1. anon(8312128)'s Avatar
    This is odd. I got a warning on Android Messages that a photo I was trying to text is too large and can't be sent. Pretty sure I'm under the file size limit. Every time I try to send it, I get the same message back ("Message not sent - too large"). I've tried attaching the photo several different ways and have the same result. Tried rebooting - same result.

    UPDATE:

    When I long press on the photo, while inside the body of the text message, the size reads 1.30MB ...... is 1.30 MB over the size limit? And why would I get different details when I long press on the file inside the body of the text message vs. viewing the photo info in my Google Photos library?
    Attached Thumbnails Photo too large to send (?)-6886.jpg   Photo too large to send (?)-capture.png  
    02-16-2018 09:43 PM
  2. SpookDroid's Avatar
    MMS file size limits are set by the carrier, unfortunately. You can use an app that supports automatic resizing, but the limit will still come from your carrier.
    02-16-2018 11:05 PM
  3. anon(8312128)'s Avatar
    MMS file size limits are set by the carrier, unfortunately. You can use an app that supports automatic resizing, but the limit will still come from your carrier.
    Ok, thanks
    02-17-2018 12:21 AM
  4. GSDer's Avatar
    What carrier are you with?
    You could always share a link to the photo rather than sending the file itself.
    Or just use a 3rd party application like WhatsApp where you won't encounter silly limits like that (of course the person you're sending to will also have to be using the same application).
    02-17-2018 01:03 AM
  5. anon(8312128)'s Avatar
    What carrier are you with?
    You could always share a link to the photo rather than sending the file itself.
    Or just use a 3rd party application like WhatsApp where you won't encounter silly limits like that (of course the person you're sending to will also have to be using the same application).
    Project Fi.

    I'd happily download WhatsApp, but I'd never get the rest of my family to get onboard. I'm the only one in my family with an Android device so it's kind of a pain sometimes.
    02-17-2018 01:07 AM
  6. bhatech's Avatar
    Project Fi.

    I'd happily download WhatsApp, but I'd never get the rest of my family to get onboard. I'm the only one in my family with an Android device so it's kind of a pain sometimes.
    Who not share via the Google photos app or provide the link to the photo in the messaging app? If they have Google photos they will automatically get notified if you share something with them, if they don't use Google photos still fine and they can still view the photos you share in the link from the messages app.
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    02-17-2018 10:10 AM
  7. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Give Textra a try. I believe it automatically shrinks files to accommodate for picky limits
    02-17-2018 04:05 PM
  8. Rukbat's Avatar
    Of course "shrinking" a picture degrades its quality, and resizing a 1.3MB file down to 300KB (if you're on a Verizon tower) will make it just about useless. If you're on a T-Mobile tower, it gets compressed to 1MB, so that's not too bad. (And if you're on a Sprint tower, there's no size limit.)

    I'd manually "shrink" the picture to 300KB (or maybe 295KB to be sure), to make sure that it still looks good, then send it. Many Android apps and Windows programs can do a pretty good job of making a picture file smaller, but 1.3MB to 300KB is going to ruin it, unless you reduce the canvas size, then paste the picture into that. (It will be like a small version of the original picture, not a pixelated mess.)
    GSDer likes this.
    02-17-2018 05:08 PM
  9. anon(8312128)'s Avatar
    Of course "shrinking" a picture degrades its quality, and resizing a 1.3MB file down to 300KB (if you're on a Verizon tower) will make it just about useless. If you're on a T-Mobile tower, it gets compressed to 1MB, so that's not too bad. (And if you're on a Sprint tower, there's no size limit.)

    I'd manually "shrink" the picture to 300KB (or maybe 295KB to be sure), to make sure that it still looks good, then send it. Many Android apps and Windows programs can do a pretty good job of making a picture file smaller, but 1.3MB to 300KB is going to ruin it, unless you reduce the canvas size, then paste the picture into that. (It will be like a small version of the original picture, not a pixelated mess.)
    Wow, Sprint has no size limit? I'm on Project Fi, so you would think I'd get that benefit since Fi uses both T-Mobile and Sprint. Of course, when I'm probably on T-Mobile when I'm trying to send that photo that's too big.

    Is it odd that I was able to receive that large photo, considering I can't SEND it? Or is the size limitation apply to just sending and not receiving?
    02-17-2018 05:37 PM
  10. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Yup, restriction is usually on the sending side.
    02-17-2018 06:52 PM
  11. dc52ltr's Avatar
    Give Textra a try. I believe it automatically shrinks files to accommodate for picky limits
    Yes,Textra and Chomp automatically resize photos before sending them.
    02-18-2018 03:19 AM
  12. GSDer's Avatar
    I'm the only one in my family with an Android device so it's kind of a pain sometimes.
    WhatsApp is available for iPhone.
    02-18-2018 10:51 AM
  13. SpookDroid's Avatar
    WhatsApp is available for iPhone.
    But still requires every user to create an account and install a separate app. I can see how that can be a hassle if your contacts don't already use that (or any other IM service).
    02-19-2018 10:04 AM
  14. hallux's Avatar
    WhatsApp is available for iPhone.
    So is Hangouts, and chances are that the other family members have Google accounts already, they just need to install the app, or allow Messages to access the chat network (Messages should work with Hangouts messaging).
    02-19-2018 01:16 PM
  15. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    Personally I quit texting photos a long time ago due to terrible quality.

    I usually use Facebook messenger for photos, they send in much higher quality but still get compressed and reduced from the original.
    02-19-2018 01:39 PM

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