How To Update The TextNow App

Our TextNow app is the backbone of our TextNow service, and our developers and engineers are constantly making improvements and adding features. 

If you're having problems with your TextNow service like dropped calls or calls not coming through, the very first step is to make sure your TextNow app is up-to-date:

On Android devices:

  1. Tap on the Play Store app on your device. You may need to sign into your Google account if you haven't already.
  2. Tap on the menu button in the top left-hand corner, and tap on My Apps & Games.
  3. You should find your TextNow app listed under the Installed section if it's a TextNow phone; otherwise you'll find it under All. Tap on it to open the Play Store page for TextNow.
  4. If there's an update available, there will be an Update button on the Play Store TextNow page. Tap on it to update your TextNow App. 
  5. After the update completes, tap Open to reopen TextNow. You may have to sign back into TextNow after the app updates.
  6. You can also set the app to automatically update. Tap on the button with the three dots in the upper right-hand corner and choose Auto Update .


On IOS devices:

  1. Tap on the App Store on your IOS device. 
  2. Tap on the Update button in the bottom right hand corner.
  3. Find TextNow on the list, and tap Update to update the app. 
  4. Once the update is complete, tap Open to open your TextNow app. 

You can also head on over to our Downloads page to find the latest version available for your device!




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    Raine N

    My phone won't ring when someone calls. It will just tell me I have a missed call. Can you call me to resolve this on my other phone 7xx xxx xxxx

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    Kristopher TextNow Support

    Hey Raine,

    Thanks for contacting TextNow Support! It sounds like the application you are using is out of date! I'll reach out to you in the next few moments and hopefully we can get this resolved.

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    Tami Pedersen

    Hi.. my phone rings but it will not answer!! How do I seems like it does not connect if I do connect..:(

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    Kristopher TextNow Support

    Hey Tami,

    Thanks for letting us know about the trouble you are having.

    Please make sure to swipe the green answer button to the centre of the screen when answering a call to have it properly connect. If the device seems to answer the calls but will just not connect that might be the application acting up on us.

    Try these steps:
    Android Settings > Apps > All (you'll need to swipe from left to right to access the "all" menu) > TextNow > Clear Data/Force Stop

    Once you've completed the troubleshooting steps log back in to TextNow and have someone make a test call to your TextNow phone number. Those calls should be connecting through now.

    Edited by Kristopher TextNow Support
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    Victor Rivera

    I paid and it's not workimg

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    Kristopher TextNow Support

    Hey Victor,

    Thanks for letting us know. I've sent off an email to the address we have on file, please follow-up with me there if you have any further questions or concerns or are still experiencing issues.

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    null null

    Will my text now phone work if my erra does not have sprint as a carrier we only have verizon towers even the other track phones have problems

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hi there!

    I'm afraid that as we do not support roaming, you would only be able to connect with a strong Sprint data coverage in your area. We do apologize for the inconvenience, and please feel free to contact us with any more questions, and/or concerns!

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    Claudia Melendez

    My phone doesn't ring when someone calls. It just says I have a missed call on the screen. What can I do to fix this?

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Claudia,

    I have taken a look at your account and it looks like you're using an iPhone, is that correct? If so, please try uninstalling and reinstalling the TextNow application onto the device. Once complete test it out and see if that's made a difference.

    If you continue to have issues with this, please reach out to one of our chat agents (they can be found a the bottom right corner of this page during regular business hours) so we can discuss more troubleshooting in detail with you :)

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    Jacob Bond

    Hi textnow with your recently update my textnow won't let me sign in I have the right login and password it keeps saying error occurred can you update the app please thank you

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    Kristopher TextNow Support

    Hey Jacob,

    Thanks for letting us know about your login issues. I've just sent you a quick email, please follow-up with me there and we'll get this issue worked out for you.

    Edited by Kristopher TextNow Support
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    Dorothy Foster

    I just need help on open up my phone so can use it have had this phone snice last year and never been able to use it. but be charge for minute that I am not use at all.

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Dorothy,

    Sorry to hear about your troubles! Would you please be able to contact us at with a detailed description of the issues you are experiencing with your phone?