Moto E Hangs On "Starting Services" Page

If you're a TextNow Moto E owner and your phone is hung on a black screen with a box and a spinner in the middle of the screen that says "Starting Services", try these troubleshooting steps to solve the problem.

Note that this procedure involves a complete factory data reset of your phone, so you will lose anything that had been previously downloaded to the phone.

  1. Remove your Google account from your phone. (For instructions on how to do that, please see our article here.)
  2. Unplug your phone from any USB cable or charger it may be currently plugged into.
  3. Hold Volume Down and tap the Power Button.
  4. Use the volume keys to navigate through the menu selections.
  5. Tap volume down twice  so that it shows Recovery Mode, then press the Power Button to select it.
  6. You will see the screen that says "No command", with the Android mascot lying on his back. 
  7. Press and hold Power then tap and release Volume Up to show the menu.
  8. Use Volume Down to move to Wipe Cache Partition, and press the Power key to select it. 
  9. Use Volume Down to move to Wipe Data/Factory Reset and reset the Power key to select it.
  10. Go down to the Yes option, pressing Power one more time to initiate the factory reset.
  11. Press the Power button to select Reboot System.

If your phone boots back up and the problem persists, please contact us at TextNow Support. You can use the chat window on this page to speak to one of our chat agents during Support hours (Monday to Friday 9am-10pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm, Eastern Standard Time), or send an email to

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    Adrian Heffley

    I just activated my Moto E that I received from you. It will only register incoming calls and outgoing calls do not show up on the on the other phone.

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    TextNow .

    Hi Brianna,

    Thanks for reaching out to TextNow Wireless support. I reviewed your account and it looks as though we need to update your TextNow application. Using the Google Play Store app search for TextNow and apply the latest update.

    You can follow the link below for a step by step guide to updating the TextNow application.

    Let us know if you have any questions or concerns and we will assist as best we can.

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    Nick Primer

    My Moto E has been stuck on the Starting Services screen for two days now. I've tried the troubleshooting steps but anything I do results in the phone saying "OMADMClient_Sprint_Client isn't responding. Do you want to close it?". Can I just have a different phone please?

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hi Nick!

    I'm sorry to hear about these issues! I have gone ahead and sent you an email with instructions for a hardware reset, which should resolve those for you promptly :)

    Please let me know if you have any issues with opening up the email!

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    Crystal Himes

    I bought a moto e last mouth it just stopped working one day but it would ligh up but nothing will show up. I only had it for no longer then3 weeks

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hi there!

    I'm sorry to hear about these issues. I have gone ahead and sent you an email with instructions for a hardware reset, so please follow up with us through there if those continue.

    Edited by Valeria TextNow Support
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    Curtis Ekhator

    Barely a month in my LG volt screen swipe gives issues. I can only take calls on the phone. I cant navigate apps, instead apps just open when i try to swipe. Im frustrated.

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hi Curtis,

    Thanks for contacting textNow Wireless! I'm sorry to hear about your device issues, and as such, have sent you further troubleshooting instructions to your email address on file.

    Please let us know if you continue to experience these issues!

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    Daniel Lookadoo

    My Moto e responds to whenever I screenshot or press the power button but when I hold down the power button to try to troubleshoot it does nothing for it and it continues to "start services"

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Daniel, I'm terribly sorry to hear of your device troubles! I'm afraid that I could not find an account with an active Moto E to be able to ascertain what may be causing this. If you are unable to power off the phone to start the external hardware reset, please speak with one of our live chat representatives for further assistance!