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.

Send pictures, videos, or GIFs

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Open or start a conversation.
  3. Tap Attach Add.
  4. Select if you want to send photos, videos, stickers or GIFs. You can also use the camera to take a picture or start a recording.
  5. Find and tap the file you want to send in the list. You can scroll up or down.
  6. Tap Send Send.

Note: Photos or recordings that you take 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.

See previews of links people send you

You can see previews of links without clicking them. These link previews are provided by Google and are based on info from the websites they link to; they might use data.

To turn link previews on or off:

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Tap More Moreand thenSettings.
  3. Tap Advanced and then Automatic link previews.
  4. Turn on Show previews in messages.

Note: URLs could have personal info, like your location or banking info, so only share links you trust.