Frequently Asked Questions

How to send a PDF file in a text message

SMS text message doesn't have to be a text-only 160 characters or less. You can also attach images and send it as an MMS text message to convey important content.

Is it possible to send a PDF file via standard SMS messaging?

It is possible, but not with the method you have in mind.

You cannot send a PDF file through a standard text message directly as the SMS/MMS text messaging technology only supports sending text messages, images, and videos. However, you can use alternative messaging platforms or file-sharing services to send PDF files to your contacts.

Some examples include email, cloud storage services, and file-sharing platforms such as Dropbox or Google Drive. These platforms allow you to upload and share files with others, including PDFs, and can be accessed from both mobile devices and computers.

Can you send a PDF file via MMS picture messaging?

MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) messaging is a standard way to send text messages that include images over a cellular network. Unfortunately, the MMS technology is limited to sending jpeg, png and gif images and is not able to natively send PDF documents.

How to send PDF documents via text message:

If you want to send a PDF file via SMS, one way to do it is by saving the PDF file to cloud storage and sharing the link to the file via SMS. Here are the steps:

  1. Save the PDF file to a cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox.
  2. Get the shareable link to the PDF file. This can usually be done by right-clicking on the file and selecting "Get shareable link" or a similar option.
  3. Open your messaging app and create a new message.
  4. Paste the shareable link into the message field.
  5. Add any necessary text or context to the message.
  6. Send the message to the recipient.

Once the recipient receives the SMS message, they can click on the link to open and view the PDF file in their web browser or in the cloud storage app. Note that this method may not be ideal for sensitive or confidential documents, as the link to the file can be forwarded or shared with others.

Listed below are the MMS file types that we currently support.

Delivery is notguaranteed since downstream carriers and recipients' mobile devices may have limitations on what types of files they accept.


  • .bmp
  • .dib
  • .gif
  • .jpg
  • .jpeg
  • .png


  • .3gp
  • ‍.amr
  • .3ga
  • .m4a
  • .m4p
  • .m4b
  • .m4r
  • .mp3
  • .wav


  • .3gp
  • .h263
  • .h264
  • .mp4
  • .m4v

MMS message size limits

The Texty Pro business text messaging service delivers picture, video, or audio messages of up to 1MB but please keep in mind that all mobile service providers restrict the size of MMS.

Due to the differences in devices, file types, and transcoding, we recommend that you send files that are no larger than 500KB to ensure delivery.

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