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Why Can’t I Send A PDF via Text on iPhone? [Answered]

By Lena | Follow twitter | Updated on December 22, 2023
Texting is one of the great ways to connect with others or share information. The recipients can get information and documents immediately. But now you have a problem, it doesn't allow you to send PDF files. Why can’t I send a PDF via text on iPhone? This article will tell you the answer and how to send PDF files.

Why Can’t I Send A PDF via Text on iPhone?

For the question “Why can’t I send a PDF via text on iPhone”, we will explain it from two aspects.

Scenario 1. Can't Find A Button to Add PDF

You want to send a PDF file, so go to the Messages app. However, you can't find the button that lets you add the PDF. Well, it does not mean you can’t send PDF via text on iPhone. To add a PDF file, you need to use the Files app. That’s to say, you should find the PDF in Files app and tap Share to add the file to Messages.

Scenario 2. Failed to Send PDF via Text

Maybe you've added the PDF to the text and hit Send but you get an alert. It says the PDF was not delivered. What’s the problem? Well, the problem may be due to the cell phone used by the recipient.

Failed to Send

From iPhone to Android? In fact, on an iPhone, you can't send a PDF or any other files to an Android phone. That's what Apple states, direct data transfer between Apple and Android has never been done via SMS.

From iPhone to iPhone? If both phones are iPhones, there are two ways to send a PDF file, via iMessage or MMS.

  • If both iPhones have enabled iMessage, then PDFs and any other files can be sent easily.
  • If not, then the MMS Messaging option needs to be turned on. In this way, the PDF file can be sent as a multimedia file. Still can not send? Then the PDF file may be too large. You can try to compress the file.

Can You Send A PDF via Text on iPhone?

The answer is Yes if the receiver is also using an iPhone. If you want to send a PDF to an Android phone via text, then you can consider converting the PDF to an image.

Send PDF from iPhone to iPhone via Text

Follow the steps below if you want to send PDF to another iPhone user via the Messages app.

1. Adjust settings

If both iPhones have the iMessage option turned on, then sending PDFs is not a difficult task. Go to Settings and tap Messages to turn on iMessage.

Turn on iMessage

If you want to send PDFs via MMS, please go to Settings > Messages and enable MMS Messaging.

Turn on MMS Messaging

2. Add PDF

To add a PDF saved in Files app, tap the three-dots icon and choose Share > Select Messages.

Select Messages

To add a PDF in Books app, tap the three-dots icon under the PDF file > Choose Share PDF and select Messages.

Share PDF

3. Send PDF

Click the Plus icon to add the recipient > Click the Send button and that’s it.

Send PDF

Send PDF from iPhone to Android via Text

As mentioned earlier, sending PDF from iPhone to Android via text is impossible. If you still want to send it via text, you can first convert the PDF to an image. Or you can check this guide to learn other ways to send PDFs.

How to Send PDF from iPhone to Android | 5 Proven Methods

How to Send PDF from iPhone to Android | 5 Proven Methods

This guide will show you how to send PDF from iPhone to Android. Whether you want to send to someone nearby or far away, you'll find a way here.


To convert PDF to image, a converter is needed. You can go to App Store to get one. If you don't know which one to choose, then you can try SwifDoo PDF for iOS, one professional PDF editor for iPhone users. With this app, you will be able to convert each page as an image or convert all pages as a long picture.

Let’s see how to use this app to convert PDFs to images.

1. Go to App Store or click the button below to get SwifDoo PDF for iOS.

2. Tap Files at the bottom > Browse your iPhone to find the PDF you want to convert > Tap the three-dots icon under the PDF > Choose Convert > Choose Image and tap Start.

Choose Image

3. Select pages you want to convert > Choose the conversion method.

4. When it’s done, tap Open Folder to check the image.

Conversion Complete

Note: After that, you can send the image via text. Please make sure you have enabled MMS Messaging in Settings.

SwifDoo PDF for iOS is great at converting PDFs and it can also help you edit, compress, split, and merge PDFs. It has an extensive toolkit. If you often need to work with PDF files, then don't miss it!

Final Words

Why can’t I send a PDF via text on iPhone is a frequently asked question. I hope you will have a clear understanding after reading this article. In short, you can send PDFs from an iPhone to another iPhone but not to an Android phone. Anyhow, there are many other ways to help you send PDFs. You can even share a PDF as a link.

FAQs About Sending PDF via Text on iPhone

Q:How do I attach a PDF to a text message on my iPhone?

In Files app, long-press the PDF file > choose Share > select Messages.

Q:How do I send a PDF via text messages?

You can only send a PDF via text messages from an iPhone to another iPhone. Go to Files app to find the PDF file you want to send > Long press the file and select Share > Tap Messages > Add the recipient > Tap the Send button.

Lena has been in the editing industry for 8 years. She is familiar with a variety of products that can make things easier, such as PDF tools, video recording software, iOS location changer, etc. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with users to help them solve problems in their work and life. In her spare time, she likes to play with her cat.

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