A Checklist For Anyone Having Problems Receiving MMS Messages on Android Phones

MMS Download Fail

MMS Download Fail

Another techie post…

My Samsung Galaxy S II is nearly 2 years old. Yesterday, for the first time since I’ve had it, it was refusing to display an MMS message. It presented me with a download button to hit in the message box. When I hit it, it looked like it was doing something, then it returned to just show me the download button again.

I googled the issue, and found a lot of forum posts describing the same problem as I was encountering.

Unfortunately most of the suggestions were, as usual, “the blind leading the blind.”

“MMS doesn’t work if Wifi switched on!”

“Reset your APN!” “What’s an APN?” “I don’t know!”

Too many posters didn’t understand the causes of the problem, and reposted others’ suggestions blindly as the solution, others were just pleased to have found an opportunity to critcise the customer support services at various networks.

Unless you look at the specific handset and investigate its connection to the network, you can’t be sure what is causing the problem. However, there are a few checks that you can make before you are forced to contact customer support (the mobile phone equivalent of asking for directions while driving, or reading the operating manual)

Check 1 – Is mobile data turned on?

    1. Go to Settings,
Settings Screen

Settings Screen

  1. Click on More settings

    More Settings Screen

    More Settings Screen

  2. Click on Mobile networks

    Mobile networks screen

    Mobile networks screen

  3. Make sure there is a tick next to Mobile data.

Check 2 – Are Access Point Names set corrrectly?

  1. Check the correct APN, username and password for your Service provider:
    http://www.modaco.com/topic/318970-access-point-name-apn-settings-for-uk-mobile-network-providers/ provides the information for UK networks.
  2. Go to settings,
  3. Click on More settings
  4. Click on Mobile networks

    Mobile networks screen

    Mobile networks screen

  5. Click on Access Point Names

    Network Screen

    Network Screen

  6. Click on the network you use

    APN Settings

    APN Settings

  7. Check and correct APN, username and password.

Check 3 – Have you exceeded your data plan or is a data limit set on your handset?

For a definitive measure of data usage, you need to check with your mobile service provider. Most provide apps which allow you to keep a check on usage of your allowances for calls, texts and data.

Also:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click on Data Usage

    Mobile data usage screen

    Mobile data usage screen

  3. Make sure you are looking at the Mobile tab
  4. Check that Mobile data has a tick next to it
  5. Check that Set mobile data limit does not have a tick next to it
  6. Check your data usage on the graph.

Check 4 – (I nearly forgot) Have you paid your bill?

These straightforward checks should sort out the majority of problems. For your information, I solved my problem by turning mobile data on – the first item on the checklist

If all else fails give your support team a call. They might just be able to help.

For example, last week, my MD went on holiday to Greece for a fortnight. He contacted me to say he wasn’t able to receive emails on his BlackBerry, but could make voice calls, and send SMS messages. A quick call to Vodafone support, determined that there was no problem with the handset, and they were able to inform me that the area he is in did not have full data services on the default roaming network, but a manual change to a different network should solve the problem. I texted him the details and instructions, and within 15 minutes he was back in the 21st Century.

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