SMS Text Problems

SMS (texting) Problems and Solutions:

Cannot send a text.

Check to see if there is service in your area.

Check if your recipient is a valid number (10 digits if a regular cell phone).

Save the message to drafts, reboot the phone, and resend the message.

Make sure your SMS settings have been unchanged. These are most easily found under Menu>Messaging>Messaging Settings>SMS Settings. Make sure dot is filled on SMS settings, and that your Text Message Center address is +13123149810 (if you are AT&T).

Check your provider (probably AT&T) to see if they allow outgoing messages from your device.

Check to see if your recipient is allowing incoming text messages.

Cannot receive a text.

Check to see if there is service in your area.

Check if your recipient sent the message.

Reboot the phone, and check your inbox.

Make sure your SMS settings have been unchanged. These are most easily found under Menu>Messaging>Messaging Settings>SMS Settings. Make sure dot is filled on SMS settings, and that your Text Message Center address is +13123149810 (if you are AT&T).

Check your provider (probably AT&T) to see if they allow incoming messages to your device.

Check to see if your recipient is allowing outgoing text messages.

Cannot send a multiple-paged text.

Check to see if there is service in your area.

Check if your recipient is a valid number (10 digits if a regular cell phone).

Try breaking the message up into multiple messages.

Send as an MMS. Multimedia messages can have up to around 595000 characters, so you won't run out of space. Add this 1 pixel image to your phone (found here) so your phone will send as an MMS. If the MMS does not work, go to mms multimedia message problems.

Save the message to drafts, reboot the phone, and try again.

Make sure your SMS settings have been unchanged. These are most easily found under Menu>Messaging>Messaging Settings>SMS Settings. Make sure dot is filled on SMS settings, and that your Text Message Center address is +13123149810 (if you are AT&T).

Check your provider (probably AT&T) to see if they allow outgoing messages from your device.

Check to see if your recipient is allowing incoming text messages.

Text message font size too small/big

Use the volume up/down buttons while reading the message to fix this.

* If this page did not fix your problem, or you think you have a hardware issue, make a post about it in the forum.

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