3 Ways to Send and Receive MMS over WiFi

MMS or Multimedia Messaging Service was built similar to SMS, to allow users to send multimedia content. It was an excellent way to share media with your friends and family until the emergence of like WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and many others. Since then, the use of MMS has declined drastically. For the past few years, many users have been complaining of difficulties while sending and receiving MMS via MMS app on their Android devices. It happens majorly due to compatibility issues of this aging service with your up-to-date device.

In most Android phones, there is a capability to automatically switch from WiFi to mobile data, while sending or receiving an MMS. The network is switched back to WiFi once this process is over. But it is not the case with every mobile phone in the market today.

  • In many cases, the device fails to send or receive messages over WiFi and does not switch to mobile data. It then displays a “Message Download Failed” notification.
  • Additionally, there is a possibility that your device does change to mobile data; but by the time you try to send or receive MMS, you have consumed all your mobile data. In such cases too, you will receive the same error.
  • It has been observed that this problem persists mostly in Android devices, and more so after the “Android 10 update”.
  • It was also noticed that the issue exists primarily on “Samsung” devices.

Experts say that they have identified the problem and are taking action to solve it.

But, are you going to wait for that long? 

So, now you must be wondering “can I send and receive MMS over WiFi?”.

Well, it is possible to share MMS over WiFi on your phone, if your carrier supports it. The good news is that you can share MMS over wi-fi, even if your carrier does not support it. You will learn about it later on, in this guide.

If you are facing issues while sending and/or receiving MMS over WiFi on your Android phone, we have the solution for it. In this guide, we will explain everything you need to know on how to send or receive MMS via Wi-Fi.

How to Send MMS over Wi-Fi

How to Send and Receive MMS over WiFi

The first thing you should know is that the MMS service is operated via a cellular connection. Hence, you have three options available to rectify this issue which are explained in detail below.

Method 1: Modify Settings

If you are using the updated version of Android i.e.,  Android 10, the mobile data on your phone will get disabled as soon as you connect to a WiFi network. This feature was implemented to save battery life & enhance the performance of your device.

To be able to send and receive MMS over Wi-Fi, you need to keep both the connections on, simultaneously. To do so, you need to alter some settings manually as per the steps given:

1. Go to the Developer option on your device.

Note: For every device, the method to enter the Developer mode is different.

2. Now, under the Developer option, turn on the “Mobile data always active” option.

Now, under the Developer option, turn on the Mobile data always active option.

After making this change, your mobile data will remain active, until you turn it off manually.

Follow the given steps to check if the settings are acceptable or not:

1. Go to the “Settings” option in Developer mode

2. Now, move to the “Sim card & mobile data” option.

3. Tap” Data usage.”

Tap Data usage. | How to Send MMS over Wi-Fi

4. Under this section, find and select “Dual Channel acceleration.”

Under this section, find and select Dual Channel acceleration.

5. Finally, ensure that the “Dual-channel acceleration” is ‘turned On‘. If not, turn it on to enable mobile data & Wi-Fi at once.

ensure that the Dual-channel acceleration is 'turned On' | How to Send MMS over Wi-Fi

Note: Make sure that your data pack is active and has sufficient data balance. Oftentimes, even after turning the mobile data on, users are unable to send or receive MMS, due to insufficient data.

6. Try to send or receive MMS now. If you still can’t send MMS over WiFi, move to the next option.

Also Read: 8 Ways To Fix MMS Download Problems

Method 2: Use an Alternative Messaging App

The most common and obvious choice to avoid such an error is, to use an alternative messaging app to serve the said purpose. There are a variety of free messaging apps available on the Play Store with various additional features. Some of these are listed below:

a) Using Textra SMS app

Textra is an excellent app with simple functions and a beautiful, user-friendly interface.

Before we discuss this method further, you need to download and install the Textra app from Google Play Store:

download and install the Textra app from Google Play Store. | How to Send MMS over Wi-Fi

Now onto the next steps:

1. Launch the “Textra SMS” app.

2. Go to “Settings” by tapping ‘three-vertical dots’ at the top-right corner of the Home screen.

Go to “Settings” by tapping ‘three-vertical dots’ at the top-right corner of the Home screen.

3. Tap “MMS

Tap “MMS” | How to Send MMS over Wi-Fi

4. Tick (check) the “Prefer wi-fi” option.

Note: It is only for those users whose mobile carriers support MMS over WiFi. If you are not sure about your mobile carrier policies, give this method a try. If you still face the issue, disable the option to get back to default MMS settings.

5. If the issue still persists, you can talk to the customer support of your mobile carrier.

b) Using Go SMS Pro

We have used Go SMS Pro in this method to do the task of receiving & sending media over WiFi. This app offers its users a unique method to send media over WiFi i.e., through an SMS, which costs you lesser than an MMS. Hence, this is a popular alternative & highly recommended by users.

The working of the Go SMS Pro is as follows:

  • It uploads the photo that you want to send and saves it to its server.
  • From here, it sends an auto-generated link of the image to the recipient.
  • If the recipient uses Go SMS Pro, the image gets downloaded in their inbox just like regular MMS service.
  • But in case, the recipient does not have the app; the link opens in the browser with a download option for the picture.

You can download the app using this link.

c) Using Other apps

You can choose from various other popular apps available to send and receive text messages, pictures, and even videos.  You can install & use Line, WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc on your Android, Windows, iOS devices. 

Method 3: Use Google Voice

If none of the above methods work for you, you can opt for Google Voice. It is a telephonic service offered by Google that provides voicemail, call forwarding, text, and voice messaging options, by providing an alternate number routed to your phone. It is one of the best, most secure, and permanent solutions out there. Google Voice currently supports SMS only, but you can get MMS service via other Google services like Google Hangout.

If you are still stuck with the same problem, we suggest that you try to find out your operator policies & try to find a solution, by contacting their customer support.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q 1. Why can’t I send MMS over WiFi?

MMS needs a cellular data connection to operate. If you want to send MMS over WiFi, you and the recipient need to have some third-party app installed to complete the task.

Q 2. Can you send picture text messages through WiFi?

No, it is not possible to send a regular MMS message over a WiFi connection. However, you can get it done using a third-party app or using your mobile data.


We hope that this guide was helpful and you are now able to send MMS over WiFi on your Android phone. If you still have any queries regarding this article, then feel free to ask them in the comments section.

4 thoughts on “3 Ways to Send and Receive MMS over WiFi”

  1. This is ridiculous. I could always download MMS via wifi with my Samsung Galaxy SIII, and I never, EVER needed a third party app to do so. Now that no carriers will support that phone, I was forced to upgrade to a Samsung A02S, which will not download MMS via wifi. Same carrier. Clearly, this is simply a bid to force consumers into using more mobile data and thus paying higher phone bills. You techs ought to figure out a way to fix this instead of telling everyone they “can’t do it without a third party app.”

    1. Yes, I have the same issue and like you was able to use MMS via wifi and I have a Moto G. This started right after New Years. I’ve been with the same mobile carrier for a few years and I have a different internet company than the company I use for my phone. smh. I need help. I’ve have never EVER need a third party app either.

  2. This is so annoying, only designed so
    the carriers profiteer, because they ca . It cost them nothing to enable mms over wifi. I don’t like whatsup and similar apps, so generally send images by email, so this dumb rule with most modern phones sends me back to 1980s, but so be it.

  3. I was optimistic that this would work. I carefully followed the instruction sin all three options. I am afraid there was missing steps or incorrect information in each case.
    options one for instance was missing steps for getting to Dual Channel acceleration. In the second option I installed Textra SMS app. This was missing “Prefer wi-fi” option.. No such option exists on that app. Finally I installed Go SMS Pro but that doesn’t help recieve MMS messages at all. It only has a work around for sending. I DON’T SEND MMS MESSAGES CAUSE THAT IS STUPID!
    As for google again what is that supposed to do for me receiving mms messages. I doesn’t even sound like an option

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