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How to Attach Media to a Text Message on an Android Phone

Even though the term texting sticks around, this cell phone feature has for some time had the ability to send media along with text. You can attach a picture, a video, an audio attachment, or a number of other interesting things to a text message with your Android phone. When you do, the message ceases to be a text message and becomes a multimedia message.

The most consistent way to compose a multimedia message is to attach existing media — something you’ve already saved on your phone — to the outgoing message.

  1. Compose a text message as you normally do.

  2. Press the Menu soft button, and choose the Insert or Attach command.

    You may also see the Paperclip button on the message composition screen, which you can also use for attaching media.

    A pop-up menu appears, listing various media items you can attach to a text message. The items may look something like this:

    • Appointment: Invite someone to attend an event you’ve scheduled using the Calendar.

    • Audio: Attach a song or an audio clip from the music library, or record a new audio clip, such as your voice.

    • Contact: Attach contact information in the form of a vCard.

    • Location: Send a URL of your current, or another, location.

    • Picture: Take a picture and attach it to the text message, or choose an image stored in the phone’s Gallery.

    • Slideshow: Create a collection of photos to send together.

    • Video: Shoot a new video to attach, or choose a video you’ve taken with the phone and stored in the Gallery.

    More options may appear on the menu, depending on which apps you have installed on your Android phone.

  3. Choose a media attachment from the pop-up menu.

    What happens next depends on the attachment you’ve selected. You’re taken to the appropriate app on your phone, where you can choose an existing media item or create a new one.

  4. If you like, compose a message to accompany the media attachment.

  5. Touch the Send button to send your media text message.

In just a few, short, cellular moments, the receiving party will enjoy your multimedia text message.

  • Not every phone is capable of receiving multimedia messages.

  • Be aware of the size limit on the amount of media you can send; try to keep your video and audio attachments brief.

  • An easier way to send a multimedia message is to start with the source, such as a picture or video stored on your phone. Use the Share command or button, and choose MMS to share the media item.

  • Some video attachments can be too large for multimedia messages. The phone warns you when it happens.

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