If your iPhone is not receiving text messages, it can seem like a big problem. After all, you may miss out on something important. Most people these days are communicating via text, so not getting a text can be a big deal. If you’ve missed a lesson before, you know exactly what it feels like.
There can be many reasons why your iPhone is not receiving text messages. Try the below steps to fix it. You’ll get texts again in no time!
1. Make sure messaging is enabled
If you have just set up your iPhone or completed an iOS update, there is a chance that iMessage is not enabled. If not enabled, you will not receive text messages from other iPhones. To turn it on, go to Settings > Messages > iMessage.
At the bottom of iMessage, you will also see the Send & Receive settings. Make sure you have an address enabled for receiving iMessages. While you’re here, be sure to enable MMS and group messaging as well. If you scroll down, you will see options for these.
Sometimes, some emoji will send as MMS message. If you had it turned off, you would not receive the text. There are also cases where someone can tag another person in text and make it a group text. If this option was off, you wouldn’t even receive that text.
If you are receiving messages from other iPhone but not from Android phone, this could be the reason. If that still doesn’t help but you’re receiving iMessages, you can learn more about what to do if you’re not receiving texts 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 can’t find it, your connection may be bad. iMessage requires Wi-Fi or cellular data to work.
If your cellular data is turned off or you aren’t 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 work around this problem, reconnect to Wi-Fi or cellular data.
3. Bad connection? turn on 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 a message. This means your recipient won’t receive the messages right away, and they might not text back because they haven’t received your message yet. This can lead you to believe that you are not receiving texts, when in fact they have not received 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
iPhones allow you to filter text messages from unknown senders. While it is turned off by default, you might have accidentally turned it on. If so, you might be missing text messages from numbers that you haven’t saved on your phone.
To solve this, simply turn off message filtering. You can do this by going to Settings > Messages and disabling filtering of unknown senders. If it’s on, this could be the reason why you weren’t receiving text messages.
Once you turn it off, go to the Messages app to find any unread messages that the filter hides. Filtered messages are not deleted. Instead, they get 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 cause your network settings to malfunction. If this happens, you might not be receiving iMessages or even text messages normally.
Before proceeding to the more time-consuming fixes, you should try resetting your network settings. Some users reported that this fixes several problems related to not receiving texts from your iPhone.
To do so, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
After you reset your network settings, ask someone to send you another text message. If you still can’t get it, you can always try to completely reset your iPhone. However, this is time consuming and may not work.
6. Contact Your Carrier
If you tried the above fixes and are still not receiving text messages on your iPhone, then it is time to call your carrier. After all, there are many other ways your carrier can help you.