Recently my Moto G2 device stopped showing text message notifications on the notification bar.

  • The device has been running on Android 5.0 (the upgrade caused no issues)
  • I am using the stock messaging app and there are no other messaging apps on my phone
  • Notifications are turned on
  • There is no option to enable or disable app notifications for the stock message app since it does not appear on on the "Apps" menu.
  • Notifications from other apps like Whatsapp are shown
  • I have not done a factory reset yet

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I have uninstalled a dozen other apps like DU Batter Saver and Applock just to narrow down things that might be interfering with the stock messaging app. Powering off and powering back on does not work either.

I need some help.

  • If you go to Settings, More, what is set as your Default SMS app currently?
    – TurboFool
    Mar 22, 2015 at 4:30
  • The default SMS app is the stock messaging app. Mar 22, 2015 at 4:34
  • "it does not appear on on the "Apps" menu" › Have you checked in the "All" tab? By default, you're on the "Downloaded" tab of the app manager, which only shows apps you've installed yourself (and thus not the pre-installed ones).
    – Izzy
    Mar 22, 2015 at 10:08
  • @Izzy I feel silly that I couldn't figure it out. I was indeed looking at items on the "Downloaded". After reading your comment, I switched to "All" tab, scrolled down to "Messaging" and found that "show notifications" was not checked! So, that was it. Thanks for that tip, it helped. Mar 26, 2015 at 3:14
  • No prob – we all have those "silly moments" :) As it solved your issue, I've made it an answer which you can "accept" (to make this question show up as "solved"). Enjoy!
    – Izzy
    Mar 26, 2015 at 7:09

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In Settings › Apps, you have to chose the "All" tab: by default, Settings usually shows the "Downloaded" tab, which holds all the apps the user installed. The stock messaging app does not fall into that category, as it comes pre-installed – hence you'll find it on the "All" tab.

Now you've found it, you can take the approach you initially had in mind: calling its context-menu to re-enable notifications by long-tapping the entry here.

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