For a last few days I was not able to send SMS from my Android smartphone to any mobile number. This shocked me a lot as I had sufficient balance in my SIM card but still messages was being failed again and again.
However, I was able to receive messages from my contacts but wasn’t able to send. So, to get rid of this situation I tried plenty of methods that via this post I’m going to share with you, and will also let you know that which one worked for me.
However, it’s possible that your problem might be due to any different reason that that of mine, so you should try all these methods one by one to ensure which one work for you in order to again start sending messages from your device.
Best Solutions to Fix the “SMS Failed” Problem!
Following are some of the best solutions that I tried to fix this problem when I was unable to send text messages from my Android smartphone.
#1: Check Network Operator’s Message Center Number
This is the very first thing I checked out. Actually the message center number is responsible for delivering your text messages which you send without internet connection using your phone network.
When an SMS message is sent from a mobile phone, it will reach an SMS Service Center first. The SMS center then forwards the SMS message towards the destination mobile network.
If your network operator’s message center number isn’t stored in your phone, you won’t be able to send any message from your phone.
So, instantly checked out if there’s the correct message center number stored in my phone or not, and what I found there is no message center number available.
To add the message center number in Android, go to your Message Settings » Message Center, choose the SIM card if you’re using dual SIMs) and then enter the message center number.
Now question is that how will you find the correct message center number for your network operator? If you’re thinking search them online, you might find wrong details as I saw many webmasters providing old or wrong message center numbers for network operators.
In this case you should call your network operator’s customer care and ask them the message center number of the operator. They guys will tell you the absolutely correct details!
So, due to no message center number I was unable to send messages from my phone. By adding the correct message center number of my network operator to my phone, I’m now able to send messages.
But, if even after adding the correct message center number of your network operating you’re unable to send messages, you should keep reading for more solutions!
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#2. Try Clearing the Messaging App’s Data
Well, most probably by using the above method, I mean by entering the correct message center number of your network operator, you will be able to send messages easily but still if you aren’t able to send messages, try clearing the messaging app’s data, may be it could help.
In Android, you can easily clear messaging app’s data. Tap on Settings icon, open Application Manager, swipe left several times to see the All list of apps and then scroll down to locate Messaging and tap it. And, finally as shown in the following screenshot, tap on Clear Data and tap OK on prompt.
After clearing the messaging app’s data, restart your device and try sending text messages now. If still you’re unable to send text messages, the last solution I’ve in my mind is factory reset.
# 3. Perform a Factory Reset
A factory reset will wipe your phone clean, restoring the software to how it was when the device left the factory, or in other words it will take your phone to the initial level as how it was at the time of purchasing by removing all the data installed by you.
Performing factory reset the last solution remained though, still you should be very careful before resetting your phone as you’re going to remove your all phone contacts, photos, essential notes (if stored), songs, videos, movies, apps and everything stored by you.
So, it’s good to first take the backup of all your important data in a SD card or in a pendrive, and then perform a factory reset.
In Android, to perform a factory reset just go to Settings, tap on Backup and Reset, tap Factory Data Reset, and finally tap on Reset Device.
If still after resetting your device you’re unable to send messages from your phone, I further recommend you two steps:
- Take your phone to your company’s service center so that they can inspect your device to well understand the reason behind this problem.
- Call your network operator’s customer care and fill a complaint against this issue if even after inspecting the device by service center problem doesn’t fix.
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That’s all! I hope by following the above solutions, you’ll surely be able to start sending messages from your phone. And also let me know via comments which solution worked for you!