If your iPhone won't send pictures to Android phones, this could be because you've accidentally disabled MMS messaging. Alternatively, the issue might be due to a glitch. You can either force-restart your iPhone or close and then reopen the Messages app.
Although I've never faced the problem, my sister has. She knows I'm an Apple wiz, so she gave me her iPhone SE to fix. I've discussed all the tips and tricks that helped below.
Let's get started.
How Do You Fix iPhone Not Sending Pictures To Android Users?
There are many solutions, and they include:
Fix 1: Check Your MMS Settings
Your iPhone won't send pictures to Android phones or any device for that matter if you've disabled MMS messaging.
Here's how you fix this:
Check whether you've enabled Airplane Mode. You will not be connected to cellular towers, so you won't be able to send pictures or regular texts to anyone. You can tell if Airplane mode is switched on when you see an aeroplane icon on the top corner of your screen.
Here's how you disable Airplane Mode:
Although this solution hasn't worked for me, several users say that turning cellular data on and off helps.
Here's what you do:
Or you can swipe down on your iPhone screen and tap on the mobile data icon on the control center
The problem could be due to a one-time isolated glitch. You can clear it with a force-restart. In case you're wondering, a force restart is like doing a simple reboot. However, all the processes running would be closed abruptly.
Here's what you do on iPhone models with Face ID:
iPhone 8 and SE (2nd generation):
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:
iPhone 6S, SE (1st gen), and earlier models:
If there is no glitch in your operating system, there might one in the Messages app instead. Force-closing the app will help.
Here's how you quit an app on the iPhone X and later models:
Here's what you do on the iPhone 8, SE (2nd gen), and earlier models:
When was the last time you updated iOS? There could be many issues when you're using an outdated iOS version.
There are 2 ways to download the latest firmware.
Your internet connection will affect how long the update will take.
Fix 7: Check for Carrier Updates
You also need to update your carrier settings. Updated carrier settings prevent network bugs, which you may be dealing with.
Here's what you do:
Resetting your network settings should help if a network error is responsible. However, you will lose all saved WiFi passwords, Bluetooth pairings, and VPN settings in the process.
If you're still interested, here's what you do on iOS 14:
On iOS 15 and later versions:
Your iPhone will restart afterward. Check whether you're still getting the message send failure error.
If the issue is due to a complex software problem, you should be able to clear it by factory resetting. Just remember that you will lose all your files and videos in the process. Backup your data beforehand.
Here's how iPhone users can do a factory-reset:
If it's any consolation, you can set up your device like it's brand new after it boots up.
The number you're trying to send pictures to might be disconnected. Trying calling them instead. You'll get a message saying so if this is the case. Alternatively, you can't send pictures when your line is disconnected either.
At the same time, the person you're trying to contact may have blocked you. Of course, you could have also blocked them accidentally.
Here's how you can check whether you've blocked them:
Here's how iPhone users can unblock a number:
The problem could be hardware-related. It's hard to tell what happened to your iPhone, but your local Apple store should fix it for free, depending on your warranty.
What Do You Do If You're Still Having Trouble?
If none of my fixes helped, you can try working around the issue and sending your pictures through a third-party messaging app. Everyone uses WhatsApp, so you could easily send the pictures to your friend on it. If not, Messenger works well too.
I've answered some popular questions below.
Why Can't I Send Pictures From iPhone to Android Device?
There are many possible reasons:
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You won't be able to send pictures to an Android phone or any mobile for that matter if you've accidentally disabled MMS messaging. The MMS messages problem could be software related as well - you might be using an outdated operating system or dealing with a glitch.
The troubleshooting methods I discussed won't just work on the iPhone, but on the iPod touch and any iOS device as well.