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How to Fix Google Pixel 6 Not Sending Messages

Last Updated on September 6, 2022 by Bestusefultips

Annoying by can’t send or receive text messages Google Pixels? Here’s how to fix Google Pixel 6 not sending messages. Google Pixel 6 Pro can’t send or receive text messages because of a poor network connection, Messages app problem, network settings issue, etc. You can also try to send an SMS to another number to check for any specific contact-related problems.

If you recently changed your mobile from iPhone to Google Pixel and forgot to deactivate iMessage, you’ll also face this Pixel can no longer send or receive text messages. You can switch texting from iMessage to Android. If you no longer use them, you just need to enter your phone number to deregister from iMessage. Try the below given possible solutions to fix Google Pixel can’t send or receive a message.

What to Do When SMS Not Sending on Google Pixel 6a/6 Pro/6?

Google Pixel can’t send or receive message

Let’s see various ways to fix can’t send or receive SMS on Pixels.

Restart your Google Pixel

Restart your Pixel to fix Google Pixel 6 Pro can't send or receive text messages

Long-press the power button and tap on Restart to reboot your Pixel device. Now, open the Google messages app and try to send a message.

Make sure to Toggle on Incoming Messages to Fix Google Messages Not Sending

Step 1: Open the Messages app on your Google Pixels.

Step 2: Tap on the Profile icon in the top right corner.

Step 3: Tap on Messages settings.

Step 4: Tap on Notifications.

Step 5: Tap on Behavior, sound & more.

Fix Google Pixel Cant send or receive message

Step 6: Make sure to toggle on Incoming messages in default settings.

Check Network Signal

Poor network signal is also why you cannot send or receive SMS on your device. If network signal problem, turn on Aeroplane mode for 5 seconds and turn it off. Now, check the network signal.

Swipe down the notification panel from the top > Tap on Aeroplane mode to turn it on & off

Clear Messages App Cache on Google Pixel 6 Pro/Pixel 6/Pixel 6a 5G

Step 1: Go to Settings.

Step 2: Tap on Apps.

Step 3: Tap on See all apps.

Open Google Messages app in your Pixels

Step 4: Scroll down and tap on Messages.

Google Messages Storage and Cache Settings on Pixels

Step 5: Tap on Storage & cache.

Clear Messages App Cache on Google Pixel 6 Pro, 6, 6a to Fix SMS issue

Step 6: Tap on Clear cache.

Clear Message Data on Pixels (Delete All App Data): Settings > Apps > See all apps > Messages > Storage & cache > Clear data > Delete

Remove and Reinsert SIM

Make sure the SIM card is inserted properly into your device. Remove the SIM card & restart your Pixel. After restarting the device, reinsert the SIM card again. Now, try to send messages or pictures to other Android devices.

Enable Safe Mode to Fix Google Pixel Can’t Send or Receive a Message

Step 1: Press and hold the power button on your Google Pixel until the power menu view.

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

Step 3: Press OK to enter into safe mode on your Pixels.

Use Safe mode on Google Pixel to Fix Text Message Not Send or Receive Issue


Step 4: View the Safe mode symbol below in the left corner.

Now check your Google Pixel phone to send or receive text messages in safe mode. If you can send or receive a text message, any third-party downloaded apps are causing this problem. Remove the recently installed messages and check to fix the SMS issue. To exit safe mode on Pixels, restart your phone.

Reset Network Settings to Fix Pixel Not Sending Texts

Reset network settings to Fix Google Pixel 6 Not Sending Messages

If any network settings changes, you can try this reset all network settings to fix Google Pixel SMS issues. It will delete all saved WiFi networks, unpair Bluetooth connections, mobile data settings reset to default, etc.

Contact your Carrier

If non of the solution worked for you, contact your nearby carrier service provider to check for carrier or SIM issues.

Factory Reset your Pixels using Recovery Mode

Step 1: Make sure your Pixel phone is powered off.

Step 2: Press & hold the volume down button and the power button at the same time until the phone vibrates.

You can view the Android system recovery screen on Google Pixel. By default start button show on Google Pixel & Pixel XL.

Step 3: Press the volume down button until you view Recovery mode.

Step 4: Press the power button to restart into recovery mode.

You can see the Android robot exclamation mark with a red triangle symbol on your Pixel phone.

Step 5: Long-press the power button and press the volume up button at once to view the recovery menu.

Factory Reset your Pixel to Fix Google Messages Not Sending

Step 6: Press the volume down button to highlight the Wipe data/factory reset.

Step 7: Press the power button to apply.

This message view: Wipe all user data?

Step 8: To confirm, press the volume down buttons to select Yes and press the power button to apply it.

Clearing the cache may take 3-5 minutes.

Step 9: Press the power button to reboot the system in your Pixels.

If none of the above-given solutions fix Google Pixel & Pixel XL can no longer send or receive text messages. Contact or call the service provider if none of the solutions worked for you.

Frequently Asked Question:

How do You Send MMS on Google Pixels?

Open the messages app to send MMS on Google Pixels (Running Android 12). Then, tap on the Start chat button at the bottom right and type the name, phone number you want to send MMS. Tap on the Square icon beside the chat box and choose a gallery. Select the picture you want to send and tap on Add at the top right. Now, tap on the Send button. You can also send GIFs, stickers, files, location, and contacts using the messages app.

How do I Enable SMS in Google Pixel 6a 5G?

To enable SMS in your Pixel 6a and other Pixels (Running Android 12), long-press the messages app and tap on i icon at the top right to view app info. Now, tap on notifications and make sure to toggle on incoming messages on your device. Also, go to Settings > Apps > See all apps > Messages > Notifications > Toggle on Incoming messages.


Don’t forget to mention which method worked for you to fix Google Pixel can’t send or receive a message. Do you know any alternative methods? Let us know in below comment section.

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