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Disable MMS/Texting over WiFi



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Most messaging apps have an archive or delete function that can be toggled on or off that purges messages after X amount of messages.  

Same here; I notice it on my home WiFi and seldom connect at other locations.  Again, going to be out of cell service area over Christmas week and mostly hooked to WiFi.  I’ll know more after that.  

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Most messaging apps have an archive or delete function that can be toggled on or off that purges messages after X amount of messages.  

I’m using the Android app and it does not have this functionality.  Neither Textra nor the T-Mobile app does.  I’ve been poking through Google searches and searches in the Play Store and I’ve not found anything.  Something changed a few years back; it used to be possible.  Evidently you can do this with an iPhone today.

 

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both Samsung devices? for what its worth also (cant exactly hurt anything) Samsung uses their own texting app...so not to far fetched for it to have its own issues...throwing that out there just in case.

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Pulse offers the function.  Google/Android Messages should also have the option, just under a different name.  

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both Samsung devices? for what its worth also (cant exactly hurt anything) Samsung uses their own texting app...so not to far fetched for it to have its own issues...throwing that out there just in case.

Nope.  I’m using a OnePlus 10 Pro 5G

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Well, I’m not the OP, but I do use Google’s messaging app.  I can confirm there’s no easy way to do what we used to be able to do including “auto delete” messages that are older than a specified age. 

If anyone here knows if there is an “app for that”, please advise.  Having to manually clean up old SMS and MMS messages is a pain.

I haven’t had any MMS problems for awhile now, but I’m not willing to declare my problem solved quite yet.

Again, thanks to all for he help.

OP in this case is your OnePlus and not the Original Poster

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Well, I’m not the OP, but I do use Google’s messaging app.  I can confirm there’s no easy way to do what we used to be able to do including “auto delete” messages that are older than a specified age. 

If anyone here knows if there is an “app for that”, please advise.  Having to manually clean up old SMS and MMS messages is a pain.

I haven’t had any MMS problems for awhile now, but I’m not willing to declare my problem solved quite yet.

Again, thanks to all for he help.

OP in this case is your OnePlus and not the Original Poster

Ah, got it!  😀

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Here is another data point.  Since disabling wifi on the Android messaging app, I can no longer pair with the messages.google.com site.  I use that site all the time to send and receive MMS and SMS messages.  That’s a big disadvantage, to me, of disabling wifi on the messaging app.

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Pulse offers the function.  Google/Android Messages should also have the option, just under a different name.  

I’ll have a look at Pulse.  One of the reasons I use the Android app is that I can pair it with messages.google.com and use my computer to send and receive messages.  I find that quite convenient.  That won’t work with Pulse.

And I can assure you that none of the messaging apps I’ve tried so far have the functionality to auto delete messages past a certain age.

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Pulse offers the function.  Google/Android Messages should also have the option, just under a different name.  

i dug through on my side and the only thing i found about auto deleting was for “Auto-delete OTPs after 24 hrs Current and future OTPs will be permanently deleted after 24 hrs” which does not sound like what we’re needing.  advanced was a dead end as well..could have sworn it was in there but they might have hidden it or yeeted it when they did their last update to Messages.

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you know..i have never tried Digits..which you can use the same way and use a computer or your device...but im wondering if there is a auto delete option in there?

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Pulse offers the function.  Google/Android Messages should also have the option, just under a different name.  

i dug through on my side and the only thing i found about auto deleting was for “Auto-delete OTPs after 24 hrs Current and future OTPs will be permanently deleted after 24 hrs” which does not sound like what we’re needing.  advanced was a dead end as well..could have sworn it was in there but they might have hidden it or yeeted it when they did their last update to Messages.

It used to be there a few years back.  Evidently Google, in their infinite wisdom, decided we didn’t need that functionality anymore.  Curiously, Apple still provides it.  I’ve been struggling to avoid Apple for years.  Is it time to switch?...

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Pulse is not the default app for my device though.  Just my preferred choice.  It might be worth checking out if auto deleting messages after a certain period of time is needed.

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I just had a closer look at Textra, and it does have the ability to set the number of messages to “keep”, with separate setting for “text” and “media”.  I’m not sure exactly how it works, but I may give it a trial.  If I do that, I’ll see if I can also get Microsoft’s “My Phone” app working to use with my laptop.  I’ve tried it before with very limited success.

If my problem with MMS is really due to too many saved messages, then it’s really quite annoying that Google has taken away the ability to manage that number “automatically”.  I haven’t consciously managed text messages for years.

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download it..send yourself a pic and then some random texts after..say like 5 regular texts.. hold the pic and see if it gives you a lock option..if it does then go out of the app..back in and delete the whole text thread to yourself..if it all of a sudden jumps to the top and is still there then that one pic you locked is still there..if the whole text thread yeets then it didnt work lol.

 

 

how is your internal memory looking? texts and such eat up quite a bit of memory..as does call history (i cleared mine yesterday and was a bit shocked to see 380 of them were getting deleted lol).

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I’ll have a look at the lock option in a bit.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I do have a “pro” license for Textra.  I used to use it all the time and I like it, but a couple of the recent improvements to the Android app caused me to quit using it (iPhone emoji reactions and chat functionality).  But now apparently Textra does at least one thing that the Android app doesn’t (how many messages to keep), so I’ll use it for awhile.

I’ve installed “Phone Link” again and we’ll see how long it works.  I have not had good luck with it.

As far as memory is concerned, the system currently reports 5.43 GB average use out of 8.00 +3.00 GB.

When I backed up my SMS and MMS messages a couple hours ago, there were more than 64,000 of them backed up.  That seemed like a lot to me!

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Here's another update on my recent experiences.

I have not had any problems with MMS for over two weeks.  I switched from Textra back to the stock Android messaging app with no problems.  I'm currently using the stock app.

I'm increasingly thinking that my problems with MMS were due to TMo congestion issues involving Android devices.  My wife never experienced any problems with her iPhone.  I experienced the problem with both Textra and the Android app.  I did get a message from Textra that there were "no MMS connections available" once when the problem occurred. I deleted all but a couple text messages from my phone to no avail, so the problem is not caused by lack of available space for messages on my phone.  I disabled wifi calling and still had the problem.  I forced the texting app to use mobile data and that had no effect -- I still had the problem.

I did enable the developer option "mobile data always active" a couple weeks ago, about the time I stopped experiencing the problem, but I can't be sure that really had an impact; I mention it for completeness.

I'm not sure when the next "congestion event" might happen, but I'll be alert for the next time I have a failure to send/receive MMS and report it in a new thread.

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Just a quick update, in case anyone is still watching this thread, to note that the problem returned yesterday for me.  I’ve had to reboot my phone about 10 times between yesterday afternoon and now (5:30 pm local time) in order to send and receive group (MMS) messages.  Until now, I’ve had no problems for about 6 weeks.

I’m concluding that this is an intermittent issue involving Android phones and some kind of capacity issue with T-Mobile.  Apple phones don’t have the problem, probably due to their proprietary way of handling messaging.  Also, this problem only affects MMS messages.  While I’m having problems with MMS, I can happily send and receive SMS messages without difficulty.  I can also make and receive phone calls with no problem.

Another symptom worth noting, perhaps, is when I’m experiencing this problem and someone in a group text sends a message, it comes to me as a text from that person only that can’t be downloaded.

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Another update.  After deleting all but a few text messages from my phone, I had no problems for the rest of the day yesterday.  But today, I’ve already had to reboot my phone 4 times to send/receive MMS messages.  So, too many messages taking up space is not the problem.

By the way, my wife is on the same T-Mobile plan as I am, but she has an iPhone.  She has experienced no problems sending or receiving MMS messages.

So, it seems like I have an Android/T-Mobile problem.  (It’s apparently not a OnePlus problem based on other posts in this thread.)  Switching to Textra has no impact.  When I can’t send or receive with the Android app, I can’t with Textra either.

You don’t suppose anyone at a T-Mobile store could help me, do you?  Any other suggestions are welcome.

No response to this yet and I’m having the same problem.  MMS while at home on WiFi either takes 3 - 5 minutes to seen a screenshot OR I get a “failed” message.  If I turn off the WiFi it goes immediately thru data.  This is on a Samsung Galaxy 20SE but I’ve seen comments on the internet that it happens on multiple brands of phones.

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Turn off WiFi Calling on your device.

OK - thank you - I will try that. Considering my signal is very weak inside the house it may not be a long term solution if I start missing regular calls.  It seems to be a fairly common problem with no real fix?

I texted a pic after turning wifi calling off and it did go quicker.

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LG radios are known for being on the weak side.  If you are experiencing just one to two bars.  You might want to consider a device from OnePlus.  The usable signal due to a specifically tuned T-Mobile modem firmware makes a difference, at least where I am.  

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