Last updated on October 24th, 2015
Hello readers, in this article you will be happy to know the fix for the nasty SMS bug encountered commonly on Android 5.0. Android 5.0 has many bugs in it, but it doesn’t deserve to be called out as a “Bugdroid“. It’s what our readers chose in a recent survey. Check it out here.
Which Bug did you encounter?
Well, there are two variants of this bug. One which doesn’t allow a user to send an SMS to anyone. And, the second variant sends the SMS, but it doesn’t go to the targeted recipient. It gets sent as an international message costing you more charges than normal SMS rates. This normally happens when you are on a Vodafone network or specifically Vodafone NL (Netherlands).
But don’t worry, I have a fix for you. It can be achieved by running a magical USSD code through your phone’s dialer app.
What do you mean by USSD code?
USSD stands for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data. This is a protocol used by all the GSM networks for various services like menu-based information services, subscriptions and the network configuration options for the handsets ( which includes other types of handset configuration settings too). So, there are various USSD codes assigned for achieving different tasks.
There are many hidden USSD codes, which find their use only to some rare situations. And one of them helped fix the SMS bug on Android 5.0.
Here’s the Fix: Straight & Simple
First, you need to go to the dialer screen or any other dialer app you use and make sure that you have your network provider’s SMS center number in your clipboard.
Now, type “ ∗#∗#4636#∗#∗ “. Ignoring the quotation marks.
After you enter the above code, you will be automatically directed to the Testing configuration options.
Now, click on the Phone information, and you will end up in a screen as shown below:
Scroll down, till you find an SMSC field. Now, just paste the SMS center number from the clipboard in the given field and click on UPDATE. And make sure that the other options in the above picture must be same in your device if not, then just tap on them to change.
Well, now as you have fixed the SMS bug on your device, enjoy the SMS service! Cheers ! Let me know your queries in the comments below. If you are encountering any other serious bug on Android Lollipop 5.0 don’t forget to mention that in the comments below! I will try to fix that as well!