How to fix the SMS issue on Android phones: Uninstall the Google Carrier Services app
Uninstalling the Google Carrier Services app can fix the SMS issue that Android smartphones are facing.
We reported yesterday that many Android smartphone users were reporting lags in the SMS service on their devices. As noted by Android Central, the issue seems to go back to November 23 when Google's Carrier Services app received an update and affected devices from all Android OEMs.
Users took to social media to report that they were facing lags of almost 30 minutes at times while sending an SMS. While there were many complaints on Reddit and other forums, there has been no response from Google or any smartphone manufacturer regarding this issue.
But clearly, since an urgent fix is needed, Android Authority suggests that uninstalling the Google Carrier Services app from your smartphone can fix the issue temporarily.
So, if you have been facing issues with SMS services on your device, all you can do right now is to uninstall the Google Carrier Services app.
For this, you need to go to My Apps, go to the Games section on the Google Play Store, find ‘Carrier Services’ and then tap on the ‘uninstall’ button.
Once you have uninstalled it, you have to reboot your smartphone. Following this you should be able to send and receive text messages as usual.
However, before you uninstall Google Carrier Services you must remember that the Google Carrier Services enables the latest communications services and features on the Google Messages app so you will not be able to use any of the new features unless you reinstall the app.
But, google has pushed out an update for the Google Carrier Services app with several bug fixes and stability improvements. It is not known yet if this update brings in the fix for the SMS issue though so you can uninstall the Google Carrier Services to see if things work out.