Text message (SMS) turns into MMS when it is too largeGeneral


  1. Sensai

    Sensai Member

    hello guys

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 running on Android 4.2.2

    The problem is that whenever I try to send a text message (SMS) that is too large, my phone converts it into a MMS which is meant for photo's and stuff. How do I make my phone just send a second text message instead of having it converted to a MMS? it is annoying because alot of my friends don't have MMS activated on their devices, is there any way to change this?

    thanks in advance

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  2. scott_

    scott_ Well-Known Member

    About all I can say about the stock sms app, if that's what you are using, under the settings for mms, if you tick the box for "MMS Alert". You will get a notice when your message becomes a MMS message. At this point just back up a few characters till it switches back, either save as a draft or send, and then start a new message.
    BTW sms message character limit is 160, including punctuation's.
    This is how I used to send long messages with my old RAZR2, and Mez.

    Can't say if any market messaging apps work any better for segmenting/partitioning long sms messages.
  3. Sensai

    Sensai Member

    well thanks for the tip but that was basically what I was already doing, it's simply annoying that it chooses to convert it into a MMS message rather than just splitting it up into two SMS messages.. yes I'm using the default touchwiz app
  4. Darnell0216

    Darnell0216 Well-Known Member

    Mine automatically creates a second SMS. There's a counter above the send button that starts at 160/1 and will change to xx/2 when I run out of characters in the first one and start a second one. Either there's a setting that your model has or there's a system level change made by carriers when they customize the OS.
  5. hohoratza

    hohoratza New Member

    Hi Sensai,

    I signed into this forum to be able to answer to you because I had the same problem until today. I have a Galaxy Note 2 so the solution should work for you too.
    You just have to go to messages - settings - MMS settings - Creation mode - click on Restricted - and then click on MMS alert.

    That's it!

    In this way it should let you compose an SMS made from 10XSMS. Around 1500 characters. After this it says that the message will be converted in MMS (it has 2kb) but if you restricted already the sending of this type of messages you will have no worry!

    Before I made this change I was able to send arround 3xSMS in a single SMS before it was changing it automatically into MMS!

    Hope it will help you!
    Bye!
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