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Share Images from the Photos App

The Photos app utilizes a wide range of new iOS 7 features to provide iPhone and iPad users with a greatly expanded Share menu. When you’re ready to share one or more images with others, copy an image into another app, print an image, or use one of the other photo management tools offered by the Photos app, simply tap on the Share menu option or icon that’s displayed.

After tapping on the Photos, Shared, or Albums icon (displayed at the bottom of the Photos screen), depending on how you’re viewing your images, either a Share option or the Share Menu icon is often available to you, as shown in Figure 6-21, Figure 6-22, and Figure 6-23.


FIGURE 6-21 Shown here are the Share options displayed as part of the Moments view, accessible when you tap on the Photos icon at the bottom of the screen.


FIGURE 6-22 Upon tapping on the Albums icon, selecting a specific album, pressing the Select option (in the upper-right corner of the screen), and then selecting one or more images in an album, the Share Menu icon becomes visible and active at the bottom-left corner of the screen (iPhone) or the top-left corner of the screen (iPad).


FIGURE 6-23 When viewing a single image, after it’s been edited or enhanced, for example, the Share Menu icon is displayed near the bottom-left corner of the screen.

The Share Menu

Again, depending on which iOS mobile device you’re using and how you have it set up, the options available from the Share menu will vary. At the top of the Share Menu screen, you see thumbnails for one or more preselected images that are about to be shared. Selected images have a blue-and-white check mark icon displayed in the bottom-right corner of their thumbnail. From this screen, it’s possible to select additional images by tapping on their thumbnails.

Below the image thumbnails (on compatible iPhone and iPad models) is the AirDrop option. If this feature is available and turned on, images can be sent wirelessly to other iOS mobile devices in your immediate vicinity. How to use this feature is explained shortly; see the upcoming “Use AirDrop to Wirelessly Share Images” section.

Beneath the AirDrop section of the Share menu is a row of icons representing the available ways you can share the selected image(s) from your iPhone or iPad. Your options may include the following:

  • Messages—The Photos app automatically integrates with the Messages app that comes preinstalled on your iOS mobile device. Use this option to send selected images to one or more recipients via text message or Apple’s iMessage instant messaging service. Tap on the Messages option and fill in the To field, as prompted (see Figure 6-24). Tap the Send option to send the message with your selected photos embedded.

    FIGURE 6-24

    FIGURE 6-24 Send photos to one or more other people via text message or instant message using functionality built in to the Messages app. This can be done from the Photos app, without having to manually launch the Messages app.

  • Mail—Preselect and then email one or more recipients up to five separate images that can automatically be embedded into an outgoing email message from within the Photos app. After tapping on the Mail icon, fill in the To and Subject fields, and if you want, add some text to the body of the outgoing email message. The selected images are automatically embedded in the outgoing email (see Figure 6-25). Tap on the Send option to send the email.

    FIGURE 6-25

    FIGURE 6-25 From the Photos app, fill in the prompts displayed in the New Message screen to send out an email that contains up to five preselected images.

  • iCloud—Select this option to add the preselected images to an existing shared photo stream (which is accessible from your iCloud account) or to create a new shared photo stream using the preselected images. How to do this is explained in Chapter 13.
  • Twitter—With only one image selected, you can publish it online as a tweet, so it becomes part of your Twitter feed if you have a Twitter account. To do this, select one image and tap on the Twitter icon. Next, when the Twitter window appears (see Figure 6-26), add a text-based caption to your image. The character counter in the lower-left corner of the text window tells you how many characters your outgoing tweet already contains. You can use up to 140 characters per tweet. If necessary, select which Twitter account you want to send the tweet from by tapping on the Account field. Tap on the Location field to enter a location and to publicly post the location where the photo was taken along with the photo. Tap on the Post option to publish your image on Twitter.

    FIGURE 6-26

    FIGURE 6-26 Tweet one photo at a time and publish it as part of your Twitter feed, directly from the Photos app.

  • Facebook—Using the Facebook integration built in to the Photos app, it’s possible to upload one or more images from your iPhone or iPad directly to your Facebook wall. However, if you want to create albums on Facebook, you must use the official Facebook app. From the Photos app, after tapping on the Facebook icon, fill in the fields displayed as part of the Facebook pop-up window (see Figure 6-27). Tap the Post option to publish the preselected photos online. From the Facebook window, you can add a caption to the photo(s), select in which online album they’ll be stored, add a location where the photos were shot, and/or choose who can view the photos on Facebook.

    FIGURE 6-27

    FIGURE 6-27 In the Photos app, select and publish one or more photos at a time directly to your Facebook wall.

  • Flickr—If you use Flickr as an online service to store and showcase your photos, you can upload one or more preselected images from your iPhone or iPad directly to your Flickr account. This can be done from within the Photos app. Tap on the Flickr icon in the Share menu, and fill in the onscreen prompts. Once again, be sure to configure your Flickr account in Settings before attempting to use this feature.

Near the bottom of the Share Menu screen are additional command icons that enable you to utilize the selected images in a variety of ways (see Figure 6-28). Depending on how your iOS mobile device is set up, the command icons available from here may include the following:


FIGURE 6-28 Near the bottom of the Share menu are a handful of additional command options used to manage photos from the Photos app.

  • Copy—Use this command to copy the selected image into iOS 7’s virtual clipboard. Then, when using another app, use the Paste command to insert the image into the app you’re now using. This is one way to incorporate a photo into a Pages document, Numbers spreadsheet, or Keynote digital slide presentation, for example.
  • Slideshow—Display selected images as an animated slideshow on your iOS mobile device’s screen, or on an external HD television set if you use an optional cable. You can also use AirPlay (with an Apple TV) to showcase an animated slideshow on a television set. When you choose the Slideshow option, tap on the Transitions option to choose which animated slide transition you want to use as part of your slideshow. You can also add background music. (The music you choose must be stored on your iOS mobile device, in the Music app.)
  • AirPlay—Turn on and use this feature to wirelessly display individual images or animated slideshows on an HD television set via an Apple TV device.
  • Save To Camera Roll—This option enables you to save the image in the Camera Roll folder, which is accessible using the Photos and iPhoto app, as well as many other apps that enable you to access and utilize your images. By default, the Camera Roll folder is where images you take using the Camera app are stored.
  • Assign to Contact—Insert one selected image to be the profile photo used in a specific Contacts entry. Tap on the Assign to Contact option, from the All Contacts menu, choose which contact entry you want to associate the photo with, adjust the photo from the Move and Scale screen, and then tap on the Choose option to insert that image into the Contacts app and associate it with a specific contact.
  • Use as Wallpaper—Use the selected image as the wallpaper image on your iPhone or iPad’s Lock screen and/or Home screen. Tap on the Use as Wallpaper option, move and scale the image as needed, and then tap on the Set button. Next, select the Set Lock Screen, Set Home Screen, or Set Both option. Your new Lock screen and/or Home screen wallpaper will now be displayed.
  • Print—If you have an AirPrint-compatible home photo printer linked to your iPhone or iPad, use this command to create prints from your digital images that are stored in your iOS mobile device. Be sure to see Chapter 11, “Create Prints from Your iPhone/iPad Photos,” for complete directions on how to do this.
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