Short Message Service (SMS) is a text messaging service component of phone, web, or mobile communication systems, using standardized communications protocols that allow the exchange of short text messages between fixed line or mobile phone devices.

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How to type SMS in a full sized keyboard?

The only way I have to send SMS is through my Android Phone, since I don't have a GSM/3G modem. I would like to use my Desktop's keyboard to type those SMSes. Is there any application that would ...
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“Converting to multimedia message” when forwarding large SMS

When I receive a large SMS and when I select "Forward" from options, it shows "Converting to multimedia message" and I'm getting charged more. Furthermore, if the person on receiving end doesn't have ...
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How do I get my picture to appear in message threads?

In the stock messaging app, the contact I'm messaging has their picture next to their replies, but mine is just a grey box; how do I get my picture there? I have a contact called 'me' with my picture ...
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How to show own photo in SMS conversation?

How can I show my own photo profile icon in SMS conversations? I cannot find where to set it.
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How can I see only phone contacts, not SIM contacts?

I have a Dell XCD35. My phone book was showing phone contacts as well as SIM contacts. So when I see the list it shows some contacts twice. I don't want that, so in display option of contacts I just ...
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Are SMS messages queued or discarded when there's no signal?

I'm thinking of getting an Android phone (a Samsung Galaxy S2) but I need to know whether it queues SMS messages (when there's no carrier) and then sends them when it's in signal again, or whether you ...
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Can I customize the list of text messages that I can send when I slide to 'Text' instead of 'Answer' for an incoming call?

I love the ICS feature that allows you to select 'Text' instead of 'Answer' or 'Ignore' for incoming calls, but I would love to be able to set what the options are for outgoing texts. Is this ...
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How to move contacts and other data from Symbian to Android?

I am changing my mobile from Symbian(Nokia 5800 XpressMusic - S60v5) to Android(Samsung Galaxy SII). I want to move the following data from my old mobile to the new one somehow. Contacts Calendar ...
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How do I change the default SMS application on my HTC Hero?

I recently got completely fed up with the built in Messages (SMS) application and switched it out for Chomp (also looking at Handcent, haven't decided on one yet). I want to use the "Messages" icon ...
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Is there an Android Equivalent to iMessage?

I don't get mobile reception at home and would love to be able to send and receive SMS either via the phone or by computer. I currently use Skype to send SMS but can't receive that way. I have tried ...
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How do you delete thousands of text messages at once?

I have a HTC vivid and need to delete about 30,000 texts. Every time I try to do it, it freezes my phone. The same thing happens when I try to create a backup.
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How do I get emoticons to show as images rather than text in SMS messages?

I've got a Motorola Droid X running Android 2.2 (Froyo), and when sending and receiving SMS/text messages in the default text messaging program, I don't see the Android emoticon images in the message. ...
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Why are my SMS messages being sent automatically?

When I start composing an SMS message on my Samsung Galaxy S2, if I pause for a couple of minutes the SMS gets sent automatically, even though the message hasn't been finished (and I haven't hit the ...
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SMS messages from one contact displayed as “null”

My daughter has a stock Motorola Atrix on Bell in Canada. When she receives a text from one particular friend (on a Telus phone), rather than displaying the text, the phone just displays "null". All ...
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Manually changing shared_prefs and forcing app to update to it?

I've been trying to figure out if it's possible to disable/enable GO SMS popup notifications via something like Tasker. I came across the following line in ...
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How to make my phone vibrate when a text or an email is received when in vibrate mode?

Currently, when I put my phone into vibrate mode, it only vibrates for calls. It does nothing for texts or emails, however, so I don't know when I've received one. Does anyone know a way to enable ...
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Determine app sending SMS Premium messages

I normally have "Block Premium Messaging" set up on the phones in my family. This is a verizon content block the prevents you (or family members) from sending messages to premium services that charge. ...
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Send SMS instead of MMS when texting multiple people

When I put more than one person as the recipient to my message my Samsung galaxy s3 vibrates and says it's converting to MMS. When I send my message I know at least one person is not getting the ...
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Disable SMS Syncing on Outlook

I've already asked this question on Superuser (given it's Outlook related), but now I'm trying to see if anyone else on Android Enthusiasts can help me. The details are as below. I've paired up my ...
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How do I stop from getting notified twice when I get a text to my Google Voice number?

When I receive a text message to my Google voice number, I get a notification from my text application, as well as the Google Voice application. It would seem that the message is being forwarded to my ...
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Samsung Galaxy S: phone won't send or receive calls and text messages

I own a rooted Samsung Galaxy S, running 2.2 Froyo. My service provider is AT&T. Every so often, around about once a week to once a month, my phone will unexpectedly, without warning, enter a ...
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How to make sure I have no sms virus?

I'm using a non-rooted, non-hacked Samsung GT-I5700 device which runs Android 2.1. Today I've received an MMS from an unknown phone with something which looked like a spam for Mastercard. I've ...
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How can I fix the slow freezing text messaging app on my MyTouch 3G Slide?

I have a MyTouch 3G Slide w/ Android 2.2 and am having issues with the text messaging freezing up all the time and running incredibly slow. If I try to delete all the texts, the messaging application ...
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Restoring messages from ClockworkMod backup

Here's the story. Today my phone (modded with Cyanogen mod) started bootlooping. So, I did a ClockworkMod backup and went about installing the latest version of Cyanogen mod. When that was done, I ...
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When typing, automatically replace specific characters with others (ie accented uppercase Greek vowels)

I'm looking for an app or other way to automatically replace specific characters with others, from a list of my definition. This should be done in every possible text edit field, inline. Ideally I ...
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Which app sent the unauthorized texts?

Today I got an automated text from my wireless provider saying I'd gone over my text limit. This is odd because I send maybe 50 texts a month. When I logged into their customer site I found over 3000 ...
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Removing non-Google contacts from Messaging

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 (running Gingerbread 2.3.3) and enabled syncing of contacts for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google. I've been finding it really annoying that when I go to write a ...
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How come my my HTC Desire Z sometimes doesn't notify me about a new SMS?

My HTC Desire Z has developed an issue (well several, but just one for this question) where it doesn't always notify me of a new message. When a new message arrives, I expect: the phone to beep ...
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What encoding is text messaging in?

The reason for the question is that I have a friend with an iPhone who sends emoticons, and I receive them as a single rectangular box. I wonder if it's an encoding problem.
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What is a Data SMS?

Android phones seem to support 2 kinds of SMS: Text SMS and Data SMS. I think I know what a text SMS is, but what is a Data SMS and how / for what is it used (btw as far as I can tell Data SMS are not ...
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SMS thread message total doesn't increase past 201

I have a Samsung Galaxy S running firmware version 2.2 with pretty much the default configuration it came with from the shop. On it, the (Unread/All) counter with one of my contacts has been stuck at ...
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How can I send a text message to a group that has more than 10 contacts in it?

I made a group that has around 18 contacts. I wanted to send a text message to everyone. When I was prompted to select contacts from the group, it would not let me select more than 10. Anyone know how ...
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How to save messages as Draft

I own and Optimus One(Froyo). I want to type some couple of messages(for the same contact) and save it for sending later. How to do that? EDIT: User wishes to save message templates that can be ...
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Sending an SMS message via one click?

Can I send an SMS message via one click or touch? Can I have an icon or shortcut that would let me send an SMS message to a certain phone number with predefined text?
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How can you tell if you've been a victim of the recent sms bug?

How would one know if their phone was or is afflicted by the recent bug (sending sms to the wrong people)?
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How to disable SMS notification during phone call?

I call somebody, or somebody calls me, we are talking. Now, during the call I got SMS and I cannot hear anything because the SMS notification is playing. So how to disable this notification when call ...
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Is there a real “Gmail Tap” app?

Gmail Tap, one of Google's April fools, would give the phone a three-keys Morse keyboard. Is there a way to get this functionality for real, preferably for input to any fields?
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With the Google Voice app, is it possible to send an SMS to multiple people?

I know from the web interface, you can send messages to up to 10 people. However, I haven't figured out how to send an SMS message to multiple people using the Google Voice Android app. Is it ...
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How can I build the TextSecure app from source code?

Unless I’m mistaken, the TextSecure app (which provides encrypted text messaging—both over the wire and on disk) was pulled from the market a while back, leaving no way to install the app is readily ...
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How can I change language for word suggestion while writing an sms text message

I will be extremely disappointed if there is no way to change language WHILE writing an SMS without having to go to the phone's settings and changing the language there. Surely somebody in the android ...
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What is the downside of using GO SMS Pro and / or Handcent?

All I've been seeing about these apps are the positives. I want to know the negatives of using them, apart from me having to install an additional app to do something that the phone can already do by ...
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I can't receive SMS when I have low storage

From the time the "low storage" warning appears no synchronization is done at all, including receiving SMS. Can I do anything about it? Can I "force" my Motorola Milestone Froyo to receive SMS ...
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Preventing installed apps from making calls or sending SMS

It seems like a growing number of (seemingly legitimate) apps casually claim the "Services that cost you money" permissions (making calls and sending SMS) for non-essential secondary features that ...
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Maximum ring volume for one contact, vibrate for others (SMS)

I keep my phone on vibrate all the day because of my work. So I mostly get back on people when I have the time. However, I must be informed immediately when some server goes down. For that I have ...
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Different volume level for new email notification and new SMS notification?

I have lots of emails coming in all day. For this reason, my notification sounds level is low. But I need to be alarmed when I have a new SMS. Currently I don't always notice new SMS messages because ...
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Show the time an SMS was sent, not received

Scenario is as follows- Switch flight mode on. Go into meeting/go to sleep. Switch flight mode off. Receive a message. Timestamp on the message is the time received. With my old Nokia, under ...
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How to get the “check” next to text messages without being notified?

I have an HTC Incredible 2. The default is NOT to notify you when your message has been delivered. I can go into settings and tell it to notify me. After doing so, it puts a checkmark next to the ...
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Prevent Samsung S4 Screen From Turning on Every SMS

How do you prevent the Samsung S4 screen from coming on with every SMS message that is received?
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Auto retry failed SMS

Sometimes an SMS fails to send but I would not notice it as I already put the phone in my pocket? How do I set Android to automatically retry sending failed SMS?
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How do I merge SMS threads?

I sent an SMS to several contacts, so Android put it in one thread as "Alice, Bob, Charlie, Dylan, Ed, and 5 more". Then Bob and Ed replied, each having their own threads. Can I merge Bob's and Ed's ...