iPhone SE 2020 not receiving text messages? Fix

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If you’re not receiving text messages on your iPhone SE 2020, there are several common problems you can easily fix.

Your first steps should be to restart your iPhone SE 2020 and make sure you have wireless service.
If those simple fixes don’t get you up and running, you can also check to ensure your Messages app is properly configured in Settings.
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Your iPhone is probably a phone in name only odds are good that you spend a lot more time texting than talking. But if your Messages app is not working or you are having trouble getting text messages, don’t panic.

There are several possible problems, and you can troubleshoot your iPhone SE 2020 messaging problem easily.

See also: Text Notifications Not Working on iPhone 12? Fix

What to do when your iPhone SE 2020 isn’t receiving messages

if you find your iPhone SE 2020 not getting texts, the first thing you should do is to restart your device . Often, just turning it off and back on again can solve myriad problems with apps, network connections, and other technical glitches such as iPhone SE 2020 not receiving texts.

Check your network connection to make sure that you have connectivity. If you are trying to send a traditional SMS message, you need to have a cellular signal , so make sure you see several bars of strength in the status at the top of the screen.
If you want to send an iMessage to another iPhone, you need either a cellular signal or Wi-Fi, so again, make sure you have a solid connection with one of those.

See also: iPhone SE 2020 keeps disconnecting from Wi-Fi? Fix

If you want to send an MMS message (a text message that contains photos, video, or audio), make sure MMS messaging is turned on. Start Settings and tap “Messages,” then make sure “MMS Messaging” is turned on by swiping the button to the right. You might also want to ensure your cellular plan includes MMS, though virtually all do.

Check to see if you can receive messages on your iPhone SE 2020 after each of these steps. If not, move on to the next section.

Make sure that your iPhone SE 2020 is configured to receive text messages

Step 1: Start the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap “Messages,” then tap “Send & Receive.”

Step 3: In the “You can receive iMessages to and reply from” section, your phone number should have a check mark beside it. If it’s not checked, do that now and check to see if you can receive messages on your iPhone SE 2020.

If your phone number isn’t displayed there at all, you need to link your phone number to your Apple ID.

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Tap at your profile at the top of the screen.

Step 3: Tap on Name, Phone Numbers, Email.

Step 4: Under reachable at, tap edit.

Step 5: Tap on Add Email or Phone Number

Step 6: Your phone number should now be listed in the “You can receive iMessages to and reply from” section. Make sure it’s checked and test again to make sure you can receive messages.

If you find your iPhone SE 2020 not receiving texts after performing the above steps, it’s probably a more complicated issue, and likely related to your cellular service. You should contact customer support at your cellular service provider to get additional assistance troubleshooting your issue.

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