[Useful][Root Only] MMS Settings for MetroPCS

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  1. XDieAndGoX

    XDieAndGoX Well-Known Member

    ** MEHTOD REQUIRES ROOT ** <-- Accessing and changing files in "/system/app" requires Root access.

    Alright well, I just thought it would be useful to have this somewhere in the MetroPCS forum. Why am I posting here? Because this applies to all Android phones whether they are from MetroPCS or not.

    For those who have a MetroPCS Android phone, it is safe to delete the "Mms.apk" file from "/System/app". This is the stock Messaging app that comes with all devices. HOWEVER, it is never a bad idea to have a BACKUP of said app just in case. You can never be too careful.


    BEFORE you delete/move the "Mms.apk", you want to download any messaging app from the market, say.. GO SMS which is the one I use.

    ~* Instructions for GO SMS *~

    1.) Open the app and click the menu button on your device to bring up the menu options.

    2.) Tap on "Settings" and select the "Advanced" tab. Scroll all the way down and tap on "Important Tips". Check the "Stock SMS Uninstalled?" option.

    3.) Go back to the previous menu and now tap on "MMS Settings". Scroll all the way down and check the "Fill APN Configuration Manually". Then insert the following information:

    MMSC: http://mms.metropcs.net/mmsc
    MMS Proxy: wap.metropcs.net
    MMS Port: 3128

    4.) Delete/Move stock "Mms.apk" from "/system/app".

    5.) Enjoy sending MMS through a better & customizable app. :)

    NOTE: To send a regular MMS message from GO SMS, create a standard text message, tap on the paper clip at the left of the input field, then tap on the fifth icon. Finally, select whatever is that you want to send. It should work just fine.

    ** Credit **

    The actual MMS settings used in this post were taken from the following thread in a different forum:


    All credit goes to DumbDumb from PPCGeeks.

  2. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    Wow. Works great. Nice job. Shared this in the Esteem forum and gave you credit. Great find dude. ;)
  3. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    Okay i can send picture messages but I CANT download them when they are sent to me. Any suggestions? This was the problem with deleting the stock messaging app before. One you reinstall the stock app everything works fine.
  4. XDieAndGoX

    XDieAndGoX Well-Known Member

    What sms app are you using?
  5. XDieAndGoX

    XDieAndGoX Well-Known Member

    Oh nevermind. Just read the other thread. In GO SMS' Send settings, do you have "MMS Group Chat" enabled? If so, disable it and try again.

    Always send and retrieve mms through GO SMS and not any other app. I would also recommend asking another person to send you a mms since the problem could be with that person's iPhone. Its always good to test receiving mms from more than one phone to make sure that the phone sending it is not the problem.

    Note: Make sure you always have your mobile data enabled when downloading mms as for doing so over Wi-Fi is not going to work.
  6. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    Yeah group chat is NOT checked.

    I tried several phones and non worked. I can send but cant receive. Install the stock app in the background and it goes back to working perfect.

    I would love to get this working right somehow, I hate having useless apps on my phone that I dont need and I would love to get rid of the stock SMS
  7. airtioteclint

    airtioteclint Well-Known Member

    I am able to receive mms BUT it's a bit slow. Like I would open the msg look at a download button and wait for it to download. With stock my mms opens instantly like sms unless i have my data off, then i would have to turn it on and download manually. i think when I'm not too lazy i will reinstall the stock as it does the job nothing fancy is what i like.

    edit - ok so I just reinstalled stock and was going through the settings and it has a "auto retrieve mms" box i had clicked. I didn't see this option in go sms but I'm guessing thats what is needed to be cbecked if you can find it. oh well now I'm too lazy to install go again haha.
  8. XDieAndGoX

    XDieAndGoX Well-Known Member

    Yeah, unfortunately GO SMS hasn't made MMS auto-retrieveable through their app. Instead, they refer you back to the stock app. It only auto-retrieves MMS when the stock app is installed. :(


    Fuzzy, it has to be something with your settings. It works perfectly fine for me. Maybe if you tell me more about what you think is not letting you receive MMS, I might find a solution for you. :)
  9. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    No clue dude. I've tried this numerous times before, editing the proxy and url's and what not and never once got it to work.

    But all settings and changes you described, were made. Checking all other settings and i see nothing that would affect retrieval of messages.
  10. airtioteclint

    airtioteclint Well-Known Member

    I tried Handcent sms and it's mms download is even slower than go sms even tho Handcent has the auto retrieval option. I've come to the conclusion that stock is just the best.
  11. XDieAndGoX

    XDieAndGoX Well-Known Member

    Just letting all of you know that I am working in editing system files to make MMS work without having the stock Mms.apk installed. When I get it right and I find that no bugs are present, I will completely re-do the main post of this forum.

    For now, it ONLY works with GO SMS. (While not having Mms.apk installed.)

    [In the process, I am also learning how to use Eclipse. I already have everything I need. The SDK, JDK, and the Eclipse Add-on for Android Development. I also use APKTools to decompile apks. Be patient guys... :p]
  12. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    We keep having guys in the Esteem forum that are trying this and having problems. They delete the mms.apk, which is their fault to begin with, but GOSMS still doesn't work right after the fact.

    I wish it did work, I hate having 2 MMS apps installed and only use one of them.
  13. XDieAndGoX

    XDieAndGoX Well-Known Member

    It works for the Connect. I can send and receieve MMS without problems and without having the mms.apk installed using GO SMS. But like I said, I will be working on a permanent solution soon. My main guess is that the Mms.apk has the correct APN settings, the same settings that probably are wrong in the Framework-res.apk. Its a big change, since it requires modifying the framework.
  14. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    So the connect framework and the esteem framework are drastically different? Seems like they would been very similiar.
  15. XDieAndGoX

    XDieAndGoX Well-Known Member

    Not in my belief. Both frameworks should be close to being identical, though there are few hardware differences such as the HDMI output on the esteem and the 1.2GHz dual-core processor of the Connect. They both run the same Android OS, come with (pretty much) the same stock apps, both phones are made by the same manufacturer, and they both are from the same carrier.


    The only app I know that allows for you to enter the APN settings manually is GO SMS which is why it is the only method that works without having the stock mms.apk installed. This is what leads me to believe that it has to be the APN settings inside the Framework-res.apk. Those are the settings all third-party sms and mms apps must use for the retrieval and sending of mms.
  16. hYpHyPuRpLe

    hYpHyPuRpLe Well-Known Member

    I really like Go SMS except for the fact that I can't send MMS! That's why I don't use it. I have the stock MMS app installed and I'm using the Connect. I'll try sending an MMS and my data icons won't come on while I have Wi-Fi enabled. Even if I have Wi-Fi disabled I still can't send them but I can send them fine through the stock SMS app.
  17. funfunfun1122

    funfunfun1122 New Member

    "For those who have a MetroPCS Android phone, it is safe to delete the "Mms.apk" file from "/System/app". This is the stock Messaging app that comes with all devices. HOWEVER, it is never a bad idea to have a BACKUP of said app just in case. You can never be too careful."

  18. gbiggie

    gbiggie La patience et le pardon VIP Member

    You will need to download a root explorer...file manager from the GPlay store.
  19. Archangel1183

    Archangel1183 Member

    Hey guys. I tried this and it doesn't work for me. I have a Note 2 from Sprint flashed to Metro PCS. I don't see the stock mms.apk app. (Yes It's rooted) I did see SecMms.apk and moved that.

    Anyone know where I could download the MetroPCS messaging app?
  20. twogbsd

    twogbsd Well-Known Member

    If you're on Sprint, why would you want the Metro MMS.apk?

    Your best shot is to get the Galaxy SIII mms.apk :)
  21. Archangel1183

    Archangel1183 Member

    It's flashed to metro pcs. Sorry, I thought this would have been obvious as people usually only need to change the settings on flashed phones.
  22. steph

    steph New Member

    I have a HTC evo flashed to metro and I already have the app everything works fine except that for only one person in my contacts it does not let me send messages to him. I can receive messages and pictures from him and I can send pictures but when I try and send texts it says "To take advantage of TextTalk SMS, please dial *611 from your MetroPCS handset to upgrade your rate plan. Thank you, MetroPCS" do you know What might be the problem

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