Fix Samsung Galaxy Note SHV-E160s Korean Version SMS Limit

Recently, I bought a Samsung Galaxy Note and as usual, for every device I buy or use for a while, I would sure love to explore and write some tutorials on them.

Upon buying my Samsung Galaxy Note in the market, I didn’t know it was the Korean version until I got home and tried rooting it. The Korean version of the Samsung Galaxy note has got some limits.

One of these limits is the SMS feature. Ordinarily, the limit for one text message sent is 160 characters. But on the Korean version of Samsung galaxy note, its limited to just 80 characters.

How can I possibly make a point to someone via text message with just 80 characters allowed? The annoying part is the fact that, if a word exceeds the 80 character limit, it automatically turns to an MMS instead of page 2 of SMS.

Obviously, I couldn’t live with this hence, I needed to seek a solution.

For all Samsung Galaxy note users using the Korean version of the device, I have got a solution for you all. Specifically, the version of my device is shv-e160s. It should however, work on any device.

Solution To SMS character limit on Samsung Galaxy Note Korean Version

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To simple solution to this problem is the use of third-party messaging app. Examples are gosmspro and hangout.

Personally, I have been using hangout for a while now and its been working well. Trust me when i say I’d send a good number of SMS daily lately and hangout works well in setting the limits off.

Steps  To Follow

Step#1. Download hangout from Google play store

Step#2. Upon launching for the first time, choose to use hangout as the SMS application by turning the feature on

Step#3. You are required to have a Gmail account before you can enjoy using the app.

Step#4. Follow the onscreen instruction and begin sending your messages via hangout instead of the default messaging application.

The better part of using hangout is the fact that it gives you some sense of privacy. For those who don’t like people peeping into their messages, you probably wouldn’t have people seeing your messages since ordinarily, they would go into your message folder not knowing that messages are being stored on hangout.

If you are not cool with using hangout because of the necessity of a Gmail account, you can use alternatives like go sms pro or any other good one.

Try that and let me know how it goes for you. In subsequent posts, I will be writing on more tutorials related to the Samsung galaxy note and possible solutions to common problems.

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About the author

Samuel Adeniyi

Samuel is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to explore everything that concerns Tech. Most of his explorations and guides, he shares via this platform. He studied Computer Science and prefers being simply called Sammy! 😉


  • I have a problem which is as follows i used a ROM personaliser on my shv e160s and i changed the storage from internal to sd card and i deleted the app but now i can not more change storage. Please can some one help me??

  • am in Tanzania -east africa please i need ur help i have a samsung galaxy
    note a SHV-E160S en am using tigo sim card but
    my problem is that it failed to connect to the
    instagram. when i login i have got a message tha “the application Instagram (process has stopped unexpectedly. please try again and if i tried it came again and again, so what you advise me for that problems

    • Hi, Amir.

      First, is this the case with most apps you try launching on the phone? If no, then chances are, the Instagram app is prolly having issues with your device. In this case, I would advise you completely uninstall the app and re-download from the playstore app.

      Do let me know how that goes for you.

  • hangout, Go Sms, CLean Messaging Etc. I tried all the messaging apps. in the play store still same. Message sent fail please any other ways. will wait for your help. thanks

  • best sms app for korean phone is Clean Messaging. find it on playstore. that should fix your problem. plus it will block sms spam as well.

  • i had the same problem. cant send messages using third party messaging app. tried already go sms.. hangouts and textra.

    it would still automatically unable me to send. it says message sending failed.

    my phone is also a korean model samsung galaxy note shv e160s 4g lte

    please help me. im willing to wait for your reply on this concern

  • am in Uganda -east africa pliz i need ur help i have a samsung galaxy
    note a SHV-E160S en am using mtn sim card but
    my problem is that it failed to connect to the
    internet. i received automatic data settings en i
    installed them well but after connecting the data
    it fails connecting to the internet i have also
    tried using orange en airtel plus using manual
    settings but in vain

    • In such situation, it may be an issue with your ISP. The best option would be contacting your internet service provider and laying your complaints.

  • Hi, I tried this method. i used Hangout, Go pro and handcent. it reserve sms but sending failed. Are there any settings to configure. Please tell me….

    • No there isn’t any extra settings. Just use Hangout, set as the default SMS Messaging application and you are good to go.

        • Please clear cache of the hangout under settings > apps. Launch the hangout again and when asked if you’d like to use it as the default messaging app, please choose Yes.

          • Hi

            I have the same problem with the same model. I have tried it all…Hangout, Handcent, Go Pro, Textra, Chomp SMS but it does not work. Receiving SMS with all of these is no problem, but sending does not work.

            Any idea?


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