Uploading photos to your social profiles

Want to update a profile photograph, create a holiday album on a social network, or add a photo of an antique you’re selling? We’ll take you through how to upload a photo to various websites, and what to look out for.

You’ve got the camera, taken the shots, and want to show them to other people. It may seem a little daunting to get those photos from your camera and onto the web, but it’s actually quick and easy to upload photographs online.

Get the photos ready

Once you’ve taken a few photos, connect your camera to your computer and copy the files. Lots of computers have in-built software that will do this automatically for you, and all you need is the cable that came with your camera. If you use a tablet like an iPad you will find that there might be an app or special cable that will let you directly connect your camera to your device.

When you have the photos on your computer, you can use photo editing software like Google Picasa or your computer’s built-in software (iPhoto if you use a Mac) to edit the photos and make them as good as they can be. With the click of a button you can enhance shots to automatically balance the brightness and colours, or get a little more technical and straighten or crop the photo if you need to. Save a copy of the photo with your changes once you’re happy with the shot. On tablets, try an app like Adobe Photoshop Express to quickly make changes to photos.

The beauty of digital photography is that you can take thousands of photographs when you’re on holiday, but if you’re wanting to upload holiday snaps it’s a good idea to choose a smaller selection to upload so that your family and friends take the time to view them all!

Upload to Facebook

On Facebook you can update your profile photograph with a new image, add a photograph to a status update, or create an album of photographs from holidays and special occasions and so on.

Facebook have great step by step instructions on uploading photographs, as well as sharing photos with friends and tagging people.

Remember to make sure that your photographs are only shared with your friends, unless you want strangers to be able to access them. You can choose the audience for photos as you upload, but if you want to change the privacy settings of your Facebook photos already online, click on the padlock at the top right hand of the Facebook page and change settings so only your friends can see photos.

Dating websites

On most websites you’ll see a clear ‘Edit Profile’ button near the top of the page, and clicking on it will let you update your photograph and details.

Lots of dating websites, like Silversurfers Dating have a button that say ‘Add Photos’. Click on this and you will be able to follow instructions to upload your new photograph to your profile. Don’t panic if you don’t see it appear straightaway – many dating websites have staff who check and approve photographs before they appear on profiles, to make sure they are not obscene. When your photo is live, you should be able to set it as your primary photo, making it appear on as your profile pic. You’ll also be able to add other photos that will give your profile more personality.


As it’s one of the most popular selling sites, it’s important to know how to upload photos to eBay. Not only will it increase your chances of selling an item, but it will make it stand out from the crowd.

eBay have full instructions for uploading photographs when you sell an item on their marketplace, which take you right through the straightforward process.

Once you’re confident at uploading photos to sites like Facebook, you might want to look at a photo sharing site like Flickr, Google Photo or Polaroid Blipfoto. You’ll find that each has its own easy to use upload facility and lots of active users who want to share, comment and like other people’s photos.

Whatever site you use, just remember to set your privacy so only the people you want to see it can see your photograph.

Do you like to share photographs with friends online?


The following two tabs change content below.

Silversurfer's Assistant Editor

Hello there! I’m Rachel and I’m the Assitant Editor for Silversurfers. I work behind the scenes to bring interesting, informative and entertaining subject matter to the Silversurfers community. I hope you enjoy the features we have shared with you. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us, we love to hear from you!

Latest posts by Silversurfer's Assistant Editor (see all)

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password
16th Mar 2016
Thanks for voting!
is there a chess club for the silver surfers
16th Mar 2016
Thanks for voting!
I want to find where I put photos of my life, I did the thing in the 70's of our family tree but have no where to put them, I just have boxes and boxes
31st Jan 2016
Thanks for voting!
Hi, I've just joined and am having trouble downloading my photo, was wondering if anyone could help? 🙂
Thanks for voting!
Hello ... we seem to be having a technical glitch today, which we are investigating and trying to fix. Hopefully it will all be sorted out by tomorrow, so if you come back again then, you should be able to upload your profile picture then. Apologies and many thanks for your patience and understanding .. Sally

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!