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    Default Texts Over 160 Characters Not Being Received By Android Phone

    I have a 6s Plus (SIM free from Apple and using on AT&T). My wife has a Galaxy S6 edge Plus (AT&T variant). If I send her a text that's over 160 characters, she NEVER gets it. Is there a setting or something on my end where I can make sure she gets longer texts? It's kind of a pain that I have to split up my own messages to her. She can send me novels and they come through just fine. But as soon as mine hits 161 characters, she never gets it and it ends up in no-man's land.
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    Default Re: Texts Over 160 Characters Not Being Received By Android Phone

    Since she does not have an iOS device, your text messages to her will be in the form of SMS, and 160 characters are the limit for SMS messages.
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    Default Re: Texts Over 160 Characters Not Being Received By Android Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Me_D View Post
    Since she does not have an iOS device, your text messages to her will be in the form of SMS, and 160 characters are the limit for SMS messages.
    I understand that. But I've NEVER had an issue sending her texts with over 160 characters before. She sends me texts with over 160 characters all the time.
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    I understand that. But I've NEVER had an issue sending her texts with over 160 characters before. She sends me texts with over 160 characters all the time.
    Wait, are you saying that the messages that are over 160 characters aren't being split into more than one message? If so, then I agree, there's a problem. Try resetting the network settings or contacting your wireless carrier and make an inquiry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Me_D View Post
    Wait, are you saying that the messages that are over 160 characters aren't being split into more than one message? If so, then I agree, there's a problem. Try resetting the network settings or contacting your wireless carrier and make an inquiry.
    Yeah. They don't go at all. She never gets them. I'll wonder why she never responds. They just get lost out there in cyberspace or whatever. I'll try resetting my network settings. Hadn't thought of that.
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    They're supposed to be split up into more than 1 text message. It's been that way back before the iPhone was born. If it's sent MMS, then the limit is 1,000 characters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    They're supposed to be split up into more than 1 text message. It's been that way back before the iPhone was born. If it's sent MMS, then the limit is 1,000 characters.
    Yeah, that's kind of what I thought. I've always had it do that in the past. But when I got this unlocked iPhone it quit working. I'll try the network settings and see if that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildo6882 View Post
    Yeah, that's kind of what I thought. I've always had it do that in the past. But when I got this unlocked iPhone it quit working. I'll try the network settings and see if that helps.
    If you're texting your wife, use MMS. Just send a photo of flowers along with the text. So not only can you text 1,000 characters, but you get brownie points as well!
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    Default Re: Texts Over 160 Characters Not Being Received By Android Phone

    Well I reset the network settings and sent a text with 190 characters. She never got it.

    Back to the drawing board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildo6882 View Post
    Well I reset the network settings and sent a text with 190 characters. She never got it.

    Back to the drawing board.
    Does she get text over 160 ch from other people ok?
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    Default Re: Texts Over 160 Characters Not Being Received By Android Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    Does she get text over 160 ch from other people ok?
    She gets split texts from others. But I don't know if she misses anything from others since I'm not the one sending them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildo6882 View Post
    She gets split texts from others. But I don't know if she misses anything from others since I'm not the one sending them.
    I don't know then. Be sure these are toggled on in Settings > Messages


    If it still doesn't work, check with your carrier. SMS is a carrier function.
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    Default Re: Texts Over 160 Characters Not Being Received By Android Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    I don't know then. Be sure these are toggled on in Settings > Messages
    http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/2016...ed61c0df6b.jpg

    If it still doesn't work, check with your carrier. SMS is a carrier function.
    Yeah, that all is turned on. I'll have to hit up the ole AT&T soon. It's annoying. We communicate via text while working. And sometimes they need to be longer than 160. I have to consciously split them on my own to make sure she gets them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildo6882 View Post
    Yeah, that all is turned on. I'll have to hit up the ole AT&T soon. It's annoying. We communicate via text while working. And sometimes they need to be longer than 160. I have to consciously split them on my own to make sure she gets them.
    Have you tried MMS yet. Does that work? Can you send a photo to your wife?
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    Default Re: Texts Over 160 Characters Not Being Received By Android Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    Have you tried MMS yet. Does that work? Can you send a photo to your wife?
    Yeah, that works fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildo6882 View Post
    Yeah, that works fine.
    It's odd then that SMS doesn't work. You can use MMS to send your text, but you have to include a photo. I recall sending texts MMS with the flip phones. With those I didn't have to send a photo too. But you do with iPhone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    It's odd then that SMS doesn't work. You can use MMS to send your text, but you have to include a photo. I recall sending texts MMS with the flip phones. With those I didn't have to send a photo too. But you do with iPhone.
    Yeah, I'll call AT&T and see what they say.

    I've tried converting her to iPhone, but no dice.
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    Default Re: Texts Over 160 Characters Not Being Received By Android Phone

    So after an hour and a half on the phone with AT&T we finally got it fixed. They tried everything. Turns out she had an app conflict. We had to delete a couple of apps and disable/re-enable her messaging app. Now it works.

    That's one major issue for Android that I can't stand - apps can seriously mess up other apps and you might not even be aware of what's going on.
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    Default Re: Texts Over 160 Characters Not Being Received By Android Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by Wildo6882 View Post
    So after an hour and a half on the phone with AT&T we finally got it fixed. They tried everything. Turns out she had an app conflict. We had to delete a couple of apps and disable/re-enable her messaging app. Now it works.

    That's one major issue for Android that I can't stand - apps can seriously mess up other apps and you might not even be aware of what's going on.
    The openness of Android at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swarlos View Post
    The openness of Android at work.
    It's definitely a Catch 22. What makes Android great also makes it a pain to use sometimes.
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    Default Re: Texts Over 160 Characters Not Being Received By Android Phone

    Which specific apps were deleted? I'm having the same issue on my S7 Edge. I receive lengthier texts from some people, but not from my girlfriend. Haha, go figure.

    Reading in some places that calling AT&T to adjust APN setting would work, but if I can avoid the phone call, I'd be happy.

    Any help is appreciated, thank you!
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    Default Re: Texts Over 160 Characters Not Being Received By Android Phone

    My fiance was not receiving my texts that were over 160 characters. I purchased an unlocked Motorola X Pure Edition from Best Buy and have AT&T. To fix it I went to Settings > More > Cellular networks > Network operators and selected AT&T. As soon as I did that I tried sending her a long text (160+ characters) and she got the text.

    Hope this helps somebody.
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