can’t use the application on your android phone.

Look down on and you’ll see where it states start chat. 

Simply click on the button to send a picture in a text message on android.

Typr the name of the recipient or scroll down to your contacts and select the recipient you want to send the multimedia message to.

Google message app is quite different from samsung, here you don’t have to tap or click on the plus or cross icon, but rather on the gallery icon.

how to send a picture in a text message on android

Tap on the gallery or photo icon as it is on the picture above.

You’ll see all the pictures on your android phone, starting from the most recent to the oldest pictures.

You’ll see a camera icon 📸 floating across the screen. You can tap on the icon if you want to take a shot and send it as a multimedia message.

So tap and select the picture(a) you want to send. It will take you to the message box and you can enter texts if you wish to or even emoji.

To send the message, tap on the arrow ➡ button that states MMS and that’s it.

Google message app for android

You’ve have successfully send a picture in a text message on android.

Please Note sending multimedia messages from your android phone to another phone isn’t for free, unless your network offers that for free.

Sending text messages can be for free or relatively cheaper, but that isn’t the case with multimedia messages. My country charge a lot when it comes to sending a picture in a text message on android, especially if the file size is big.

So it depends on your country and also your isp network provider.

Lastly, in the case that the recipient didn’t receive the multimedia message, then it is down to you not having enough credit to send the message, or poor network connection.

However, the recipient should also check his or her phone message settings and see if things are in order.

Alternative to send a picture in a text message on android

You can forget about using the message app to send a picture in a text message on android, get yourself other alternatives.

Technology have really changed and i will say that the number of persons that uses their default phone message app to send multimedia messages has reduced drastically.

What is the major reason for this? 

We now have WhatsApp, telegram, Skype etc.

Smartphone users now prefer to use these social media apps to send videos, pictures or file to anyone than using the default phone message app.

All these social media apps are more flexible than the message applications we have today. For me, i prefer to use WhatsApp or Skype to send pictures or videos to anyone, unless the person isn’t making use of these social media apps.

No charges except you’re using mobile data.

The tutorial above is the best guide you will see on how to text a picture on a samsung phone or any other Android phone.

Send multiple pictures in text message on android

To send multiple text messages on android phone, kindly open the message app on your phone.

On the message app tap on new conversation and enter the recipient phone number or select from your contact.

To send multiple pictures in text message on android, look at the options on your screen and you will see a picture icon, camera icon and a plus ➕ icon just like on the picture below.

send multiple pictures in text message on android

Tap on the picture icon and all the pictures on your phone will be displayed on your screen or you can tap on the camera icon to take pictures from your phone camera.

Select all the multiple pictures you wish to send  and they will all appear on the text message just like on the picture below.

How to send a picture in a text message on android

Enter the body of the message or leave it empty if you want to, and finally tap on the send arrow icon or button. And that’s it, how to send multiple pictures in text message on android phone and tablet.

How to attach photo to text on android phone?

To attach a photo to text on android phone;

  • Open the messages app and tap on Start chat. 
  • Enter the name if saved in your android phone or the recipient phone number. 
  • Beside the message box you will see a picture icon and a plus ➕, select any of the two and locate the picture. 
  • Tap on the picture and it will be attached to the text message box. 

How do i send a picture from my phone to another phone number? 

To send a picture from my phone to another phone number, you simply need to use google rcs chat feature or even the iMessage to send pictures from your phone to another phone number using the message app. 

Scroll up and you will see how to go about it.

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So i do recommend that you make use of whatsapp, telegram, Skype and others to send a picture in a text message on android.

4 thoughts on “How to send a picture in a text message on android phone”

  1. Right, succeeded, many thanks for that!!!
    Xiaomi phone here with Android. Any chance of having control where the picture ends up in the text???

    Best regards, Leo.

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