Sending Text Attachments from the Samsung Galaxy S8 - dummies

Sending Text Attachments from the Samsung Galaxy S8

By Bill Hughes

What if you want to send something in addition to or instead of text from your Samsung Galaxy S8? 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 text creation page. Enter the information you want like a normal text.
  3. To add an attachment, tap the icon that looks like a paper clip to the left of where you enter text.

    The paper-clip icon brings up the screen you see here, which asks what kind of file you want to attach. Your choices include pictures, videos, audio files, and some others when you have some good files to share. For now, it’s just good that you know you have options.
    File types you can attach to a text.
  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. At the bottom of the screen, you have three choices. 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 middle option, Gallery, takes you to all the images you have stored on your phone. Samsung knows that the most common attachment is a photo. Tapping the Gallery options makes it that much easier.

    The last option, going right to left, is the Camera. When you select this option, it opens up your camera so that you can take a picture and immediately send it to the recipient. 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.

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.