Text Messages Not Sending Android? 10 Best Solutions Here

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Have you noticed problems with sending messages from your Android device? If you have, then you know how frustrating it can be. At best, it's an inconvenience to have to try sending messages multiple times. At worst, it can actually be frustrating, depending on what type of messages you're trying to send. That means it's important to figure out the problem you're having with text messages not sending on Android as quickly as you can.

Part 1. Why Do My Text Messages Fail to Send on Android?

First, why aren't your messages sending? Even as you're trying to figure out how to fix the problem you're probably wondering the reasons. Well, let's take a few minutes to dive into that first and then we'll start looking at some of the potential solutions out there for you.

  • Network provider error

  • The device is not up to date

  • Contacts number is not saved properly

  • Emoji are present in the contact number

  • SIM is not working properly

  • No/Low network coverage

  • Network operator message center number error

Part 2. Cannot Send Text Messages to a Specific Contact

Now that you have an idea of the possible reasons for the problem, so it's time to solve the problem. There are several different methods for it but we're going to start with the most common problems and the ones that aren't going to cause you a whole lot of stress. We're also going to look at trouble with sending messages to only specific contacts. Check the next part for information about trouble sending to all contacts.

Fix 1. Update Your Android OS to Latest Version

Sometimes the problem is just that you don't have the most advanced version of the operating system. There are all kinds of things that can change on your device with an operating system and simply taking the latest version might be able to fix some bugs.

Step 1: Open the settings and select "System".

Step 2: Select "About Phone" and then choose "Update".

Step 3: Follow the instructions provided. Wait for the update to finish and the device to restart.


Fix 2. Check Whether There are Emojis within the Contact Number

Setting up a contact means entering in a whole lot of information and it's entirely possible that you've set up the number differently than it should be. Maybe you put an emoji in it, or something else entirely, and it could be the issue.

Step 1: Open the contacts list and select the contact you are unable to send text messages to.

Step 2: Review the phone number associated with the contact and then remove any characters, emojis or letters.

Fix 3. Use Your SIM Card in Another Device

Your SIM card is another potential problem source and the best way you can try is to try it on another device. If the SIM card works in another device that means it's not the problem. If it doesn't work in another device then you know you need a new SIM.

Step 1: Power down your device and remove the back cover.

Step 2: Carefully remove the SIM card and install the SIM in a new device.

Step 3: Power down the new device and remove the back cover.

Step 4: Carefully remove the SIM card and install the SIM card in the original device.


Fix 4. Check the Network

The network could be a problem, either because you don't have a signal or for some other reasons. Checking the network will allow you to figure out if it's something you can fix or if it's something you need to call for help on.


Part 3. Cannot Send Text Messages to Any of the Contacts

If you find that you can't send text messages to any of your contacts, there may be a bigger issue going on. So you may want to look for some advanced methods or solutions (though we're still going to keep it pretty simple to start). Just take a look at these and see if they are just what you're looking for.

Way 1. Restart Your Android

One of the first things you probably think of when there's a problem is restarting your phone, so let's walk through this one anyway. It's simple and in most cases, it will be all that you need to do.

Step 1: Press and hold the power button. Wait until the shutdown sequence begins.

Step 2: Allow your device to shut down completely. Leave the device powered off for several minutes.

Step 3: Power the device up and wait through the startup sequence.


Way 2. Force Stop Messages App

If you're not getting anywhere with an update, the next thing you should try is yo force closing the messaging app you're using. There may be a glitch with the app and turn it off and back on could take fix it as you wish. 

Step 1: Open your settings and select "Application".

Step 2: Select "Application Manager" and scroll through the list for the "Message" app.

Step 3: Select "Force Stop" and then restart your device.


Way 3. Clear Data within Messages App

Sometimes there's just so much going on inside the app that you can't get it to work. If that's the case then clearing out the data and the cache could be exactly what you need. This gets rid of some information you don't need.

Step 1: Open your settings and select "Application".

Step 2: Select "Application Manager" and scroll through the list for the "Message" app.

Step 3: Open "App Info" and select "Clear Data" and "Clear Cache".


Way 4. Check the Message Center Number

1. Fix message center number on a single SIM Android phones

Here you're going to focus on a device that only has a single SIM, where some will have a dual. Make sure which option your device has before you begin.

Step 1: Open "Messages" and select "Settings".

Step 2: Select "Text Messages" and choose"Message Center".

Step 3: Fill the network carrier center number into the field and select "Set" to save.

2. Fix message center number on dual SIM Android phones

When it comes to devices with a dual SIM, you need to make sure that you're working with the correct one.

Step 1: Open "Messages" and select "Settings".

Step 2: Select "Text Messages" and choose "Message Center".

Step 3: Choose the SIM you want. Then fill the network carrier center number into the field and select "Set" to save.

Please note that the steps vary on different Android devices.


Way 5. Factory Reset Your Android

When there's really a big problem, you may need to factory reset your device in order to fix it. Please remember that this way will erase all your current data.

Step 1: Open your settings and select "Backup & reset".

Step 2: Select "Factory data reset" and click to confirm. Then wait for the process to complete.


Way 6. Use Another Messaging App as Alternative

It's possible that there's something really weird going on with your device that causes the problem with your messaging app. Try out a completely different one to see if it's something going on with your phone or something that is happening solely because of the app itself.

Step 1: Open the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Search for a secondary messaging app like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or others.

Step 3: Install and open the new messaging app.

Step 4: Allow permissions and set the new app as default.

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Hopefully, one of these methods is going to work for you and you'll be able to resume messaging to whoever you want. If they can help you, then we definitely want to hear all about that. Comment below and let us know which method works for you best.


By  Robert Moore , to Android Issues

Posted on Jul 02, 2019  ( Updated: Oct 15, 2019 )

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