As the title states, I need to know a way of sending full-resolution photos from one Apple device to another (iPhone to iPhone/iPad/Mac) but don't want to lose quality at all.

I'm guessing photos get downsized in iMessage. What about AirDrop? What about sharing a photo album via iCloud?

Does anyone know the definitive answer?

  • Removed the "best" part from the question. It creates some problems. – anki Sep 25 '19 at 4:53

Airdrop sends full sized versions.

iCloud link/album sharing sends full size versions.

iMessages can downsize if enabled in Message settings, but I don't know otherwise.

Put them in a note and add collaborators or create a sharable link.

Put them in iCloud Drive and share from there.

Use Dropbox, Firefox Send, Google Drive, OneDrive.

Plug in the iPhone to a Mac, trust the device and import using Photos.app. And then export unmodified original or let it do so modifications.

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    iCloud shared albums downsize the photos. – pkamb Oct 12 '19 at 0:33

If your devices support it, please consider testing the new iOS 13 features. With iOS 13 users are finally (!!!) allowed to use a USB key to copy files without using an external app. The iOS "Finder" (Files app) is yet planned to do it properly.

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