If you are experiencing a delay in your text messages, it could be due to a number of things. But, most likely it has to do with either the settings on your smartphone or the messaging app that you are using. In this guide, we will walk you through how to fix slow messaging on your Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
Perform a Soft Reset
There are a couple of reasons why a soft reset is the first thing to try. First, it’s easy and quick to do—you simply hold down the power button for about 10 seconds and your phone will reboot. Second, if you’re having trouble getting past an error screen (such as an “Android is starting” or “Google” logo), this can often fix it. It’s also useful if none of your apps will open and you want them back up and running quickly.
It’s important to note that doing a soft reset won’t delete any data from your phone; everything will still be there after restarting!
Clear Cache Partition
The cache partition is a part of your phone that stores temporary data. It’s used for things like app history, cached files, and more. Clearing the cache partition is a quick way to fix slow messaging, but it can also be used for other problems like battery drain, slow charging, and more.
How to clear the cache partition:
- Turn off your Google Pixel or Pixel XL by holding down the power button until the screen goes dark.
- Press Volume Down + Power button at the same time until you see “Start” on screen (this will only work if your device has been reset).
- Select “Recovery mode” by pressing volume up or down depending on which recovery option appears first after pressing the power.
Before you do anything else, make sure you’re running the latest version of your device’s software. Go to Settings > System Updates and check for any available updates. Then, install them.
If that doesn’t work, it’s time to get down and dirty with some good old-fashioned troubleshooting.
Clear Messages App Data and Cache
- Open the Settings app on your phone.
- Go to Google > System > Apps & notifications, then tap on All apps.
- Scroll down and find Messages (or whatever messaging app you use), then tap it to open its settings menu, where you’ll see Storage and Clear data/cache options for clearing out any junk that may have collected in the app over time or after an update or two went wrong.
- Tap either of these options and follow the prompts to clear out all of the data from this particular messaging app (it won’t affect your entire device). This step could take some time if there’s a lot stored up in there!
- After that’s finished, reboot your device by holding down its power button until it restarts itself automatically—you can skip this step if you’d like but it makes sense to do so anyway since now everything will be freshly cleared out when everything comes back online again later on down below!
Boot to Safe Mode
- Boot your phone into safe mode by holding down the power button and tapping on “Power off,” then selecting “Restart.”
- Wait until the device reboots, then open the Google App. You’ll see a white screen with a red status bar at the top that reads “Safe Mode.”
- Now, you’re ready to find out which app is causing problems with your messaging service by opening each of them one by one. To do this, long-press on any icon on your home screen until they all start jiggling, then press and hold one of them until they start wiggling again. Swipe it up to uninstall it or just tap anywhere outside of its window when done to dismiss it back into normal mode—but don’t touch anything else yet!
Reset All Settings
The first thing you can do is reset all settings. To do this, go to Settings > System > Advanced and select Reset settings.
This will reset your device’s factory defaults. This means that all your settings, preferences, and apps will be deleted from your device. This includes any home screen setup you may have done, as well as any app preferences that you’ve set up (like what display size to use).
Resetting the phone back to these default values has been known to fix slow messaging problems in some cases, so if nothing else works for you then give this a shot!
If you are having trouble with your messaging app, and all of the steps above don’t help, you can try a master reset. This process will wipe all settings and data from your phone, but it won’t erase any apps or media.
To perform a master reset:
- Turn off your phone by holding down the Power button for a few seconds or until it shuts down.
- Press and hold the Volume Down button until you see Start on the screen with an arrow around it, then press and release the Power button to select Recovery Mode. If you do not see Start here, continue holding down Volume Down until you see Recovery Mode appear in red letters at the top-right corner of the screen (on Pixel 2).
- You’ll see an Android logo on the screen with an exclamation mark inside. After about 30 seconds of this logo being visible (Pixel 2), or after about 90 seconds (Pixel), hold down both buttons again until recovery boots up again – now tap on the “Wipe data/factory reset” option when prompted to do so by tapping either Volume keys for Yes or No options respectively.
Troubleshooting the Messages App Can Help Speed It Up If It’s Running Slow
It’s important to understand that there are a lot of things that can cause slow messaging. If you have run the troubleshooting steps below with no luck, it might be time to do a factory reset. This will erase all data from your phone and restore it to its original settings.
To do this:
- Go into Settings > System & Reset options & Factory data reset (or Reset settings) and follow the prompts on the screen until your device reboots and displays ‘Erase all user data?’ Make sure this is what you want before continuing as it cannot be undone!
I’m glad we could help diagnose the problem and fix your slow messaging on the Pixel XL! If you have any questions about your device, feel free to reach out by leaving a comment below.