Last night my power went out, so I turned off my Wifi and mobile data to conserve battery on my Pixel 3XL Android phone. One of the group text conversations I’m in was active last night and since group texts come in as MMS, my phone kept prompting me to download them to view them. But then if pointed me to an available setting that I’ve never seen before to send and receive MMS messages when data is off. I was surprised to see that I could actually have my data off and still get group texts and even pictures. I didn’t leave it on because I was afraid it would use more battery and I was already pretty low. Has this feature been around for a while? I’m interested to know how it affects battery life or if it messes with your plan. Is it a harmless option to use when I need to keep my wifi and data off? I guess I’m wondering what a good use scenario would be for that setting.
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