Android: Check if Text Message Was Delivered

The ability to check the status of a text message to see if it was delivered to the recipient is a feature found on most normal phones. On the Android OS though, you have to enable the feature that provides this information as it is usually disabled by default.

Before you can view delivery information, you have to enable reporting in the Messaging app.

Note: Steps may vary depending on the phone and version of the Android OS you are using.

  1. Open the “Messaging” app.
  2. Press “Menu” > “Settings“.
  3. Check the “Delivery reports“. On some versions, the setting may be separated by SMS and MMS. Select them as desired.
    Droid enable Delivery Reports
  4. Now when you send a text message you can tap and hold the message and select “View message details“. On some models, it may be under “View report“.
  5. The status will show “Received“, “Delivered”, or may simply show the time of delivery. If the message was not delivered, it may show as “Pending” or “None” status.
    Text message received


  1. Jeanette says

    I don’t understand why my text messages say received with certain contacts but some will always say pending even if the person has already replied.

  2. Becky says

    I have the note 3. The only way I can see if a msg had been delivered is by doing what u said. But this gives me a notification for every msg I send. I don’t want a notification. I just want to see if it was delivered. Is this possible on the note 3?

  3. Zubair says

    Yes, you are right, I read your post and try the tips for my Samsung Galaxy S5830 on Android 2.3.6 gingerbread. I found Delivery Reports under with two main headings, i.e. Text Message Settings for text SMS and under Multimedia Message Settings for MMS messages. Further the settings also include options to read a report for each message I send from my phone for MMS and to Manage my SIM Card Text Messages.

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