Pictures can tell stories even without words. Thus, adding an image to a text message can make a difference. The good news is that sending pictures through text messages is relatively easy.
This article will show you how to attach a picture to a text message. There are two common ways to send images in a text message: an MMS or a link.
1. Attaching Pictures to Text Messages with MMS
SMS is one kind of text message, whereas MMS is the other. SMS is an acronym for “short message service,” and it’s primarily used to transmit text messages. MMS, or “multimedia messaging service,” was created mainly to send photos and videos via mobile devices across great distances.
The picture will show right in the middle of the text when you include a photo within an MMS message.
In the unusual scenario that your cell phone plan does not enable them to receive photographs, they will get a “fallback” automatically. A fallback links the photo that appears similar to those sent through SMS.
To attach an image to an MMS Message, follow these steps.
- Create a new message: Open up the messaging app of your choosing and create a new message.
- Compose your message: Type in the phone number or email address of the person you’re sending the photo to, followed by a comma, and then the text of your message.
- Include your photo: Tap and hold on to the blank space in your text message until a menu pops up. Select “Insert Photo” and choose the photo you want to send. Otherwise, you can paste the URL that hosts the image into the body of the message.
- Send your message: Once you’ve composed your message and added your photo, tap “Send.”
2. Sending Pictures as Links in SMS Text Messages
It’s still possible to send photographs without utilizing MMS, but they won’t be included in the text message. You may incorporate links into SMS messages instead of attaching photos.
To send a photo via a link in the SMS message, here are the steps to follow:
- Open to compose a new SMS message and type in the recipient’s mobile number.
- Type your message, and then use a forward slash (/) to insert a web link. For example, http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2010/01/04/science/space-links.html
- After adding the web link, hit “Send” to complete the process.
- Ideally, you may also use URL shorteners for links that appear long and spammy.
- Your recipient will need to have an active internet connection to view the photo that you’ve sent. They can then long-press on the link to save the image to their device.
What are the Things to Know While Sending Images with a Text Message?
When you’re sending a picture as an MMS, keep in mind that the photo’s file size can be only 300KB. If your image is larger than that, it will automatically be resized by your service provider to meet the 300KB limit.
There is also a character limit for SMS messages – 160 characters. If you go over that limit, your text will be cut off, and you’ll need to continue the message in a new SMS.
These are the things you should keep in mind when sending pictures with a text message.
- Not all mobile phones support MMS, so if you include a picture, make sure the recipient’s phone plan allows for it.
- Images sent as links will not appear in the body of the SMS message but will instead be included as a web link.
- Recipients can long-press on the link to save the image to their device.
Does Sending Images to a Text Message Use Character Limit?
When sending text messages, you’re typically allotted a 160 character limit per message. However, this doesn’t include any images you may choose to send.
A single credit is used in an SMS campaign, whereas an MMS campaign costs three. If you have any questions about our pricing plan or want to learn more about limits, contact your network provider or SMS marketing platform for price offers.
Can You Use Images in Text Messages as a Marketing Tool?
Yes! Images are a great way to capture your audience’s attention and promote your product or service.
You may be clear on the picture you want to send to your audience. However, if you’ve never sent a photo to your subscribers before, there are a few reasons why you should.
You can use images to your advantage to:
- Provide information in a more memorable format
- Give more precision to your thoughts by making them more specific
- Stir up emotions in your audience.
- Give out a takeaway that people can share.
- Lighten the atmosphere and have some fun!
When sending images as part of a text message marketing campaign, it’s essential to keep the following in mind:
- Make sure that all of your images are high quality and formatted correctly.
- Include a call-to-action (CTA) in your image, such as “Tap to learn more” or “Click here to shop now.”
- Include a shortened URL in the text message that links to a page with more information about the product or service you’re promoting.
Do All Mobile Phones Support Sending Pictures to a Text Message?
Not all mobile phones support MMS, so it’s essential to be aware of the recipient’s phone plan before sending any photos. If the recipient’s phone doesn’t support MMS, they cannot view the image that you’ve sent.
However, all phones support SMS messages, so you can still include text-based images in your campaigns.