How to Send a Picture to a Cell Phone From a PC

by Christina Shaffer

While using a cell phone is convenient for sending a cute or funny picture message to a friend or loved one, you may want to share an image that isn’t stored on the device. To send a picture stored on your PC, you can use email or a third-party service on the Web. Depending on the recipient’s data plan, he may incur a fee for opening the picture message or email. Prior to sending the image, verify that the recipient has a picture messaging plan or will accept the fee for receiving the message.

Using Email


Log in to your email account and compose a new message.


Type the recipient’s 10-digit phone number without dashes in the Send To field if you would like him to receive the image as an actual picture message. After you enter the recipient’s cell phone number, enter the provider’s multimedia messaging service gateway address (see the gateway address list from RightNow Communications in Resources). For example, if the recipient uses Verizon Wireless, enter If the recipient has a smartphone, you can also send the picture as an email attachment by entering an email address in the Send To field.


Enter a brief subject line in the email.


Click the “Attach” button and upload your preferred image. To ensure the recipient is able to receive the image, use an image that is 640 by 480 pixels or less. Depending on the email client you are using, you may also be able to embed an image directly within the email. If you’re using Microsoft Outlook, click “Picture” button on the Insert toolbar to insert your preferred image.


Click the “Send” button to send the picture to the recipient’s mobile phone. After you send an email, many email clients and services, including Google, Comcast and Yahoo, display a message stating that the email was sent successfully. If the message is not successfully sent, it will bounce back to you and be displayed in your inbox.

Using a Third-Party Service


Navigate to a picture messaging service online, such as PixDrop, Text4Free or FreePictureMessaging (links in Resources).


Enter the recipient’s 10-digit phone number and then select his cell phone carrier. Depending on the site you use, you may also have to enter your own email address.


Click the “Browse” button. Find and upload the image you want to send as a picture message.


Click the “Send” button. When the process is complete, a message stating the picture message was sent successfully appears on the page.


  • check If you want to send an picture that is larger than 640 by 480 pixels, use Microsoft Paint to resize size the image.


  • close Some older cell phones are not capable of receiving picture messages. Verify that the recipient is able to receive picture messages prior to sending the image through email or a third-party service online.

About the Author

Christina Shaffer is a freelance writer based in New Jersey and has been writing arts and entertainment articles since 2005. Her articles have appeared in "Philadelphia City Paper." Shaffer received a B.A. in journalism and gender studies at Rutgers University.

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