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Why can’t I send pictures through text on my Android?

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Android devices are the most used mobile operating system worldwide. It’s not unexpected that millions of users rely on its messaging features to instantly share images, videos, and information. However, some Android users encounter the problem of being unable to send pictures through text which can be annoying.

In this article, we have discussed the causes of unable to send pictures through text issue and a few ways to fix the issue.

Why can’t you send pictures through text?

Below we have mentioned a few possible reasons that might be causing the unable to send pictures through text issue in Android.

  • Poor internet connection.
  • Problems with the app.
  • Data restriction is enabled.
  • Corrupted app cache and data.
  • Outdated version of the app.
  • Issues with network settings.

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How to fix the issue?

If you cannot send pictures through the text on Android, follow the steps below to resolve the issue.

Check the internet connection

To send picture messages on Android, you need a working data connection. If your phone can’t send or receive pictures, make sure data is turned on. If you’re on WiFi, switch to cellular data because picture messages don’t work over WiFi. Check that you have an active mobile data plan.

If you’re using mobile data and still can’t send pictures, try turning off and on your mobile data.

Enable unrestricted data usage

If your device has restrictions that prevent it from using cellular data, you may experience problems sending pictures and other multimedia files through Messages. Make sure the Messages app can use background data. Also, enable unrestricted data usage. To do that, follow the steps below.

  • Touch and hold the Messages app and then tap on the info (i in a circle) icon.
  • In the App info, tap on the Mobile data & WiFi option.
  • Turn the toggle on beside both the Background data and Unrestricted data usage.

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Force stop the Messages app

Force-stopping the messaging app can help resolve any temporary glitches or issues that may be causing problems in the app’s functionality. To force stop the app, follow the steps below.

  • Touch and hold the Messages app and then tap on the info (i in a circle) icon.
  • In the App info, tap on the Force Stop button.

Clear app cache

The corrupted cache memory of the app might interfere with the proper functioning of the app and might be a reason that is causing issues with the app. Clear the cache memory of the Messages app and then try sending the pictures again.

Click here to know how to clear the app cache

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Update the app

If there’s a bug in the Messages app, your Android might have trouble sending multimedia messages. To fix this, make sure to update your Messages app to the latest version because updates usually come with bug fixes.

Reset Network settings

If your Android device is having trouble sending multimedia messages, it might be due to incorrect network settings. Resetting your phone’s network settings might help to resolve the issue. To reset the network settings, follow the steps below.

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  • Open the Settings app on your phone.
  • Scroll down and tap on the System option.
  • On the next page, tap on Reset options.
  • Tap on Reset WiFi, mobile & Bluetooth option.

Various factors, including poor internet connection, app-related issues, data restrictions, corrupted cache, outdated app versions, or network settings problems, can cause the inability to send pictures through text on Android. These steps should help users fix the problem and resume sending pictures via text messages on their Android devices.

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Akash Singh

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