How to Enable MMS Messaging on (Any) iPhone

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Texting these days is more than just a short Hey, how are ya? Today, you can send friends and family funny GIFs, videos, and longer messages, as long as you enable MMS messaging on your iPhone. While SMS messaging only permits you to send links and text content, MMS stands for multimedia messaging service, and is what allows you to send rich media content.

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Send longer text messages with MMS messaging, which allows for a higher character limit (1,600 instead of 160 for SMS).  
  • Enable MMS messaging to send images, videos, GIFs, and other rich media content to friends and family.

How to Enable MMS Messaging

For more handy iPhone messaging tips, consider signing up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. We all love to share content with those we love! Think of the last time you traveled: perhaps you visited a tropical country and saw a monkey. You recorded footage of it stealing a banana from a fellow tourist (this is very common). MMS messaging allows you to send this video to anyone in your contacts list within seconds. The good news is, you might already have this setting enabled. If you don't, here's how to enable MMS messaging on your iPhone. 

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  1. Open the Settings app.

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  2. Scroll down to Messages.

  3. Scroll down and tap to enable the MMS Messaging toggle. (The toggle is green when enabled.)

Now you know how to enable MMS messaging on your iPhone! You can send meaningful lyrics, an insightful TedTalk video, or a jaw-dropping photo to your best friend. MMS messaging allows you to send your experiences with friends and family, as if they were right there with you.

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Belinda Sanmiguel

Belinda is a passionate digital marketer and content writer who loves creating unforgettable experiences for audiences with compelling copywriting and other forms of media. She used to live in England, has traveled to over 15 countries, and loves swimming in the ocean. In her free time, she enjoys planning women's events and trying new restaurants in Chicago.