What Does Sent As SMS Via Server Mean?

BY Sourav



Nowadays, most android users complain that they are getting the “Sent as SMS via server” message instead of the usual read receipts without even changing the settings. It’s a completely new thing for users, and they are eager to know the meaning of this message.

So, here we’ve explained what “Sent as SMS via server” means and how you can stop it.

What Does the “Sent as SMS via server” Mean

Many Android users are eagerly waiting to know what does “Sent as SMS via server” mean? The previous read receipts were ‘read’, ‘sent’, and ‘delivered’. But now it’s showing sent as SMS via server, which makes users curious to know the actual meaning of this message. The change in the read receipt happened after Google rolled out the RCS) messaging protocol in 2020.

Rich Communication Services (RCS) is a communication protocol that upgrades the text-messaging system by allowing features like group chats, sharing pictures, videos, etc. RCS has now become the primary messaging program for Android devices. 

The users mostly get the “Sent as SMS via server” text receipt while sending an RCS message through the Android messaging app. Therefore, they won’t be able to see the usual text receipts like delivered, sent, or read. 

How to Stop Sent as SMS via Server?

It’s a common question of many Android users who desperately seek a proper answer. Although the process is a bit tricky, follow these easy methods to stop it.

1. Turn on the “Show when Delivered” option

Samsung users can easily stop the “Sent SMS via server” message by turning on the “Show when delivered” option. Follow these steps.

  • Open the messaging app.
  • Tap on the three dots icon.
  • Tap on Settings> More settings> Text messages.
  • Now, turn on the toggle switch beside “Show when delivered”. 

Now, try to send a message and check whether the problem is fixed or not. If it still appears, move to the next solution.

2. Enable Safe mode

Enabling safe mode can also help to stop the sent SMS via server message. For that:

  • Press and hold the power button of your device.
  • In the pop-up menu, tap and hold the power off option.
  • When the Reboot to Safe Mode option appears, tap Ok to restart in safe mode.
  • Once the restart process is done, you’ll see the safe mode prompt at the bottom left side of the screen.

You can uninstall all the newly installed apps on your phone on safe mode to check if any of them is causing the issue.

3. Clear the system cache partition

Some Android devices still use the system cache for performing system updates. In that case, it’s good to clear out the system cache after a successful system update to ensure that there isn’t any outdated data stored on your device. 

However, you need to put your Android on recovery mode to clear the cache partition. Also, you need to use the power and volume buttons to access the menu option as your phone’s touchscreen won’t work in recovery mode. 

  • Turn off your Android device.
  • Press and hold the volume up and power button simultaneously or the button combination you used to boot your phone into recovery mode.
  • Go to the Recover mode menu by using the volume buttons.
  • Use the power button to select the Wipe Cache Partition.
  • Press the volume down key to choose the Yes option and the power button to select it.
  • Wait for a few seconds until it shows Done.
  • Now, reboot your phone to go back to normal device usage.

4. Turn on RCS Messaging

Turning on the RCS messaging is another quick way to avoid the issue. All you need is to ensure that the RCS on both your device and the recipient device is enabled. 

Before turning on RCS messaging, make sure that you’re using Google Messages as a default messaging app. If there’s anything else, change it from the phone settings. In case you don’t have the Google message app, download it from Play Store and set it as the default messaging app. 

Here are the steps to turn on RCS messaging:

  • First, connect your phone to the internet.
  • Open the Messages app. 
  • Tap on the three dots icon from the top right side.
  • Tap Settings> General> Chat features.
  • Turn on the toggle switch beside Enable chat features.

Once you and the person you’re sending messages done this, the sent as SMS via server message will never occur. 

5. Restart the Phone

The last and final thing you can try is to restart your phone. Restarting the phone most of the time helps to solve various problems. You only need to turn off your phone for a few minutes. After that turn it on again and check if the issue is fixed. This process hopefully helps to stop getting sent as SMS via server message. 


Here we’ve described everything regarding Sent as SMS via server. Hopefully, you’ve understood what it means and how can you stop it. We’ve mentioned the top five ways to get rid of this issue. Try any of these methods and let us know if you’ve any suggestions in the comment box below. 

About The Author


Sourav’s been working as a freelance writer and blogger for over five years. She is a firm believer in big dreams and realizing them. Her work has been published in Women On Writing, Be a Freelance Blogger, Make a Living Writing and Brazen Careerist among others