Every once in a while my phone will tell me I have a text and I can see a text bubble but it will just show the date and not the text. This will also occasionally happen with pictures. It will say Downloading, but I will never get it. Is there any way to refresh or reboot so I can get these?
Sounds like a connectivity issue. Phone went in and out of signal and stopped the downloading. You should be able to tap the message or next to the message and have it retry.
When I tap the message I get the following options: Call / Open Contact / Send SMS / View Message Details / Delete message / lock message / save as task. No retry. I want to find a way to retry but cannot. I tried turning phone off and on to no avail. The picture shows what I got. So I know I got something, I just can't see it. Also, it says it's downloading, but it is lying.
Looks like it's stuck. Try turning on Airplane mode, see if it becomes unstuck then turn off Airplane mode. If that doesn't work, you may need to restart see if it clears up.