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    Default Can't download a picture from a text message.

    Friend sent me a txt message with a picture attachment. I hit download and "downloading" appears and never changes. Just keeps sitting on downloading. Had friend send it again and the same thing happened. I know she has a sammy phone as well which is about a year old don't know what kind of sammy phone.When I look to see how she did it looks like how I would send txt with picture on my SG3. Anybody out there who could help. It's a pic of a puppy I want to get my 10 yr old son for x-mas. Have to show hubby first
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    Why not just email it from the phone? Even dumb phones from ten years ago can email. Simple solution..
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    If your just going to show him the pic, just click it so it enlarges on your phone, if you want to send it to him you could always just forward the text message. Does saving the pic as an attachment not work? That's how I do it on my SG3.
    Not really sure what the advantage would be to actually download the pic if you're just going to show it to someone.
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    twilite2000,
    It sounds like you're describing the behaviour that occurs when you have an MMS pending but you're currently using a WiFi connection - you have to have a mobile data connection in order to get that download to progress.
    You can leave both mobile data and WiFi enabled if you like and it will just default to using WiFi unless something like an MMS comes in - if that happens, you'll briefly see both the WiFi icon and the 4G icon show up in the Notification bar.

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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    And u cab use go sms pro to get MMS messages

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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    Quote Originally Posted by GSDer View Post
    twilite2000,
    It sounds like you're describing the behaviour that occurs when you have an MMS pending but you're currently using a WiFi connection - you have to have a mobile data connection in order to get that download to progress.
    You just made me remember something!!

    Settings>>>More settings(under 'wireless and network')>>>Scroll to bottom and click Mobile networks>>> Make sure use packet data is checked
    I had to do this once because it became unchecked somehow...
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    Just restart the phone bro and re click on the download button on the text.

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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    I had the same problem...I realized it was happening when my mobile data was turned off

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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    Thanks that was exactly my problem. All is well now.

    Quote Originally Posted by GSDer View Post
    twilite2000,
    It sounds like you're describing the behaviour that occurs when you have an MMS pending but you're currently using a WiFi connection - you have to have a mobile data connection in order to get that download to progress.
    You can leave both mobile data and WiFi enabled if you like and it will just default to using WiFi unless something like an MMS comes in - if that happens, you'll briefly see both the WiFi icon and the 4G icon show up in the Notification bar.

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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    So sorry. I am still experiencing this problem and I have tried all the suggestions. I do have an unlimited data plan. On a Nexus S 4G, android 4.1.1. This has just started happening. The text message details are type:multimedia message notification, expires 2:16 dec 29, subject:new message, message classersonal, message size 453kb. I wonder if it is some of the changes they have pushed down and broken this. thank you for any help.
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    So I talked to Sprint and they say this is a Google issue. If you have 4G turned on this is a problem. Can someone from Google confirm this ?
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    Hi, I hate to barge in here but you said you click on the picture and it enlarges on your galaxy S3. I have a galaxy S3 and if I click on the pic in the sms it doesnt enlarge. I had to download handcent or go sms pro to get that part to work. Is there some setting I can change to make that part work on my cell without downloading handcent or go sms?
    Thank You
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    I click on pic,(sms) then the menu button.check the box for saves attachments....then it saves in your gallery app under "downloads"
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    Quote Originally Posted by mike340t View Post
    You just made me remember something!!

    Settings>>>More settings(under 'wireless and network')>>>Scroll to bottom and click Mobile networks>>> Make sure use packet data is checked
    I had to do this once because it became unchecked somehow...

    My neice recently got the S3 and she was having problems downloading picture or mms texts. I sent your instructions to her. She said she did not see packet data but mobile data, so she checked that off and now all her messages are downloading. Thank you!!
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    Sorry, this is my first smartphone, so I have some questions. I bought the phone, but I don't have internet on my plan, so I turned off all of the mobile networks so I wouldn't be charged. I just use Wifi. So when I use "Data enable" am I being charged for downloading these MMS even though I have unlimited text?
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    I had the same problem. From the text message with the pic, hold your finger on the pic and you will get a menu asking what do you want to do? Select save. This worked for me
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    Quote Originally Posted by mike340t View Post
    You just made me remember something!!

    Settings>>>More settings(under 'wireless and network')>>>Scroll to bottom and click Mobile networks>>> Make sure use packet data is checked
    I had to do this once because it became unchecked somehow...
    Thank you!
    I have been fighting with my phone FOREVER now. I have tried everything BUT wiping the whole system. This worked immediately.
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    @twilite2000
    Thank u!! That worked!! I just got my Galaxy S3 about a month ago & have had several picture texts that I couldn't open!! I guess I only tried opening them when I was using WiFi...once I connected w/mobile data I was able to open them!! THANKS for ur help!! These forums are very helpful..at times they are not thou lol!!
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    Simple solution: Regardless of SMS APP, normally just "long-pressing" photo will bring up menu that gives you the option to save photo on your phone.
    Hope this solves your problem.
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    am using sony experia go when i try to send text message to states it wont get through? and when he text me back i cant view picture that he send but when i call the number it works but have problem with text messages...can you help me ,thanks
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    what can i do
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    MMS requires a strong Data signal. If you are in a weak or no 3G/4G area the pics will not show up.
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    The weak signal seems to be the problem. Soon as I'm in an area with strong signal, no problem.
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    I have a samsung galaxy s II and my phone does the same thing. I rooted it and put a custom rom on it and now it wont allow me to get any pics in a text message. i have trird many different rom and that didnt help either. I still cant figure how to fix this. If I do I will put the solution on here. And if u can recieve the text but can not download it then u have the mobile data working. I have mine on and still cant download it.
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    Default Re: Can't download a picture from a text message.

    The same thing happens on my nexus s, but the weird thing is that my phone will instantly download pictures less than 200 kb but I have pictures that still show downloading with a size of 598 kb. Is there a max size of download that would explain why these won't download?
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