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  1. EpicInUtah's Avatar
    So I recently switched from an iPhone 7+ to the Pixel 2 XL and LOVE the phone, the UI, the CAMERA, BUT...I can't get over how terrible the messaging is going away from iMessage...90% of who I text use iPhone and sending photos and videos is becoming a deal breaker for me. When my wife sends me a video of the kids for instance, it's getting scaled down since it's going over MMS and I receive it as a thumbnail sized grainy video that looks like it's being sent from the year 2003.

    What work around have people found for sharing videos and photos with iPhone users that doesn't require the iPhone user to download specific software JUST for messaging with me. I've thought about sharing through Google Photos but haven't had a chance to test it yet. I REALLY want to keep this phone but if I can't figure out a way to work around the messaging issue I think I'm going to end up returning it and going back to the iPhone...

    Teach me your Android ways and help me keep this awesome phone!
    03-26-2018 04:06 PM
  2. bigbearballs's Avatar
    Start with Textra or pulse? Default messaging app blows...
    03-26-2018 04:07 PM
  3. EpicInUtah's Avatar
    Textra still sends photos through MMS which caps size at 1200k...
    MooMooPrincess likes this.
    03-26-2018 04:15 PM
  4. MooMooPrincess's Avatar
    Start with Textra or pulse? Default messaging app blows...
    Default is the best performance wise, sucks design/customization wise.

    She can send the photos and videos through Google photo and they'll be full resolution.
    mmednick1 likes this.
    03-26-2018 04:19 PM
  5. popkurn611's Avatar
    So I recently switched from an iPhone 7+ to the Pixel 2 XL and LOVE the phone, the UI, the CAMERA, BUT...I can't get over how terrible the messaging is going away from iMessage...90% of who I text use iPhone and sending photos and videos is becoming a deal breaker for me. When my wife sends me a video of the kids for instance, it's getting scaled down since it's going over MMS and I receive it as a thumbnail sized grainy video that looks like it's being sent from the year 2003.

    What work around have people found for sharing videos and photos with iPhone users that doesn't require the iPhone user to download specific software JUST for messaging with me. I've thought about sharing through Google Photos but haven't had a chance to test it yet. I REALLY want to keep this phone but if I can't figure out a way to work around the messaging issue I think I'm going to end up returning it and going back to the iPhone...

    Teach me your Android ways and help me keep this awesome phone!
    You have options...the issue is getting your family of iOS users to download what they need on their end. They need to send the videos through Google photos or Whatsapp.

    I use the stock messaging app for texting and pics.
    abnikki likes this.
    03-26-2018 04:32 PM
  6. vietalogy's Avatar
    Most of my family and friends use WhatsApp over sms.
    03-26-2018 08:09 PM
  7. andrew_ackley's Avatar
    So I recently switched from an iPhone 7+ to the Pixel 2 XL and LOVE the phone, the UI, the CAMERA, BUT...I can't get over how terrible the messaging is going away from iMessage...90% of who I text use iPhone and sending photos and videos is becoming a deal breaker for me. When my wife sends me a video of the kids for instance, it's getting scaled down since it's going over MMS and I receive it as a thumbnail sized grainy video that looks like it's being sent from the year 2003.

    What work around have people found for sharing videos and photos with iPhone users that doesn't require the iPhone user to download specific software JUST for messaging with me. I've thought about sharing through Google Photos but haven't had a chance to test it yet. I REALLY want to keep this phone but if I can't figure out a way to work around the messaging issue I think I'm going to end up returning it and going back to the iPhone...

    Teach me your Android ways and help me keep this awesome phone!
    Yeah good luck. Its what keeps me from using an Android phone as my daily driver. I hate emailing pics to family it's a stupid thing to deal with. If apple would only add like a paid version of iMessage to Android. They never would bc of people like us that keep an iPhone around for iMessage. 🤔
    03-26-2018 08:53 PM
  8. ptkelly's Avatar
    Yeah good luck. Its what keeps me from using an Android phone as my daily driver. I hate emailing pics to family it's a stupid thing to deal with. If apple would only add like a paid version of iMessage to Android. They never would bc of people like us that keep an iPhone around for iMessage. 🤔
    When most of your friends and family are still on the plantation, it's tough to run away. Apples control issues is what kept be from every getting anything from Apple--except a USB A to USB C in an emergency--$45.
    03-26-2018 09:48 PM
  9. popkurn611's Avatar
    When most of your friends and family are still on the plantation, it's tough to run away. Apples control issues is what kept be from every getting anything from Apple--except a USB A to USB C in an emergency--$45.
    Yup and once you are controlled by Apple, it's hard to leave. I just left...I miss the ecosystem and that's about it. I'm actually enjoying my pixel and finally feel like I broke free from being tied down by Apple.
    AnnDroid likes this.
    03-26-2018 10:14 PM
  10. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Yup and once you are controlled by Apple, it's hard to leave. I just left...I miss the ecosystem and that's about it. I'm actually enjoying my pixel and finally feel like I broke free from being tied down by Apple.
    Though it works, I just never liked being tied to Itunes for my music and having to jump through hoops to manage files. I know there are ways around all that, however I just find that the file system is easier to navigate on Android. I have an Iphone for work and an Ipad Air but lately I don'T turn on the Ipad much. The rest of my family is on IOS, however not having facetime is OK because I just use the work phone for that. I get along fine without Imessage too.
    03-26-2018 10:27 PM
  11. popkurn611's Avatar
    Though it works, I just never liked being tied to Itunes for my music and having to jump through hoops to manage files. I know there are ways around all that, however I just find that the file system is easier to navigate on Android. I have an Iphone for work and an Ipad Air but lately I don'T turn on the Ipad much. The rest of my family is on IOS, however not having facetime is OK because I just use the work phone for that. I get along fine without Imessage too.
    One can definitely make do without iMessage and FaceTime. I have an iPad so I can use that for FaceTime with family. I just want to use a phone that I enjoy on a daily basis and not get so bored with. Everyone's iPhone looks the same, whether your 15 years old or 70 years old, same layout, same look, blah.
    03-26-2018 10:34 PM
  12. bhatech's Avatar
    For photos and pics, Google photos is the way to go even if you use iOS. Best and pretty easy to share stuff etc.
    As far messaging, not much anyone can do unless you have them start using Whatsapp, messenger, duo, Allo or whatever cross platform solution. Personally, thank god I don't have the iMessage issue. I always share my Google voice number to everyone and I do use iPhone as well for daily driver often. Sure I won't be a blue bubble even if I'm using iPhone but give zero ****s about that
    bigbearballs likes this.
    03-26-2018 10:41 PM
  13. Luke18's Avatar
    So I recently switched from an iPhone 7+ to the Pixel 2 XL and LOVE the phone, the UI, the CAMERA, BUT...I can't get over how terrible the messaging is going away from iMessage...90% of who I text use iPhone and sending photos and videos is becoming a deal breaker for me. When my wife sends me a video of the kids for instance, it's getting scaled down since it's going over MMS and I receive it as a thumbnail sized grainy video that looks like it's being sent from the year 2003.

    What work around have people found for sharing videos and photos with iPhone users that doesn't require the iPhone user to download specific software JUST for messaging with me. I've thought about sharing through Google Photos but haven't had a chance to test it yet. I REALLY want to keep this phone but if I can't figure out a way to work around the messaging issue I think I'm going to end up returning it and going back to the iPhone...

    Teach me your Android ways and help me keep this awesome phone!
    I too have recently moved from an iPhone 6+ to a Pixel 2xl. Love it, but yes not having iMessage is a pain but to be honest for me it's been a very seemless change. Texting and photos you can use the stock messaging app, nothing is scaled down at all....just recently sent 9 pics to a friend and my wife sent me 4 and both people have iPhones. Everything was sent and received with no problems.

    Videos on the other hand you can not send through the stock messages app.....but there are ways around it...I use WhatsApp, Facebook messenger and my wife and I have a Google photos account now that I have a Pixel 2xl, so everything is shared between us.

    Give it a chance and just ask your family to work with you on this. Hope it gets easier....have any questions let me know.
    tadpoles likes this.
    03-26-2018 10:43 PM
  14. tadpoles's Avatar
    One can definitely make do without iMessage and FaceTime. I have an iPad so I can use that for FaceTime with family. I just want to use a phone that I enjoy on a daily basis and not get so bored with. Everyone's iPhone looks the same, whether your 15 years old or 70 years old, same layout, same look, blah.
    Damn...that's true.
    03-26-2018 10:44 PM
  15. Kirstein Gourlay's Avatar
    Though it works, I just never liked being tied to Itunes for my music and having to jump through hoops to manage files. I know there are ways around all that, however I just find that the file system is easier to navigate on Android. I have an Iphone for work and an Ipad Air but lately I don'T turn on the Ipad much. The rest of my family is on IOS, however not having facetime is OK because I just use the work phone for that. I get along fine without Imessage too.
    I have a couple of Apple watches and keep my iphone for them. I facetime my daughter and iMessage her and my friend who has my iPhone 6. But my daughter uses Discord so I can message and call and video call her using that on my Pixel 2 XL.
    MooMooPrincess likes this.
    03-26-2018 11:45 PM
  16. Knightmayre90's Avatar
    I use WhatsApp for multi media messaging, always has good quality both ends and use Google duo for the facetime equivalent. simples!
    03-27-2018 01:38 AM
  17. cbreze's Avatar
    People I know with iPhones we just text pics back and forth no problem. Just use the regular messaging app. Just because it's iPhone means imessage? Nah.
    I use an iPhone sometimes for a switch and use regular sms to android and vice-versa. I don't get the critical need that imessage is a must have feature.
    03-27-2018 02:30 AM
  18. Itsa_Me_Mario's Avatar
    So I recently switched from an iPhone 7+ to the Pixel 2 XL and LOVE the phone, the UI, the CAMERA, BUT...I can't get over how terrible the messaging is going away from iMessage...90% of who I text use iPhone and sending photos and videos is becoming a deal breaker for me. When my wife sends me a video of the kids for instance, it's getting scaled down since it's going over MMS and I receive it as a thumbnail sized grainy video that looks like it's being sent from the year 2003.

    What work around have people found for sharing videos and photos with iPhone users that doesn't require the iPhone user to download specific software JUST for messaging with me. I've thought about sharing through Google Photos but haven't had a chance to test it yet. I REALLY want to keep this phone but if I can't figure out a way to work around the messaging issue I think I'm going to end up returning it and going back to the iPhone...

    Teach me your Android ways and help me keep this awesome phone!
    The google photos thing works well, then it's clicking a link and much better or just share through the app and you get a notification and it's available in your app. Otherwise, using an actual messenger service such as telegram can work if you're talking about one or two people, but I wouldn't recommend trying to convert your whole contact list. As you said, not that viable of a solution if you're the only person they'll know with that service. An option you might not have considered, most of your contact list probably has facebook messenger. The simplest method though is Google photos.
    Forest Dane likes this.
    03-27-2018 09:14 AM
  19. westiewanderer's Avatar
    So I recently switched from an iPhone 7+ to the Pixel 2 XL and LOVE the phone, the UI, the CAMERA, BUT...I can't get over how terrible the messaging is going away from iMessage...90% of who I text use iPhone and sending photos and videos is becoming a deal breaker for me. When my wife sends me a video of the kids for instance, it's getting scaled down since it's going over MMS and I receive it as a thumbnail sized grainy video that looks like it's being sent from the year 2003.

    What work around have people found for sharing videos and photos with iPhone users that doesn't require the iPhone user to download specific software JUST for messaging with me. I've thought about sharing through Google Photos but haven't had a chance to test it yet. I REALLY want to keep this phone but if I can't figure out a way to work around the messaging issue I think I'm going to end up returning it and going back to the iPhone...

    Teach me your Android ways and help me keep this awesome phone!
    As a Graduate teacher, my little sister shared an awesome tip with me. If you both use facebook, the messenger app is capable of sending much larger files than most messaging apps, much faster! Try it out! I use it for large documents as well, and it is MUCH faster than other things, including getting things to my desktop! I have used messenger for a long time, but did not realize it was THAT capable.
    03-27-2018 09:31 AM
  20. bigbearballs's Avatar
    As a Graduate teacher, my little sister shared an awesome trick with me. If you both use facebook, the messenger app is capable of sending much larger files than most messaging apps, much faster! Try it out! I use it for large documents as well, and it is MUCH faster than other things, including getting things to my desktop!
    But then you have to use Facebook and not everyone is on there
    AnnDroid likes this.
    03-27-2018 09:32 AM
  21. westiewanderer's Avatar
    But then you have to use Facebook and not everyone is on there
    I haven't checked into it, but Isn't messenger a standalone app now?
    03-27-2018 09:44 AM
  22. gibsonb2's Avatar
    Messenger can be used without a FB account. I used to use it that way. It only needs your phone number.

    Probably the other best option besides Google Photos when it comes to sharing videos. Otherwise you can't top iMessage for the uncompressed vids/pics.
    westiewanderer likes this.
    03-27-2018 09:57 AM
  23. Rukbat's Avatar
    SMS/MMS is slowly switching to RCS, but the carriers have to change also. Give it some time. Eventually we'll be able to send pictures and video user-to user, data or wifi, the same as iMessage. (At one time we couldn't send MMS from one carrier to another.)

    Until then use an iPad or use email. (You can "send" videos of many GB if you upload the video to a cloud account and text the download link to the recipient. MEGA gives you 50GB free.)
    03-27-2018 12:43 PM
  24. Ry's Avatar
    Allo is great for media sharing.
    ClintRo likes this.
    03-27-2018 01:56 PM
  25. bigbearballs's Avatar
    Allo is great for media sharing.
    But then all your contacts need allo, Google really needs to get it together with all of these texting apps. They do a lot of things great, but this texting thing is an issue.
    03-27-2018 03:03 PM
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