PSA: Uninstalling Google Carrier Services app fixes recent SMS sending and receiving issues
A recent update for Google’s Carrier Services app seems to have broken SMS services for several Android users. According to recent posts on various social media platforms, the issue seems to affect devices from almost all Android OEMs, and it prevents users from sending or receiving text messages. Even when users are able to send a message, they’re experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes before the message actually goes out.
While we’ve spotted several complaints on Reddit and other forums, we’re yet to see any response from Google or smartphone manufacturers on the matter. However, as a recent report from Android Authority points out, uninstalling the Google Carrier Services app seems to fix the issue temporarily.
In case you’ve been facing issues with SMS services on your phone, you can try uninstalling the Google Carrier Services app. To do so, head over to the My Apps and Games section on the Google Play Store, locate the Carrier Services app and then tap on the uninstall button. Once the app is uninstalled, reboot your phone for the changes to take effect, and you should be able to send and receive text messages after that.
However, before you go ahead and uninstall Google Carrier Services from your device, do note that the app enables the latest communications services and features in the Google Messages app. So, you’ll not be able to use any of these features until you reinstall the app.
Fortunately, Google has pushed an update for the app today with several bug fixes and stability improvements. While we can’t confirm if the latest update addresses this issue, you can try installing it on your device and check if it resolves the issue. If you haven’t received the update yet, you can download the signed APK from APKMirror by following this link.