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How to Fix Pixel 3 XL Can’t Send or Receive Text Messages

Last Updated on March 7, 2021 by Bestusefultips

Annoying by Google Pixel 3 XL no longer send or receive SMS or MMS? Here’s how to fix can’t send or receive text messages on Pixel 3 XL. There are several reasons to not sending or receiving SMS such as poor network signal, add invalid mobile number by mistake, SIM card error and more.

Several users reported facing problems with group messages and MMS also. To fix it, first of all, check your default messaging app supported group messages & multimedia messages. Also, use Wi-Fi to sending messages over Wi-Fi in your device. Try below given possible solutions to fix can’t send or receive text messages on Pixel 3 XL.

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How to Fix Can’t Send or Receive Text Messages on Pixel 3 XL

I surf the web about these problems and found some solutions that may help you to fix Pixel 3 can’t send or receive SMS or MMS issues.

Restart your Pixel 3 XL device

Step 1: Press and hold the power button in your Google Pixel 3 XL.

Step 2: Tap Restart on the power button menu.

Sometimes soft reset will fix small bugs and improve your device performance.

Check network signal strength

Google Pixel 3 no longer send or receive SMS

If you can’t see the signal icon or no bars on the status bar, you can’t send or receive MMS, SMS, and call also. Find a nearby place that has good network signal strength. Also, try to enable airplane mode for a few seconds and then disable again. Now check your device network signal.

Check Turn on Incoming Message

Step 1: Open the Messages app on your Pixel 3.

Step 2: Tap on Three vertical dots (More) at the upper right corner.

Step 3: Click on Notifications.

Step 4: Check toggle on Incoming messages.

Remove SIM Card & re-insert again

Check your device SIM card inserted properly. Just remove the SIM card from the SIM tray and restart your phone. After again reinsert SIM card to your Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL 9.0. Now try to send a text message to other contacts from your device.

Clear Messages App Cache

Step 1: Open Settings in your device.

Step 2: Tap Apps & notifications.

Step 3: Tap See all apps or App info.

Step 4: Select the messages app you want to clear the cache.

Step 5: Tap storage.

How to fix can't send or receive text messages on Pixel 3 XL

Step 6: Tap Clear cache.

Reboot your device and try to send or receive a message and check fix Pixel 3 SMS issue.

Enable Safe Mode on Pixel 3 XL

Step 1: Long press the power button until you see the Power menu on your Pixel 3 XL devices.

Step 2: Touch and hold the “Power off” button until see “Reboot to safe mode”.

Step 3: Press “OK” to reboot Pixel 3 XL into safe mode.

It will take 20-25 seconds to reboot your device.

Step 4: You can see the “Safe mode” symbol at the bottom left corner.

Now check your Pixel phone send or receive text messages. If you can send a text message, it means any third party apps causing this problem. Delete the recently downloaded apps one by one and after each app deleted, check fix issue or not.

Factory Reset your Google Pixel 3 XL

Before performing Pixel 3 XL factory reset, backup and restore important data safely to other devices or PC. It will delete all your phone internal storage, Google account, and other data.

Step 1: Swipe down the notification panel and tap Settings.

Step 2: Scroll down at end of the page and tap System.

Step 3: Tap Advanced.

Step 4: Tap Reset options.

Pixel 3 can’t send or receive SMS or MMS

Step 5: Tap Erase all data (Factory reset).

Step 6: Tap Reset phone.

Step 7: Tap Erase everything.

Now remove all your phone data and settings as a new device you buy.  If none of the above-given methods fix Pixel 3 can’t send or receive SMS, hard reset Google Pixel 3 using hardware buttons.

And that’s all. End the list of possible solutions to fix can’t send or receive text messages on Pixel 3 XL. If you have any handy tricks to fix Pixel 3 SMS or MMS issues, don’t hesitate to tell us in the comment section.

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