6 Fixes for an iPhone Not Receiving Texts

If your iPhone isn’t receiving text messages, it can feel like a big problem. After all, you may miss out on something important. With most people communicating by text these days, not receiving a text can be a big deal. If you’ve missed a lesson before, you know exactly how it feels.

There could be several reasons why your iPhone is not receiving text messages. To fix this try the steps below. Hope to hear from you again in no time!

1. Make sure messaging is enabled

If you’ve just set up your iPhone or completed an iOS update, chances are iMessage isn’t enabled. If not enabled, you will not receive text messages from other iPhones. To turn it on, go to Settings > Messages > iMessage.

Below iMessage, you’ll also see a setting for Send & Receive. Make sure you have an address enabled to receive iMessages. While you’re here, be sure to enable MMS and Group Messaging as well. If you scroll down, you’ll see options for these.

Sometimes, some emoji are sent as MMS messages. If you have it turned off, you won’t receive texts. There are also cases where a person can tag another person in a text and make it a group text. If this option was off, you wouldn’t even get that text.

If you’re receiving messages from other iPhones but not Android phones, this could be the reason. If that still doesn’t help but you’re receiving iMessage texts, you can learn more about what to do if you’re not receiving text messages from Android.

2. Make Sure You Have Cellular or Wi-Fi for iMessage

If you’re waiting for an iMessage from another iPhone user and don’t receive it, you may have a bad connection. iMessage requires Wi-Fi or cellular data to work.

If your cellular data is off or not connected to Wi-Fi, you won’t receive iMessages until you reconnect. Also, if you’re getting texts from some people and not others, you may have a problem with iMessage in general.

To fix this problem, reconnect to Wi-Fi or cellular data. And if your connection is not good, you can try the next step.

3. Bad connection? Enable Send as SMS

If you don’t have access to a stable Internet connection, consider turning on the Send as SMS feature. This will enable you to send regular texts instead of iMessages when you don’t have service.

If you have this turned off, your iPhone will wait until you have a stable connection before sending messages. This means that your recipients will not receive messages immediately and may not text back because they have not received your message yet. This may lead them to believe that you are not receiving text messages, when in fact, they did not receive your initial message.

To turn it on, go to Settings > Messages and tap Send as SMS. This will enable SMS messaging in the future.

4. Turn off message filtering

The iPhone allows you to filter text messages from unknown senders. Although it is off by default, you might have turned it on by mistake. If that’s the case, you might be missing out on text messages from numbers that you haven’t saved on your phone.

To resolve this, turn off message filtering on your device. You can do this by going to Settings > Messages and disabling Filter Unknown Senders. If it was enabled this time, you should start receiving text messages again.

Once you turn it off, go to the Messages app to find any unread messages that were hidden by the filter. Filtered messages are not deleted. Instead, they are stored in another folder. Once you turn off message filtering, you’ll see them in the Messages app.

5. Reset your network settings

Sometimes third-party apps, updates, and bugs can mess up your network settings. If this happens, you may not even receive iMessages or text messages normally.

Before proceeding with more time consuming fixes, you should try resetting your network settings. Some users reported that this fixes several problems related to your iPhone not receiving texts.

To do so, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

After resetting your network settings, ask someone to send you another text message. If you still can’t get it, you can always try completely resetting your iPhone. However, this is time consuming and may not work.

6. Contact Your Carrier

If you’ve tried the above fixes and are still not receiving text messages on your iPhone, then it’s time to call your carrier.

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