Texting from iPhone to Android

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iAdamator, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. iAdamator macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2013
    South San Francisco, CA
    Hey all

    Whenever I text with my friend who is on a Galaxy S4, our text messages get broken up into multiple messages unlike when using IM or iMessage. I'm on an iPhone 5. Is there a way to make it keep messages together? Advanced smart phones can certainly handle more than 160 characters in one message!

    I've checked all my message settings and they seem correct. He says him and his Mom text (she is on an iPhone 4) and the messages come through in one big block.
  2. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Do you use the emoji? That changes the encoding on the text and you get less characters before they get broken up. If you turn on 'Show Character Count' in Settings > Messages, you can see the character count once you get to the second line.
  3. tylerwatt12 macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2013
  4. iAdamator thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2013
    South San Francisco, CA
    I do have emoji on but I dont use it much. I also have the character count on.

    Is long messages even possible from iOS to Android? I know we aren't using iMessage of course, but can you even do it or is it always going to be broken up 160 character messages?

    It's not only his messages to me getting broken up, mine to him do the same.


    Can MMS be forced on the iPhone?
  5. dmystic1 macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2010
    Hemet, CA
  6. rtomyj macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2012
    In my experience it sucks messaging Android users. Can't be a carier thing, just one of the things you love with on Android.

    Ie, they receive photos instead of group messages.
  7. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    It's because of the carrier (either yours or his).
  8. joeynym macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2012
    thats weird... i text with my wife all the time.. same setup me s4, no issues whatsoever...
  9. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    SMS is limited to 160 characters in 8 bit encoding (alphanumeric characters) or 70 characters in 16-bit encoding (Chinese, Japanese, etc. - Unicode).

    (In case you're wondering why Twitter is limited to 160 characters, it's because of the SMS limit)

    iOS is smart enough to piece the multiple messages together when it's broken up by the carrier.

    For some reason Android isn't. It does this stupid (1/3), (2/3), (3/3) thing (assuming the message requires three messages to send).
  10. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    Everyone is correct. SMS services are limited to 160 characters. That has been the rule of SMS since texting was invented. Since iphone -> android uses SMS service when you regularly text, your best bet is to convince him to get an iOS device LOL.

    But seriously, yeah lol. I use Whatsapp or viber to text android friends, we often go over the 160 character limit. But the limitation is on the technology itself, not the phones.
  11. redlinux macrumors regular


    Sep 25, 2013
    Got a mobile data plan? Use IMs like WhatsApp or Viber instead.
  12. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    No, they can't. Try reading up on what SMS actually is and maybe you'll understand it a little bit better.

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