Emergency Calls Only error android

6 Ways to Fix “Emergency Calls Only” Error on Android

Emergency calls are an annoying error that happens on Android devices. This error occurs when the phone cannot detect a SIM card.

The error message “Your phone’s not registered on a network, so you can only make emergency calls” prevents the user from making any calls other than emergency calls.

If you often encounter this error without finding a permanent solution, this guide might help you. We have a few troubleshooting methods below, which you can try and see if the error is fixed.

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Method 1: Inserting Your SIM card Properly

The issue might be caused because your SIM card is placed improperly or dirty. To do this:

  1. Locate the SIM card tray on your Android device
  2. Remove the SIM card tray
  3. Remove the SIM from the tray and wipe it gently with a microfibre cloth
  4. . Re-insert the SIM in the tray, making sure it’s placed properly
  5. Put the tray back in the phone and reboot to check if the issue is fixed.

Inserting Your Sim Card

Method 2: Reboot your Phone

This may be a temporary glitch, which can be fixed by rebooting your phone. It’s not uncommon for a phone reboot to fix glitches like these. To do this

  1. Press and Hold the power button on your phone
  2. Select Restart and wait for a couple of minutes
  3. Check if the Emergency Calls-only error was fixed.

Reboot your Phone

Method 3: Change the Preferred Network Type

Most Android phones these days support either 4G or 5G networks. Although they provide good internet speed, they also increase battery drainage. 3G and 2G have less battery drainage but are painstakingly slow.

You may have been using 4G or 5G on an unsupported device or network provider, causing the error. You must change the Preferred network type in the following settings to fix it.

  1. Open Settings on your Android Device and click on Connections.
  2. Select SIM card manager (if you’re using a dual sim, click on the affected SIM card).
  3. Once selecting the affected SIM card, click on Network Mode, then change the Network Mode from the current one to another, i.e., from 5G to 4G or 4G to 3G, and wait for your Android device to rescan for the network signal.

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Method 4: Reset Network Settings

If none of the troubleshooting methods above fixed the issue, you can try resetting your Network Settings. This differs from a factory reset, so all your data will be safe. However, after doing this, you will be disconnected from every WiFi Network and unpaired from every Bluetooth device.

If you’ve decided to do this, here are the steps.

  1. Go to the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Then go to System and head to the Factory Reset option in Settings.
  3. Click on Reset Network Settings and select the SIM you want to reset the network.

Reset Network Settings

Method 5: Try a Different SIM Card

The issue may be occurring only on your SIM card. You can try borrowing and inserting a SIM card from a family member or friend to see if the problem persists.

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Method 6: Factory Reset your Phone

If none of the above troubleshooting methods works, you can try Factory resetting your Android phone to see if the error is fixed.

However, keep in mind that Factory resetting your phone will erase all of its data, so make sure to backup everything important before proceeding. We are not responsible for any of your data loss.

To Factory reset your Android device, do the following.

  1. Go to the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Then head over to System and the Factory Reset option in Settings.
  3. You’ll see different reset options; click Factory Data reset and enter your password to proceed.
  4. You’ll now Factory reset your device. Set it up and see if the issue persists.

Factory Reset your Phone

We hope the troubleshooting methods fixed the Emergency Calls only error in your Android Device. You can contact your Network Provider or manufacturer if the issue still occurs despite trying all the methods.

About Yahya Hasan

Yahya Hasan is a tech writer at DealNTech covering the latest mobile news and guides. He enjoys testing new devices and operating systems to deliver insightful content to readers. As a writer for DealNTech, Yahya focuses on mobile technology, staying up-to-date on the newest devices and software releases. Email: [email protected]. Follow him on Instagram

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