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CareCo How To… Guide – How To Share Photos Online

Does modern technology confuse you? Astounded by the internet? Do you want to take part but don’t know where to start? Then the CareCo How To… Guide series is here to help! Today we bring you a guide on how to share photos online via e-mail and Facebook, and an idea of other photo-sharing websites.

Sharing By E-Mail

Sharing by e-mail is one of the main ways people use to send photographs over the internet. Free, simple and easy to do, e-mails enable users to communicate with loved ones all over the globe. Follow our simple steps below to learn how to share photos and other documents via e-mail messages (a GMail account accessed on a computer has been used in this example).

  • Log into your e-mail account using your e-mail address/user name and password.
  • Click on the appropriate ‘Compose/Write Message’ button. A blank message box should appear.
  • Enter the subject of the message so your contact is aware of what it is about before opening.file-sharing-shutterstock-main-ITCE-800x420
  • Amongst the toolbar buttons you should be able to see a paperclip symbol. Select this button to bring up a documents box.
  • Once this has appeared you can start selecting the photos you wish to send. Open up the album they’re situated in, select a photograph and click the ‘Upload/Select’ button on the right-hand side.
  • This photograph will now attach itself to your e-mail message.
  • If you wish to upload several photos at once hold down the Ctrl (Control) button whilst clicking – this will upload many documents at once, saving you time.
  • Once your selected photographs have been attached to the message, enter your contact’s e-mail address. Click ‘Send’ when you’re finished.

Your contact will then be able to download and save any photographs/documents you send to them, likewise if they send you anything back.

Sharing By Facebook

Remember we showed you how to set up your own Facebook account? Well, now you can learn how to share photos with your friends and loved ones. If you thought sending via e-mail was simple wait until you see the steps for Facebook…

  • Log into your Facebook account using your e-mail address and password.
  • At the top of your News Feed, just beneath the Status box, you should see a button reading ‘Add Photos/Video’. Click this button.
  • You’ll be shown two options:
    – Upload Photos/Video: this adds photographs or video footage to your Timeline for your contacts to see.
    – Create Photo Album: this option is handy if you have several photographs from the same event you wish to upload.
  • Once you’ve selected your option you can start picking your photos. Open up the album they’re situated in, select the ones you want and then click ‘Upload’.
  • Now you can choose to tag friends (if they appear in the photo and are friends with you on Facebook), add the location the photo was taken in, and even update how you’re feeling in the images!
  • Click ‘Post’ and the photos/album will be uploaded to Facebook, appearing on your profile and Timeline for your contacts to view, like and share.

You can adjust the publicity settings of the photos/album by clicking on the drop-down arrow on the top right-hand side of the post. This action allows you to select whether everyone can see what you’ve uploaded, selected people, or only you.


  • Only upload photographs you deem appropriate to share online. Remember, if you don’t adjust your privacy settings then almost anyone on Facebook can get hold of them. The best advice? Change the settings to ‘Friends of Friends’ or just ‘Friends’.
  • Double check photographs before you upload them. Aside from checking the quality (try to avoid posting blurry or out of focus shots) ensure that you’re happy uploading each file.
  • If you’re uploading photos to an album then don’t forget to give it a name. This will help you later on if you’re searching for something specific.

Photo Sharing Sites

Want to expand your horizons? Then why not try out one of the following photo-sharing websites?

  • Twitter: great for communicating with friends, family and even celebrities!
  • Instagram: ideal for users who want to upload lots of photos and have them available in one place, erasing the need for creating albums.
  • Flickr: aimed at the artsy types out there. Upload and share your landscape/animal/edited etc. snaps for other like-minded photographers to see.

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