How to Fix It When You're Not Receiving Texts on Android

Also, why you're getting delayed text messages

Missing and delayed text messages can be frustrating, especially as you likely won't be aware of the problem until somebody contacts you via another method to ask why you're not responded or where you are. If your texts are not getting through, or are delayed, on your Android phone, here's how to quickly address the problem.

The Causes of Delayed or Missing Texts on Android

Text messaging has three components: the devices, the app, and the network. Any one of these components has multiple points of failure. The device may not be working properly, the network may not be sending or receiving messages, or the app may have a bug or other malfunction.

In some cases, these causes are not easily diagnosed. For example, text messages may be delayed because your cellular network has been overwhelmed with traffic, and messages are simply being sent in the order they're received. Considering all these potential points of failure, it's best to start with the most common problem and work your way down the list.

How to Fix Androids Not Receiving Texts

If you're not receiving texts on Android, and you know someone is sending them to you, these troubleshooting steps can help you clear up the issue. Before getting started, it's always a good idea to test your ability to receive texts from a couple of different people, if possible. That could yield some clues as to what the problem might be.

  1. Check blocked numbers. If you know someone is sending you texts but you're not receiving them, check to see if the number has been blocked. Open your call app, tap the three dots in the upper right hand corner, then tap Settings > Call Blocking and scan the list of numbers that may be present. 

  2. Check your reception. Mobile networks are sometimes unpredictable. If you see few or no bars, step outside or find a higher place indoors. If you're in your own home, you can also try using a signal booster to improve reception throughout your home.

  3. Airplane mode. Check to see if airplane mode is enabled, and once disabled, check your reception. Airplane mode shuts down every form of wireless communication, not just Wi-Fi.

  4. Reboot your phone. Sometimes there are 'endless loops' or other issues behind the scenes you may be unable to diagnose, but are easily solved with a reboot. This will also install any operating system updates your texting app may need.

  5. Deregister iMessage. If you formerly used an iPhone, ask anyone who regularly texts with you via an iPhone to either disable iMessage or to send you a new text at your number, instead of contacting you via an old text thread. An iMessage thread will not translate over to Android.

  6. Update OS. Install any outstanding operating system updates, even if they don't seem relevant to your problem. Some bug fixes and other repairs may address operations or features your texting app uses. Wait for any updates to finish before texting.

  7. Update your preferred texting app. Updates often resolve obscure issues or bugs that may prevent your texts from sending.

  8. Clear your text app's cache, then reboot your phone and restart the app.

  9. Check your cellular provider's website. If nothing else works, look for any alerts or updates concerning network issues. Network level problems may not be immediately obvious to end users, or may only affect certain functions.