How To Fix The “Message not sent” Error on Android in Six Ways

The “Message not sent” error, is one of the most popular, if not the most popular error on the Google default messaging app on Android. I have also experienced this error a couple of times on my Android phone, however, there is no cause for alarm, as in this article, you will learn how to fix the “message not sent” error on Android in Six different ways.

There isn’t a monopoly of cause for the “Message not sent” error, hence why we chose to discuss 6 methods. There are many reasons your messaging app may be sending you this error.

How To Fix The “Message not sent” error on Android in Six Ways

These six methods pretty much treat the major / likely facilitators of this problem. These methods will be disbursed under different headings, in order to make this tutorial comprehensive.

1. Confirm If You Have Enough Airtime 

As a telecom subscriber, Airtime is a pass to having access to features on your network, it lets you make calls, send text messages, and also subscribe to data plans. Not having the right quantity of airtime needed to access any of these features, means you won’t be granted entry.

Before you go ahead to send text messages, you should make sure you have enough airtime as not having sufficient airtime to send the text message may lead to the “message not sent” error.

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Please note that the length of the text message being sent is also a big player in the cost of sending the message. There are cases where you will be charged multiples of the standard text message cost.

However, if you have confirmed that you have enough airtime, then you should probably look into network signal strength as discussed in the next heading.

2. Enabling and Disabling Airplane Mode to fix Network Glitch

Network glitch is another strong facilitator of the “message not sent error”. Having a poor network signal can hinder your message from being sent, which will facilitate the error.

In cases where the network issue isn’t very severe, turn on and off airplane mode on your Android device will solve the problem. If the problem persists, then it should probably be a bigger network issue that would take the telecom’s provider interventions.

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In scenarios where you are sure the error isn’t coming from your telecoms, you can proceed to apply the next method.

3. Force Stop The Message App

The force stop feature to me can be likened to the tasks manager killer on windows machines, it basically lets you cut the running processes of apps that aren’t performing as they should.

Force stopping your messaging app could just be the right panacea. Below are the steps you should follow:

  • Lauch your settings app
  • Open the “Apps & Notifications” setting
  • Based on the option specific to your device, you can select either “About app” or “All app”
  • Now scroll through the list of applications till you find the “message” app
  • Click on the message app and then proceed to top the “Force stop” icon.
  • Tap “ok” to confirm decision

4. Clear Cache

Clearing the cache is another method you can employ to solving the difficulties with send texts using the default messaging app. Clearing the cache sort of gives the app a fresh start, stopping the already running process. Follow the steps outlined below to clear the cache of your messaging app:

  •  Long press the Messages icon on the home screen
  • Tap the (i) icon found amongst the Messages app information menu
  • Tap “Storage and Cache”
  • Proceed to clear the cache using the “clear cache” icon.

5. Confirm SMS Authorization

Giving your messaging app authorization, means it will be able to receive and send SMS on your device. Doing otherwise will prohibit your messaging app from using your smartphone resources.

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Ideally no one would really disable SMS authorization, unless in some rare occassions which can also be a mistake. If you have tried all the above methods and non seems to be working, then you should consider checking your SMS authorization settings with the steps outlined below:

  • Lauch the setting menu on your message app and select privacy
  • Select Authorization mananger
  • Select SMS from the list of pemissions
  • Confirm if your message app is allowed

6. Vetting the particulars Of The SMS

If the problem persists after trying all the above methods, then you should totally consider vetting the particulars of the SMS being sent.

  • Check if the recipents phone number is accurate
  • Check if the message includes media attachments and turn on your cellular data if it has. Also note that media attachments require cellular data and not WiFi
  • So inquire if you will need a special MMS plan to send media attachments, as its mandatory for some telecom providers.

wrapping up

There you have it – a comprehensive tutorial on How To Fix The “Message not sent” error on Android in Six Ways. Please note that this tutorial can also used in an intuitive manner to solving the same messaging problems on third-party message apps.

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