Handcent SMS No Notification


  1. atips1

    atips1 Member

    Hi, I'm having a problem with Handcent SMS. Sometimes I receive text messages, and not a notification. I'll sit there like an idiot for 15 minutes waiting for someone to text me back, and when I go into Handcent to text them again, it shows that I received a new message from them. It doesn't always happen, sometimes I get notified, sometimes I don't. I'm not quite sure if it happens with all contacts, or just one, but I know for sure that it happens often with one. I'm on a Motorola Droid running Liquid Gingerbread 1.9 and Chevy's Gingerbread kernel. I'm not sure if it's a problem with Handcent, my phone, my ROM, or my kernel, but I've been Googling hard to try and solve this, but every time I've found somebody with the same problem, it's unresolved. I'm also going to email the developers of Handcent to see if they can help, but I figured I'd post here as well. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

    Edit: During the time I was writing this I received a text from a different contact and was not notified.

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  2. Kamau

    Kamau Well-Known Member

    I did not know it was optimized for the Xoom.
  3. ninja_reject

    ninja_reject Well-Known Member

    Go SMS works great for me. No missed notifications.
  4. atips1

    atips1 Member

    I didn't know it was optimized for the Xoom either, good thing I have a Droid. I tried GoSMS and didn't like it, same thing with ChompSMS. Actually, I had a problem with GoSMS where it didn't save my messages.
  5. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    From what you have said atips1, it seems less likely to be a problem with Handcent and more likely to be a problem with your customised ROM or kernel.

    You could try uninstalling Handcent and seeing if the stock messaging app works OK.

    Alternatively, you could flash the stock ROM and kernel for your device and see if that works.

    Might help you narrow it down a bit. Have you checked the customised ROM and kernel developers sites to see if anyone else is experiencing this?
  6. daveybaby

    daveybaby Well-Known Member

    Are you running an automated task killer? If so, dont. This is exactly the sort of problem they cause.
  7. atips1

    atips1 Member

    I'm not running one, unless LGB has one built in, which I don't think it does. Or unless SetCPU is warranted as one, I use that.
  8. WalkingHate

    WalkingHate Member

    I get notifications, but any texti send thru handcent thatis over 140 characters goes out as jibberish or weird symbols. i really like handcent, eventried the others and is best by far. Sent an email to the devastating waiting for response. Anyone else have the same problem or a remedy, much thx in advance...

    Walking Hate
    (Samsung FTW)
  9. WalkingHate

    WalkingHate Member

    Atips1 do u have the display notifications under status bar box checked off? Its under the notification setting, under settings, after u hit the menu button. That's all I had to do...

    Walking Hate
    (Samsung FTW)
  10. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

    Your OP doesn't include anything regarding your notification settings within Handcent. Have you verified them?
  11. PetiePal

    PetiePal Well-Known Member

    I'm getting the same issue..it's frustrating me to no end...I've got the Droid X, stock OS 2.3.3, and Handcent has just stopped notifying me I've got texts. All my notifications are correctly set and nothing has changed, however I get no alert in the notification bar, by sound, vibration OR popup that I've gotten a new message. I can only see it when I open the app itself for the message list.

    Tried clearing cache and even uninstalling the whole app...very frustrating.
  12. MyNamesTooLong

    MyNamesTooLong Well-Known Member

    I tried all three...aside from chomp being the slowest I don't see a huge difference between them, or what is so great about them
  13. Colinr1234

    Colinr1234 Member

    I am having the same issue. I have Call Announcer installed. When I changed a setting stopping Handcent SMS from being the default messaging app Call Announcer started speaking when a new text arrived. Until I changed this setting it remained silent. If it was not for Call Announcer I would not know when a new text arrived. Surely the software company must be aware of this problem. I like Handcent SMS and find this issue very annoying. Has anybody got a fix for this? :mad:

    Have e-mailed Handcent the link for this thread. Hopefully they will have a fix.
  14. unknown808

    unknown808 New Member




    I was having this exact same problem and was ready to chuck my phone into the ocean. I uninstalled handcent seven times with no luck. What did work for me was uninstalling all other messaging programs on my phone. Now I only have handcent and it works perfectly fine. I hope this helps you.
  15. Certain

    Certain New Member

    I'm afraid I have the same issue as the OP. Same phone, same rom. I was searching for a fix and ran across this thread. For a second I thought it was the rom because we both have a Droid and both have Liquid. Too much of a coincidence. But then after further reading it seems others are having the same issue. Even those with different phones. I love Handcent. I'd hate to have to stop using it.

    The only workaround I've found so far is to have the default messaging app on in additon to Handcent and I use its notifications to signal me that I have a new message.
  16. alexbk66

    alexbk66 Member

    Just a thought, did you try to enable Repeated notification, i.e. every second, so if the original notification is missed - the other ones will still work?
  17. Outsane

    Outsane Member


    Thanks for the advice, this also was the only fix I have found to work.

    My steps
    Disabled AT&T's messaging and the OEM, and uninstalled all other messasing apps. Restarted the phone and installed Handscent now it seems to be working.
  18. howsmatt

    howsmatt New Member

    I have an HTC One and have the same problem since upgrading handcent. Sometimes I get the usual notification, sometimes nothing. I too like handcent but am getting pissed, and people are pissed at me for ignoring them (aka the wife). Help!
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