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Error 21 while sending SMS

Occasionally, I am unable to send SMS to a phone number and the error message just says "Error 21". I have read that it may be due to having space character in phone number. But Contacts app itself ...
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How to send SMS from terminal in background on Android?

I'm trying to send text message (SMS) from my Android terminal app in background (sim 1 or 2). I can send message in foreground using this command: am start -a android.intent.action.SENDTO -d sms:121 -...
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Move Nokia Backup (NBF) contents to Android Phone

Recently I started using Android phone (Samsung Galaxy Y Duos) with Gingerbread. Prior to this switch I was using Nokia 6303c (S40 Device). Before I exchanged my Nokia for this phone I had made a ...
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How do I add a phone number to contacts from the text message app?

I have a text message sent from a phone number that is not yet linked in any other method. Is there a way to use this message's number to create a new contact or modify an existing one directly from ...
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Hangouts, Google Voice, and "SMS is no longer supported" notification on a WiFi-only tablet

Although I have been a long-time user of Google Voice and Hangouts, I only recently got my first Android tablet (WiFi only, no cellular). The way the first two interact with the tablet is puzzling and ...
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Texting while video is available in WhatsApp

I would like to know, on WhatsApp, for instance in the Android version, when making a video call, is it possible to have a text based chat area at the bottom, with the keyboard pooping up on the ...
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Prevent Samsung's stock Messaging app from converting textual emoticon to emoji

I'm using Samsung Galaxy S8+ on Android 7.0 Nougat. When I send a classic emoticon in the text on the stock Messaging app, like one of these: :-) ;-) :-P they will be displayed as an Android head, ...
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I can't send a picture attachment within a text message - using NET10 (Motorola ATRIX 2) [closed]

I can't send a picture attachment within a text message - using NET10 (Motorola ATRIX 2) - have only had the service for a month and this is the first time I've tried sending a picture
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Stop Samsung Galaxy S3 from auto-completing numbers

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3. I like predictive text generally, but whenever I am texting a number (e.g. address, phone number, or whatever reason to use numbers), it auto-completes from something ...
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How can I delete a draft message when it is an attachment and not text?

I accidentally selected the wrong contact initially. I'm not seeing a way to delete the draft. There isn't any text to delete. I am using Message+ 6.7.12 on a Samsung Galaxy S8.
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Long texts not sending; if I set my phone to split them up, some don't go through

I have a Droid RAZR and I'm on Verizon, and when I try to send a text that's over 2x160 characters to another Verizon phone, it usually doesn't send. In the message details, my phone says "Received", ...
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How to import/restore .vmg SMS backup to Android?

I have got an old Samsung mobile that exports all the SMS messages in .vmg format. How can I restore those messages on my Android? Is there any tool to convert .vmg messages to .xml so I could ...
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How can I allow mobile data but disable all outgoing texts and all outgoing phone calls?

I have a Google Pixel 6 on Android 12. How can I allow mobile data but disable outgoing texts and outgoing phone calls?
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Force country code on known numbers to send an SMS

I've been looking on the internet for an answer, to no avail. I have a phone mostly used in France, I recently brought to the US with a US sim card. Unfortunately, most contacts were added with the ...
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Broken OTP SMS on Xiaomi

I have a Xiaomi Mi Max 3 phone. Recently, I changed my app for SMS to "Messenger for messages" from "Messaging" that is, I assume, the app from Xiaomi. For the login of Dropbox or ...
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How to tell if you are part of a group text message

When being texted by another Android user, is there some way to determine whether you are part of a group text or being contacted individually?
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Can't read my SMS on my Android phone

An update fixed my problem. It was - as I suspected - just a bug. Recently I upgrade my Samsung s4, and now every time when I get a message via SMS, the text - and background - all white?: (Click ...
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Why do I need to confirm my phone number to send a group SMS?

I am using the Android Messages app to send an SMS to more than one person at a time. I get prompted with a message that "Messages needs your phone number" and a button labelled "Fix&...
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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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How can I transfer old text messages to my friends new phone?

I have a long thread of messages with my friend on an old number, but they broke their phone and don't have access to the messages. I still have all the messages on my phone, is there any way I cant ...
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Automatically forward specific WhatsApp group messages as SMS

I learn in a school, where a large portion of the students don't use smartphones (because of addictions, pornography, and so on). My classmates and I have a WhatsApp group, and sometimes we send ...
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How to send and receive SMS remotely (thru HTTP server)?

I would like to send SMS receive SMS get log of incoming calls (phone number, date & time) drop the incoming call with some app installed on my old Android phone. Can I do it? Ideally, I think ...
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Is it possible to set an unlimited number of Call Logs and SMS on Samsung Galaxy A10?

I have a backup using a SMS Backup & Restore for a long time. But, the number of Call Logs stopped at 2000 and doesn't increase. I thought it was a limit of free version, but I found on the ...
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Oreo's "Autofill with Google" tries to "autofill" the SMS entry field in Messages

In Oreo, every time the message entry field in Google's Messages app receives focus, it immediately pops up an annoying "autofill" suggestion listing my phone numbers. (I use a dual-SIM phone, so it ...
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Remove SMS notification on Lenovo A800

How can I remove the SMS notification in status bar? I think I have no Notification setting.
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Disable link previews on Android Messages app

Android Messages app can show the preview of the link in an SMS. I am trying to figure out a way to detect if the request comes from a preview so I don't get false positive visits. Is there a way to ...
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"No application can perform this action" when trying to view a text message image

I’m using an LG Tribute phone (Virgin Mobile) with Android. I’ve noticed recently when someone sends me a text message with an image in it, and I click the image, I get a warning that reads Note No ...
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My phone keeps converting SMS to MMS even when messages are under 20 characters?

I'm using a Samsung Galaxy Note and having enough trouble with the texts. I never even start typing and it says "Converting to MMS" the moment I open messaging and pick a contact. I've already turned ...
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HTC One SMS Backup File with no Extension Restore issue

I backed up my SMS an year ago via HTC One phone's messaging application. The backup file that was created on SD card had no extension and its name is "SMS_nai_SD_20160625_701301_0". I was never able ...
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Sending text messages to e-mail addresses on Samsung S4

I would like to send a text message to an e-mail address using Messaging on Samsung S4. I have already done it before as a test, but I cannot get it to do it any longer. How to enable this feature ...
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Can I prevent hyperlinks in messages being clickable on Android?

My father has a Samsung Galaxy A6 phone running Android (don't remember the version on the top of my head, but I guess 8 or 9). From time to time he gets these scam SMS with hyperlinks, and now during ...
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Restore SMS messages from Google Drive backup to new Android Phone

New Samsung A52 to replace S10+ with bad charge port. Did full restore upon initial setup, but SMS messages didn't come through. All call history did come through though. My backup on Google Drive ...
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How do i recover deleted text messages from my Lg stylo 6? [duplicate]

I had locked the messages on my phone and then deleted the text thread thinking it wouldnt delete the locked text messages. And now i dont know how to get them back
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Disable notification sounds but keep SMS Sounds

Device: Galaxy Ace Duos 6802 I want to to turn off all the notification sounds, but keep the SMS sounds when I get SMS, WhatsApp messages, Skype messages, etc. It is very frustrating having to hear ...
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Quick way to send a link to a Google Play store app via SMS

I feel like I'm not seeing something obvious. I have several apps installed via the Google Play store on an Android device. I want to send links via SMS to the appropriate Google Play store pages so ...
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samsung galaxy a3: block all notifications except email and sms

Device: Samsung Duos (SM_A300H) Android version 5.0.2 I want something very basic: that my samsung galaxy a3 works like a phone and makes sound only for call, sms and alarm. No more FB nor email nor ...
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My LG G2 phone won't receive texts

I recently switched from a iPhone to an LG G2 and now my phone won't receive texts. But it is sending them just fine.
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What is Error 38 when sending SMS and how do you resolve it?

My phone is working normally and network connection is fine. While trying to send an SMS, I get a notification for 'Error 38: Unable to send sms'. The message remains unsent after multiple attempts. ...
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Is there a way to detect that SMS text messages have been deleted, or is there a text message deletion history?

I don't know if this is possible, but is there a way to detect that SMS text messages were deleted on an android phone, specifically the Samsung Galaxy S4 phone, Android OS 4.2? I'm not looking to ...
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Sending as Unknown number in Hangouts

In Hangouts 3.1.89134953 I get a "Sending as Unknown number" message at the top of my texts. I googled for this message and found nothing. What does this message mean?
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SMS notification on Bluetooth

How can I get text notifications on my 390 Plantronics bluetooth device from my Galaxy Prevail 2 if it has that feature? I have tried my settings in my phone but it only has the option for call audio. ...
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GMail Contacts Synced To Messaging App

On the LG Optimus L90, for some reason all my GMail contacts are synced to my messaging app. If I type a name into the SMS contact bar, emails show up as well. I didn't want those so I went into the ...
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Text messaging so slow it is nearly unusable

I have a Galaxy S5 running 4.4.2. I am trying to send a text message to a certain contact. When I select their name from the list of messages, there is a 30 second delay. While typing, sometimes ...
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String of jumbled text is appended to every incoming SMS with Project Fi

I just picked up a new Honor 8 (running EMUI 5/Android Nougat) and I'm having an odd problem when receiving SMS messages. Whenever I get a message, an odd string of text with a length of 16, ...
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I have mmssms.db but the telephony.db is lost, can I get back my SMS messages in any way?

For reasons unknown, my SMS messages disappeared today. I have a rooted SGS2. I've discovered that SMS messages are stored in mmssms.db and I was lucky enough to find a backup file. However, no such ...
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Not receiving SMS messages

I recently switched phone provider, and since then many of the messages sent to me never show up, as if it was never sent. But the sender shows it as sent (though I think it can't know it's been ...
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HTC One M7 Text messaging problems

I Have a HTC One M7 that had it's software updated 5/26/15. The only problem i'm facing is that I can't read my text messages. I can open my text threads, but it won't show the actual text messages....
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Android in-built backup to Google Drive: Can I retrieve some of the data, like SMS, myself?

Seems like it saves the data such as SMS/MMS on my Google Drive and encrypts the data with "the phone's screen lock". I guess one can the in-built feature to restore the whole data to the ...
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Sort or search text messages by date

How do I search and or sort individual text messages by date/time? I am using an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5.
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What can class 0 message (flash SMS) do to Android devices?

I'm using a Samsung phone and I recently got an anonymous message via Class 0 Message Class 0 Message URGENT MATTER ,CONTACT ME MY EMAIL NOW (email redacted) From: (phone no. ...

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