How to Use Multimedia Messaging on Your Amazon Fire Phone - dummies

How to Use Multimedia Messaging on Your Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

Your Fire phone provides you with all the tools you need for multimedia messaging. Even though the term texting sticks around, a text message can contain media; usually a photo. Such a message ceases to be a mere text message and becomes a multimedia message:

  • Multimedia messages are handled by the same Messaging app you use for text messaging.

  • Not every mobile phone can receive multimedia messages. Rather than receive the media item, the recipient may be directed to a web page where the item can be viewed on the Internet.

  • The official name for a multimedia text message is Multimedia Messaging Service, which is abbreviated MMS.

Attaching media to a text 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. Obey these steps:

  1. Compose a text message as you normally do.

  2. Display the Delighters and Shortcuts panel.

    Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, or use the Tilt gesture to see a list of recent photos.

  3. Choose a photo from those listed.

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

    Tap the Reply text below the photo to type the message.

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

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

  • Tap the Camera icon to see a pop-up menu of media-attachment options. Choose Capture a Photo or Capture a Video to use the Fire phone’s camera to instantly record media, which can then be attached and sent in a multimedia message.

  • Another 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 icon, and choose Messaging to share the media item in an MMS.

  • To attach a video, first open the phone’s photo album. Choose the video, and then share it via the Messaging app. The phone automatically resizes videos that are too large for multimedia messages.

Receiving a multimedia message

A multimedia attachment comes into your phone just like any other text message does. You may see a thumbnail preview of whichever media was sent, such as an image. To preview the attachment, touch it.

To do more with the multimedia attachment, long-press it and then select an option from the menu that’s displayed. For example, to save an image attachment, long-press the image thumbnail and choose the Save command.

You might not be able to preview or save some types of attachments.