Having Trouble Receiving Text Messages on Your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus?

Having Trouble Receiving Text Messages on Your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus?

Hey there! I know how frustrating it can be when you’re not getting your text messages, especially on top-of-the-line phones like the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Texting is such an essential part of our smartphones, after all.

There are two parts to this problem: one that affects the messages you send, and another that affects the messages you receive. Sometimes, both can happen at the same time, but usually, it’s just one or the other.

Let’s start with the possibility that the issue is coming from the other person’s device. It could be that they’re using an iPhone or a non-Android phone, and that can mess things up. The same goes for when you’re sending messages from your Galaxy to an iPhone.

This kind of trouble has also happened between Blackberry and Windows phones in the past. It seems that the different devices use different text formats that don’t always play well with each other.

It’s important to take note of the messaging app you’re using on your device. iPhones use iMessage, which has its own special format, while Samsung phones have a different one. These formats don’t mix, so if your friend has a different phone, you might have some trouble understanding each other.

If you’ve used your iPhone SIM card in your new Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus, you might be able to receive iMessages but not regular SMS messages. Don’t worry, there’s a fix for that too, and it only takes a few minutes. Check it out below!

Here’s How to Fix Not Receiving Messages on Your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus (Requires an iPhone):

  1. Press and hold the power button on the right side of your device until a prompt appears to power off.
  2. Tap the power off icon to shut down your device completely.
  3. Look for the SIM card tray at the top of your device.
  4. Next to the SIM card tray, you’ll see a small hole. Use an ejector pin, a needle, or a paper clip to access it.
  5. Insert the ejector pin or whatever tool you’re using into the hole to eject the SIM card tray.
  6. Take out the SIM card and put it back into the iPhone you got it from.
  7. Turn on the iPhone and let it connect to the SIM network.
  8. Check if your connection is 3G or LTE. You’ll see this in the notification bar. If it’s not, try moving to a more open location until you have a good connection.
  9. Now, go to the iPhone’s settings by tapping the Settings app.
  10. In the settings interface, find and tap Messages.
  11. Look for iMessage and turn it off.
  12. Finally, shut down the iPhone and remove the SIM card.
  13. Put the SIM card back into the SIM card tray of your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus.
  14. Insert the tray back into the slot at the top of your device and make sure it’s secure.
  15. Power on your device and let it connect to the SIM network.

By following these steps, you should be able to send and receive regular SMS messages without any issues. But what if you don’t have your old iPhone anymore? Don’t worry, there’s a solution for that too!

Fixing iMessage Problems without an Old iPhone

If you want to disable iMessage on your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus without an old iPhone, you just need to visit Apple’s Deregister Message page for iPhones. Scroll down until you see the “No longer have your iPhone?” section.

Enter your SIM card’s designated phone number in the field provided and wait for Apple to send you a message with a confirmation number. Type that number into the “Enter Confirmation Code” field and click submit. If everything is entered correctly and verified by Apple, your SIM card will no longer use iMessage as its default format. It will go back to using Android’s SMS format for any Android device.

Both workarounds should do the trick, so it’s up to you to choose the one that’s more practical and convenient. Once you’ve followed either method, test your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus by sending a message or asking someone to send you one. You should be problem-free when it comes to receiving or sending SMS text messages.

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