Is MMS on Nexus 5 only over data (not wifi)?
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>Am I always billed for data when sending and receiving MMS?

Not always. If you send and receive MMS over Wi-Fi, you can avoid data billing altogether. However, some smartphones may only have the ability to send MMS media over 3G/4G.

 

This looks like to be the case for the Nexus 5. My old phone (LG Optimus S) allowed me to receive and send pictures over wifi, on the Nexus 5 I can not do that. I did not realize this at first, but after constant problems with mms I realized this was the problem.

 

Anybody have any ideas as to what to do? I am a student and I trying to use only voice and text, and not data to save money. Since data is expensive, and there is wifi at my college and at my house. Maybe this only limited to the hangouts app. I will try using the app textra and see if it allows me to send and receive pictures over wifi, I am worried this will not help though.

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  • Hey Roman,

    If you want to send and receive picture/video messages without incurring any mobile data usage, try downloading one of the many third party messaging apps available from the Google Play Store. Those apps will allow you to talk, text and send pictures or videos through wi-fi. Just go to the Play store and make sure that you and your friend download the same app to start talking and texting.

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  • Definitely a viable solution, however this becomes a headache because my friends and classmates would have to download an app just to send me a picture. In that case why not just email it it.

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  • Hi - Has it been confirmed that there is no way to send/receive an MMS through Hangouts (or a native messaging substitute that isn't required on the friend's phone) on the Nexus 5 while connected to the tower with mobile data off and wifi on?

    Thanks

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  • Also, if MMS can only be transmitted over mobile data, is there a way to receive a notification that an MMS message has been sent with data off then turn data on just to get the MMS?  The dilemma I have is that I don't want to have mobile data on all day with apps chewing through data just in case someone sends an MMS message.

    Thanks

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  • Hello Dan Fitzgerald,

     

    Please see the attached file. The app is called "Textra", it is available for free on the Google Play Store. It is simple, fast, and elegant SMS replacement (I have linked it below for your convenience).

     

    The app has a setting that allows you to do MMS over WiFi if your carrier supports it (Sprint does). As far as I know this is the only setting text messaging app that has this kind of setting. I emailed the developers of NinjaSMS or Hover chat (their new name) and they said they will add it (but asaik it has not happened as of yet).

     

    Very understandable. Data is not cheap. I myself have the XS bucket for data. WiFi at home and on campus, only place no WiFi is on commute, but I usually read or listen to music. Textra has a setting that turns on data for you (that setting is visible in the attachment) when you get a MMS. And I think the default messaging app Hangouts usually gives you some kind of message when you try to receive MMS when you have data off.

     

    Textra allowed me to send MMS over WiFi to people on other androids and iphones with no problems and vice versa.

     

    App link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra

     

    Sincerely,

    Roman Kuleshov

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  • Sorry for the terrible formatting. There seems to be no way for me to edit my comment, and remove the spaces.

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  • Hi Roman - Thank you very much for taking the time to share this information.  I'll check out Textra and let you know how it works.

    Thanks Again,

    Dan

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  • Works like a charm.

    Thank you again Roman.

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  • You very welcome!

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  • Roman, thanks for the suggestion. I really prefer Hangouts to just have everything under one roof, but I use a lot of data just so I can receive MMS (apps refreshing, syncing etc). I will likely stay under 100MB now. I have kept data off now for 3 days which is pretty nice and well worth using another messaging client.

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  • For those using Textra with only WiFi (data always off) - I'm able to send and receive MMS on WiFi when WiFi is turned on, but if someone sends me a MMS while WiFi is off two things happen:

    1. I don't get a message saying I have a MMS to download (the stock app will show this message but not download over WiFi).

    2. When I turn WiFi back on it can take hours before the MMS is received, or I don't receive it (haven't gotten some sent yesterday).

    I've tried different settings without luck, has anyone gotten 1 and 2 to work?

    I also tried Go SMS Pro but it wont send or receive MMS over WiFi. It will give you a message you have a MMS to download, but only retrieve it over data.

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  • Ben Smith: I installed an app called Light Manager, which is on the Google Play Store, to flash a specific colored light when I have an MMS, so that takes care of your #1 problem. Can't say much for #2.

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