Print, Share, and Delete Photos in the iPhone Photos App

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Thanks to its high-quality camera, the iPhone has become one of the most popular cameras ever made. Since it's probably with you most of the time, your iPhone is the natural choice for capturing a special moment. You can easily store your pictures on your iPhone to show off to your friends and family, but what if they're not nearby? Cue iOS's built-in Photos app — perfect for emailing, printing, tweeting, and texting your photos.

Need to get photos from your standalone digital camera into your iPhone. Find out how in How to Transfer Photos From Your Camera to Your iPhone.

How to Share Single or Multiple Photos on iPhone

Use these techniques to share single or multiple photos. To share a single photo, go to the Photos app and tap the photo you want to share. You'll see a box-and-arrow button at the bottom left. Tap that and choose from the options discussed below in the pop-up menu. To share more than one photo, go to Photos -> Camera Roll and tap Select (iOS 7 and up) or the box-and-arrow button in the top right (iOS 6 and earlier) and follow the instructions below.

How to Email Multiple Photos from Your iPhone

  1. Select photos by tapping on them. A blue (iOS 7 and up) or red (iOS 6 and earlier) checkmark appears on selected photos

  2. Tap the box with the arrow (iOS 7 and up) or Share (iOS 6 and earlier) button at the bottom of the screen

  3. Tap the Mail (iOS 7) or Email (iOS 6 and earlier) button

  4. This takes you to the Mail app; send them like a normal email.

It's worth noting that you are limited to sharing up to 5 photos at once using this method.

How to Tweet Photos from iPhone

In iOS 5 and up, you can tweet photos directly from the app. To do that, install the official Twitter app on your phone and sign in. Select the photo you want to tweet, tap the box-and-arrow in the bottom left, and tap Twitter (iOS 7 and up) or Tweet (iOS 5 and 6). Enter any text you want to include and tap Post or Send to post the photo to Twitter.

How to Post Photos to Facebook from iPhone

In iOS 6 and up, you can also post photos to Facebook directly from the Photos app. To do this, follow the same steps as for posting to Twitter, except tap the Facebook icon instead of Twitter.

How to Text Message Multiple Photos on iPhone

  1. To send multiple photos via SMS (aka text message), tap Select (iOS 7 and up) and select the photos you want to send

  2. Tap the box-and-arrow button in Camera Roll

  3. Tap Messages

  4. This takes you to the Messages app, where you can choose who to text the photos to.

With this method, you may share up to 9 photos at once.

How to Assign Photos to iPhone Contacts

Assigning a photo to a contact in your address book makes that person's photo appear when they call or email you. To do that, tap the photo you want to use, tap the box-and-arrow button, and tap Assign to Contact. This pulls up your Address Book. Find the person and tap their name. Depending on your iOS version, you may be able to move or resize the photo. When you have it the way you want it, tap Choose (iOS 7) or Set Photo (iOS 6 and earlier).

How to Copy Multiple Photos on iPhone

You can also copy and paste pictures from the Photos app. In the Camera Roll, tap the box-and-arrow and select the photos. Then tap the Copy button. You can then paste the photos into an email or another document by using copy and paste.

With this method you may share up to 5 photos at once.

How to Print Photos from Your iPhone

Print photos via AirPrint by tapping the box-and-arrow button in Camera Roll and selecting the photos. Tap the Print button at the bottom of the screen. If you haven't already chosen a printer, you'll choose one and how many copies you'd like. Then tap the Print button.

Good news -- there's no limit for how many photos you may print with this method.

How to Delete Photos on Your iPhone

From Camera Roll, tap Select (iOS 7 and up) or the box-and-arrow (iOS 6 and earlier) and select the photos. Tap the trash can icon or Delete in the bottom right corner. Confirm the deletion by tapping on the Delete Photos (iOS 7) or Delete Selected Items (iOS 6) button. If you're viewing a single photo, just tap the trash can icon in the bottom right.

There's also no limit for how many photos you may delete using this method.

Share Photos via AirPlay or AirDrop

If you're connected to the same Wi-Fi network as an AirPlay-compatible device (such as the Apple TV) or another iOS device running iOS 7 or higher, you can send your photos or slideshows to it. Select the photo, tap the sharing icon, and then tap the AirPlay icon (a rectangle with a triangle pushing into it from below) or AirDrop button and select the device.

Using Photo Stream on iOS

In iOS 5 and up, you can use iCloud to automatically upload your photos to your iCloud account and automatically download them to all your compatible devices using Photo Stream. To turn this on:

  1. Tap Settings on your home screen

  2. Scroll down to Photos & Camera (iOS 7) or Photos (iOS 6) and tap it

  3. Slide My Photo Stream to On/green.