Powerful smartphones like Google Pixel can get errors too. A small bug in the pool of codes is inevitable on phones regardless of how powerful it is. So do not worry if you are not being able to send a text message on your Google Pixel. If you are getting Error 30 when trying to send a text message, this guide is for you. Here’s how to fix Error 38 on Google Pixel.

Fix Error 38 on Google Pixel

Before jumping straight to the solutions, lets know what the probable causes for this error are. Below are the common causes for error 38, but it might not be limited to only these.

  • Network problem
  • SIM Card problem
  • Invalid recipient’s phone number
  • Glitches
  • Wrong settings configurations

Fix Error 38 on Google Pixel


The best solution to this problem is reconnecting or reactivating the SIM card.  The most probable culprit is either the network provider or the SIM card / SIM Slot. This solution will take note of all these causes and try to solve the error. Follow the steps below;

Solution 1: Check if the phone is not in Airplane Mode. This is easy to determine by looking for an airplane logo on the status bar. If you see the logo, slide down the notification shade and tap on the Airplane Mode quick settings tile.

Solution 2: Reboot your device.

Solution 3: Shutdown your phone and remove the SIM card. Reinsert the SIM card and check if the error is gone.

Fix Error 38 on Google Pixel

Solution 4: If you have a friend or colleague who is on the same network as you do, check is they have the same problem. If they do, contact your network provider. If they don’t, proceed to the next solution.

Solution 5: If you have another SIM from the same service provider, check if it has the same problem. If it does, contact the network service provider.

Solution 6: Reactivate the SIM Card from Settings > SIM Card settings.

Solution 7: Research available networks. To do so, go to Settings > Cellular Network / Network > Network Operator > Choose Automatic.

Fix Error 38 on Google Pixel

Solution 8: Check if a software update is available. Sometimes these issues are fixed through an update.

Solution 9: If the phone is carrier locked and you are trying to use SIM Card from a different service provider, this error may occur.

Solution 10: If nothing works, the SIM slot might have failed or is faulty. Go to the nearest service center and get it fixed.

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