Can’t Send Images in iMessage on iPhone? 10 Best Fixes!

Whether it’s the end-to-end encryption, a host of fun-loving features like Live Stickers and Animoji, or the seamless syncing across iDevices, iMessage excels in offering a top-notch messaging experience. No wonder, the so-called “Blue Bubbles” are one of the prime reasons why many hesitate to ditch iPhone as the daily driver. But that doesn’t mean Apple Messages is flawless and never hits a rough patch. 

Recently, a handful of users have complained that they can’t send images in iMessage on iPhone. While some have reported that the images fail to send, others have stated that they are unable to select photos to share via the stock messaging app. Irrespective of what sort of roadblock you have encountered, try out these 10 best tips and tricks to fix “unable to send images via iMessage” in iOS 17 or later.

Tips to Fix “Unable to Send Images in iMessage” on iPhone

So, what’s hurting your iMessage? From what I can tell based on my own personal experience, it’s primarily due to a couple of factors:

  • Sluggish internet connection
  • Software bug

Apart from these two major culprits, you should also keep in mind certain features that are designed to prevent excessive power and data usage. On top of all, there could also be a rare server issue that might be spoiling your party.

1. Ensure That You Have a Stable Internet Connection 

To begin with, make sure that your iPhone is connected to a strong and stable internet connection. If your Wi-Fi or cellular connection is below par, it could be the prime reason why you are unable to send photos via iMessage. 

2. Right Way to Share Images Via iMessage 

Apple has revamped the user interface of the Messages app. While the redesigned UI is more intuitive and easy-to-use, it has slightly hidden some features including the ability to share images.

  • To get going, open the Messages app -> head over to a chat -> tap on the “+” button, and choose Photos in the menu. 
  • Next, select the desired photos and send them.
Choose Photos in iMessage

3. Make Sure That Apple Messages App Can Use Cellular Data on Your iPhone

By default, iOS allows all apps to access and use cellular data without any restriction at all. However, head into the cellular setting to ensure that the Messages app can use your data.

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone -> Cellular/Mobile -> Scroll down to find the Messages app and ensure that the toggle next to it is turned on. 

4. Ensure That You Have Not Restricted the Photos App

Screen Time offers an advanced way to restrict the Photos app. If you have limited the stock-photos app on your device, the restriction might be causing the issue. 

  • On iPhone/iPad, launch the Settings app -> Screen Time -> Content & Privacy Restrictions -> Be sure that the Content & Privacy Restrictions is enabled. 
  • Now, tap on Photos and choose Allow Changes. 
Remove restriction from the Photos app on iPhone and iPad

5. Disable Low Power Mode

By disabling, pausing, and throttling power-hungry features, Low Power Mode improves the battery life of your device. If the power-saving mode is active on your iOS device, this iMessage issue could be its effect. 

  • On your iPhone, head over to the Settings app -> Battery -> turn off the toggle next to Low Power Mode. 
Disable Low Power Mode on iPhone

6. Turn OFF Low Data Mode 

While the “Low Data Mode” can be a boon for your limited pack, at times, it tends to slow down the Internet connection which hurts the overall user experience. ]

  • Navigate to the Settings app -> Cellular -> Cellular Data Options -> Data Mode -> Choose Standard. 
Disable low data mode

7. Disable/Enable iMessage

On numerous occasions, I have been able to resolve an iMessage-related issue by just giving it a soft reset. Hence, I’m going to count on this handy iMessage troubleshooter to fix the problem.

  • Navigate to the Settings app -> Messages -> Turn off the switch next to iMessage. 
  • Now, restart your iPhone. After that, turn on iMessage.

8. Make Sure That iMessage is Working Properly 

If the iMessage server is down, it might be coming in the way of image transfer. On your iPhone, launch a browser and head over to the Apple System Status website. Now, make sure iMessage is up and running as usual. 

9. Update Software 

Should iMessage continue to misbehave, update the software on your iPhone as there is a decent chance that the problem could be the byproduct of a software bug. 

  • Head into the Settings app -> General -> Choose Software Update and then let your iOS device check for the software update. 
  • Once that’s done, download and install the iOS update. 
Choose software update

10. Reset All Settings 

When it comes to fixing a common iPhone issue, factory reset comes in super handy – more often than not.

  • On your iPhone, launch the Settings app -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone/iPad -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. 
Reset All Settings

That’s all there is to it! I hope your iMessage has started to work as usual. Now that you have put your iMessaging back on track, make sure to share your feedback and the tips that have come to your rescue.

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Rajesh Mishra

Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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