How to Fix Message Not Sent on Android Phones (All Networks)

Fix Message Not Sent on Android

If you are using an Android phone, tablet or any Android device and you are unable to send text message but can receive incoming text messages, then you have come to the right place. If you can send a text message but whenever you send it you always get "Message not sent" response, this article is for you too. However, we will be limiting this tutorial to Android only, so, if you are using smartphones running Windows Mobile or iOS, sorry, you are not covered.

Text messaging is one of the oldest means of communications in existence today. It has exist long before smart mobiles arrived and it is the simplest and cheapest way to communicate. Unfortunately, today's social networks and chat apps are slightly replacing this secure and friendly means of communication on mobiles. But then, most people still prefer to text than to use Whatsapp or other third-party chat apps out there, probably because it feels more private, you know, no prying multimillion companies monitoring your activities.

Among the dangers that today's popular chat apps such as Whatsapp has created is extreme addiction—pinging and typing without measure throughout a day can be very addictive, especially since you pay virtually nothing for it. How can one de-addict from such "free" advance means of communication? By reverting back to the basic.

Normally, one should be able to send and receive text message when inserting a SIM card to a phone for the first time, but if suddenly it happens that you can no longer send a text but can receive, then something is out of place. The very first thing that may cause this issue is a missing or an incorrect message center number also known as SMSC.

What is message center number?

It is a dedicated number that is responsible for delivering of message sent on a mobile phone, just like APN (Access Point Name) is responsible for the uploading and downloading of packet data. Without configuring the APN on internet-enabled smartphones one cannot browse the internet. The message center number (SMSC) likewise if not configured properly will hamper text msgs sent from delivering.

On Android, configuring the message center number (SMSC) is simple. The problem is each network carrier or provider has its own unique center number. If it happens that your text messages stop delivering and you are getting the "message not sent" notification on your android phone, then you've definitely tamper with your network carrier message center number.

SMS Service Center

SMS Center Number text box

How to fix message center number on single SIM Android phones:

  1. Go to "Message" or "Messaging" (depending on your phone)
  2. Click on the menu button and select "Settings" from the list that appears
  3. In the Settings menu, click on "Text Message" or SMS (depending on your phone)
  4. Select "SMS Service Center"
  5. Enter your network carrier center number in the text field
  6. Press "Ok" to save.

How to fix message center number on dual SIM Android phones:

  1. Go to "Message" or "Messaging" (depending on your phone)
  2. Click on the menu button and select "Settings" from the list that appears
  3. In the Settings menu, click on "Text Message" or SMS (depending on your phone)
  4. Select "SMS Service Center"
  5. You will be asked to choose the SIM you want to configure
  6. Select the SIM you want to configure its center number
  7. Enter your network carrier center number in the text field that will be presented
  8. Press "Ok" to save

That's it.

Some rare or rather weird Android smartphones from manufacturers like Samsung and HTC e.t.c may not have the "SMS Center Number" under message settings. If you cannot find where you can insert the center number on your device, then follow this step.

SMSC configuration

1.) Go to your phone dial and dial this number *#*#4636#*#*.

2.) Select "Phone Information" from the menu that will be presented to you.

3.) Scroll down to the bottom.

4.) At the very bottom, you will see "SMSC" and a text box right after it.

5.) Insert your network SMS center number in text field.

6.).Click "Update" to save.

To know your network message center number, you can simply call your network customer support and ask. However, to save some people the stress we will be providing top U.S, U.K, and Nigeria network carrier message center number. They are as follows:

United States

T-Mobile: +12063130004
Verizon Wireless: +316540951000
AT&T: +13123149810


United Kingdom

Virgin Mobile: +61411990010
Vodafone: +447785016005
EE: +447958879879


Nigeria

MTN: +234803000000
Globacom (GLO): +2348050001501
Airtel: +2348020000009
Etisalat: +2348090001518


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