7 Best Fixes for Can’t Send GIFs in Google Messages App
The Google Messages app introduced RCS messaging features to compete with leading text messaging apps. It allows you to send photos, videos, voice messages, and GIFs to your contacts. You can choose a GIF from the Messages app or download one from your Android device.
Some users complain of being unable to send GIFs to their contacts. If you are facing this issue, here are the best fixes for not being able to send GIFs in the Google Messages app. These solutions apply to all Android phones using the Google Messages app.
The first solution is to check the GIF file format. This is applicable when you download a GIF from a website or an app on your Android phone. The GIF file may be corrupted and can’t be shared in the Google Messages app.
If Google Messages isn’t sending GIFs, try sending them as text messages. The app can automatically resend messages in RCS chats as texts if they fail to reach your contacts. Here’s how to enable this feature:
1. Open the Google Messages app on your Android phone.
2. Tap the profile icon at the top-right corner and select Messages Settings.
Step 3: Select RCS Chats and toggle ‘Automatically Resend as Text (SMS/MMS).’
Review the text and eliminate redundant words or phrases to make it more concise and impactful:
“Return to your chats and check if the problem is solved.”
If your GIF is sent but your contact can’t view it, here’s how you can enable automatic downloads for MMS in Google Messages.
Step 1: Open the Google Messages app and tap your profile icon.
To review the text and eliminate redundant words or phrases, here is the edited version of the provided text:
“Step 2: Select Messages Settings and tap Advanced.”
Step 3: Tap the toggle next to Auto Download MMS. Also, enable Auto Download MMS While Roaming.
Step 4: Go back and tap on RCS Chats.
Step 5: Scroll down and check Auto-Download files you receive over Mobile Data.
To review the given text, please follow these steps:
1. Check if Google Messages has permission to download and store files on your Android phone.
2. Close the Messages app, long-press its icon, then select App Info.
Step 7: Tap Storage and Cache and choose Files and Media.
Ensure file access is enabled.
Close App Info and open the Messages app to check if the problem is solved. Refer to our post for additional solutions if Google Messages doesn’t download MMS on your Android phone.
Switching to a 5G network or connecting to Wi-Fi will speed up GIF picking, sending, and downloading on your Android phone. These options provide better internet speeds for the Google Messages app.
5. Force Quit and Relaunch Google Messages App
If you can’t send GIFs in text, force quit and relaunch the Google Messages app. This can fix many in-app issues.
Step 1: Long-press the Google Messages app icon and select App Info.
Step 2: Tap Force Stop and confirm.
Step 3: Close App Info and relaunch Google Messages to check if the problem is solved.
The last resort is updating the Google Messages app to fix potential bugs. Follow these steps to update the app and resolve the issue.
If you’re unable to send GIFs on your Android phone’s Google Messages app, these solutions can help. To share your thoughts quickly, use message reactions in the Google Messages app. If that doesn’t work, refer to our post on fixing message reactions in the Google Messages app.
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