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S5 Won't Send Texts In Car Mode...Sort Of

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by DerbyDad03, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. DerbyDad03

    DerbyDad03 Lurker
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    I tried to use Car Mode on my S5 for the first time today. Everything works except for sending text messages that I initiate. Replying to text messages that I receive when in Car Mode works as it should, but not messages that I initiate. "Normal" text messages (outside of Car Mode) work fine and have worked fine since I got the phone over a year ago. Here is what happens when in Car Mode:

    When I try to send a text message via Car Mode, Car Mode goes through the entire messaging process, including saying "Sending Message", but the recipient never gets the message. If I then manually go into Messages, the message is there, with the time stamp as if it was sent, but it never gets received by the recipient. However, if someone sends me a text when I am in Car Mode and I choose to Reply, Car Mode goes through the normal text message process, the message gets sent and the recipient receives it. I can go back and forth replying from either phone with no problem, I just can't initiate texts from my phone. Well, to be more precise, I can initiate the texts, and the phone says they were sent, but the recipient never gets them.

    My wife also has an S5 with the same build version, etc. Her S5 works fine in Car Mode. They were bought at the same time and I have kept them current, so they should work the same way. I called Verizon who had no clue as to a solution, so they escalated the issue to Samsung, who also had no clue. They had me try it in Safe Mode, but it didn't help. I've done a cold boot, even removed the battery, but nothing helps. Samsung's final suggestion was to do a factory reset to see if that fixed the problem.

    I would prefer not to go through all that a factory reset entails until I am sure that there is no other solution, especially since we don't even know if a factory reset will solve the issue.

    Has anyone heard of this problem or have any suggestions regarding what else I can try besides a factory reset?


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  2. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    Not to be a nit picker, but no way you have had that phone for "over a year".

    It was not released to the public until April 14th, 2014 or about 6 months ago and that is when I first got mine.

    As for your problem? Weird. I understand the msg app claims it as "sent" and I indeed have had messages go out with the "sent" stamp on them, yet were never received by my recipient party.

    I cured that problem by changing to a 3rd party SMS app and no more issues. Will that cure your "Car Mode" problem, don't know, but it is worth a try.

    give Textra a try, it works great for me.
    I also used to use Go SMS Pro and it was pretty good also, but I don't like it as much as Textra.

    * Textra SMS - Android Apps on Google Play

    * GO SMS Pro - Android Apps on Google Play
  3. DerbyDad03

    DerbyDad03 Lurker
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    Good point on the 6 months vs. a year. My error...

    In any case, I tried Textra, no difference. Car Mode still doesn't send texts that I initiate.

    I tried a couple of other things: I knew that replying to a text worked, so I tried using the calling option to respond instead. That worked too. Then after I ended the call, I tapped the message option and the text was sent. Car Mode must have considered that a reply to the original text because it worked.

    I then tried initiating a text to the same person from the beginning (
  4. micbg77

    micbg77 Lurker

    I'm having the exact same issue with my S5. I also had an issue a month after I got the phone where it just wouldn't make calls, at all. I had to swap out for a new phone b/c none of the resets worked.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date was April 2014. Features and Specs include a 5.1" inch screen, 16MP camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2800mAh battery.

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