What to do if you no longer receive text messages
Warning: In order to send and receive text messages where 3G is not available (e.g., in the US), your device must be VoLTE compatible.
Text messages may be blocked for various reasons. Try these solutions one at a time, checking after each one to see if the issue is resolved:
- Restart your mobile device.
- Make sure your SMS application is up to date.
- Check that your phone has access to the network.
- Make sure to disable Do Not Disturb mode.
- Check whether you’ve blocked phone numbers.
- If the issue is specific to a given contact, delete and recreate said contact.
- Check that your mobile device has enough storage space.
Bon à savoir
Have you switched from an Apple phone to another manufacturer’s phone and are no longer receiving text or photo/video messages? Try disabling iMessage on your old iPhone.
Updating an app
- Open the Google Play Store.
- Tap your profile icon at the top right-hand corner of the screen, then tap Manage apps and device.
- Check the Updates available.
- Tap Update next to an app to download its latest version.
If needed, check out more details about updating apps on an Android device.
Disabling iMessage on an iPhone
- Transfer your SIM card to your old iPhone.
- In Settings, tap Messages.
- Tap the toggle button to disable iMessage and return to Settings.
- Tap FaceTime, then tap the toggle button to disable it.
If needed, check out more details on disabling iMessage.
No longer have access to your iPhone?
Follow the procedure to deregister your phone number from iMessage.
FAQ about receiving text messages
An SMS contains only text and is sent over the mobile phone network. These messages are limited to 160 characters.
Photo/video messages (or MMS, multimedia messaging service) contain attachments, such as photos and videos, and have no character limits. Sending and receiving such messages uses up mobile data. You must therefore enable your mobile data to send photo/video messages.