Pictures

Share pictures and videos

Some people like to share snapshots of major events, like birthdays and graduations. Others broadcast what they're having for lunch. Whatever your sharing habits, you've got lots of choices for showing off your pictures and videos.

To share a picture or video on a social network

Note

You can share videos on OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) or Facebook. You can share pictures on OneDrive, Facebook, or Twitter.

  1. On Start Start icon, tap Pictures Pictures icon.

  2. Find a picture or video you want to share. (To share a picture from an online album, you'll need to save it to your phone first.)

  3. Tap More More icon (or tap and hold the picture), and then tap Share.

    Tip

    You can also tap Share on Facebook. (If you don't have Facebook on your phone, you'll see Share on SkyDrive.) To change this, tap Pictures Pictures icon > More More icon > Settings. Tap Quick Share Account, and then select SkyDrive or Facebook.

  4. Tap the name of the social network you want to post to.

  5. Tap the text box to type a caption (optional). If you are posting on Twitter, the caption will appear in your tweet.

  6. Tap Upload Send picture icon (picture) or Send video icon (video).

To tag a picture

You can tag faces in a picture when posting it to Facebook or OneDrive. When sharing a picture, before you tap Upload Send icon, do one of the following:

  • If your phone detects an untagged face, you'll see a box around it. Tap Who's this? and then choose a contact or type a tag.
  • If your phone doesn't detect the face, tap Add tag Tag icon, and then choose a contact or type a tag.
Picture tagging
Tagging a picture

Tip

You can remove or edit tags on your pictures right from your phone—whether you added them yourself, or a friend did it. Open the picture, tap More More icon > Add or view tags. Tap the tag you want to change, and then tap Change or Delete.

To share a picture or video in a text message, email, or IM

  1. On Start Start icon, tap Pictures Pictures icon.

  2. Find a picture or video you want to share. (To share a picture from an online album, you'll need to save it to your phone first.)

  3. Tap More More icon (or tap and hold the picture), and then tap Share.

  4. To send the item in a text message or IM, tap Messaging. To send it in email, tap the name of the email account you want to use.

  5. A new email or message opens with the item attached.

Note

To share multiple pictures in a text message or to share a video, voice note, or custom ringtone in a text message, your phone must be running the latest version of Windows Phone software (OS version 7.10.8773.98). If your phone is running an earlier version of Windows Phone software, you can only share one picture in a text or instant message. For information about software updates, see Phone updates FAQ.

To automatically upload each picture you take to OneDrive

OneDrive is part of Windows Live, a password-protected service on the web, where you can store and share your documents and pictures—up to 7 GB for free. Sign in to photos.live.com with your Windows Live ID and you're all set.

  1. On Start Start icon, flick left to the App list.

  2. Tap Settings Settings icon, flick left to Applications, and then tap Pictures + Camera.

  3. Turn on Automatically upload to SkyDrive.

    Pictures + camera settings
    Pictures + camera settings

Tip

Once you upload some pictures and videos to OneDrive, you'll also see a selection of them when you go to My Phone on windowsphone.com. To learn more about My Phone, see My Phone FAQ.

Notes

  • You won't be able to upload pictures automatically to OneDrive if your phone has only 256 MB of RAM. Contact your phone manufacturer for more information.
  • Pictures are uploaded to OneDrive and other social networks at low resolution. To back up your pictures at full resolution, use the Zune software on your computer. To learn more, see Sync music, pictures, and videos. You can also upload your pictures at full resolution using the OneDrive app, which is available in Marketplace.
  • If your phone has no cellular or Wi-Fi connection or if the battery is low, pictures will not automatically upload to OneDrive. If this happens, your phone might be able to upload the pictures, later, when you have a data connection or connect the phone to the charger.

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