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Send photos, videos or voice recordings in Android Messages

You can send and receive photos, videos, or audio files as multimedia messages (MMS) in Android Messages.

On devices running Android 6.0 and up, you'll need to give Android Messages permission to send or get files. Learn about app permissions.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 6.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Attach a picture or video

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Open or start a conversation.
  3. Tap Attach Add.
    • To pick from photos or videos on your device, tap Insert image Insert image.
    • To pick from a list of stickers, tap Insert sticker Insert sticker.
  4. Find and tap the file you want to send in the list. You can scroll up or down.
  5. To send your photo or video, tap Send Send.

Take and send photos or videos

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Open or start a conversation.
  3. Tap Attach Add.
  4. Tap Take picture Take photo.
  5. The camera display shows near the bottom of the screen.
    • To take a picture, tap Done Done.
    • To see the camera in full-screen view, tap Full screen Full screen.
    • To start recording video, tap Take video Video camera.
    • To stop recording video, tap Stop Stop.
  6. To send your photo or video, tap Send Send.

Note: Photos that you take in Android Messages aren’t saved on your device.

Make and send a voice recording

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Open or start a conversation.
  3. Tap Attach Add.
  4. Tap Speak Speak.
  5. To start recording, touch and hold Microphone Microphone. When you’re done recording, stop holding.
  6. To send your recording, tap Send Send.

Note: Recordings that you make in Android Messages aren’t saved on your device.

Send your location

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Open or start a conversation.
  3. Tap Attach Add.
  4. Tap Location Location.
  5. To send your location, tap Send Send.