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Old July 8th, 2012, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default MMS Texts Showing Up as Slideshows

I picked up a S3 this week after being an iPhone user for the past three years. I love the phone so far and can't believe that I waited this long to switch to Android. It is so much better than iOs.

The only thing that is bothering me about Android is that the MMS pictures I receive are showing up as a slideshows instead of just text with pictures. When I open these in the stock messaging app as well as the Handcent app, a little video plays that shows the picture and then the text or vice versa. It seems like there has to be a way to change this, but I can't find it.

Does anybody have any tips? Thanks in advance.

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Yeah i noticed this issue too. And i cant stand it. I would like to change this, if i could.
I notice with using my front facing camera im able to sent pictures. But when i try and take pictures using it regular[rear camera] and try to send a picture thru MMS. It trys to compressed the picture because it is to large, then it says that its unable to attach, file not supported.
I wonder if the picture is taken in HD and is unable to sent. But this is a new phone and it should be about to compressed and sent the picture. Any suggestions on this issue and the slideshow would be great.
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That's the standard for android devices. If you want it to show up a different way you need to download a different messeging app. I find handcent and Go Message the best.
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I picked up a S3 this week after being an iPhone user for the past three years. I love the phone so far and can't believe that I waited this long to switch to Android. It is so much better than iOs.

The only thing that is bothering me about Android is that the MMS pictures I receive are showing up as a slideshows instead of just text with pictures. When I open these in the stock messaging app as well as the Handcent app, a little video plays that shows the picture and then the text or vice versa. It seems like there has to be a way to change this, but I can't find it.

Does anybody have any tips? Thanks in advance.
Hey,

I had the exact same issue and couldnt stand it as well. This only applies if you're using the International version on the ATT US network. As im sure the ATT version comes with these current settings. But the international version doesnt default to these apn settings. I dont know if this is what made the fix, but it is when i noticed it. I didnt add this apn for this specific reason, but no more slide shows for me.

Go into APN's under settings>Mobile Network and create a new one.

APN NAME - AT&T PTA
APN - pta
PROXY - not set
PORT - not set
USERNAME - not set
PASSWORD - not set
SERVER - not set
MMSC - http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
MMS PROXY - proxy.mobile.att.net
MMS PORT - 80
MCC - 310
MNC - 410
AUTH TYPE - not set
APN TYPE - default,mms,supl
APN PROTOCAL - IPv4
Enable APN
Bearer - unspecified

Let me know if that works, if indeed youre an att user.
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That's the standard for android devices. If you want it to show up a different way you need to download a different messeging app. I find handcent and Go Message the best.
Hmm really? My MMS messages show up as regular photo's now, and not slideshows. And i definitely havent downloaded any other messaging apps.
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This was always annoying on my Samsung Captivate. I was hoping things would change with the S3 and android 4.0.
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Hmm really? My MMS messages show up as regular photo's now, and not slideshows. And i definitely havent downloaded any other messaging apps.
So there u go.
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So there u go.
I am wondering if somethings wrong with my phone now that you mentioned it was standard to play slideshows. Maybe it was a random thing that happened to me. I'll have someone send me a couple photos through mms and see if its still working without slideshows.
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So there u go.
my front facing camera shows in slideshow and seems like i cant even sent a pictures form the regular camera.
I using the Verizon version [yay preorder]
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I am wondering if somethings wrong with my phone now that you mentioned it was standard to play slideshows. Maybe it was a random thing that happened to me. I'll have someone send me a couple photos through mms and see if its still working without slideshows.
My Samsung Note (Gingerbread OS) did the exact same thing. My wife would send me 3-4 pictures from her iphone in one message and it played as a slide show...drove me nuts. I did download SMS GO and that solved the problem, plus I like that app better. That said, I wasn't sure how to solve the problem here with the default texting app.
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I've NEVER liked the fact that Android does this. Same 'issue' on my S III. I refuse to install another app to accommodate this issue
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I've NEVER liked the fact that Android does this. Same 'issue' on my S III. I refuse to install another app to accommodate this issue
This is exactly how I feel on the matter, coming from an iPhone its actually quite primitive of the OS.
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Has anyone had problems with text being sent? I have had my S-III since Friday 7/6 and with BlueTooth it sends but shows it didn't, so my wife and I tried to see what is going on and when you use the keyboard sometimes it sends and sometimes not but the no one has moved you use bluetooth and sends but shows not sent. I have looked at all kinds of setting to see if I could find what is up.
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Looks I like mine is able to send MMS again. And i tested and its not showing up slideshows for me or the person i senting msg too. All i did its do a reboot.

***Looks likes when i turn the phone sideways and take a picture. it wont sent. But if take a pic with the phone in a vertical position it will send...
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I just have to say this isn't an Android issue. The stock ICS messanging app does not have this issue. This would be stupid Touchwiz...
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It does still happen on ICS. Jelly Bean too. And it happens with either stock messaging or Handcent, by the way. Remember that to see the slideshow problem, an iPhone user has to first write some text and THEN attach the picture. The reverse order doesn't seem to create the issue.

No idea why this hasn't been fixed but I suspect it is a core Android messaging issue. And it sucks!
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Its not a core Android issue. My Gnex never did this. Actually my S3 is the first phone I had this issue with.
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Its not a core Android issue. My Gnex never did this. Actually my S3 is the first phone I had this issue with.
I have a Gnex on Jelly Bean now and both the stock messaging app and Handcent have this issue...
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I have a Gnex on Jelly Bean now and both the stock messaging app and Handcent have this issue...
Makes you wonder what the issue is then doesn't it? If my Gnex with stock ICS does not do it but yours with JB does. The only ones that would really be able to answer the question will never answer us lol.
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Default To recap the issue:

If someone simply sends me an MMS picture with no text, I can view the picture and zoom in and out on it. This is good.

If someone sends an MMS picture and adds text to the message, it goes to that stupid slideshow. This is bad.

I have confirmed that this is not and has never been a problem on a friends Galaxy S2 with gingerbread or ice cream sandwich. This means that it is not a standard Android thing as it doesn't apply to all androids.

I don't think most of us are looking for a replacment SMS app either, it should work correctly in the standard SMS app. I have tried GoSMS and Handcent and although they fixed this problem, they introduced additional quirks that I found to be more annoying than this one.

Anyway, has anyone found a solution that fixes this? I would think that this should be configurable but everyone I know that has an S3 has the same problem.
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By far the most annoying thing about my GS3. Came from an iphone as well and this seems SO ridiculous. I recieve pics from my friends and gf ALL THE TIME and this is a very annoying issue for me.

Its almost bad enough that i will go back to an iphone and my next switch if it isn't addressed.

I know it seems miniscule but when you recieve 2 or 3 pictures a day that you can't view in a large format, or save to you gallery it is QUITE annoying.
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I am having the exact same problem as you guys. I also came from an iPhone and cannot stand not being able to pinch and zoom. Any fixes or updates yet?
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This problem is Samsung-created ... the SMS App has been customized by them (badly .. may I add) ... Best is to replace it completely with the stock Android App (found on GNex) or customized variants of the stock one.

Of course you will need Root. (I dont know why you would not have it on Android)

Source - Cannot add links yet. Its thread #1682226 on xda-developers or search for "CM9 MMS Sense Style" on google and first xda link.

Steps -
1. Get the zip for the desired style (DO NOT FLASH IT)
2. Extract Mms.apk from it (/system/app)
3. Use a file explorer on your phone with root access (like Root Explorer, etc) and take backup of existing SecMms.apk file from /system/app
4. Rename your new Mms.apk to SecMms.apk
5. Overwrite the existing one with this new one in /system/app (you will need to mount /system partition to RW, easily done with Root Explorer)
6. If you are on a Stock ROM, delete SecMms.odex file from /system/app
7. Change permission on new SecMms.apk to match rw-r-r-
8. You may get some force close errors on Mms (this is normal)
9. Reboot phone and Enjoy new Sms App !
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One shouldn't have to root, etc. to have a 'decent' text\sms application.

Just saying...
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One shouldn't have to root, etc. to have a 'decent' text\sms application.

Just saying...
What exactly is not decent about the current one? The fact that it wants you to view photos in a slideshow?

Why not install Handcent or any other app and use that? No need to root at all.

As opposed to some other unnamed OSes, Android allows you to replace ny system app.
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What exactly is not decent about the current one? The fact that it wants you to view photos in a slideshow?

Why not install Handcent or any other app and use that? No need to root at all.

As opposed to some other unnamed OSes, Android allows you to replace ny system app.

Many folks have already stated that they are still seeing this issue with other SMS apps. I also see this on my GS3 from time to time and like someone said, the slideshow only appears if the pic has text in it.

It appears one has to root/install new app to fix this.. It does not bother me enough to root.. so i'm good.
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Hey all...just reviving this thread...I'm having the same issue with my Galaxy Nexus running Jellybean.

Unusually though I can recieve pictures with texts from my from bro's iphone (on iOS6) and my friends Galaxy S2 (on 4.0.3.) perfectly fine, irrespective of whether text is added on prior or post attachment. BUT problems when sent with text from my wife's and a colleagues Galaxy Notes (running 4.0.4.) again irrespective of whether text is added on prior or post attachment.

I know this used to be an issue with iphones etc as well before and I just wonder if ICS or Jelly bean had sorted the issue out until Touchwiz introduced it again with 4.0.4. onwards...
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I almost think it's a Samsung issue. I don't ever recall this happening on my HTC Vivid (AT&T) but I did have the issue on my SII Skyrocket now my SIII. I have used Handcent and GoSMS at one point or another on all of my phones. Another issue I have is when I get a MMS, I often have to touch a "download" button to get the message. Not sure if this is a settings issue or just another general text issue. This always happens when I receive a group text message, and happens often when I receive a picture. Sometimes I get a combination of both problems, I have to "download" a picture then it opens as a slideshow. I'm getting tired of scratching my head over these issues. Anyone tried contacting Samsung about any of these issues? WE need a solution.
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I almost think it's a Samsung issue. I don't ever recall this happening on my HTC Vivid (AT&T) but I did have the issue on my SII Skyrocket now my SIII. I have used Handcent and GoSMS at one point or another on all of my phones. Another issue I have is when I get a MMS, I often have to touch a "download" button to get the message. Not sure if this is a settings issue or just another general text issue. This always happens when I receive a group text message, and happens often when I receive a picture. Sometimes I get a combination of both problems, I have to "download" a picture then it opens as a slideshow. I'm getting tired of scratching my head over these issues. Anyone tried contacting Samsung about any of these issues? WE need a solution.
I to get this, using Handcent...really annoying.
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As I recall, I also seen this way back when I had my Motorola XT (couple of years ago). I believe they told me way back then that this is functioning exactly as they designed it to so I wouldn't necessarily assume it was a "bug". Like another said, it isn't that bothersome to me. If I need to, I just save the pic and then I can do what I want with it.
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I too have just switched from a iphone to an S3. This picture stuff is unbelievable. Has no one found a good solution? ie other than handcent and gosms. Samsung are you out there? do you monitor these forums? Hows about fixing this problem.
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I also made a thread about this problem. I have 2 galaxy 3's with different carriers. One is unable to pinch to zoom within a text & the other HAS this capability! Not cool! I contacted both samsung & the carrier of the unfortunate fone & was told that pinch to zoom SHOULD work within texts. They instructed me to do a master rest of the phone which would cause a loss of EVERYTHING! I was hoping to find an alternative answer in this forum.
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I also made a thread about this problem. I have 2 galaxy 3's with different carriers. One is unable to pinch to zoom within a text & the other HAS this capability! Not cool! I contacted both samsung & the carrier of the unfortunate fone & was told that pinch to zoom SHOULD work within texts. They instructed me to do a master rest of the phone which would cause a loss of EVERYTHING! I was hoping to find an alternative answer in this forum.
this is a pain in the ass, hopefully a fix is near.
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i dont think they will fix it, from what ive read its been the way Samsung devices read MMS even going back to the dumbphone days
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I just switched from the iPhone 3G to the S3 recently so I'm still learning.
What I discovered was if you press down on the picture (sent with text), it gives the option to save it. Once it's saved then you can zoom in/out like normal. It's an extra step but at least you won't be frustrated wondering what the details of the picture look like.
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Im on Sprint and not even getting the pictures embedded with text and its showing up as MMS so when i click the text its a slide show - very frustrating esp since i cant see the pic if someone adds text within it -
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Default iphone messages coming through as slideshow on my GS3

I recently got the GS3..changing from iPhone. Well everytime I recieve multiple pictures from an iphone user, they come through as a slideshow...I cant save them or pinch and zoom or anything like that.
I can DL them to my SD card, but they still show up as mulitple images.
I use HANDCENT and it still doesn't matter.

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I recently got the GS3..changing from iPhone. Well everytime I recieve multiple pictures from an iphone user, they come through as a slideshow...I cant save them or pinch and zoom or anything like that.
I can DL them to my SD card, but they still show up as mulitple images.
I use HANDCENT and it still doesn't matter.

Any help is appreciated

no fix thats just the way it is
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I also made a thread about this problem. I have 2 galaxy 3's with different carriers. One is unable to pinch to zoom within a text & the other HAS this capability! Not cool! I contacted both samsung & the carrier of the unfortunate fone & was told that pinch to zoom SHOULD work within texts. They instructed me to do a master rest of the phone which would cause a loss of EVERYTHING! I was hoping to find an alternative answer in this forum.
Have you verified that this is the case by having the same message sent to both phones at the same time?

Before I switched to GoSMS, the issue with pictures showing up as a slide show was intermittent. I never figured out the common denominator, but I didn't care to, either. GoSMS fixed it.
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I've had this issue since Android 2.1 on my Nexus One. I'm now on the Galaxy Nexus with 4.2 (stock and not rooted) and the issue is still there. The stock messaging app still has the problem and Handcent doesn't fix it for me either. Go SMS Pro is the only app that I've run across that offers any type of improvement. You still get the play button in the message as if you're about to watch a video (which is really frustrating because I don't want to watch a video with sound sometimes so I'll open it later just to see a picture with text). However, when you tap it it doesn't show up like a slideshow like the other apps. Instead it shows up in a new window with the pictures and text delineated. You can then tap a picture for full screen and save them individually.

I have been able to narrow this down as to what causes it. This slideshow will always happen when receiving an MMS with more than one photo. It will sometimes happen when there is just one photo and text. The order is important: if the text comes before the picture then it works, but if the text is after the picture then you get the slideshow (I may have mixed up the order, but one works; other = slideshow). If there is just a single picture then it seems to always work fine.

I'm pretty sure this is actually an AT&T issue where they bundle the MMS up differently when the recipient is not an iPhone. I can't confirm this but I would like to know if anyone has experienced this issue when receiving MMS from non-iPhones or iPhones on non-AT&T networks.

I really wish someone would build an app that fixes this properly so the experience is similar to that on the iPhone (pictures and text directly in the message as it should be).
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I recently got the GS3..changing from iPhone. Well everytime I recieve multiple pictures from an iphone user, they come through as a slideshow...I cant save them or pinch and zoom or anything like that.
I can DL them to my SD card, but they still show up as mulitple images.
I use HANDCENT and it still doesn't matter.

Any help is appreciated
It's kind of a pain in the butt, but I use VidTrim Pro to extract individual pictures from the slideshow. It's not always the best app, but it gets the job done.
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I echo cptncrunch. My ex-wife has the same problem and I sent the text message after attaching the picture and it worked for her. She is using the S3 and added Handcent when she received the text it flipped how I sent it to her. She receive the text and then the picture instead of the picture and then the text.
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I'm having this issue after doing a factory reset. I didn't have the issue prior to the reset. After updating to JB, my GS3 had performance issues therefore I had to do a reset. All issues are resolved but now all of my MMS messages are slideshows and the only way to view the full-size photo is to save it first. Has anyone heard of a fix for this?

My carrier us VZW and all updates are installed.
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This issue is the exact same with my phone which i have had about a year and half. Just like the above phones it is an Android. This have actually never been an issue for me till about 2 months ago. Just randomly started to happen. It only seems to occur when I get multiple photos in one message or there is text with same message as photo. Looking back this seems to have been an issue for random people across several devices for several years now. All I have to say is "REALLY?"
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Plus one on this issue.

I have seen a few "imitate the way iOS does messaging" apps in the Play store, anyone tried any of those?
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Plus one on this issue.

I have seen a few "imitate the way iOS does messaging" apps in the Play store, anyone tried any of those?

I decided to use GOSms. It solves my issue of the slide show. But now I have to deal with ads because I'm not paying for another app where stock should work properly.

FYI, Handcent makes my phone crash so I stopped using it.
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I can't even believe this is an actual discussion. I cannot fathom what genius would consider this even a halfway decent idea. I hate everything about it, especially the fact that it is so incredibly primitive. Whoever is responsible for it (Samsung, Android, whoever) needs to fix it NOW. This is utterly ridiculous & not ONE single person likes or prefers it, so why on EARTH is this still an issue!?!? Who the hell do we yell at about this to make them fix it!?
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As said before, the workaround seems to be to send the picture WITHOUT TEXT and as ONE PIC instead of multiple pictures.
It's STUPID but it works.
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If someone simply sends me an MMS picture with no text, I can view the picture and zoom in and out on it. This is good.

If someone sends an MMS picture and adds text to the message, it goes to that stupid slideshow. This is bad.

Hi all, Noob here.

I found this thread via a search because I'm experiencing the exact same problem and it's driving me CRAZY! I never had this issue on my Motorola Droid 2 or X, so I'm guessing this is a Samsung thing, not Android?

Anyway, I just wanted to bump this up again with TwoScoop's summary of the core problem in hopes that some day we'll get a fix.

Nothing like having the screen size of a Note 2 and not being able to open/zoom in on a picture!
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