Samsung Galaxy S2X issues

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Hi there,

I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S2X, and I was wondering a few things...

1. How can I make photos on my phone really small to send only via text so it doesn't take 10 minutes?

2. My phone seems to discharge very quickly when I'm connected to the data plan and/or wifi. Is there a way to fix this?

3. If someone sends me a photo (and my data is turned off - but then I turn it on) how come I cannot receive the photo??
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1) When you send MMS (picture messages) your phone compresses the picture so it can be sent easily... I always go to the messaging app, then I tap on the clip to add the picture, select the picture and then right away it says File to large, compressing file and takes less than 30 seconds to send... Make sure you have good coverage and at least 2 signal bars...

2) It is normal that your battery drains faster when you have lots of apps running, data and wifi on at the same time, GPS, etc... Try pressing and holding the Home button, the apps running on the phone will appear, swipe them to your right to close them... on My case, the battery is good for 1 day only, and I text quick a bit, surf the web and I stream too... When you do not need the data on, turning off, same with wifi, gps and Bluetooth...

3) For this question, I do not have the answer, it happens to me as well, I just see a download option but then when I tap there, I do not get anything, ans have to tell the other person to send it again...
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Or send yourself a picture and the one from the other person will show
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Okay... first of all it can take up to 5-10 minutes for ONE photo to send when I have full bars and good coverage.

Second?? I know how to clear the taskbar, and no, I'm talking like NO apps except messaging running and the data turned on only drains my battery. Seriously. that's messed up. Yes, I know turning off the data when i'm not using it will save the battery. I know all that.

Sending a photo again doesn't work. Period.
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So, if you think that there is a problem with your battery and your phone is still under warranty, you can always use your warranty in order to get another battery...
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1. High resolution camera comes with Galaxy S2X, MMS will automatically reduce the resolution in order to keep the file size smaller when sending photos through messaging or emails, your photos should be captured at the highest resolution possible.

2. Close any apps you don't need that are running in the background.

3. Ask your SMS/photo sender to send you message again.
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Hello, old friend. To clear the task manager, Camilo_A has one method. Another is to hold the home button and tap on Task Manager. You will see about 4 options at the top of the screen. Tap on RAM and clear memory. It will force close most, if not all apps, so make sure you save anything you are doing. I do this on my phone daily and I have noticed a very positive change in functionality.
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For the third point , when your data is on and someone sends you a picture, do you get a notification with a "download" link, telling you that you have a picture message ? if so do not click on the link before turning data on. Also you can switch the auto retreive option under MMS settings to ON
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I have the same problem with my s2x, where do i go inorder to turn MMS on
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Hi Ardwinna - apologies if these have already been answered.

1) Picture messaging needs mobile data to be sent/received. Depending on the quality of the picture file, it may need more time to send it. There is no way around this however as it's a limitiation of the HSPA network.

2) There isn't a way to fix this because mobile data drains the batter more(same with wifi). The only thing I can suggest is to have the phone plugged in whenever possible.

3) You cannot receive the picture because mobile data needs to be turned on. Please refer to my above answers for the explanation.
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Alex, you should NEVER have the phone "always plugged in." That's a perfect way of ruining your battery,
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Hehehe I'm also inclined to not leave it in more than is necessary either. I've only ever left it plugged in when it charges, and then unplug it afterward. I tend to have my batteries last a very long time this way. :)

My monsters just won't make themselves, that's for sure!
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Like you well said it Tyler, in fact it is random, I own 3 phones, I use to plug 2 of them for an extended period of time, I never feel any heat, the third one I cannot touch it until it cools down, and it works fine even with that heat, so what I do, I always avoid to keep it plugged in for an extended time.
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The only thing that article I posted didn't mention is the suggestion about monthly full drain and full charge of the battery to "reset the built-in software that tells you how much charge remains so that it provides more accurate readings"
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Li-ion batteries do not need to be fully charged, as is the case with lead acid, nor is it desirable to do so. In fact, it is better not to fully charge, because high voltages stress the battery. Choosing a lower voltage threshold, or eliminating the saturation charge altogether, prolongs battery life but this reduces the run-time. Since the consumer market promotes maximum run-time, these chargers go for maximum capacity rather than extended service life.
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Mine takes anywhere from 2-18 hours to charge. Depending on it's mood that day. Perfectly normal according to Koodo store.
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Ok, my wifi is on... My bars are 3 or more, and I'm sitting right next to the source and i CANNOT receive OR send photos. WTF!?

Sometimes I have to resend them. But receiving them does NOT WORK!!!

I only want TYLER C to respond to this.
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Be her Guest Tyler Man, it's your post! no Grrrr.
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:P I just restarted my phone, shut off the damned wifi and used my effing data, and then it sent. WHY can't I do that with wifi?!? Isn't it the same!?
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it is not ! because koodo and other provider does not want to have their SMTP server used to send SPAM that why they restricted to ability to use MMS to their data connection. In other words if someone connect to wifi he would be able to send MMS if no restriction even he / she does not have service at all.
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So if I'm connected to Koodo's data plan, technically I should be receiving photos via MMS, but so far, as a test, it's been over 4 minutes, and I still haven't received my friend's photo....
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Yes you should ! it could be a delay on the network or maybe your friend did not answer yet .
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Now my major problem is RECEIVING MMS photos... the data is turned on, and it is not working.
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SMS & MMS are not instantaneous. It can take up to 20 minutes for sms/mms to be delivered. If it's been longer than 20 minutes, call Koodo Tech Support *611 then option 6.
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I got the problem solved. THanks.
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Godd to know ! and thank you for letting us know!
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Apparently my MMSC settings weren't set up at all. The tech guy fixed it, and I'm in the process of a reboot
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That's the only reason why I suggested below about the APN settings :)
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I was away from the computer and I have my email notifications turned off on my phone :P

Alexi is correct as there isn't too much that we can do in the community after what has been suggested. I could suggest changing the APN settings in your phone but it would be best to call Tech. You never know, we might speak again
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She solved her problem by calling Koodo Tech.
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I saw that after I posted
Just like last time she call and got me...sort of :P
Glad to see you changed phones!
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On certain third-party messaging apps, there is the option to customize the minimum and maximum MMS sizes. GO SMS Pro allows you to configure MMS sizes from 100 KB up to 5 MB while preserving an image resolution of 640 x 480 or 0.3 megapixels. Obviously, a 5 MB file would take forever to upload. The stock Android messaging app is somewhat limited in that regard.

GO SMS Pro

https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...

Edit: I see you've solved the problem.
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I am starting to hate my S2X as I never seem to be able to charge my phone up. Just terrible- I had to go buy a rocket-fish heavy duty cable from Future Shop because of the port always being a problem (the Samsung cord did not charge my phone after the first month)... but even that is failing to charge my phone.

I have been told is a perpetual problem with this version of phone by the Koodoo guy in the mall. I am switching from Samsung soon as got a hate on going now.
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I will try the kies update. a shame our phones dont auto update like apple or bb
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They actually do auto-update. You get a notification when the update is available, which is pushed through by the manufacturer. Some models receive the update later than others.

And no, it's not a weak answer, it's fact. Take it how you want.
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Myke- I can appreciate your efforts- but stop responding to me please- Moto G- I was looking for update on Kies and says there is no firmware update, but version on my phone is 4.0.4- I know there is newer update is there not?
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Do you have the latest version of Kies Eric?
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I have 4.1.2 and my phone says I have latest.
Its when I updated to 412 my problems started Eric, AND IT'S NOT THE BATTERY.
The physical battery is in perfect working order.
Google got Samsung to top load phone with Google apps that always want to know where you are, with whom and for how long, "TO SERVE YOU BETTER".
Yesterday, Google updated 19 apps, not all at once, but as we know, one at a time. Battery went from 80 down to 39. So back on the charger.
If I use Google Maps, phone is on charger OR its dead when I get to Pickering from Barrie ON.
When I started shutting down Google apps it affected other Google Apps that I do use.
What I did was to give my wife the s2x and I purchased the Motto G on small Tab.
So far I get one full day of battery use, with a little left over. I do not have to keep Motto G plugged in all day, like I did with s2x.
The s2x works great for my wife. Up to 10 phones a day, 20-30 texts a day and she gets 2 days battery use, before she plugs it in.
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Great thread. Wasn't what I was looking for but reading through this conversation helped teach me a few important things!. :)

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