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12 Fixes: iPhone Not Sending Pictures To Android Phones

Are you facing the issue where the iPhone Not Sending Pictures To Android Phones? iOS devices are exclusive, but not that exclusive. It means that there is some kind of problem. But don’t you worry.

This list of solutions will help you solve almost any problem related to the error. It could be the disabled (gray) picture-sharing option. There could be Fail To Send or Retry options. You could get messages like:

  • Message Failed To Send
  • Cannot Send Message
  • Not Delivered

Whatever the reason might be, you will find a complete way to fix it. So, let’s begin:

How To Fix iPhone Not Sending Pictures To Android Phones? 

  1. Make Sure iMessage Is Enabled
  2. Enable The ‘Send As SMS’
  3. Make sure MMS Messaging Is Enabled 
  4. Check Airplane Mode
  5. Check The Cellular / Wi-Fi Data
  6. Restart Your iPhone 
  7. Restart The iMessage App
  8. Use Some Alternatives
  9. Check For The Carrier Settings Update
  10. Check For The Software Update 
  11. Factory Reset Your iPhone
  12. Use An Alternative To Regular Text Message

1. Make Sure iMessage Is Enabled

It is a rare occurrence but a possible one. Sometimes, the iPhone’s iMessage feature might have been disabled.

It usually happens if you, or some app, made changes to the Message settings. So, it is still worth checking: 

  • Go to the Settings App.
The settings app on iPhone
  • Then tap on the Message option.
Selecting messages settings on iPhone
  • There, you will find iMessage. 
There, you will find iMessage. 
  • Check if it is active or not.
  • If not, enable it. 

2. Enable The ‘Send As SMS.’

You might have noticed that there are blue text bubbles and green text bubbles. The blue text bubbles in iMessage appear when you talk to another iOS user. That’s because these messages are encrypted by Apple.

The green text bubbles appear when you’re talking to an Android user. These messages aren’t encrypted in the iMessage. But, you might face an issue while sending messages or pic.

If you get that ‘Failed To Send’ or ‘Retry’  type error, check for:

  • Go to the Settings App once again.
  • Then go to the Messages and iMessage.
  • In there, see if you have the ‘Send As SMS’ option active.
the send as SMS option in iPhone
  • If it is not active, then toggle it. Otherwise, you won’t be able to send SMS.

Your SMS charges will vary depending on your cellular network and plan

3. Make sure MMS Messaging Is Enabled 

activate MMS messaging in older iPhones

There is also an MMS Messaging option just like send As SMS and iMessage toggle. You will find it in the same settings, and you should enable it.

Often, smartphones, including iPhones, process pictures and picture sharing, as an MMS. So, you might have to enable that feature. Otherwise, it will fail to send.

Often, sending MMS also consumes more data or costs more than sending a simple SMS. So, make sure to check that with your provider. 

This option mostly works on older iPhone models. New ones might not have this solution. 

4. Check Airplane Mode

Activating airplane more on the phone

Sometimes, the problem is right before our eyes. First, you might want to check if you have activated the Airplane more. It could be due to a mistaken touch or some other reason.

You may also choose to activate and then deactivate the Airplane mode. Often, it solves problems related to network issues. Network problems could be the reason you’re failing to send the message.

  • Swipe down on your home screen.
  • This will open the Control Center.
  • Find the Airplane icon in the list.
  • Tap on it, and once it is glowing, it has activated.
  • Tap on it again to deactivate it.
  • If it was already active, then just tap once to disable it.

5. Check The Wi-Fi / Cellular Data

As mentioned, often, the problem is with the network. So, it is a good idea to check the cellular networks. See if you have enough data balance or an action plan.

If not, then connect to Wi-Fi. But, make sure that it is also active and working. Sometimes, the speed could be an issue too. Any image that is too big will take some time.

Either way, you can quickly check the settings and disable/enable it by following these steps:

  • Go to the Settings menu once again.
Tapping on the Settings app
  • Find the option that reads ‘Cellular Settings.’ It could also be ‘Mobile Data or Cellular Data.’
Selecting Cellular settings in iPhone Settings App
  • First, disable it, and wait for a minute or two.
Cellular Data toggle
  • After that, enable it. This should fix any issue.

You can try the same option with Wi-Fi networks. Disconnect your iPhone and then reconnect it to the WIFI. You may also choose to restart the Wi-Fi Router.

6. Restart Your iPhone 

If the problem isn’t the internet connection, there could be a glitch in your iPhone. You can solve most issues with a force restart. Generally, the iPhone doesn’t need a restart, but it can help you here.

  • In some models, you will have to press the Volume Up Button and keep holding it until the slider appears.
Different buttons in iPhone for power setup
  • In other models, you will have to press the volume down button for the same reason.
  • If none of them work, then press the side button and see if the option appears.
slide to power off option
  • There will only be an option to power off. You won’t get a restart option.
  • Keep your device switched off for 30 seconds to two minutes. This should clear out most problems.
  • Restart your phone. See if it is working now. 
The Shut Down option in iPhone's settings

In some iPhones, you will find the Shut Down option in Settings. You can find it in the Reset option. 

7. Restart The iMessage App

the iMessage app settings in iPhone

Use the first solution in the list. Instead of turning it on, turn it off, wait a couple of minutes, and restart. If that doesn’t work, then you can:

  • Go to the App’s Info or Individual Settings. See if you have an option to Force Stop or Disable it. If there is an option, do that.
  • After you force-stop the iMessage app, you can restart it. 

8. Use Some Alternatives 

The official google Photos homepage

If your iMessage app refuses to share the pictures even after everything, try using a different app. You can use Whatsapp. There are also Google Photos and Google Chat available for the users. You can give them a go.

If not, then you can use iTunes and connect your phone to the PC and share pictures there. These options work fine.

There is also an iCloud option for you to share images, but that’s for iPhone users. So, you will need iTunes there to download it to your phone.

Even if you have a Samsung Phone, you will need iTunes and a PC. 

9. Check For The Carrier Settings Update

Carrier Settings Update

Carrier Settings are often related to your wireless network provider. You can try and see if there is some Network Update available.

10. Check For The Software Update 

If you have an outdated iOS version, you could have problems. There could be bugs with photo sending. Your Mac’s firmware might be outdated. Either way, you can update iOS by following:

  • First, tap the Settings app. 
  • Next, go to the General settings.
General Settings in iPhone
  • Find About. Check for the Software Update. In some cases, you will have options separate or About in a different section. 
The about and Software update option in iPhone
  • If everything is fine, make sure to check the Carrier Settings Update.
  • Check for iMessage’s Update if there is any individual one.

11. Factory Reset Your iPhone

There are many ways to reset your iPhone, but before you do that, make sure to back up. You will also need to know all the Passwords because things will be a little challenging here.

Before you reset the entire device, you can try to reset the network settings. Even if that doesn’t work. You can follow these steps: 

  • Go to the Settings.
  • Find the General Settings.
General Settings in iPhone
  • There, you will see the Reset option.
Reset the iPhone
  • Transfer of Reset Phone option might be there. 
Transfer of Reset Phone option might be there. 
  • Click on it, and you will come across various reset options. It will also have the Reset Network Settings.
Reset Network Settings
  • Try most of them. If they work, great.
  • If not, then you can choose to clear all data and reset the phone. 
  • This will also delete your apple ID and other things. It will prompt for a password too.
Apple ID Suggestions and various options after resetting phone
  • Once it gets a password prompt and you comply, the process is automated.
  • The phone will turn off and turn on automatically to reset to factory settings. 

12. Use An Alternative To Regular Text Message

You already know about the alternatives mentioned above, but there’s also alternative technology.

  • As mentioned, you could also try using an NFC transfer.
  • If that doesn’t work, you can use Bluetooth to send the files.
  • If nothing works, you are sincerely in a pinch, and there might be something wrong with the phone.
  • In most cases, these steps should be able to solve the issue.

Conclusion – Fix Messages App On iPhone Not Sending Pictures 

Using Android phones won’t restrict you from connecting with iPhone users. Technology is far more advanced today. So, try and use it to your advantage.

This marks the end of all the solutions. We hope that you found what you were looking for.

So go ahead and share pictures with your friends as much as you like. Make sure that you have enough data and speed to cover it.

If none of the options work, you can visit the Apple Care Store near you. See if they can help you solve the issue.