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

  1. Compose a text message as you normally do.

  2. Touch the Action Overflow or Menu icon, and choose the Insert or Attach command.

    You may also see a Paperclip icon on the message composition screen. Here, a Camera icon is used to attach images.

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    A pop-up menu appears, listing various media items you can attach to a text message. Among the more popular items you may find are

    • 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 your location (or any location) to the other phone.

    • 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 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 one.

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

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

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

  • 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 icon (shown in the margin), and choose MMS to share the media item. The various Share commands on your phone are covered throughout this book.

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  • Some video attachments can be too large for multimedia messages. The messaging app warns you when this happens.

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