4 Easy Ways to Send Large and Multiple Photos to Friends

Use these tools to privately send photos to anyone

Photo Sharing
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Online photo-sharing has never been as big of a trend as it is nowadays. Just a few years ago, uploading tons of photos to Facebook albums via the desktop web was what most people did. And before that, they just sent them to people by email.

Today, however, people are increasingly sharing more photos that are higher quality and larger in file size. The convenience of mobile web browsing plus the added bonus of having really exceptional smartphone cameras have both really changed the way we now handle photography, encouraging more people to flock toward popular cloud storage services in order to host, access and share their photos from anywhere or with anyone.

If you're still stuck in the early 2000s attaching individual photos to email messages or creating private Facebook albums to share with specific friends, it's time to change that. Here are six great ways you can send heaps of photos privately and securely to anyone you want.

Google Photos
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If the people you want to share photos with aren't on Facebook or aren't willing to download and use Moments, you could try Google's photo feature that's part of its Drive cloud storage service—called Google Photos. You get 15 GB of free storage.

If you already have a Google account, you can start using it immediately. So if you have a collection of photos to share, you could create a new collection to share and then select the photo files to upload and add to it. When you're done, easily select the people you want to share your photos with from your contacts or grab the URL and send it directly to anyone.

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Dropbox
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Dropbox is similar to Google Photos, and is another extremely popular cloud storage service. You only get 2 GB of free storage space, but you can increase that limit for free if you refer people to sign up with Dropbox.

Dropbox lets you "Share" your folders by inviting others to become collaborators. And like Google Photos, you can also grab the link to any folder or photo file and send it to anyone who needs access to it.

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Facebook Moments
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Believe it or not, Facebook has a dedicated app for photo sharing—solving the problem of never being able to view or get a copy of your friends' photos that they took with their devices. So if you go to a party, and you take a bunch of great photos, and other people take lots of great photos too, you can ensure that everyone gets to swap those photos easily with Moments.

The app lets you sync up albums between yourself and the Facebook friends who were with you, so you can privately share your photos with specific people and not everyone on Facebook. It even uses facial recognition technology to group your photos based on who's in them, making them easier to share with the appropriate people.

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AirDrop
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If you and the people you want to share your photos with are all Apple users, there's no reason why you shouldn't be using the convenient AirDrop feature for sharing. It basically lets users seamlessly transfer files from device to device when they're both nearby each other.

AirDrop works for all sorts of files, but it's really perfect for photo sharing. Here's a more detailed description of AirDrop and how to use it.

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  • iOS devices
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