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MMS didn't transfer from iPhone to Pixel

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by connorhawke, Sep 14, 2021.

  1. connorhawke

    connorhawke Newbie
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    Just noticed that photos/videos/etc MMS didn't transfer from iPhone to Pixel, only text SMS. Is this normal? Didn't find an answer on Google.

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  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Are the things that didn't transfer actual MMS or are they iMessages? I know that Apple present both in the same app, so it may not be easy to tell, but iMessage is an Apple-only format and I'd be a little surprised if that did transfer (I know Apple wouldn't want them to - this is not an anti-Apple bias by the way, I'm typing this on a Macbook Pro, I'm just realistic about all companies putting their interests first and it's no secret that Apple regard iMessage as one of the ways they lock users into their products).

    How did you do the transfer? I've not done a transfer from an iPhone to Android for a long time, so that information won't help me answer it, but it might be that someone who does know will read it.
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  3. connorhawke

    connorhawke Newbie
    Thread Starter

    iMessage was enabled so guess it's that. At least it's backed up. I used the Quick Switch Adapter.
  4. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.

    Not sure if the cause is the same as the method you used, but the app iSMS2droid for transferring SMS to Android says this in their FAQ:

    Why are there no images in my messages?

    If you receive a SMS message or plain-text iMessage, your iPhone takes the text body and saves it (together with some metadata) into its message database. This also happens when you receive a MMS message (or iMessage with attachments), but when saving the text body and metadata into the message database, it also downloads the attachments and saves them into a specific folder on your iPhones filesystem, and then puts the path to those attachments into a separate table in the message database.

    This means we now have the text body and the information about its attachments in the database – but we don’t have the attachment files themselves. When you create a backup of your iPhone, those attachments get also backed up to your computer, but each one as a separate files with a cryptic filename that is based on the path of the file on your phone.

    It would theoretically be possible to also import the attachments, but that would require you to copy your whole iTunes backup folder to your Android phone, as it is impossible to predict which files from your backup are message attachments until iSMS2droid actually opens the message database and starts importing.

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