How to Turn on SMS on Android

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Do you want to start receiving SMS messages on your Android device? In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of turning on SMS on Android.

Whether you are new to Android or simply need a refresher, we’ve got you covered with easy-to-follow steps. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open the Settings App

To begin, unlock your Android device and locate the Settings app. It is typically represented by a gear icon and can be found on your home screen or in the app drawer. Tap on it to open the Settings menu.

Step 2: Navigate to the Messages or SMS Settings

In the Settings menu, scroll down until you find an option related to Messages or SMS. The wording may vary depending on your device’s manufacturer and Android version. Tap on this option to access the SMS settings.


If you are unable to find an explicit option for Messages or SMS, it is possible that your device does not support native messaging capabilities. In such cases, consider using third-party messaging apps available on the Google Play Store.

Step 3: Enable SMS Messaging

Once you are in the Messages or SMS settings, look for a toggle switch or checkbox labeled “Enable SMS” or something similar. This option enables your device to send and receive traditional text messages via SMS. Make sure this switch is turned ON.


If your device has multiple SIM cards (dual SIM), ensure that you select the correct SIM card for sending and receiving SMS messages if prompted.

Step 4: Configure Additional Settings (Optional)

Depending on your device, you may have additional settings related to SMS. These settings allow you to customize your messaging experience. Some common options include:

  • Notifications: Configure how you receive notifications for incoming messages.
  • Delivery Reports: Enable or disable delivery reports for sent messages.
  • Auto-Download MMS: Control the automatic download of multimedia messages (MMS).

Feel free to explore these options and adjust them according to your preferences. Once you are satisfied with the settings, you are all set to start receiving SMS messages on your Android device!

In Conclusion

In this tutorial, we covered the steps to turn on SMS on Android. By enabling SMS messaging and configuring any additional settings, you can now receive and manage traditional text messages on your Android device. Enjoy seamless communication with family, friends, and colleagues via SMS!

We hope this tutorial was helpful to you. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to us.

Happy texting!

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