How to fix “Downloading” or “Expired” Text Messages on Android 

"Downloading" or "Expired" Text Messages

Recently, a lot of Android users have been complaining that “Downloading” or “Expired” Text Messages are showing up on their phones. Messages are either stuck loading or have run out of time. If you get this error, you can’t see the message in plain language.

If, on the other hand, you see that the message has expired, we’re sorry, but it’s too late for you to get it. Now that we know everything, let’s start our guide.

How to Fix Text Messages that Say “Loading” or “Expired” on an Android Device

Most of the time, the regular Android messaging app will load or expire, but this is especially true for MMS (multimedia messaging service). So, if you are using MMS and are having this problem, this guide will help you fix it. But make sure you read the whole thing and don’t miss any changes.

Restart your device

Most likely, the easiest way to fix text messages that are stuck loading or have expired is to restart your device. Your device is easy to restart. So go ahead and try to get the message after you restart your device.

Check your connection

It’s possible that your phone keeps saying it’s downloading even though it can’t because your network connection is too slow. MMS is not the same as iMessage, and you need a good internet connection and career support to use it.

Also, a lot of professions don’t work with this feature. If you think you are using one of these careers, please contact support so that your problem can be fixed.

Change the connection to Wi-Fi

As we’ve already said, the MMS service needs to be connected to the internet. If you think your job supports MMS but you still can’t get them, it’s probably because the speed is so slow.

If you’re using your phone’s data plan, it’s time to switch to WiFi. Try to get a message after you connect to WiFi. It should work, but if it doesn’t, try the next fix.

Enable enhanced communication

It’s possible that advanced communication is turned off, which would stop MMS from being sent and cause the download to stop working or even end. To turn on Rich Communication, do these things:

How to fix "Downloading" or "Expired" Text Messages on Android 
  1. Open settings.
  2. Go to Connections.
  3. Scroll down to see the more advanced connection settings.
  4. Now, switch Rich Communication on
How to fix "Downloading" or "Expired" Text Messages on Android 

After that, try to get the message. Your problem can only be solved now.

Clear Messages app cache

Even though you might be fine, the app on your phone isn’t working. On Android phones, the app cache can sometimes get messed up, which can cause strange things to happen like messages downloading or expiring. So, here are some easy steps to fix it:

  1. Hold down the icon for the Messages app for 2 seconds. There will be a menu.
  2. Click App Info or the I button in the pop-up menu.
  3. Now, in the next window, go to the bottom and click on “Storage Usage.”
  4. Click on Clear Cache now.
  5. Now, press the “Back” button and press “Force stop.”
  6. When you’re done, go to Messages and click on your message to get it and see if it’s loading.
How to fix "Downloading" or "Expired" Text Messages on Android 

Don’t use a VPN

If you value privacy, using a VPN for security is a good idea. But if you use a VPN, this is a pretty common problem. As is often the case with free VPNs, this is one of the problems. Please turn off your VPN and try again if you want to browse and get MMS normally. If you still want to use a VPN, choose one that doesn’t stop your connection.

Reset APN settings to fix “Downloading” or “Expired” Text Messages on Android 

If none of the above solutions worked, you need to reset your APN settings. Access Point Names is what APN stands for. If you’ve been using smartphones since 2G, you might already know how to do this. Keep in mind, though, that the APN settings include the ability to receive MMS. To change your APN settings again, do the following:

  1. Open settings.
  2. Tap or click Mobile network.
  3. Now, click on the SIM card you use for MMS at the top.
  4. Scroll down to “Access Point Names” in the next window and click on the three dots in the upper right corner.
  5. Click “Reset APN”.

Well, now you can download and read messages, and they won’t get stuck loading for a long time.

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What does it mean when my phone says the message has expired?

If a message on your phone says it has expired, it may have been opened more than 2 weeks ago or it may have been deleted on the other end. Also, you can’t see the message if its time has passed.

Why does my phone lock up when I turn it on?

The main reason why a page won’t load is a weak signal or a slow internet connection. It’s also possible that the APN on your phone is broken. Read the ways to fix the problem above to fix it.

If I clear the cache, will my messages be lost?

No, when you clear the cache, no message will ever be lost. But if you click “Clear Data” instead of “Clear Cache” by accident, your posts could be lost.

Well, that’s all we know about how to fix messages that won’t load or have already been sent. We hope that this guide helped you figure out what was going on. If you’re still having trouble, let us know in the comments, and we’ll fix the problem in our next guide.

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