How to Prevent Text Messages from Converting to Multimedia Messages (MMS) on Samsung

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If you’ve ever tried to send a regular text message on your Samsung Galaxy phone, only to have it automatically convert into a multimedia message (MMS), you’re not alone. It can be frustrating, but there’s a simple solution to this issue. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of changing a setting on your phone that will prevent this from happening in the future.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Open the Messaging App

  • Open the messaging app on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Step 2: Access the Settings

  • Look for three small dots in the app, usually located in the top-right or bottom-right corner.
  • Tap on the dots to open the options menu.
  • From the options menu, select “Settings.”

Step 3: Find More Settings

  • Once you’re in the settings menu, look for the option labeled “More Settings.”
  • Tap on “More Settings” to access additional messaging settings.

Step 4: Modify Text Message Settings

  • In the “More Settings” menu, scroll down until you find the section labeled “Text Messages.”
  • Tap on “Text Messages” to open the text message settings.

Step 5: Choose Input Modes

  • Inside the text message settings, you’ll see a section labeled “Input Modes.”
  • There are three options available:
  • GSM Alphabet: This option restricts messaging to normal text messages and supports regular characters without any special emojis or pictures. It provides 160 characters.
  • Unicode: This option allows special characters, emojis, and pictures in your text messages. It is commonly used because the phone automatically determines whether the message should be a regular text or an MMS based on the content.
  • Automatic: This is the default option, where the phone decides if a message should be a regular text or an MMS based on its content. If you’re experiencing issues with messages converting to MMS, it’s recommended to select the “GSM Alphabet” option.

Step 6: Avoid Auto Conversion (Optional)

  • If you want further control over MMS conversion, there’s another option available.
  • Go back to the previous menu and select “Multimedia Messages.”
  • Tap on “Restrictions” and choose the “Restricted” option. This will prevent the phone from converting any text messages into MMS, even if you include pictures or videos.
  • Additionally, you can disable the “Auto Retrieve” option to prevent the phone from automatically downloading MMS. This gives you the ability to see and choose when to download MMS manually.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your Samsung Galaxy phone always sends regular text messages instead of converting them into MMS. This will help avoid any issues with automatic conversions and ensure that your messages are delivered exactly as intended.

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Key Points

  • Sending regular text messages that convert to MMS can be frustrating, but there’s a simple solution.
  • Access the messaging app’s settings by tapping on the three dots in the top-right or bottom-right corner.
  • Select “More Settings” and then “Text Messages” to modify text message settings.
  • Choose the “GSM Alphabet” option to restrict messaging to regular texts without converting to MMS.
  • If desired, enable restrictions in the “Multimedia Messages” section to prevent any text messages from converting to MMS.
  • Additional control can be achieved by disabling the “Auto Retrieve” option to prevent automatic downloading of MMS.
  • Following these steps ensures that your Samsung Galaxy phone sends regular text messages as intended.

Remember, it’s important to configure your phone’s settings according to your personal preferences and needs. By making these changes, you’ll have better control over the type of messages you send and receive on your Samsung Galaxy phone.