How to Fix iPhone Not Sending Pictures to Android

If your iPhone isn’t sending pictures to Android devices, a few of the possible reasons are you have the wrong number, your internet connection is poor, there is a strange bug/glitch occurring, the phone’s outdated, or your messaging settings are incorrect.

Whether you are sending some snaps from a vacation, cute pics of your pets, or photos from a recent hike, our smartphones make it very easy to share pictures with friends and family in an instant.

While these photos should generally be sent with ease from an iPhone to an Android or any other device, there are some times when you could experience some difficulties. 

Read this guide to learn more about reasons why your iPhone isn’t sending photos to Android, and what you can do about it.

Key Takeaways

  • A few of the reasons why your iPhone isn’t sending pictures to Android include having the wrong number, a poor internet connection, a weird glitch within your device, an outdated operating system, or a certain setting being incorrect.
  • Some ways to fix this include making sure the number is right, improving your connection in some way, restarting or updating the iPhone, and adjusting your messaging settings.
  • While it may be your device that is causing the issue, your recipient could also have problems or incorrect settings within their device that are contributing to the problem, as well.

1. Wrong Number

The first reason your iPhone may not be sending pictures to Android properly is simply because you entered the wrong phone number. It’s an honest mistake and one that anyone can make. 

I know there have been several times that I have done it in the past and was confused about why things weren’t sending properly. The fix here is to simply change to the right number.

In a similar vein, if someone has blocked your number you may not be able to send them messages. So make sure the recipient hasn’t blocked you on purpose or by accident.

2. Not Connected to the Internet/Weak Connection

A weak internet connection may be the cause of pictures not sending properly, too. Devices like smartphones use an internet connection to communicate with one another, so a subpar connection can lead to photos being sent incredibly slowly, or not at all.

The fix here is to improve your connection somehow. If you’re out and about and using data to be able to connect to the internet, consider going somewhere with a stronger connection or a store/restaurant that offers free wifi.

If you’re at home with an internet connection and the pictures just don’t seem to be sending, you could try to restart your internet and see if that repairs the issue. 

Too many people using your home internet at once for streaming, downloading or gaming may also slow the connection and cause pictures not to be sent properly.

3. Strange Bug or Glitch

A strange bug or glitch could also be to blame. iPhones, Androids, and various other kinds of devices are complex pieces of technology with lots of moving parts inside them. All it takes is a strange interaction between apps, components, or settings to cause unforeseen issues like this.

If you think a weird bug or glitch could be to blame for photos not being able to be sent, consider restarting your device. To restart your iPhone, simply press and hold either the volume button or the side power button until the power-off slider appears.

Slide it to the right and wait about 30 seconds or so for your phone to fully turn off. Next, press and hold the side power button until you see the Apple logo to turn the device back on.

If you have an iPhone 8 or earlier, you only need to press and hold the side power button for the slider to come on your screen.

The reason that restarting your iPhone can potentially fix this issue is because it closes down apps and clears/refreshes the memory to ensure the device can operate from a clean slate.

4. The iPhone is Outdated

Your phone being out of date may also be the cause of your device not sending photos correctly. With most new updates, Apple includes several bug fixes and corrections that can often deal with issues like this one.

As a result, if you’re on an older version of iOS, you may not have the fixes in place for whatever is causing your pictures to not be sent. If you have an update available, I recommend installing it to see if it’s able to fix the problem.

To check if you have an update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. The device will check for an update, and if it finds one, press Download and Install to update your device.

While it might be your phone that’s the issue, you can also ask the recipient to update their phone to ensure that’s not the problem.

5. Incorrect Messaging Settings

Lastly, your messaging settings could be preventing you from properly sending photos to an Android. If you have MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) turned off, you’ll be unable to send photos to Android devices.

To check whether MMS messaging is disabled or enabled, go to Settings > Messages > MMS Messaging, and make sure it’s turned on. If the setting is already correct, you can try to disable MMS messaging for a few seconds, before turning it back on and seeing if that has any impact.

In a similar vein to the last section, make sure there are no settings on the recipient’s device that are stopping them from receiving photos, either.

Final Thoughts

If your iPhone isn’t sending photos to an Android device, it can be a very annoying thing to deal with. There are several potential reasons for this, ranging from poor internet to MMS messaging being disabled.

I hope this guide has been able to help you fix the issue and get to the bottom of why your iPhone won’t send pictures to Android devices.

Do you feel I missed including something that I should have mentioned? If so, don’t hesitate to let me know.

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