How to Fix iPhone Not Sending Picture Messages

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 won’t send 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. Let’s check them out:

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 the 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

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

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 some time 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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