How To Install the CyanogenMod 10.1 MMS application on any Android 4.1 ROM, includes Emoji and Quick Reply functionality


By far my favorite feature of CyanogenMod is their customized native MMS application. It offers so much more functionality than the stock Android MMS app. While it looks almost exactly alike, CM and his group have added useful features such as the much popular emoji emoticons that were made popular by iPhone users. Other notable add-on’s is the quick reply function, pop-up feature, gestures for SMS templates, stripping unicode support, and much more.


If you’re running another ROM such as myself (RasBean Jelly), there’s easy and quick steps to follow to have this on your device. As with anything that pertains to ROM’s and customizing your phone, your device has to be rooted for this to work. While this should work for any phone and not just the Nexus 4, you most likely need to at least be on a ROM that’s on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above. Let’s begin!

  1. Download the necessary file HERE
  2. Place the Mms.apk file in your phones SD card or internal memory. (Don’t forget where you placed it)
  3. Download Root Browser Free from the market. I only suggest this because it’s free, but any browser that allows you to add or delete system apps works just fine, (i.e. Solid, Astro, File Explorer, etc)
  4. Open Root Browser and select “sdcard” to locate the Mms.apk. Make sure the file is named “Mms.apk” and if it’s not, long press the file and rename it.
  5. If it’s the right name, simply long press it and select “copy”. Once copied, you should have a paste and cancel button at the bottom like this: Screenshot_2013-02-09-14-03-20
  6. Then use the back button to head back into the main menu. Once there select “system” then “app.”
  7. Once there just simply select the “paste” option at the bottom. If you already have an Mms.apk there, just simply select the option that says to “overwrite it.” Screenshot_2013-02-09-14-05-10
  8. Once that’s done just exit out of the app and reboot your device! That’s it folks!

Once finished you should have everything I stated above. Here’s some screenshots:


If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to use the comments section!

  • David Phillips

    This didn’t work on my DROID DNA with ViperDNA. When I tried to open it, it crashed right away.

    • Macky Evangelista

      Maybe it doesn’t work on Sense ROM’s then, darn. I was able to get it working on a stock TouchWiz ROM though.

  • Dave

    Didn’t work on my stock rooted SG3 with 4.1.2. There wasn’t an existing mms.apk file to replace. When I rebooted, the messages app was unchanged. If I navigate to system/apps and click on mms.apk it tries to install but fails.

    • Phillip Snyder

      Same with my stock rooted Note 2.

      • OmarIqbal0001

        its called SecMms.apk in your stock touchwiz so rename file you downloaded to secmms and then copy it

  • Ryan

    Tried it on my stock rooted Nexus 4 and now the Messenger app just force closes

  • 360mobilesolutions

    MMS and push notifications are mainstream communications channels alongside
    more traditional e-mail, print and broadcast mediums

  • Andrew

    you guys that couldn’t get this to work on the SG3 or Note 2…………… I’m assuming it’s the same for the GS3 but the Note 2’s messaging app is called SecMMS……. just change the name of the APK to SecMMS and paste it and you’re golden

  • walleballr

    Force close on sgs3 with cyanogemod 10.1

  • Elbert

    Does it work on stock galaxy nexus? (verizon 4.1.1)

  • mikeym0p

    I’m on stock root deodex 4.2.2 nexus 4. MMS doesn’t work with the replaced MMS.apk however it works with the stock. Has anyone figured it out?

  • Csensitive

    Tapped the cm10 mms.apk to system/app stock JB 4.1.2 works great, might try that out if this doesnt work

  • hue

    i waiting so long to get the updates for galaxy s2 4.1.1.when i can get it.i from switzerland.

  • Kevin Barnum

    For those that are crashing after pushing this to system/apps try deleting the MMS.odex file in system/apps and rebooting

  • RobertoNunya

    Doesn’t work (force close) on HTC One X+ (AT&T version).

  • ahhjhey

    after rebooting .. when i click on my messaging icon.. it said application not installed.. what should i do.?

  • HeyyGirlIseeyou

    Do you know why it might be that i cant sent any picture messages . i have a galaxy s3

  • Logan McDaniel

    I am trying to install this on my galaxy s4. I am rooted, I have downloaded the file, renamed it to secmms and then when I go to paste it it asks me if I want to replace the current file, I say yes, and I get operation failed. What am I missing?

    • Michael Lee Bowie

      Did you make sure you set the permissions from Read only to Read/Write?

  • georgeclooney

    Changed mms.apk to secmms.apk… everything works except mms. Sending mms force closes… ideas?

    • georgeclooney

      on a galaxy s4… verizon… stock rom – rooted

  • Kevin

    All the steps worked correctly, but nothing changed.

  • Andrew


  • mikeym0p

    What theme is used in the pictures?

  • jayc

    Love it works fine , but it won’t let me get black look I check it n reboot but won’t let me

  • Brett

    Followed directions perfectly on my rooted Nexus 4 on 4.3. But every time I receive a message, the app crashes. Any suggestions how to fix this or how to go back to stock messaging, which doesn’t look like it is on my phone anymore. Thank you.

  • rocker balaji

    working fine in canvas 2 but i cant select sim to send sms pls help

  • Titi Aichanger

    Is it work on samsung galaxy Ace dous

  • Ariff Asyraf

    you guys also can try 88sms and 8sms. It’s build based on CM stock messaging app.