iPhone not sending text messages to Android? Here’s what to do

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 text messages 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:

  1. Restart your iPhone
  2. Make sure SMS is enabled in the Messages Settings
  3. Check your SIM card and your mobile plan
  4. Reset Network Settings

Why can’t I send texts to Android 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 an 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. You can also enable and disable Airplane mode from the Control Center.

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 in the Messages Settings

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:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Messages.
  3. Toggle the Send as SMS.iphone not sending text messages to android
  4. 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 text messages to Android, move to step 3.

Note: If you have problems sending MMS from iPhone to Android, check out our article about what to do if your iPhone won’t send pictures to Android.

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 the 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 iPhone Network Settings. As opposed to resetting all settings, this option will only reset your network settings. But even though you’ll keep all your files and apps, resetting network settings will delete all your Wi-Fi passwords and other network-related settings, so you’ll have to set everything up from scratch. Based on user reports, this action helped most of them deal with the problem.

Here’s how to reset network settings on your iPhone:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Select Reset from the bottom of the list.
  4. Tap Reset Network Settings.iphone not sending text messages to android
  5. Confirm with your PIN/Password.

If your iPhone is still not sending text messages to Android devices, make sure to contact your service provider (carrier) and check with them. Also, ensure that your iPhone is up to date by checking for software updates. 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.


Since iMessage doesn't work with Android phones, it either costs money to send texts as regular SMS or counts against the quota on your carrier plan, in case it includes SMS messages.

Green messages are regular SMS messages, while blue messages are texts inside Apple's ecosystem (iMessage). You can learn more about the difference in our article on why some messages are green on iPhone.

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