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How Do I Send Photos In the Original Format?

I noticed that Pictures I send in messages looks smaller that the original.

Comments: 5 Responses to “How Do I Send Photos In the Original Format?”

    2 years ago

    Yes, sending images using text messaging will often shrink them. Messaging isn't meant for sending large files. What happens depends on what you are doing, exactly.

    You didn't mention whether this is on iOS or Mac. On iOS, there is a setting in Settings, Messages for Low Quality Image Mode. If that is on, then images will always be compressed. But even with that off, it depends on whether you are sending via iMessage or SMS. If SMS, then your mobile carrier may compress the images even further. On a Mac there is no setting, but note that SMS messages are sent through your iPhone, so the same thing applies. iMessages are sent directly from your Mac and should be compressed less, but I'm not sure of the details.

    The bottom line is that if you want to send originals of the photos, Messages is not the way to do it. It is not a high-bandwidth situation. Instead you can use email, though that is often problematic with large files too. You don't want to send a large message and have the person on the other end receive it on a mobile plan and cut into their bandwidth allotment for the month.

    Sharing large photos is best done using file sharing, like iCloud, Dropbox, etc. Or, using photo sharing, like iCloud Photo galleries, or the equivalent from Google and such. If the person is nearby and you are both using Apple devices, the Airdrop is the best way.

    But if you intention is just to share a quick photo for fun. Then Messages is fine. It will shrink it, but millions of people do it this way anyway.

    pam say Travel
    2 years ago

    I believe my daughter was sending from her MacBook and I received on my iPhone 11..
    Also this is my first MacBook but not new Apple products. I am having a hard time with this touchpad. Are there any courses that will get me up to speed?

    2 years ago

    Pam: Is your only problem using the TrackPad, it is just something that takes time to get used to. Keep working with it. Look in System Preferences, TrackPad and look at the video examples Apple provides there to learn some of the gestures.

    2 years ago

    I just got the Magic Mouse 2 this fixed the problem instantly. I was able to fly through anything Im working on easily with no training our help.

    Mark Holmes
    2 years ago

    Pam, When you get the chance and have some time to play with the TrackPad, please do. I think you'll quickly find it is even preferable to a mouse (long time mouse user - would never go back to one now).

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