Are you still having problems using iMessage on your iPhone? Despite how great Apple’s instant messaging service is, various things can prevent it from working properly. Server-side complications, connectivity issues, misconfigured iMessage settings, and bugs can all contribute.

If iMessage takes ages to send your messages, fails to deliver, or syncs conversations incorrectly, working through the troubleshooting methods below can help. Not all fixes will work for your particular problem, so feel free to skip any that don’t apply.

iMessage not working on iPhone: 13 ways to fix

1. Check iMessage system status

iMessage routes your messages through Apple’s servers. If you had no problems using the service just a moment ago but iMessage isn’t working now, it’s worth checking for server-side issues.

Go to the Apple System Status page and scroll down to iMessage. If you see a known issue listed next to it, you need to wait until Apple fixes it. If there’s no problem, you should see a green dot or a Available tags instead.

iMessage - Available status

2. Check Wi-Fi/Cellular data

Check that there is nothing wrong with your internet connection. Try opening some websites in Safari, playing some YouTube videos, etc. If they load normally, go ahead. If not, here are some quick things you can try.

  • Restart your Wi-Fi router.
  • Connect to another Wi-Fi network.
  • Renew your Wi-Fi contract.
  • Open the iPhone’s Control Center and turn Airplane Mode on and off.
  • Confirm that you have not used up your daily or monthly cellular data allowance.
  • Disable VPN (Virtual Private Network).

There are other connectivity issues that can cause iMessage not to work.

3. Resend the message

If iMessage fails to deliver a message due to a temporary connectivity problem, either on your part or on the recipient’s part, it may still be successful if you resend it after some time.

To do this, tap the red exclamation mark next to the undelivered message and select Try again. In case of an emergency, you can also send it as a regular text message. To do this, tap the Send as a text message option instead.

Retry button

4. Enable/disable Send as SMS

You can also set up the Messages app to automatically send regular text messages (indicated by green text bubbles) in cases where iMessage isn’t working. To do this, open the file Settings app on your iPhone, select Messagesand turn on the switch next to Send as SMS.

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<p>If you’ve already enabled the setting and want to continue using iMessage only, go to <strong>Settings </strong>> <strong>Messages </strong>and turn off <strong>Send as SMS</strong>.  This will not affect conversations with non-iMessage contacts.  You can also resend failed messages as plain text.</p>
<h2>5. Turn off/on your iPhone</h2>
<p>Try turning your iPhone off and on again.  This alone can fix random bugs or glitches that prevent apps, like Messages, from functioning normally.</p>
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Swipe to turn off the screen
  • If your iPhone uses Face ID, press and quickly release the Volume up button, press and release the Low volume and hold down the button Side button. Then swipe right up Scroll to Shut Down ask to turn off your iPhone. Wait a few seconds and hold down the key Side button again to turn it back on.
  • If your iPhone uses Touch ID, press the key Side button to call up the Scroll to Shut Down request. After turning off the iPhone, press and hold the button Side the button again to turn it back on.

6. Check iMessage settings

If iMessage still doesn’t work and your iPhone isn’t sending or receiving messages from a particular iMessage contact group, check if the service is set up correctly.

Open the Settings apps, tap Messagesand select Send Receive. Next, make sure you have selected your phone number and relevant email addresses with which you would like to receive and reply to iMessage. You can set it under the You can receive iMessages and reply from section.

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<p>Also, make sure you select the correct phone number or email address you want to start iMessage conversations with through the <strong>Start new conversations from </strong>section.</p>
<h2>7. Turn iMessage on/off</h2>
<p>Turning iMessage off and on again is another solution that can help solve problems with slow or undelivered messages.  Open the <strong>Settings</strong> app and select <strong>Messages</strong>.  Next, turn off the switch next to <strong>iMessage</strong>.</p>
<p>Restart your iPhone.  Then, go back <strong>Settings</strong> > <strong>Messages</strong> and turn on the switch next to <strong>iMessage</strong>.</p>
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iMessage toggle off and on again

Note: Your iPhone may take a few minutes to reactivate iMessage.

8. Update iOS

If you recently upgraded to a new version of iOS, it’s important to continue installing the latest incremental updates. This lets you rule out any known software-related bugs that are preventing iMessage from working properly.

To do this, open the file Settings apps, select Generaland tap Software update. If a software update is listed, tap Download and install.

9. Delete Conversation/Retry

If iMessage isn’t working with just one specific contact, try starting a new conversation from scratch. Start by deleting the current thread: swipe it to the right and tap the Garbage icon. If you have important attachments, you may want to save them before doing so.

Trash can icon

Then, tap the New message icon at the top right of the Messages app to start a new conversation.

10. Check date and time

Did you select the correct time zone on your iPhone? Otherwise, iMessage may not work properly.

Enter Settings > General > Appointment. Then, turn on the switch next to Set automatically. Or tap Jet lag to manually select a time zone.

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<h2>11. Change DNS (Wi-Fi Only)</h2>
<p>Are your iMessages failing to get through while only connected to a particular Wi-Fi connection?  Changing your Domain Name System (DNS) servers to a popular DNS service like Google DNS can help.</p>
<p>1. Open the file <strong>Settings</strong> apps and tap <strong>Wifi</strong>.</p>
<p>2. Touch the <strong>i-shaped icon</strong> next to the active Wi-Fi connection.</p>
<p>3. Touch <strong>Configure DNS</strong>.</p>
<p>4. Select <strong>Manual</strong>and then delete the existing DNS servers.</p>
<p>5. Add the following DNS servers.</p>
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SNS servers added and save button shown

6. Touch Save.

Open the Messages app and try to resend any failed iMessages.

12. Reset Network Settings

If you’re still having problems with iMessage, you may want to reset your network settings. Open the Settings apps, tap Generalfaucet Restoreand tap Reset Network Settings. Then, tap Reset Network Settings again to confirm.

Option Reset Network Settings and confirmation window

Note: The reset process will delete any saved Wi-Fi networks, so you’ll need to manually reconnect afterwards.

13. Sync messages with iCloud

Messages app failing to sync iMessage conversations with the rest of your devices? If so, check if you have it Messages on iCloud qualified. To do this, go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud and turn on the switch next to Messagesif deactivated.

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<p>You have to repeat it on other Apple devices as well.  The process works the same way on the iPad.  On Mac, however, you must first open the file <strong>Messages</strong> apps, select <strong>Messages</strong> on the menu bar, select <strong>Preferences</strong>pass to <strong>iMessage </strong>tab, then check the box next to <strong>Messages on iCloud</strong>.</p>
<h2>Start using iMessage again</h2>
<p>Hopefully, the above fixes worked and you are back to using iMessage as usual on your iPhone.  You can also fix similar iMessage problems on the Mac. Or, just call it a day and play some iMessage games with some friends instead.</p>
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