Google messages not sending? Here’s the fix
Google messages is the best app to have as a default text messaging app as long as you are using android phone.
It has both the sms text message and the rcs chat message as a means of sending and receiving text messages on an android phone and tablet.
Now the question is;
Why is google messages not sending texts?
If Google message is not sending texts, it is because there’s no internet connection, no texting plan or airtime, or maybe Google messages is not properly setup.
Normally, you don’t neccesarily need any setup to send or receive text messages when using google messages app. All you need is to have an active sim card, texting plan or airtime, and a cellular network service and you’re good to go.
However, for rcs chat message you have to set up the app though since the last app update you neccesarily don’t have to do anything settings or changes in order to send and receive rcs chat messages.
Below are the reasons why google messages not sending text messages;
- When there’s no active Wi-Fi or cellular data to send rcs chat messages.
- No texting plan or airtime for sms text messages.
- No cellular network service for sending text messages.
- A bug causing the problem.
Let’s take them one after the other.
1. When there’s no active Wi-Fi or cellular data to send rcs chat messages
Since the introduction of rcs chat message on android by Google on the Google messages, it has been one of the best means of sending and receiving text messages.
However, being an instant messaging service it requires internet connection like the Wi-Fi or cellular data.
You must have an active internet connection on your phone in order to use rcs chat message for your text messaging on your android phone and tablet. If there’s no active internet connection then rcs chat message on google messages will not work.
Google rcs chat message has a feature Automatically Resend as text as shown below.
if you have the feature turned off on your google messages app, you won’t be able to send sms text messages when have no internet connection on your phone.
This is one main causes of google messages not sending, when there’s no active internet connection and Automatically Resend as text is turned off.
Kindly make sure to have the Automatically Resend as text turned on and it will try to send sms text messages when rcs chat message is not available due to no internet connection.
Remember, you need a sim card or eSim, texting plan or an airtime, and a cellular network service in order to send sms text messages using the Google messages as it doesn’t offer free sms.
2. No texting plan or airtime for sms text messages
Google messages not sending texts can be caused due to no texting plan or an airtime for sms text messages.
As Google messages app is not a free app to send and receive text messages, you must have a texting plan or an airtime in order to send sms text messages using the app.
Without a texting plan or an airtime, you can’t send a text message using google messages unless your network carrier offer free text messages.
Bear in mind that you must have an active sim card and a texting plan or an airtime to use google messages to send text messages on your android phone or tablet.
3. No cellular network service for sending text messages
We all know that sending sms text messages do require a cellular network service if not the text won’t be sent to the recipient.
Check to see if you have a cellular network service on your android phone or tablet and see if it is where the problem is coming from.
4. Clear cache and data from the Google messages app
If you have an active internet connection, texting plan or airtime, and a network service but still google messages not sending text on your android phone or tablet, then you have to clear cache and data from the app.
You should start by clearing cache and see if it will fix the problem.
Open the Settings App on your android phone or tablet, and scroll down to Apps and open it.
Now search for Google messages or scroll down to Google Messages and open it.
Remember, Google messages is only state as Messages and not Google messages.
As you opened the Messages app, tap on Storage and you will see Clear Cache and Clear Data.
Go ahead and tap on clear cache. Go back to the app to see if you can send text messages. If not, clear data from the app and it should fix the problem you’re having.
Clearing data will only factory reset the app back to it’s default settings and that should fix the problem. You don’t have to reset your network settings as long as you can make calls on your phone.
If you can’t make calls then you should consider resetting network settings on your android phone or tablet.
The type of messages we have in Google messages
Google messages has tow types of messages just like it is on iMessage, you have the default sms text message and the rcs chat message.
The sms text message is uses cellular network service to send and to receive text messages, while the chat message being an instant messaging service uses the internet like Wi-Fi and cellular data to send and receive texts.
Google SMS Text Message
You can only send texts but won’t be able to send files like pictures, videos, gifs, documents, etc which is available on rcs chat message.
The sms text message has a delivery report which enables a sender to know if a recipient has received the sent text message on his or her phone. I love this feature as it is very much missing on Apple sms text message.
To send sms text message, you must have a sim card or eSim, texting plan or an airtime, and a cellular network service.
SMS text message works in all mobile platforms like ios or Java phones, but it has lot’s of cons and whicg I have listed both the pros and cons of using Google sms text message.
PROS AND CONS OF GOOGLE SMS TEXT MESSAGE
- Can be sent to any mobile platform be it android, ios or Java phones.
- Has a delivery report.
- Doesn’t have a read receipt feature.
- Can’t send large files like pictures, videos, documents, etc which is very much possible using rcs chat message.
- It is not economical like the rcs chat message.
Google RCS Chat Message
The second method of sending text messages using the Google messages app is the google rcs chat.
This is similar to iMessage and it is an instant messaging service.
This means it requires internet connection like Wi-Fi or cellular data to send and receive texts. If you want to use google rcs chat message, you must have a sim card as it requires a phone number.
Once it is connected, you’re good to go sending and receiving rcs chat messages. Remember, it requires internet connection else nothing will work.
PROS AND CONS OF GOOGLE RCS TEXT MESSAGE
- It is very economical.
- Can send large files like videos, photos, and GIFs, documents, etc just like iMessage.
- It has both delivery report feature and the read receipt feature.
- It has the option to react to a text message like like a text, love, give thumbs up and thumb down.
- Only available on android platform.
- Not as smooth as iMessage.
- Can be quite difficult connecting.
What does it mean when a text is sent but not delivered?
This means the text message is yet to be delivered to the recipient’s phone, and the recipient is yet to receive the sent text message.
On the contrary, it may mean blocked by the recipient.
If you’re blocked by the recipient on google messages, it will show sent but wont show delivered as the text is blocked.
Whenever you send a text message on your android phone and it shows just sent, simply know that the recipient is yet to receive the sent text message.
Google messages not sending to iPhone
This will occur if there’s no texting plan or an airtime in the sender’s phone as Google messages does not send rcs chat message to iPhone users.
It is same as iMessage not sending messages to android users because it doesn’t support android OS.
Google rcs chat does not support ios or iPhones, and because of this, you can’t send rcs chat messages to someone using iPhone and instead should send sms text message.
Remember, sms text message will attract charges from your carrier network service in terms of texting plan or an airtime.
Google Messages not sending RCS
Make sure you have an active internet connection and the rcs chat message feature is enabled and connected on your android phone or tablet.
Remember that Google rcs chat message requires a sim card and internet else it won’t work. Once you have a sim card in your android phone or tablet, and an active internet connection, rcs chat should connect on your phone unless your carrier network doesn’t support it.