What is MmsService?

If you have seen the MmsService in Google Activity and don’t know the purpose of this application then you have come to the right place. So, what is the MmsService application?

MmsService is a preinstalled system application on Android devices that is responsible for sending and receiving multimedia messages. A Multimedia Message Service(MMS) is a type of messaging service that allows you to send messages with multimedia content from one mobile device to another.

In this article, I’ll explain more about the MmsService, what is it used for, why does it keep stopping and can you uninstall it.

What is an MMS?

Multimedia Messaging Service(MMS) is a communication service developed by 3GPP that allows you to send and receive multimedia content including images, audio, GIFs, and videos via text message. An MMS also includes text messages where the character length is over 160 characters.

MMS message

While sending an SMS, if your character length is over 160 characters then your message will be split into two different messages whereas if you’re sending an MMS then you can use more than 160 characters and it will be sent as a single message.

You need to have a cellular data connection to send and receive MMS. Android devices don’t allow users to send and receive MMS over a Wi-Fi network, it only allows MMS over a cellular data network. However, Apple iOS devices allow you to send and receive MMS both over the cellular data network and Wi-Fi.

What is com.android.mms?

com.android.mms is the Application Package(APK) name of the built-in stock Messaging application in Android devices. The package name of the stock messaging app is not the same for all devices and it varies depending on the device manufacturer.

The package name of the stock Xiaomi MIUI messaging app is com.android.mms but the package name of the OnePlus stock messaging application is com.oneplus.mms. The package name of the stock Samsung messaging application is com.samsung.android.messaging.

What is MmsService Used For?

MmsService is a built-in system application that allows users to send and receive multimedia messages containing images, audio, GIFs, videos as well as text with over 160 characters right from your default Messaging application using your cellular data connection.

You don’t need to install a third-party messaging application to send MMS messages. You can do it using the built-in stock Messaging app on your device. You can send SMS and MMS both from the same messaging app.

The Application package name of the MmsService application in Samsung devices is com.android.mms.service.

Is MmsService a Virus or Is it Safe?

MmsService is not a virus, malware, spyware, or bloatware. It doesn’t cause any harm to your device and doesn’t spy or sell your data.

It is a safe application that is required to send and read the received MMS messages. It doesn’t consume your system resources unnecessarily. It only uses your cellular data when you send or receive the MMS message.

Although this system app is not a virus there is a possibility that an MMS message you received from someone contains a virus or malware. You should use an Antivirus app on your device and scan all the files including messages with this Antivirus app. You can also use an app called Malwarebytes that detects potential Malware on your device and removes them.

Spammers and hackers send MMS messages with links to harmful websites. If you click the link on that message you will be redirected to another website that inserts malware and viruses on your device. Therefore, you should never click on links inside MMS and SMS messages from unknown senders.

com.android.mms has stopped unexpectedly?

The com.android.mms package sometimes stops working out of the blue and you get an error message “com.android.mms has stopped unexpectedly” or “unfortunately com.android.mms has stopped.” This error occurs due to the corrupted app cache or overloaded app cache of the stock Messaging app.

If you haven’t cleared the app cache of your stock Messaging app then the cache files become corrupted and overloaded. This causes the android package com.android.mms to malfunction and you get those error messages.

This error can make it difficult to send and read SMS and MMS messages. But, you don’t have to worry because I will show you how to fix this error in the next section.

How to fix com.android.mms has stopped unexpectedly?

You can fix this error message using the solutions mentioned below. The best way to fix it is by clearing the app cache and if it doesn’t work then you should try the next solutions.

1. Clear App Cache of the Messaging app

The main reason why this error occurs is due to a corrupted or overloaded app cache. So, clearing the app cache of the stock Messaging app should fix the error. Follow the steps below to clear the app cache.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Apps.
  3. Find your default Messaging app from the list and tap on it.
  4. Tap on Storage.
  5. Tap on Clear Cache.

2. Wipe Cache Partition

Wiping the Cache Partition removes all the temporary cache files but doesn’t erase app data. You can wipe the Cache Partition by using the steps below.

  1. Turn off your Samsung Android device.
  2. Press and hold the Power button, Volume Up key and Bixby key(button below Volume down key) together to boot your device in Recovery Mode. If there is no Bixby key then hold Power button + Volume Up key + Volume down key.
  3. Press the Volume Down key several times to navigate below till you find the “Wipe Cache Partition” option and then press the Power button to select it.
  4. Press Volume Down key to highlight “Yes” and press the Power button to select it.
  5. Wait for the process to complete. Once completed, the “Reboot System now” option will be highlighted and you have to press the Power button to reboot your device.

3. Download a Third-Party Messaging App

If the error is caused frequently by your stock messaging app it’s better to download a third-party messaging app like Messages by Google and set this app as your default messaging app. You can set this app as default by following the steps below.

For Samsung devices

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Apps.
  • Tap on Choose default apps.
  • Tap on SMS app.
  • Tap on the Google Messages app.

For other Android devices

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Apps & Notifications.
  • Tap on Advanced.
  • Tap on Default apps.
  • Tap on SMS app.
  • Tap on the Google Messages app.

4. Factory Reset Your Smartphone

A Factory Reset erases all the data from your phone and restores your phone to its original state. If you can’t fix the error message using the methods mentioned above then a factory reset will hopefully remove this error message for good.

factory reset android phone

Before factory resetting your device, you should backup your data. After the backup is complete, follow the steps below to Factory Reset your Android device.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Reset.
  4. Tap on Factory Data Reset.
  5. Tap on the “Reset” button and you may need to enter your PIN or password.
  6. Tap on Delete all or Wipe Data and your phone will be reset.

Can I Uninstall MmsService?

MmsService is a preinstalled system application that cannot be uninstalled in the same way you uninstall other third-party apps. To uninstall MmsService, you’ll have to use a software called Android Debug Bridge(ADB) or an application called System App Remover which requires root access.

Also, this is the default Messaging app responsible for sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages. If you want to uninstall or disable this app, you’ll have to download and install a third-party Messaging app like Messages by Google and set it as your default messaging app.

Uninstalling the MmsService app is not recommended because it is a system application that performs an important function. Uninstalling this might cause issues while sending and reading MMS messages in your stock Messaging app.

How to Uninstall MmsService?

Once you have installed a new Messaging app and set it as default, you can uninstall the MmsService app using the methods mentioned below.

1. Uninstall MmsService using ADB

ADB allows you to bring up a Unix shell so you can issue commands directly on the Android device. You can use it to install, uninstall, debug and disable apps. You’ll need a Windows PC to use ADB.

For Samsung Devices

Step 1 – Go to Settings > System > About phone

Step 2 – Tap on the Build number 7 times to activate Developer Options.

Step 3 – Go back to the main Settings menu and tap on Developer Options to open it.

Step 4 – Enable USB debugging by tapping on it.

Step 5Download ADB on your PC.

Step 6 – Extract the ZIP file into a folder.

Step 7 – After extracting the ZIP file, open that folder.

Step 8 – Press and hold the shift button and right-click in a blank area.

Step 9 – Click on “Open Powershell window here.”

Step 10 – Enter the command adb devices

Step 11 – Connect your Android device to the PC using a USB data cable. 

Step 12 – Type the command adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 com.android.mms.service and press Enter to run this command. Wait for a few seconds and you’ll notice the app has been uninstalled from your device.

For Other Android Devices

Follow all the steps from 1-11 mentioned above and in Step 12 replace “com.android.mms.service” with “com.android.mms

2. Uninstall MmsService Using System App Remover

This method requires you to gain root access to your device. If you don’t know how to root your Android device then check our Android Rooting guide. After gaining root access follow the steps below to uninstall this system app.

Step 1 – Download and install the System App Remover application.

Step 2 – Launch the System App Remover application, search for MmsService or com.android.mms, and select it by tapping on the checkbox next to it. Samsung users should search for MmsService and other Android users should search for com.android.mms.

Step 3 – Tap on the Uninstall button to completely uninstall the app and delete its data.

Permissions Required By MmsService

The MmsService application uses the SMS Permission that allows this app to read SMS and MMS messages, receive SMS and MMS messages, send SMS and MMS messages as well as write SMS and MMS messages.

You can check all the permissions used by this app by going to Settings > Apps > Tap on Ellipsis icon (three vertical dots) in top right corner > Show System Apps > MmsService > Permissions.

Conclusion

MmsService is a built-in system application that is required to send and receive MMS messages on Android devices. It has different package names which depend on the device manufacturer.

This is a safe application but the MMS messages you receive from others might contain malware so don’t open or click on messages sent from untrusted sources.

Sometimes, the com.android.mms app may stop working and you can fix this by clearing the app cache of the Messages app or by following the methods mentioned in the article.

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