We live in an age of instant messaging and SMS fell out of favor with cell network availability allowing stable connection even when there’s no Wi-Fi. However, there might be times when you need to use SMS on your iPhone, especially if you don’t have access to Wi-Fi and mobile data. Which was a problem for some iPhone users. Namely, they reported that iPhone is not sending texts to Android and standard phones for some reason.
We made sure to explain why this happens and how to solve it. Check the list of solutions below.
Table of contents:
- Restart your iPhone
- Make sure SMS is enabled
- Check your SIM card and your mobile plan
- Reset Network Settings
Why can’t I send texts to non-iPhone users?
There are just a handful of reasons why the oldest (by modern standards, telegram still undercuts it by 160 years) messaging technology of them all won’t work on a smartphone. The thing with iMessages is that they use the internet connection (like any other instant messenger) and SMS uses GSM cellular network. And you’ll need to enable SMS in order for you to send short messages (up to 160 characters) to Android users and users with non-smartphones.
Additionally, you’ll probably want to check if your mobile plan allows sending SMS messages. Finally, resetting network settings should help you address the problem.
1. Restart your iPhone
The first thing you should always do if your iPhone starts acting up is a simple restart. This usually resolves a lot of issues, unless the problem requires a more in-depth approach.
So, make sure to reboot your device and try sending SMS again. If that fails, check the next step below.
2. Make sure SMS is enabled
Messages on iOS can be either iMessage (iPhone to iPhone) or standard SMS or MMS (iPhone to Android). You can easily differentiate between them by color. iMessages are in blue bubbles and SMS messages are in green. But, in order for your Apple device to send text messages to non-Apple users, you’ll need to enable the Send as SMS option.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Open Settings.
- Tap Messages.
- Toggle the Send as SMS.
- If you use MMS, make sure to enable MMS Messaging, as well.
That’s it. If the issue persists and your iPhone is still not sending texts to Android, move to step 3.
3. Check your SIM card and your mobile plan
Since SMS technology uses a cellular network to send text messages, make sure that you have good network coverage. For the sake of troubleshooting, you can remove your SIM card and re-insert it again.
Also, make sure to check your mobile plan. Maybe you don’t have an option to send text messages to start with. We are aware that this is a rather scarce occurrence but in many countries worldwide, especially in prepaid plans, SMS is usually not free. Have that in mind before moving to the next step.
4. Reset Network Settings
Finally, if none of the previous steps resolved the issue at hand, you can try and reset Network Settings on your iPhone. This action will restore all network settings, returning them to their factory values. Based on user reports, this action helped most of them deal with the problem.
Here’s how to reset network settings on your iPhone:
- Open Settings.
- Tap General.
- Select Reset from the bottom of the list.
- Tap Reset Network Settings.
- Confirm with your PIN/Password.
If your iPhone is still not sending texts to Android devices, make sure to contact your service provider (carrier) and check with them. We thank you for reading and feel free to share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.