Texts are being broke up into multiple texts

Texts are being broke up into multiple texts of approximately 65 characters each. I understand there is a character limit (165?) per text before it is split but I noticed a text of aprox. 200 being broken up into 4 separate texts of about 65 in three and one of about 6 plus a smiley. 

In my settings I have the auto combination on, although I believe that is for longer messages pass the normal text size limit. I haven't researched it fully. It doesn't appear to be happening with all texts.  The one I noticed was coming from an older Apple phone. I have a Galaxy 5S. They said my texts were also being broken up into multiple shorter texts.  Some kind of Apple/Android issue??

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  • Hey Mike, thanks for the question. You're absolutely right, a text longer than 160 characters will be broken up into separate messages. The reason your 200 character message may have been broken up more than twice could be due to your use of Emoji which combined with the length of your message would make it an MMS. As you already mentioned, IOS devices and Android devices often times run into messaging issues especially when it comes to MMS. This can usually be attributed to iMessage. I'd recommend asking your friend to make sure SMS is enabled in her settings and ensure that you both have cellular data enabled when you're trying to send MMS. 

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  • I'm having the same issue, and it's really annoying.  My incoming texts are being broken down into texts approx. 65-67 characters each.  If a text message is 160 characters max, why are they being broken down so small?  For example, the latest text I received was broken into 12 separate messages.  I typed it out in MS Word and did a character count, and the total characters is 754.  So, this could have been 5 texts instead of 12 (4 texts at 160 characters and 1 at 114 characters).  There were no emojis either so its not an MMS.  This happens to me all the time, so my usage for texting is a lot higher than it really is.  I thought maybe it was an issue with my phone, it's a Motorola Moto E Black (2nd Generation), but the HTC Bolt I had had the same issue.  It also seems to happen whether I use the phone's messaging system or if I download a texting app (I'm using QKSMS now because of it's spam blocking features).  So why is this happening and is there anyway to fix this?  Thanks!

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  • Hey, Jennifer, I'm not entirely certain as to why your messages are being divided up into smaller character lengths like that but I did some digging and it may be for a few reasons. Firstly, the message may be so long that it's actually trying to convert into an MMS. If your data is turned off it could result in the excessive splitting. Additionally, it could be a built-in function of the texting application you are using. In any case, I found an article that outlines a solution. If you type out your message using Google Messanger you can hold the send button which will allow you to send your message as an MMS. This will keep it all in one piece. I hope that helps! 

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  • Thank you Andre for your research.  I looked at the article, but the problem is with messages I'm receiving, not sending, so I'd have to ask other people to use Google Messenger.  Plus, I believe in order to receive MMS I'd need to have my data turned on, and I like to keep it off and use WiFi instead (I don't really use my phone a lot so I like to keep the data as low as I can).  I could try a different texting app and see if that helps.  Thank you for checking into this!

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  • SMS has multiple ways to encode messages, and if it is using a 16-bit character encoding then SMS has a 70-character limit per message.  That's awfully close to 65-67 so maybe a coincidence but likely not. Here's a quote from wikipedia:

    "Depending on which alphabet the subscriber has configured in the handset, this leads to the maximum individual short message sizes of 160 7-bit characters, 140 8-bit characters, or 70 16-bit characters."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS#Message_size

    Normally the 70 character per message limit is used automatically in SMS messages when an emoji or any other Unicode character outside the typical ASCII character set is in the message.  Maybe some phones or network providers turn this on for every SMS regardless of what characters are in the message, I don't know, but I imagine the encoding is controlled by the sender not the receiver and there's not much you can do as a receiver.

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  • Thank you Jeffrey, I appreciate your research! 

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