How to send photos and videos from an iPhone to an Android phone

How to send photos and videos from an iPhone to an Android phone
To send a bunch of pictures or a video from one iPhone to another is a quick and easy task. You're free to use AirDrop, or if the recipient isn't nearby, there's also iCloud photo sharing. To send images from an iPhone to an Android smartphone or tablet, however, can be a bit trickier. That's why we decided to come up with this guide where we go over five different ways of sending photos from an iPhone to an Android device. 

Via Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Viber, etc.

It has become very common for people to exchange photos and videos over a favorite IM client, such as Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Viber, Skype, ChatOn, WhatsApp, Kakao Talk, BBM, and the likes. And there's nothing wrong with that – these multi-platform services, available on both iOS and Android, are easy to use and let you send images in bulk. On the downside, most of them will downscale the outgoing photo to save data and to speed up the process. In other words, the received image will not be of its original quality. If that's not a problem, however, feel free to use the IM service you like best.

Via Email

Every iPhone has a fully functional email application, and even a novice user should know their way around it. With its help, one can easily send a photo or two to a buddy of theirs, regardless of the make and model of the recipient's smartphone. Unfortunately, there's a number of limitations to this method, and one of them is that there's a limit to how much data you can send. Apple's email service has a 20MB attachment limit, while Gmail lets you attach no more than 25MB per email. These limitations can be bypassed using a cloud service, but more on that in a bit.

Option 1. To attach an image to an outgoing email, hold your finger down on a blank spot in the text field. Lift your finger when a magnifying bubble appears. Choose "Insert Photo or Video" from the menu that pops up. You may pick just one image at a time using this method.

Option 2. To attach multiple photos to an email, it is more convenient to insert them straight from the Photos app. Once there, tap "Select" in the upper right-hand corner, mark the images you want to send, tap the sharing button in the lower left-hand corner, and choose your Mail app.

The email app will automatically compress the videos that you attach to your emails. The photos can be downsized as well or sent in their original resolution to preserve quality.

Over the cloud

Cloud services are used for more than just data back-up. Most of them let us easily share files and photo galleries with fellow Android users. Dropbox and Google Drive are ideal for the purpose with their ability to generate secure links to your images in their full resolution. Better yet, the services are free to use, unless you need more storage space than what a free account provides. Speaking of storage, Dropbox provides only 2GB of data for free, but you can get additional space by referring friends and/or completing various tasks. On the other hand, a free Google Drive account has a generous cap of 15GB, but the space is shared between your Google+ and Gmail accounts. 

Sharing photos using Dropbox

Once you have your Dropbox app installed and account set up, it is time to upload the images you want to share onto the cloud. Open Dropbox and make a new folder for the images. Then go to the folder you just created, tap on "Create" at the bottom then tap on"Upload Photos", and choose the images from your gallery.

Once your images have finished uploading, you may tap on the sharing button under the folder name. From here, you can either share the folder directly to someone or have Dropbox generate a link, which you can send to one or more of your buddies. The difference is that the first option requires the recipient to have a Dropbox account (or login through other means) while the link will take them to a gallery displaying the images you put in the new Dropbox folder. Photos and videos are provided in their full resolution.

To share a single photo or video, tap on the three dots next to it, then on "Share", and you'll get the same options like those mentioned above.

Sharing photos using Google Drive

The process of sending images via Google Drive is pretty similar. To share a bunch of photos and/or videos, upload them to a new folder on your cloud. After you create the folder, tap on the plus icon in the lower right corner, then on "Upload" and after that "Photos and Videos". Select the pictures you want to share and tap on "Upload".

After the photos are uploaded to the folder, return to the main Drive directory and tap on the three dots next to the folder's name. Make sure you've enabled Link Sharing before using it. From here you can either invite people to access the folder with your photos or ask Drive to generate a link to it.

To send a single image, tap on the three dots next to it and choose a sharing option as described above.

Using an app for file transferring

There's an app for pretty much anything nowadays, including for quick and easy file sharing. Here is one of them that works well and is available on both iOS and Android. The trick to getting it to transfer your files is to have the app installed on both devices. Otherwise, it won't be able to establish a connection between the phones.

Send Anywhere

We like Send Anywhere for its reliability and ease of use. You don't even need an account to use it. Sending photos and videos is done by selecting them from the app, after which it generates a unique 6-digit key. The recipient – an Android user with Send Anywhere installed on their device, in this case – initiates the transfer by entering the code on their phone or tablet or scanning the provided QR code. Data is transferred in a peer-to-peer manner over the "optimal network path between the devices", which could be a Wi-Fi network or the internet.

Using a computer

As long as you have the necessary USB cables on hand, you may copy your images using a computer's file manager. The process is pretty straightforward and required neither internet access nor the installation of additional hardware onto the iPhone or Android device, unlike the methods described above. This is the solution we'd recommend for transferring photos and videos large in number or size.

With both the iPhone and Android device connected to a computer, open the iPhone's internal storage and copy the media you wish to transfer.

Now open the Android phone or tablet in your file explorer and paste the images in a new or existing folder.



1. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I use LifeCake to send family (see:kids) photos to my wife and the 2 grandma's. I installed it on their phones and it has an instant notification when I post new images and videos.

2. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I believe tapping the mail option goes away after selecting 10 photos on iOS. You can get around that by hitting copy instead and pasting them into an email.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

5 in email which sucks, and up to 14 by text. Not sure how many thru iMessage. You're right about the copy thing.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This has always been one of my biggest reasons for staying with iOS. The auto video file editing/compression feature makes for a great point, shoot and send camera. That cannot attatch file size too large message, when for getting to manually limit for mms on android is a downer. I don't know if it's due to copyright issues or what, but Google should implement it. It also so keep the res high enough, for vids/pics to stay looking good after sending via mms, or email.

6. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I do this with my Note 3 and stock or several 3rd party apps. It automatically compresses the photo but keeps it at a quality level.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My Note 3 didn't do it stock, and I've never owned an Android device that did. Hmmmmm...

30. Truthalltime

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 08, 2018

MMS? Do ppl still use that? Either share a link on Google drive or send via share it app... It has never been easier to send things on Android

5. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Actually, if Apple would just let their phone use NFC to transfer instead of just creating yet another proprietary app, this wouldn't be an issue.

8. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Is this really such a problem? (Says the Android user who is perfectly happy with it. Long ago Palm user, then Windows of multiple versions until they made my favorite app incompatible, and who is tired of her Mark I iPad wanting to update Words with Friends and then telling me there is no app to update to.)

9. torr310

Posts: 1728; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I use Line chat app to share it... remember to select the normal size picture so the picture will bot be compressed.

10. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

I use SendAnywhere routinely. It supports every platform out there, which means you can use it not just for Android iOS but for just about any OS combo. Also there's no account setup required.

13. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014


14. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Now if iOS would just name photo files with a unique identifier instead of naming them during attachment as "photo1", "photo2", etc. File handling sucks on my iPhone.

16. Alicia78

Posts: 3; Member since: May 05, 2015

I think the most appropriate option to transfer photos and videos from an iPhone to an Android phone is by utilzing Wifi Transfer with help of an app, like you can use SmartioApp, which allows users to easily transfer pictures,videos from iPhone to android & to iPhone over wifi/hotspot with in seconds,with involving pc and log in mentioned on smartioapp .com .Hopefully this will help.

17. mariekettering

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

Android Official has a tutorial: Switch to Android offers the methods transferring data from iPhone to Android. Another easy method is using some third-party tools like RecoveryAndroid Phone Transfer. One click to transfer data between iPhone and Android.

18. michaelesherwood

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 30, 2015

As we all know, Android and iPhone are in different operating systems. So we cannot use iPhone Transfer to move data anymore. But we can use Mobile Transfer which supports different mobile operating systems like Android, iOS and more.Here is an example of how to transfer photos from iPhone to Samsung.

22. alexeyporubay

Posts: 2; Member since: May 23, 2017

Great post, thanks for that. I read a great info about convert iOS apps to Android.

24. SamKahleah

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 13, 2017

Great of this. also here is another way to transfer photos and videos from iPhone to Android, watch this video

25. smoked_2na unregistered

Or you could just use Google Photos which will share both photos and video without the receiver needing a (username/password). Best part, high-quality photo storage is unlimited.

26. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Google photos. That's how long this article needed to be.

27. Vokilam

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t google legally take ownership of all photos and videos you post or store using their services?

28. Valdomero

Posts: 707; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Yep, but what give if Google only owns memes and pics of your pets? I mean it's free after all, you have to pay somehow...

29. Truthalltime

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 08, 2018

How about the article also mentions that sending from Android to android (even other operating systems except ios) is a breeze?

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