How Do I Share Photos Using My Android Phone?

The easiest ways to share photos from your Android phone with friends and family.

When we buy a smartphone, we’re also purchasing a pretty good camera. And since we have it with us all the time, we take a ton of photos. But what good are those pictures if no one can see them? That makes knowing how to share photos a vital skill for every smartphone owner.

Oh, sure, you could send a batch of images in a text. But no one wants to deal with the hassle of uploading a photo one by one to Messages. There are easier—and better—ways of getting those fantastic photos out of your photo library and in front of your friends, family, and followers.

Google Photos

If you’re using an Android device, your default photo library is Google Photos, which is great, because it’s super easy to share photos using the app.

  1. Open Google Photos, tap Sharing in the bottom-right corner, then Start a new share.
  2. Choose the pictures you want to send, then tap Next.
  3. Here, you’re asked to Add recipients. Tap the Plus sign to select and add the contacts with whom you want to share the album. Once you’ve added all your friends, tap Done.
  4. Give your album a creative name, add a note about the album, and when you’re ready tap Send.


Another social share option is Facebook Messenger. Many people use Facebook to post photos already, but with Messenger you can share them with a smaller, more private group of Facebook friends.

If you don’t have Facebook Messenger, you’ll need to download it. Once you do that, here’s how you share images using the app:

  1. Open Messenger and tap the Message icon in the bottom-right corner to start a new chat.
  2. Add the friend or friends you want to share pictures with.
  3. Tap the Photo icon (the one that looks like a mountain and a small sun), then tap the Gridview icon (the small grid icon in the bottom-left corner) to see all your photos. Select each photo you want to add, then tap the Paper Plane icon in the bottom-right corner to send.
  4. Your friends can download the shared photos and add their own to the same chat.

There are other ways to share photos from your Android device—such as posting to Twitter or Instagram—but these are three of the easiest ways to send a batch of images to your closest friends. They’re going to love reliving your fantastic vacation! We hope.

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