Motorola Droid: Send Picture in Email or Text Message

You can share pictures on your Motorola Droid smart phone by sending them via email or text message. Here’s how.

1. Open the Gallery app.

2. Navigate to the photo you would like to share.

3. Tap and hold your finger on the picture you want to send.

4. A menu will appear where you can tap Share.

Droid share option

5. Tap Message or Email.

A message form will appear where you can send the picture.


  1. Patricia Murphy says

    Mitch: It great to see straight forward directions that work. Thanks for your help!

  2. Heather says

    My Droid use to send pics via text fine until the big update. Now it will send the pic, but then a minute or so later it says that the pic was to large and did not send. Does anyone know how to fix this?

  3. Lions Man says

    On my Droid it wouldn’t work by using the long tap if you viewed the picture with the phone held the “normal vertical way”. You had to move the phone in to the “horizontal ” view (sideways), wait for the picture to change, then tap and hold the picture. Once I did that it gave me the option to email it.

  4. Sabina says

    When my friends send texts, from an iphone for an example, it just sends a message that says download but the picture doesn’t show.. how come?

  5. Jason says

    My friend has a droid phone, she wants to send me a picture of us, but every MMS she sends me, a messages comes up saying failed to play Picture message. I know my picture messaging is working fine because I can get them from other people. I think this has to do with a format setting from the different phones but i’m not sure. Help would be apprecated :b thanks

  6. Fred says

    When I try to transfer pictures from my Droid X2 to my pc, some of the images won’t open up on my PC. I get a message “invalid” format but the files that I transfer are JPEG’s.

    I can see the pictures in my gallery on my Droid, but when I look at the files on my Droid hard drive, I can only see two of the 200 or so pictures I have. When I look at the details of the pictures I cannot see, I do not see any “dimensions” showing up in the detail. For the two pictures I can see as thumbnails, “dimensions” details show up.

    Why can I see these pictures on my Gallery but not see them as thumb nails on my Droid hard drive?

  7. Roadruler says

    I have my orignial Droid X from last July and I thought I was just having probs receiving pics from Iphones, and whenever I tried to download the pics sent in handcent, or tried to send a pic, it would say “national access coverage not available.” Getting regular txts worked just fine. I was researching on the net on how to fix the prob when I came across a thread where someone mentioned that having your wifii on can affect your mms. My wifii wasn’t on, but my gps was (which I do not normally leave on to save battery). When I turned that off, I was able to receive and send pics no prob. Hope this can help someone!

  8. J-Rock says

    I went to & found the “droid forum”; also found same subject matter. It says to take your battery out while phone is on, wait a few seconds, replace battery, and then turn phone back on.. This worked for me.. However it didn’t say why or how this problem occured.

  9. tony says

    When Itry sending or uploading a picture it alwaysappears sideways and not the way I tool the picture

  10. Zeke says

    Whenever i try to send a photo it says national access coverage not avaliable can someone please tell me what that means

  11. Cori Thornton says

    When I send pics via text msg frm my gallery, the people tht receive them do not hv the option to save to their gallery, also this happens when I rec a pic msg.

  12. Robert says

    I’ve been having the same problem; I try to send a picture to my email, or upload it to Myspace, and the msg sits in my outbox for anywhere from 15 mins to 2 days.

    Recently, I think I found a troubleshooting problem that works (and may speak to what the ultimate solution is): Set the phone to Performance Mode in the Battery Options. This tells me that what’s happening is pix are in purgatory because some sync setting somewhere isn’t happening or is waiting.

  13. Mitch says

    You should have the option to Copy to SD Card when you tap and hold the image. Doing that should add it to your Gallery.

  14. NewGram says

    When my daughter texts me photos of my new grandson, I want to upload them to Facebook so that all of my friends can see him, but I can’t get the menu or share option to come up. I can easily send any picture in my gallery. I would like to copy the pictures to my gallery but I can’t do that either.

  15. ever says

    i have experience the same problem. sending pics from the share screen as gmail. sending 1,2,3 pics will clog my email.. all accts yahoo and gmail. you tube all google application linked. this began right after the upgrade firmware. mad as hell with this phone. wishing i had my old blackberry. this phone sucks big time!!!

  16. Jessica says

    I have an iPhone and i can receive MMS photos from Droids, but my friends with droids cannot receive MMS photos from me. Any idea if this could be droid size limitations for receiving pictures or how i can fix this?

  17. Sharon says

    My father has a Droid and he cannot RECEIVE photos that I send him from my phone. Any ideas where the pictures I send him are going?

  18. sarah says

    The share option doesn’t work!! it won’t send…

    do it this way:

    send it as a message, but in the “to” field type in your email address. It’s the only way it will send


    i also have the mute of death with this one. can’t wait until i can replace it with something other than a droid. awful awful phone.

  19. cindy says

    I am not able to send a photo, any suggestions, I don’t want to download all my programs again. Cindy

  20. Mike says

    I did a phone reset and now it works as new. Go to settings, privacy, and reset. You will have to download all your programs again. It works though.

  21. Mike says

    I also have the issue that I cannot send pictures attached to text messages. I can receive them though. Also, regular texting without attachments work fine. When I attempt to send with attached photo, it loads on the text message screen and sits with an envelope and clock icon to the right of the photo. Not sure but this may have started after the Verizon 2.1 Droid OS update.

  22. Missy says

    I had same problem…downloaded handcent app from marketplace…not my favorite program but it works for sending pictures/attachments to text messages and has quick text too

  23. JEFFBWI says

    I am having the SAME problem as Francis Feb 20, 2010. Some contacts can receive the picture, and some can receive the videos. Others can not. I can’t receive them myself (with using a gmail account).

  24. alex says

    i thought i was having the same problem with mine too..but i notice that it takes forever to send it or for them to receive it..i think it was about a min for them to receive it if not a lil bit longer

  25. francis says

    My droid used to be able to share picture under my camera, gallery.
    But suddenly, failed and from now on, I did the same and even emailed back myself the pic.

    Still not sent out, no error message locally.

    Contrarily, msg: mail sent out. Successfully.

    Can someone advise me??

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