iPhones are widely popular, and people from all around the globe always impatiently waiting for a new model to hit the markets. Of course, glitches are inevitable, but luckily, there is always a solution for any kind of problem. Many users are faced with the issue when they cannot send or receive text messages from those who are not using the iPhone (any model). The problem itself is a bit confusing and annoying since many people are choosing Android or Blackberry, for example. In the text below, you will find several ways to fix can’t send or receive texts from non-iPhones, and texting will be possible again.
Why iPhone won’t send texts to non iPhones?
There are many reasons why the iPhone won’t send texts to Android, Windows, or Blackberry phones. For instance, it’s related to your carrier, your iPhone settings, etc. We are going to share how to deal with this issue, but before we do that, please make sure:
- Your iPhone has a good signal. If the signal is poor, you may not be able to send the texts.
- The Airplane mode is not activated.
- Your iPhone doesn’t have a “no service” issue. If it’s so, fix the issue first.
- You have entered the number correctly. Try not to use the country code, such as starting with “00(country code)” or “+(country code)”.
Solution No.1: Toggle Airplane mode
Toggling Airplane mode can be a way to refresh your iPhone connectivity. It will refresh the cellular signal, cellular data, etc. You can access the Airplane mode by swiping the bottom of any screen of your iPhone. Then, tap the Airplane icon once to turn it on. Wait for a few seconds before you turn it back off.
Solution No.2: Device Settings
A good starting point is to check your device settings. First, make sure that you are connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network. The next step is to select Settings and go to the Messages section. Take a look if Send as SMS, MMS and iMessage is ON.
Solution No.3: Switch 2G
Sometimes, LTE and 3G are responsible for this issue. Switch the Voice & Data feature on your iPhone to 2G and try to resend your texts.
- Go to Settings.
- Choose Cellular, and make sure Cellular Data is On.
- Tap the Cellular Data Options, and tap Voice & Data.
- The last thing, choose 2G.
Solution No.4: Check the recipient number
Check if you have not blocked the phone number of the person you want to send the text message to. Launch Settings from your iPhone home screen, and select ‘Phone’. Tap ‘Blocked’.
You may also read: How to iMessage Non-iPhone Users
Solution No.5: Restart your iPhone
To restart your iPhone, hold the sleep/wake button until you see the slider, and turn your phone off. Press the same button, and turn it on again.
Solution No.6: Reinsert SIM card
Take out the SIM card from your iPhone and check if the condition is still good, with no scratch or damage. Then, put it back again properly. If you find the SIM card is no longer usable or damaged, contact your carrier.
Solution No.7: Reset your network settings
If your iPhone not sending a text to Android or the other non iPhones devices, sometimes, network settings require a reset. In many cases, that helps. To do that:
- Go to Settings
- Tap on General
- Choose Reset
- Tap on Reset Network Settings.
Solution No.8: Contact your carrier
The problem may not be associated with your iPhone. Perhaps there are some network issues, which is why you should contact your carrier.
Solution No.9: Carrier settings update
To see if the carrier settings update is available, go to Settings > General > About. If there is an update you will be asked if you want to update them now, tap Update.
Solution No.10: Update iOS
The software may cause certain issues occasionally, which is why the iOS update is a good idea. To check if a new update is up, go to Settings, General, and then Software Update. If there is, tap Download and install.
Solution No.12: Reset all settings
Your data and third-party apps won’t be deleted, but your settings will reset to factory defaults. Go to Settings > Reset and tap Reset all settings. Next, enter your passcode, and tap Reset all settings to confirm your action.
All the solutions above are found and effective on iPhones on iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.
If you tried the solutions above, and nothing works, contact your carrier, Genius Bar, or the nearest Apple Authorized Service Provider.