I have been using the Airbnb app for iphone since May and I have always recieved an SMS notification when there is a booking request or a message through the Airbnb website. However, this has not been working for the last few days. I attempted to turn off the notifications then turn them back on in the settings, but when I do this, it says that i can not turn it back on because my number is not verified... so then i try to verify the number and the code i am given dosent work.

If I use the official website through my laptop, I am able to verify the phone number and change the notification settings, but it seems to have no effect on recieving text (SMS) notifications on my phone.

I called Airbnb to try to fix this problem, and the lady I spoke with was able to send me a message, but no others have come through since.

Has anyone else had this problem and fixed it?

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Re: SMS Notifications not working

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Northampton, MA
Level 5

I suddenly started having this problem, too. No text messages for bookings or inquiries. I do get an email. It started about the end of February 2019. My wife's isn't working either. She has a smartphone with the app and I have a "dumb" phone and no app so that's not the problem. I tried deleting my number and readding it, unchecking & checking the SMS box. Nothing works.

 

I called Airbnb support. Here's the email response I got a couple days later, "I just wanted to follow up as I did hear back from the IT department. They are aware of the issue and are currently working to resolve it. They did not give a time frame of when this will be fixed, but they are in the process of rectifying the problem."

Re: SMS Notifications not working

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Sayulita, Mexico
Level 10

@Michael293  Yes, the same thing happened to me about a year and a half ago. Very frustrating. It took Airbnb about a month to start sending me SMS alerts again. They first suggested ridiculous things like "Maybe your text message Inbox is full" and "Talk to your phone provider" before acknowledging that it was indeed a tech glitch on their end.

Re: SMS Notifications not working

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San Diego, CA
Level 2

My SMS messaging has stopped working in February and inspite of all attempts to fix it, the issue is still outstanding.

I figured I have to always stay within wifi networks. Too bad because SMS texting is immediate and visible. It is harder to keep checking the Gmail icon for new messages.  I was asked to try using someone else's phone which I haven't yet. I'm pretty much sure the issue is not on my side, now that I see other people have same issue. I'm hoping it will resolve itself soon 🙂

Re: SMS Notifications not working

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Windsor, United Kingdom
Level 1

Airbnb has had this problem now for 3 years!! Don’t they give a **bleep**???

Re: SMS Notifications not working

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Eton, Vanuatu
Level 1

I am having same issue... its a fundamental function ... that is: notifications. No way of contacting AirBnB and no solutions in their FAQs help desk. Ripe for a solid competitor I suspect!

Re: SMS Notifications not working

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San Ramon, CA
Level 1

It happened to me a few days ago. I never has this issue before and I missed one reservation request because of not receiving a TM by airbnb. I did received an email which I found out almost 2 hrs after the inquiry, which was alert too late since the guest need to book that day for 3 nights.  I lost that guest because I did not get her inquiry by text and she booked another place. Airbnb did not compensate for my loss > 

 

Re: SMS Notifications not working

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Munich, DE
Level 1

I have the same problem, I cannot get any Airbnb message or log in to my account. Isn't there an alternative, like logging through an email or something?

Re: SMS Notifications not working

in
Sydney, AU
Level 1

I am having the same issues, no SMS more than 12 months and no in app sound notifications. Any ideas ?

Re: SMS Notifications not working

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HN, ME
Level 1

We dont have eather sound notifications in Android app and also no sms almost a year. Any help?

Re: SMS Notifications not working

in
United States
Level 10

This message thread is 5 years old and the problem is still not solved, still persists.** What is going on with, @Airbnb

 

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