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You Can’t Send Texts or SMS Not Working on OnePlus 8 Pro. How to Fix?

Sending and receiving texts is the basic functionality of a smartphone. And if you are getting difficulties in this too then this will be a very shame for the flagship brands like in this case OnePlus. Follow this troubleshooting guide to fix if you Can’t Send Texts or SMS Not Working on OnePlus 8 Pro.

With the rise of the omnipotent instant messengers and VoIP services, the SMS and MMS fell behind. However, SMS is still quite reliable when it comes to simple text messaging. Even though the messaging features can work very well even without the network connection, but sometimes it happens that the messaging feature doesn’t work properly. However, if you can receive texts just fine, but your texts always fail to send, it is 9 times out of 10 a problem with your SMSC number. It is not a hardware or software issue, factory resetting your phone will accomplish nothing. This is because the SMSC number is actually written to your SIM card, not on your device.

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Fix, Can’t Send Texts or SMS Not Working on OnePlus 8 Pro

Check the Error

Error codes or messages are usually key to solving problems. If your messaging app displays an error every time it fails to send texts, be sure to take note of it. Then, do a Google search about the exact message or code and see if there’s any available online solution.

Forced reboot

Well, I think you already know how to restart your phone. So just restart the device and see whether it solves the issue or not. Restarting a device is always an ultimate solution for any issue.

Well if you still need to know how to restart then, here is it: Press your phone’s power button. On the screen, tap Restart.

The other way of the reboot is as follows:

  • Press and hold down the Power and Volume down buttons at the same time.
  • Hold the Power button down for 10-15 seconds, or until the phone vibrates and restarts.
  • If the phone turns off let go then press power again for 1-2 seconds to restart the phone.

Troubleshoot Messages App

Force Stop Apps

You can do is to ensure that you close all active apps and those that run in the background. Sometimes, too many apps and services running together can overwhelm the system and cause random shutdowns or overheating.

  • Open the app drawer and then tap Settings.
  • Tap on Apps & Notification.
  • If you’re looking for a system or default app, tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  • Select Show system apps.
  • Find and tap the app you want to force stop.
  • Tap Force Stop.
  • That was it.

Clear App Cache

  • Open the app drawer and then tap Settings.
  • Tap on Apps & Notification.
  • Now, tap on See all apps.
  • If you’re looking for a system or default app, tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  • Select Show system apps.
  • Find and tap the app you want to clear the cache.
  • Tap Storage.
  • Tap the Clear Cache button.
  • Restart the device and check for the problem.

Clear App Data

  • Open the app drawer and then tap Settings.
  • Tap on Apps & Notification.
  • Now, tap on See all apps.
  • If you’re looking for a system or default app, tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  • Select Show system apps.
  • Find and tap the app you want to clear the data.
  • Tap Storage.
  • Tap the Clear Data button.
  • Restart the device and check for the problem.

Update App

To check for Play Store app updates on your Galaxy:

  • Open Play Store app.
  • Tap More settings icon at the upper left (three horizontal lines).
  • Tap My apps & games.
  • Tap Update or Update All.

If you are on Cellular Data connection, we suggest that you update via wifi only to avoid additional charges. Here’s how:

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  • Open Play Store app.
  • Tap More settings icon at the upper left (three horizontal lines).
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap App download preference.
  • Select Over wifi only (select Over any network if you don’t have wifi).
  • Tap Done.

Make sure to also keep your apps updated all the time by enabling auto-update option.

  • Tap Auto-update apps.
  • Tap Over wifi only (select Over any network if you don’t have wifi).
  • Tap Done.

Verify signal strength

In a lot of network issues, poor or weak signal is to blame. If your OnePlus 8 Pro is showing No Service all the time recently, be sure to check how the signal bars are showing on your device. Anything lower than 3 bars is not good and can indicate a network issue.

If you are inside a building, try to go out and see if No Service goes away. If you are traveling by car, it’s possible that you may be transiting a dead spot. What you want to do is to move a known well-covered area. If No service remains, there may be an issue with your OnePlus 8 Pro. Continue troubleshooting it by following the steps below.

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Check if voice calling works

Some carriers may have 4G LTE issues which can also affect other network services. Try checking if texting or voice calling is intermittent or having random issues. If they do have a problem even if there are excellent signal bars, there may be an issue with your network. You must contact your network operator for help.

Delete old conversations

Sending and receiving texts may become problematic if the Message inbox is full. Try to delete some old conversations that have lots of attachments. They tend to eat up a huge portion of your messaging app’s inbox.

  • Open the Messages app.
  • If prompted to change the default SMS app, tap Yes to confirm.
  • Tap Menu icon located at the upper-right corner.
  • Tap Edit.
  • Select the messages you want to erase. If you want to delete all messages, tap All at the upper left.
  • To delete all messages, tap All located at the upper-left corner.
  • Tap the Trashcan icon located at the bottom-right corner.
  • To confirm, tap Delete. If you want, you can also check Block numbers to prevent a selected number to send texts in the future.

Remove and Reinsert SIM card

I don’t think you need another tutorial to reinstall a sim card in your device. Just remove the sim tray from the device and restart the device and then reinsert it to the device.

  • Activate the flight mode.
  • Push Sim eject tool into the circular opening on the SIM card tray to remove it.
  • Power off the device.
  • Remove the Sim card from the Sim tray then place it back in.
  • Push the tray back into the slot.
  • Boot the device.

Once you’ve removed the SIM card from the device, wait for a few moments before re-inserting it. This has the effect of refreshing the system without the old cellular settings. Once the SIM card is re-inserted and the phone restarted, your network’s configuration should be added automatically.

If you have another phone that can work with your network, you can also try to insert the SIM card to it. This will help you check if there’s an issue with the SIM card itself. If the problem returns when you use the SIM card in the second device, you either have an issue with the SIM or with the network. Try getting a new SIM card to see if it’s the SIM or the network.

Reset Network Settings

  • Open the app drawer and then tap Settings.
  • Then go to System.
  • And then Reset Options.
  • Now, tap on Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth.
  • Tap RESET SETTINGS.
  • Enter your PIN or Password, then tap Next.
  • Tap RESET SETTINGS again to confirm.

Troubleshoot apps in Safe Mode

In case you don’t know what is safe mode, in safe mode, the system temporarily disable all third-party applications you installed on your device. By doing this we can figure out which app is occurring the problem. Follow the below step to turn Safe Mode on:

  • Turn OFF the OnePlus device.
  • Press and hold the Power button.
  • On the screen, press and hold Power off.
  • Tap Ok to reboot into Safe mode.

After figuring out the apps which are creating the problem, follow the below steps to uninstall it(if required):

  • Open the app drawer and then tap Settings.
  • Tap on Apps & Notification.
  • Now, tap on See all apps.
  • Tap on an app, then tap Uninstall.
  • Tap Ok to continue.

Clear Cache from Recovery Mode

In case you don’t know what is recovery, the first thing the bootloader rings up is the recovery. Recovery Mode refers to a special bootable partition, which contains a recovery application installed in it. And you can fix some problems with your phone. Follow the steps to clear cache from recovery mode:

  • Switch off your OnePlus device.
  • Now press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously until you see the recovery mode options on your device.
  • Once you see the recovery options, you can let go of the two buttons.
  • The Recovery screen menu will now appear.
  • Use the Volume button to go to Wipe Cache Partition then press the Power button to confirm the selection.
  • Wait until your device wipes out all cache or temporary data from the system partition.
  • Press the Power button again to reboot the device.

This clears all the temporary data from the device. And then it works like new.

Reset Your Device

Disclaimer

Factory reset will delete everything, so you want to make sure that you create a copy of your data such as photos, videos, documents, texts, etc. ahead of time.

Factory Reset

  • Open the app drawer and then tap Settings.
  • Tap on then tap on System.
  • Now, tap on Reset options
  • Tap Erase all data (factory reset).
  • Finally, tap on RESET PHONE.
  • Don’t select the internal storage checkbox. Select it only if you are sure you have backed up everything on internal storage, including photos and videos, music, documents, and other files.
  • Tap the ERASE EVERYTHING button now and let the phone do its thing.
  • The device would restart automatically after performing the factory reset.

Hard Reset

  • First, power off your phone normally.
  • To turn it on, press and hold the Volume up + Power buttons simultaneously.
  • Don’t release them until you see the OnePlus logo on the screen.
  • Tap on the ‘Wipe data/Factory reset‘ option.
  • Now tap on the ‘Wipe data/Factory reset‘ option to confirm your selection.
  • The phone will reset and on the new screen, use the Volume up button to scroll to the ‘Reboot system now.’ This will reboot your phone normally and that’s it!

Contact your carrier

No Service bug can be caused by an issue from your network operator so you won’t be able to fix it on your end at all. Talk to your carrier and let them check the problem if nothing is fixed after a factory reset.

Conclusion

These were the few methods to troubleshoot the problem/issues you were facing with your OnePlus 8 Pro. Additionally, you can always contact tech support or visit your local OnePlus store or Service Center so a qualified Samsung technician can examine the issue.

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