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  1. pappy53's Avatar
    I am coming back to a S3 from iPhone. One problem that I have had with previous Androids (Razr, Razr HD, Razr Maxx, S3) is sending pics and videos as MMS. I have tried the stock app, GoSMS, Handcent SMS, and Chomp SMS, all with the same result. If I take a picture, or shoot a 5-second video, and try to send either, I get a message that says the file is too large. What do I need to do, as I must have something set wrong? I have set video resolution to VGA in the past, but it didn't help.
    I also have a friend with a Samsung Galaxy Blaze, and it absolutely will not receive a picture. It says "downloading", but never downloads.
    TIA!
    PAMdemonium likes this.
    04-13-2013 05:06 PM
  2. pappy53's Avatar
    Nobody?
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    04-13-2013 11:34 PM
  3. MrDoh's Avatar
    Just one quick thing, you need to be using cellular data (not WiFi) to get MMS messages and be able to do the downloads. I ran into that, and am usually using WiFi at home, so I got the "downloading" message and animation indefinitely. Very frustrating until I turned off WiFi, and had cellular data turned on *smile*. Then the download actually happened.

    On the other hand, you may already know this and are having a different problem...
    04-14-2013 02:46 PM
  4. minnieusa's Avatar
    no i didnt know that. thanks, i've had that same problem and didn't know why

    Sent from my AT100 using Android Central Forums
    04-23-2013 10:00 PM
  5. GTWalling's Avatar
    Also of note there is a file size limit usually set by your Provider. Go SMS can be set for a limit of 5MB. That said I have a 4 second video that is 8.66MB in size which is too large. For video you have to change the resolution for MMS. Now the solution (some will argue this) is to use cloud storage and just SMS a link for the receiver to download Photo or Video.
    04-24-2013 04:00 PM
  6. odpipe's Avatar
    So, do I have to manually turn wifi on and off everytime I want to send a picture message?
    05-10-2013 01:47 AM
  7. GTWalling's Avatar
    Wi-Fi has nothing to do with sending MMS. MMS uses your Data only to send and receive. If the phone is functioning properly MMS will send and receive weather Wi-Fi is on or off. Now that said unless your Data speed is faster than your Wi-Fi just leave Wi-Fi on.
    05-10-2013 11:37 AM
  8. Mary Mangum's Avatar
    I've been having the same problem. Searched settings to see what I might have set 'incorrectly', changed the resolution of the picture, etc. MMS would simply hang and never send. Then I turned WiFi off, and boom! Sent the pic, no problem.
    06-14-2013 09:26 AM
  9. GTWalling's Avatar
    Again, If the phone is functioning properly MMS will send and receive weather Wi-Fi is on or off. When sending an MMS the Data kicks in even if Wi-Fi is on.
    06-15-2013 02:21 PM
  10. lluke04's Avatar
    Again, If the phone is functioning properly MMS will send and receive weather Wi-Fi is on or off. When sending an MMS the Data kicks in even if Wi-Fi is on.
    This is NOT true... There are plenty of users using SIII, S4, different carriers and a lot of them have issues sending a MMS while wifi is on. You can receive fine, but cannot send. It's a known issue. If you have your wifi on and connected and send a MMS the 4G icon pops up signifying the use of mobile data and it just sits there and after a while you get a failed message. Receiving a MMS does the same thing, except the 4G icon disappears and goes back to wifi after the message appears.
    Murphy5111 likes this.
    07-08-2013 12:34 PM
  11. GTWalling's Avatar
    Again, If the phone is*functioning properly.
    I have no problem sending or receiving MMS while Wi-Fi is on.
    07-08-2013 04:42 PM
  12. Michael Vieux's Avatar
    I am coming back to a S3 from iPhone. One problem that I have had with previous Androids (Razr, Razr HD, Razr Maxx, S3) is sending pics and videos as MMS. I have tried the stock app, GoSMS, Handcent SMS, and Chomp SMS, all with the same result. If I take a picture, or shoot a 5-second video, and try to send either, I get a message that says the file is too large. What do I need to do, as I must have something set wrong? I have set video resolution to VGA in the past, but it didn't help.
    I also have a friend with a Samsung Galaxy Blaze, and it absolutely will not receive a picture. It says "downloading", but never downloads.
    TIA!
    I use an S3 on Verizon, and send MMS & Video all the time.
    It doesn't matter whether WiFi is on or not.

    All SMS Apps will reduce the size of the photos. How it happens is in the settings.

    Launch the video camera,
    Go to: settings >recording mode>set for MMS.
    It will have to be reset every time you launch the video camera.

    In Chomp.
    Go to settings: Mobile Carrier Settings >MMS Network Settings >check, Preserve Image Resolution
    Set Size Limit to 1MB

    In the Samsung Messaging app.
    Go to settings>MMS Settings >Check, Auto Retrieve

    These are the settings I use every day to send dozens of photos and videos (new Granddaughter.)

    Now there has been a day or two that Verizon will take a about 20 minutes to send an MMS, but that's rare.

    Sent from my M470BSA
    07-08-2013 05:14 PM
  13. CreativTech's Avatar
    Again, If the phone is*functioning properly.
    I have no problem sending or receiving MMS while Wi-Fi is on.
    Yeah, gotta agree. I'm on WiFi the vast majority of the day, and I've never had trouble sending or receiving MMS. I've noticed that when I've sent one while on WiFi, the "4G" data icon will appear in the notification bar, and then go away once it's done.

    Could another app (say, a battery saver) be turning off data in the background and preventing the SMS app from turning it back on to send the message? Just a thought.

    Posted via Android Central App
    GTWalling likes this.
    07-08-2013 07:00 PM
  14. pricemom3x's Avatar
    Hi I am new here and so I may not be posting in the right area. I have a samsung galaxy note 2 I was always able to send pictures before Now when I get a picture mms. I can only open settings that allow me to set it to the home page and lock page. I can not forward it to anyone. It doesnt matter if Im using wifi or celllurlar data I am so frustrated!!!!
    07-25-2013 10:07 PM
  15. GSDer's Avatar
    Are you using the stock Messaging app?
    What DOES happen when you long-press the message?

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    07-26-2013 10:20 PM
  16. Murphy5111's Avatar
    This is NOT true... There are plenty of users using SIII, S4, different carriers and a lot of them have issues sending a MMS while wifi is on. You can receive fine, but cannot send. It's a known issue. If you have your wifi on and connected and send a MMS the 4G icon pops up signifying the use of mobile data and it just sits there and after a while you get a failed message. Receiving a MMS does the same thing, except the 4G icon disappears and goes back to wifi after the message appears.
    I have the same problem. I'm not even sending anything but a few words as a group text that gets converted to mms. I have to turn off wifi most of the time to get them to send. My phone is functioning properly. This is the only issue I have.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using AC Forums mobile app
    07-27-2013 05:41 AM
  17. OnePalmAddict's Avatar
    I have the same problem. I'm not even sending anything but a few words as a group text that gets converted to mms. I have to turn off wifi most of the time to get them to send. My phone is functioning properly. This is the only issue I have.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using AC Forums mobile app
    Same problem for me over several years in two different cities in which I've lived, on both Sprint and now Verizon, on both HTC and Samsung devices. I am on wifi most of the time with pretty decent 3G and/or 4G signal also, and it's a crapshoot on ANY MMS message (text only or attached image): sometimes they send with no problem, sometimes they churn a while before finally sending, and other times (like the last 36 hours for me) the message eventually fails.

    Not ever considering any connection to wifi, I turned it off after reading this thread. The result? Two MMS messages that had failed multiple times before searching this forum sent almost instantly.

    I am beyond frustrated...and also tired of hearing my coworkers with iToys always say, 'I never have a problem on my...,' well, you know the rest.

    Mark

    Sent from my Galaxy SIII
    Iggy Nelix likes this.
    07-29-2013 10:02 PM
  18. tony477g's Avatar
    Same with me, if wifi is turned on wont send or receive, if off i will receive. When in group chat i have to manually download every text and have the wifi turned off
    07-30-2013 03:14 AM
  19. OnePalmAddict's Avatar
    FYI - latest version of Handcent released today says it fixes MMS issue introduced in previous update. Let's see...

    Sent from my Galaxy SIII
    07-30-2013 11:52 AM
  20. OnePalmAddict's Avatar
    I have never thought there could be a connection between WiFi and this issue, but since finding this thread I have tested multiple time and confirmed: with WiFi on, all my MMS messages (attachments or group threads) hang; with WiFi off, they send almost instantly. While I am a Handcent user, I have tested in the stock messaging app as well. Go freakin' figure!

    So if my phone isn't 'functioning properly,' what the heck could be out of whack??

    Gotta be a solution...

    Mark

    Sent from my Galaxy SIII
    07-31-2013 09:18 AM
  21. Sarah Bryan's Avatar
    GTWalling
    Again, If the phone is*functioning properly.
    I have no problem sending or receiving MMS while Wi-Fi is on.


    But that's the PROBLEM!!! Just because YOU are not having issues w/ sending MMS while your wi fi is on doesn't mean that EVERYONE ELSE has that same situation. I'm using the same exact phone as my husband in the same exact house, on the same cell provider plan and hooked up to the same exact wi fi in our house and he sends and receives MMS perfectly fine. ME, on the other hand, I have to turn my wi fi OFF to be able to SEND any MMS.... that is NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    08-11-2013 05:58 PM
  22. GSDer's Avatar
    GTWalling was trying to be helpful - in case you hadn't noticed, none of us claim to be experts, nor are we paid to try to help others.

    Sorry your phone isn't working the way it should - perhaps you should take it up with your carrier or the manufacturer.

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM -0.001 using Tapatalk 2
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    08-11-2013 11:30 PM
  23. Jim Harnois's Avatar
    I just had the same problem with MMS. Then I powered down the S3 and restarted it, the 2 MMS pictures went right thru on WiFi ???
    08-15-2013 03:35 PM
  24. abbychia's Avatar
    Wow. That worked. THANK YOU!!
    10-09-2013 11:26 AM
  25. SueSue419's Avatar
    Turning WiFi off worked for me, as well. (Thank you!) Apparently my phone is not functioning properly -- how do I fix that, then? I don't want to have to manually turn off WiFi every time I want to reply to a group message or send a pic!

    I have a Galaxy s3 on Verizon...
    01-05-2014 11:02 PM
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