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On iOS, when I select one or more photos from the camera storage and choose to send them by email, the OS will ask me whether to send the images in full size or make them smaller so that the email won't be so large.

On Android (stock 4.2.2 on Nexus 4) I haven't found a comparable function. When I send an email of my baby to my mom, she receives a full 8-megapixel image that's too large to view on her monitor...

How can I have Android reduce the chosen photos before emailing them?
I don't want to have to launch an editor app and scale each image individually.

I only found one 2-year-old post about this that doesn't mention any solution. Surely, there's a way to do this on Android, similar to how it's done on iOS?

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Find similar post with a feasible solution. – user47712 Dec 6 '13 at 3:10

There is a free (as in freedom) application Send Reduced, available at the F-Droid repository of free software.

Install F-Droid, install Send Reduced, select your photos, press Share button, select Send Reduced and then select the sharing method. Your photos will be sent reduced in resolution and file size.

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Nice catch! Thank you. – ce4 Apr 16 '13 at 9:25
Use this one, it's perfect. Unlike many of the other apps which are severely limited, this one works exactly as you'd expect - as a transparent, easily configurable wrapper around "share to gmail". – Will Sheppard Dec 1 '14 at 8:39
Just had to do this quickly at work - Send Reduced also appears to be available on the Google Play store. – syntheticbrain May 18 '15 at 15:21

There is no stock option to do this.

Here's what I do, and it works pretty good, but isn't perfect.

  1. Download Reduce Photo Size from the Play store.
  2. When composing an email, click Add Attachment.
  3. A choice of locations will pop up. Choose Reduce Photo Size.
  4. Then choose either Select Image or Take a Photo.
  5. If you click Select Image, then choose Gallery.
  6. Once you have selected the photo you want to send, click Reduce.
  7. Now a confusing window will pop up and this is where it gets a little tricky. You really have to know picture sizes as measured in pixels. Click Custom. The smallest photo size will be shown as a default (320x240 or something). I usually use 640x480 for a small 25kb pic, but you could resize up to anything you want.
  8. Hit OK and then choose the three dots for the menu and choose Done.

That's it!

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Image Shrink Lite is just right for me; there's a paid version with more options.

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The free version Pic Resizer Lite allows you to resize up to 5 photos. Select images from stand-alone app or images viewer (Gallery). There's a paid version with more options.

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You could try JustResizeIt!

It's optimized to send many pictures to many emails. You can send entire albums to all your friends.

Install the free version, create a widget with many email recipients. Then open your Gallery, choose as many pictures you want, tap on Share and select JustResizeIt!. Wait the pictures to load, then just tap on the widget you predefined.

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The free version is very limited but the full version looks like a very useful tool, and very capable. Thanks! – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Oct 18 '13 at 7:42

Alternativley use Google+ Auto Backup option, by default it resizes photos to 2048x2048px and reduces by size. You can then share this photo or just send it by link.

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Quick Reduce Photo is a completely free app to compress any number of photos.

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