How to Send Attachments with Texts on the Galaxy S9

By Bill Hughes

What if you want to send something in addition to or instead of text from the Samsung Galaxy S9? Say you want to send a picture, some music, or a Word document along with your text. Easy as pie, as long as the phone on the receiving end can recognize the attachment. Here is the recipe:

1. From the Home screen, tap the Messages icon.

2. Either tap the New Message icon and enter the number of the intended recipient or pick up on an existing conversion.

You’ll see the Enter Message bubble. Enter the information you want like a normal text.

3. To add an attachment, tap the plus sign to the left of where you enter text.

The plus sign brings up the screen you see in the following figure, which asks what kind of file you want to attach. Your choices include pictures, videos, audio files, and some others.

4. Tap your choice of file type, and your phone presents you with the options that fall into that category.

Get ready to be amazed. Underneath the text box, you have five choices. These include the Gallery for photos, a shot you can take now with the camera, a doodle, a map with your location, or other categories. The figure shows the Other category. This is for any file you want to attach that is already on your phone. It can be your electronic business card. It could be a video.

The Quick response opens up canned responses, such as “What’s up?” or “Where’s the meeting?” How cool is that?!

5. Continue typing your text message, if needed.

6. When you’re done with the text portion of the message, tap the Send button, and off it all goes.

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File types you can attach to a text.

A simple text message is an SMS (short message service) message. When you add an attachment, you’re sending an MMS (multimedia messaging service) message. Back in the day, MMS messages cost more to send and receive than SMS messages did. These days, that isn’t the case in the United States.