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Pixel 3's disappearing text messages are being addressed, says Google

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Since its launch on October 18, Google's Pixel 3 has seemingly been plagued with a series of varying issues, with some users reporting instances of photos not saving, memory management problems, devices overheating and shutting down and appearances of a horrifying second notch.

Today, yet another Pixel 3 bug has been discovered: disappearing text messages. As reported by Android Police (opens in new tab), certain Pixel 3 owners have noticed their SMS messages and chat histories vanishing in a Houdini-like fashion.

On Reddit (opens in new tab), some believe the problem is tied to the arrival of Google's November security update, although other users say the problem was already happening to them last month, leading many to speculate that it's specifically an issue with the Android Messages app.

Thankfully, Google has already acknowledged the disappearing text messages problem, with a spokesperson for the company stating, "We recently discovered a bug affecting SMS/MMS on a small number of Pixel 3s and are rolling out a fix soon."

According to 9to5Google (opens in new tab), some users have been able to recover their lost messages by reverting to a previous version of the Android Messages app. This can be done by opening the Pixel 3 settings, going to 'Apps & Notifications' > Messages,
and then 'App Info', then hitting the menu button and selecting Uninstall updates.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 


He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.