iPhone Not Sending Picture Messages: How to Fix This

During a fun-filled iMessaging with your close buddy, you wish to share some of your awesome images. But when you share your pics, they seem to get stuck in the mid-way, and an exclamation mark icon   Exclamation mark iconappears along with an alert saying “Not Delivered.”

After trying out several times unsuccessfully, you’ve started wondering why your iPhone not sending picture messages. Take a breath mate! This is one of those weird issues that many of us have encountered at some point or the other.

And, I’ve got some tried and tested tricks to help you fix this issue. Keep in mind, the problem could be due to several things like poor cellular connection. So, I would recommend you to start with the first solution. If it gets the job done, wonderful! If not, then keep trying until you’ve got the better of this annoying “iPhone won’t send photos in text” problem!

How to Fix iPhone Won’t Send Pictures in Text

Solution #1: Ensure That MMS Messaging Is Enabled

One of the first things that you should do is ensure that MMS Messaging is turned on. If it’s disabled, you might not be able to send pictures. To do so, fire up Settings app → scroll down and tap on Messages → Now, turn on the switch for MMS Messaging.

Enable MMS Messaging on iPhone

Note: If you don’t see MMS Messaging option, you need to contact your carrier to enable it.

Then, restart your iOS device. Once it’s restarted, try sending the photo to your friend who owns iOS or macOS devices. Just a little piece of advice, if you are on a cellular network, do not send too many images at one go. I mean try sending only 2-3 pictures at a time to make it a bit easier for cellular to send them.

If the message is sent successfully, you should see the blue bubble. It means that the problem is fixed.

What if this trick doesn’t work?

  • Just in case, this above trick doesn’t fix the problem, contact your carrier to make sure whether it allows sending images or not.
  • Be sure you have a reliable internet connection. If your internet connection is weak, the pics won’t be sent. Open Settings app → Mobile/Cellular Data and then turn off the switch. If you are using Wi-Fi, open Settings app → Wi-Fi and then turn off the switch. Wait for a few moments and then turn on the switch again. Then after, try to send pics again.

Turn OFF or ON Mobile Data on iPhone

Turn OFF or ON WiFi on iPhone

  • Sometimes, Apple’s server managing iMessage goes down, causing a massive outage. If that’s the case, you just need to wait a while. Head over to Apple’s status official page to check system status for iMessage. If the iMessage server is working, you should see a green dot to the left of it.

Solution #2: Turn OFF/ON iMessage

Now, try turning iMessage OFF/ON. This little trick has worked many a time in resolving some minor issues related to iMessage. Hopefully, it gets rid of the problem.

Open Settings app → tap on Messagesturn off the switch next to iMessage. Now, restart your device and then turn on iMessage. After that, check out if you have finally shot out the hurdle.

Turn OFF or ON iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Solution #3: Reset Network Settings

If the problem is yet to be resolved, giving a reset to network settings would be worth a consideration. Remember, it would wipe out all the Wi-Fi passwords. So, you will need to fill them out. Open Settings app → tap on General → scroll down and hit Reset → tap on Reset Network Settings and confirm.

Reset Network Settings on iPhone or iPad

Now, wait for sometime until the network has been put to factory default. Then, open a conversation thread and try sending images again. Most probably, the problem would be behind you.

There you go!

Wrapping up…

Now that you’ve shot out the iMessage issue, let me know your feedback and the trick that has worked for you. As you are all set to get engrossed into fun-loving iMessaging using tons of GIFs or stickers, I’m heading to explore some tricks that I’d share with you.

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Dhvanesh Adhiyahttps://www.igeeksblog.com
The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.


  1. Please make iPad version because I don’t have mms or whatever it is option in my settings and is this for if when you select the picture it doesn’t put anything in the typing bar to send

  2. Under Messages, It does not even give an option to turn on sms/mms. It has something useless: Show subject field, character count and that’s it. I am beyond frustrated.

  3. Yes, I upgraded to iOS9 a week ago and I have the same problem on my iphone6. I reset Network settings, restored my phone, have all the settings correct by following your instructions. My carrier is AT&T as well.
    Do we have any recourse to get a solution?

  4. I can not send pictures from my iphone to my friends that are non iphone. I have reset the network, the sms message is turned on. This is only since I updated to IOS 9. Any ideas?

    • I have the same problem since iOS 9; I reset Network settings at least 3 times but I still cannot send pictures with MMS, and rebooted a few times, too. I can send photos using iMessage. The result is only iPhone to iPhone works for photos. Before iOS 9, could send photos to everyone. In case it matters, my carrier is AT&T. IMessage, SMS, and MMS are all turned on. It doesn’t matter if I use Wifi or Cellular – same problem. IOS 9.0.1 did not help, either. Anyone have a better solution than resetting Network?

  5. I used to be able to send videos from my iPhone to my iPad but it stopped doing it. I downloaded the new update could that be the problem? My iPad can’t update not enough storage is there something I can do to get the videos to the iPad?


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