If you are unable to send photos using the Messages App, you can find below the steps to fix the problem of iPhone Not Sending Picture Messages.
Picture Messages Not Sending on iPhone
If iPhone is unable to send a Picture Message, it is known to come up with “Not Delivered”, “Not Sent” or similar error messages.
If the problem is occurring while trying to send Text Messages to Android device users, the most likely reason is due to MMS messaging option not being enabled on your device.
However, this problem can also occur due a glitch in Messages or the Photos App, network related issues, Apple’s iCloud service going through problems and other reasons.
1. Check Network Strength
Unlike plain text messages, a good network connection is required to send picture messages.
Hence, take a look at top-left corner of the screen and make sure that the Network strength at your current location is good enough to send photos.
If the reception is poor, see if moving to another place improves reception. If not, you will have to wait for the reception to improve.
2. Enable MMS Messaging
As mentioned above, the most common reason for iPhone not sending Picture Messages is due to MMS Messaging option not being enabled on your device.
Go to Settings > Messages and move the toggle next to MMS Messaging to ON position.
This ensures that iPhone is able to send Photos using the MMS Messaging system as used by the service providers.
3. Enable Cellular Data for Photos
If you are outside and not connected to WiFi, make sure that Cellular Data is enabled on your device.
Go to Settings > Cellular and move the toggle next to Cellular Data to ON position.
Now, you should be able to send Photos using the Messages App on your iPhone.
4. Restart iPhone
Sometimes, the problem is due to a minor glitch, stuck program or process prevnting iPhone from sending the message.
Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Shut Down. On the next screen, use the Slider to Power OFF iPhone.
Wait for your iPhone to completely Power OFF > Wait for 30 seconds and restart your device by pressing the Power button.
5. Check If Apple’s iMessage Service is Down
Go to Apple’s System Status page and make sure that iMessage service and iCloud Servers are running and not going through problems.
6. Install Carrier Updates
Sometimes, the problem is due to Carrier updates not being installed or waiting to be installed or your device.
Go to Settings > General > About >Network.
On the next screen, tap on the Update option to install Carrier updates (if available).
7. Reset Network Settings
Note down the Password for your WiFi Network and follow the steps below to Reset Network Setting on your iPhone.
Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > On the pop-up, select Reset Network Settings option.
If prompted, enter your Lock Screen Password. On the confirmation pop-up, tap on Reset Network Settings to confirm.
After the Reset process is completed, reconnect iPhone to WiFi Network and try to send the picture message.