Fix ‘Your SIM Sent A Text Message’ Notification On iPhone

In case your iPhone gives a pop-up, which says, Your SIM sent a text message and you have no idea why this is happening, then you are at the right place. In this tutorial, we will educate you what to do when you receive this notification on your iPhone.

Why Did My SIM Send a Text Message?

Your SIM card sent a text message because it is trying to communicate with your carrier network. In case your iPhone needs to be updated, it tries to send a message to your network. If it gets stuck in a loop the user gets this pop-up.

However, it can be fixed by any of the following solutions.

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Fix 1: Check For Carrier Settings Updates From Service Provider

If the carrier service provider releases an update to improve iPhone’s ability to connect with the network and there is also an update by Apple then the SIM card has to send a text message to update itself. To see if the update is available:

  • Launch Settings on your iPhone.
  • Next, tap on General.
    general iPhone settings
  • Now, tap on About and wait for about 15-30 seconds.
    About iPhone

If an update is available, you will see a Carrier Settings Update popup.

  • Tap on Update.
    carrier settings update

However, in case, pop-up doesn’t appear after 30 seconds, it means update is not available.

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Fix 2: Reset Network Settings

Reset Network Settings on iPhone will reset the phone to factory settings which will reset it to default values.

When you reset network settings on your iPhone, all the Cellular, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and VPN settings on your iPhone will reset to default values. Before performing this step, make sure you note down your login information like Wi-Fi name, password etc. This will fix the glitch on your iPhone.

  • Launch Settings on your iPhone.
  • Next, tap on General.
    general iPhone settings
  • Here, scroll down and tap on the Reset option.
    Reset iPhone
  • Now, tap on Reset Network Settings.
    reset iPhone network settings
  • Enter your iPhone login password when prompted.
  • A confirmation popup will come, tap on Reset Network Settings to confirm.
    Reset network settings

Fix 3: Turn Your iPhone OFF And ON

Sometimes when carrier settings are updated, we do not restart iPhone and SIM card may get stuck in a loop. Due to this, the SIM tries to text your wireless carrier.

Turning OFF iPhone and turning it ON again can give a fresh start and stop this loop.

To turn it OFF:

  • Press and hold the Power Button, until you see slide to power off button.
  • Power off your iPhone by swiping the slider to the right.
    iPhone power off
  • Wait around 30 seconds and then press and hold the Power button again to turn on your iPhone.

Fix 4: Eject SIM Card And Insert It Back Again

Ejecting and reinserting the SIM card will give it a fresh start and allow it to reconnect to the network. To eject your SIM card, follow the steps below:

  • Use a SIM Card ejector tool or a paper clip and eject the SIM card tray from your iPhone.
    SIM Card ejector
  • Pull the Sim Tray out, wait for 10 seconds and put it back again.

Fix 5: Contact Wireless Carrier Provider

After doing all the above steps, if you still receive ‘Your SIM sent a text Message’ pop-up, then, this must be an error that only your wireless carrier can resolve. You can contact your Wireless Carrier Provider.

That’s all folks! Now you will be able to fix the ‘Your SIM sent a text message’ notification on your iPhone. In case you have trouble with any of these fixes, please feel free to share your issues in comments and we will get back to you.


  • comment_avtar
    I have tried all the above said ways but problem still persist

    3 years ago

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