Many people often wonder why photos sent via their carrier’s network become pixelated or are of low quality. This is because MMS or Multi Media Messaging compresses files to make their sizes smaller. In this short troubleshooting article, we answer a similar question from one Google Pixel 3 user.
Problem: Google Pixel 3 screenshot are pixelated or blurry
When I take a screenshot using either of the two methods the phone has available, they end up being blurry or pixelated to my friends I try to show, so is there a way to fix that so when I send a screenshot to my friends it won’t come out pixelated or bad.
Solution: We don’t think this is a device issue at all. Your Pixel 3 screenshot function captures the screen as it is. This means that if there’s a blurred portion of the screen when you initiate a screenshot, it will be included in the photo. The simplest thing that you can do in this case is to check the photos taken with your screenshot functionality. If the said photo is blurry or pixelated, then there’s a problem with the device. However, if the photos are okay and not pixelated in your Gallery or Photos app, the cause of the problem must be during the transmission of the said photos.
Normally, photos become pixelated after they are converted and compressed when sent via MMS. This is a restriction set by networks. Unfortunately, there’s usually nothing much that end users like you can do about it. If you are sending your photos to your friends via MMS, you can’t expect the same quality of photos when it’s received by your friends.
Workaround: use apps
MMS was useful years ago, when internet and apps were not a thing. If you really want to send a good quality photo to friends at this time, we recommend that you use third party apps. There are many apps that can help you do it. If your friends have social network accounts, try to send your photos using appropriate apps. For example, if all of you are active on Facebook, you can use Facebook Messenger app to send and receive high quality photos.