Compose and Send SMS and MMS on Samsung Galaxy S4

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Samsung Galaxy S4, has an easy way of creating SMS and MMS. Simply follow the procedures below to send SMS and MMS on S4.

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Send SMS on Samsung Galaxy S4

To send SMS using Samsung Galaxy S4, simply follow the procedures below:

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    Tap on the lower middle button of your phone (Home button) to get to your home menu.
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    From the Home menu, tap the Envelope icon on the lower middle part of your touchscreen (Messaging).
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    From the Message app, tap on the "Write New Message" icon located on the upper right part of your touchscreen.
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    Tap on the "Contacts" box to enter the recipient of the message.
    Take note that writing a character will return a list of matches. Adding characters will trim the matches down. Tap on the contact you want to send the message to. If you need to add more contacts, just perform this step again.
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    Once you have chosen your contact, tap on the "Enter Message" box to write your SMS.
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    When you are done writing your message, tap on the "Send Message" icon.
    You will be notified if the message has been sent or not.
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    You have successfully learned how to send a message with your S4.
    You can now press on the Home button to return to your home menu.
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Send MMS on Samsung Galaxy S4

To send pictures, music and other media files using your Samsung Galaxy S4, you need to set-up you phone to use MMS. Once done, you can simply follow these procedures below to send MMS using Samsung Galaxy S4:

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    Tap on lower middle button of your phone (Home button) to get to your home menu.
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    From the home menu, tap the Envelope icon on the lower-middle part of your touchscreen (Messaging).
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    From the Message app, tap on the "Write New Message" icon located on the upper right part of your touch screen.
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    Tap on the "Contacts" to enter the recipient of the message.
    Take note that writing a character will return a list of matches. Adding characters will trim the matches down. Tap on a the contact you want to send the message to. If you need to add more contacts, just perform this step again.
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    Once you have chosen your contact, tap on the "Enter Message" to write your message for your MMS.
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    When you are done entering the message, tap on the Attach icon on the lower right portion of your touch screen (paper clip icon).
    By doing this, you can insert a picture, a video clip, an audio file, and other files via MMS.
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    If you want to send a picture, tap on the Image icon on the Attach Item page.
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    This will take you to the image gallery where you can see the images you can send through MMS.
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    Tap on your desired picture to select it.
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    After selecting your picture, tap on "Done," located on the upper-right portion of your touchscreen.
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    If you want to send a video clip, tap on the video icon on the Attach Item page.
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    You will then be taken to the video gallery where you can see the videos you can send through MMS.
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    Tap on the desired video to select it.
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    If you want to send an audio file, tap on the Image Icon on the Attach Item page.
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    You will then be taken to the audio gallery where you can see the list of audio files that you can send through MMS.
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    Tap on the tick mark beside the audio file to select your desired audio.
    You can tick more than one file.
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    After selecting your audio files, tap on "Done," located on the upper-right portion of your touchscreen.
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    After choosing the file that you want to attach, you are now ready to send your MMS.
    Tap on the "Send" icon to start sending your MMS.
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    You have successfully learned how to send a multi-media message with your S4.
    You can now press on the Home button to return to your home menu.
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Why is it sending SMS as MMS?

People normally want to get things at a lower cost. Samsung recognizes this, and thus, the setting for default messaging type is SMS, since this is cheaper than MMS. However, there are instances where an SMS converts into an MMS, when you insert any of the following:

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When you insert items on your message, SMS will convert into MMS.
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    Contacts
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    Record Video
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  • Note: You can convert back to SMS by removing the items that caused the SMS to be converted to MMS.
When you delete the items stated above, MMS will convert into SMS.

Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • MMS may have different data charges than that of SMS. It could be billed on top of your current SMS plan. Inquire with your customer service associates regarding this.
  • Your connection speed and the size of the attachments matters during sending of file. MMS may take a longer time to send than SMS.

Questions and Answers

Compose SMS 80 bytes in Samsung Galaxy S2?

Hi! I have a problem. I have a Samsung Galaxy S2, and when I write a message it's only to 80 bytes... how I change this? Very thanks!...

Yes, that is the limitation set by your phone and/or carrier on the phone's native SMS app. Anything above that will be converted to MMS. One way to bypass this limitation is to use a third party SMS app. I would recommend Handcent SMS from the play store. Check details here:

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.handcent.nextsms&hl=en

Why can't I attach a pdf to a text message? Or a simple Quickoffice doc?

Why can't I attach a pdf to a text message? Or a simple Quickoffice doc?

This is because the attachment cannot be unloaded in the messaging application. You are going to need to send the file through an email rather than through a text message.

Audio is not listed as an Attachment type/option in text messaging Samsung Galaxy S4, Its missing?

I am trying to send a Happy Birthday ringtone to a friend. I did it many times on my LG Optimus with no problem. On my Samsung Galaxy S4 Audio is not even listed as attachment option

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See more questions like this: How do I add a hyperlink in an SMS text message on my Galaxy S4 mobile?

Can I send stock S4 Emoji through SMS?

I don't want to send MMS every time I add an emoji and I don't want to download any 3rd party messaging apps so is there something I can do to just make them SMS?

No, Emoji are pictures even though they are seen to be very small pictures they use your MMS data on your device. On the stock Android keyboard, the smiley faces do not in fact send out as an MMS Data message on the device.

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The stock Android smileys send as a standard smiley, which will be recognized as a picture smiley with another Android user, but it will look like this : ) with a non Android user.

A third party application such as the Emoji keyboard will send out the smileys as a MMS.

See more questions like this: How to remove encryption on Samsung S4? Whenever I send an SMS it goes in encryption, however I have set my S4 for encryption, so how to remove encryption?

How do I revert back to showing more than my gallery photos for attachments?

Hi..I want to have the option of Google drive and other places I have photos/documents saved to attach to text messages. Today, I inadvertently selected "Always" rather than "just once" when selecting an attachment from my gallery. How do I get it to show the other attachment options again? Thank You!!!

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Go to your SMS settings and reselect the attachment options there. Once you've done this, you have to make sure that you pay careful attention to the option when you're about to send the message, as it will default to your option, if you select "always".

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Why don't any of my pictures come up when I select image as a txt message attachment?

I click on messaging then I click on the contact I want t send the message to, then I click on the pin icon to attach a picture to my text message. Then I click on image but then nothing comes up... none of my pictures come up?

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In order for you to be able to add a picture to your message, you are going to need to follow the steps below.

These are the steps you need to take to send pictures on your messaging application:

-Open the Messaging application.

-Press Menu.

-Select Attach.

-Tap on Gallery.

-Choose the picture from your gallery you want to send it through a message.

Also you can refer to the link below to view a video on sending messages from your device:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAtt5b1z7wk

My S4 is sending messages as MMS instead of SMS how can I change that?

Whenever I want to text someone I write a text in compose message but it always sends as MMS instead of SMS

Text messages will often convert to MMS if they go over a certain length. Try shortening your message to 160 characters or less. You should see that it sends as an SMS.

See more questions like this: When I send a long message on my Galaxy S3, it automatically converts to MMS. How do I keep it as an SMS message

Can I change the video recording default setting from "Normal" to "Limit for MMS" on my Galaxy S4?

I know how to change the recording setting on my Galaxy S4. It appears that the default setting is Normal mode. I can't share videos with friends via email or messaging because the files are always too large. Can the default setting be changed to MMS mode, and if so how?

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I've downloaded a blingee type birthday image but can't send it by message, says it's too big. How can I send it through MMS?

Galaxy S4 won't allow me to MMS blingee image, too big

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I can only send text without attachment?

Trying to send text without attachment and it says, failed. I would appreciate your help. Thanks

You'll likely need to have a data connection enabled to send text messages with attachments. You can enable this in your phone's settings.

Why can't I send or receive pictures on my Samsung S4?

My Samsung Galaxy S4 won't send any picture, and when it receives it, it just shows a box that says 'download' and even if you click on it, it doesn't download the picture.

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Set SMS as default text format?

Wife's new phone texts arrive as MMS. Just text, and short ones also.

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Attaching pdf or word document to SMS messages?

SMS attachments -attaching pdf or word document to SMS messages You cannot attach anything to a SMS, while you can do so on MMS, but MMS must be enabled in your mobile plan. Revert to your SIM carrier to enable that. They will also provide you with the specific settings you need to set on your mobile to be able to receive and send MMS. VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

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I can't EVER open nor send picture files from my Galaxy S4 Android phone? Why?

I get so frustrated because Samsung is supposed to be one of the top leaders in smart phones these days but I get so embarrassed because all my family have iPhone and begged me to get one but I talked myself into the Samsung family. I cannot open picture files or anything that needs to be downloaded to my phone. Another thing, my phone send out a noise when I am talking to anyone that sounds like an annoying ding. It does is twice in rapid succession and then repeats it a few seconds later. The party I am speaking with also can hear it. It is almost like we are being recorded but I have never tinkered with anything like that - I would not know how. Thanks for any help.

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I have 5 new texts that I cannot open, when I try it says messenger stopped working, I can open all the other ones?

They are from my girlfriend and I don't want to lose all of her messages

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I'm trying to use a service to REVIEW my credit card regularly, there is NO 10 digits phone number associated with this, only the 5 digits number they gave me?

Only 5 digit number given for a credit card review to my phone, they instruct that you add the NUMBER to the contacts, but that doesn't work. I have tried: 5 digits number is in the phone as a contact, cannot message with it as a "person" or a phone number. I think it was caused by: My misunderstanding how to use it.

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