How to Turn Off Low Quality Image Mode for Messages on an iPhone 11

The Messages app on your iPhone provides you with the option to send pictures from your camera roll to your contacts. This is a commonly used feature, but it can consume a lot of data when you send those pictures over cellular. There’s a setting that lowers image quality to save data, but you might be wondering how to turn off these lower quality images if you want to send higher resolution ones.

The quality of the camera seems to improve with every iPhone model, and it’s possible ot take very good images with only your phone.

This quality, combined with the accessibility of the device and the user-friendliness of the Camera app, means that you will probably send pictures to friends and family at one point or another.

Doing this a lot can really eat into your monthly cellular data allotment, as each of these images can be a couple of megabytes.

The Messages app has a setting that can lower the quality of the images and make them smaller, but they can also be tougher to view.

Our guide below will show you where to find this setting and disable it so that you can send the original, full resolution images through the Messages app.

How to Send Better Pictures in Messages on an iPhone 11

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Messages.
  3. Turn off Low Quality Image Mode.

Our guide continues below with additional information on turning off low quality image mode on an iPhone, including pictures of these steps.

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The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 14.3. These same steps will work on other iPhone models using iOS 14, as well as several earlier versions of iOS.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

open Settings

Step 2: Choose the Messages option from the menu.

open Messages

Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap the button to the right of Low Quality Image Mode to turn it off.

I have disabled this setting in the picture below.

how to turn off low quality image mode in Messages on an iPhone

As mentioned previously, sending full resolution images over a cellular connection is going to use more data than when the Low Quality option was turned on. You can avoid this if you wait until you are connected to Wi-Fi to send your images.

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