The iPhone users love iMessage service as it allows them to interact with their loved ones free of charge. The only requirement for iMessage to work is that both the sender and receiver have an iOS device. Most iPhone users prefer to share their photos over the iMessage.

Lately, some iPhone users have been found complaining that the pictures they sent via iMessage aren’t getting across in high-quality. The picture sent via iMessage is poor in quality in comparison to the picture that has been originally captured. Now, the question is that why is it happening?

Why is it happening?

If you are experiencing the same issue and do not know why it is happening then you are at the right place. Firstly, it is important to understand that it is not due to a faulty phone or anything. In fact, this issue is occurring due to a simple setting adjustment that has its benefit too. There is a setting in Message section known as Low-Quality Image Mode. When enabled, this mode cuts images roughly to around 100 kilobytes each. The actual size and compression of the low-quality image depend on the quality and size of the original photo.

This little explanation leads to the next question that why this compression is required? What are its benefits? Why would someone use this mode? A simple explanation to these questions is that people who rely on limited cellular data allowance can use this feature to their advantage. Sending the original-sized photo would eat a few megabytes which can be avoided by simply enabling the Low-Quality Image Mode.

As mentioned above, enabling this mode will cut images roughly to around 100 kilobytes while the original-sized photo will eat around 2-5 megabytes. Enabling this mode is effective if you are sending a lot of photos regularly. If you just a photo or two occasionally then sending them in original size won’t make much difference. Quality-wise, the difference between the original-sized and the compressed photo isn’t drastic. Perhaps, a perfectionist or a person who zooms in every photo will feel the difference but otherwise, it is not too big of a difference to complain about.

What to do if you do not want Low-Quality Images:

A lot of users these days have unlimited data packages and getting worried about the data is the last thing on their list. For such users, enabling the Low-Quality Image Mode won’t make much sense. Likewise, if you do not want to compromise the quality of the image at any price then you would also want this mode to be disabled. Luckily, disabling this mode is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is to follow the following steps.

  1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down a little and locate the option Messages. Tap on this option.
    Low-Quality Image Mode
  3. Scroll down to the very bottom of the screen to locate the option Low-Quality Image Mode. The reason why your pictures are getting compressed in iMessage is due to this option being enabled.
  4. Simply toggle the switch off for this option. Exit the settings and try sending an image. You’d see that the image will not get compressed anymore.


Not very long ago, most iPhone users were complaining about the fact that they were unable to send lower-quality or smaller photos via the iMessage. They had to use the Mail app for downscaling options. Apple listened to these complaints and introduced this feature only to experience another backlash from a different set of Apple users. Honestly, now the users have the option to choose whether they want to send an original-sized photo or a compressed one and that makes it a win-win for everyone.

Again, the quality difference between the original and compressed photo is not too much. Most people won’t be able to even differentiate between the two. However, if someone is experiencing a major difference in quality then it could be due to something else. In that case, you may have to look up for some troubleshooting options such as Reset All Settings, Force Restart, or even restoring your device to factory settings.