iPhone Not Sending Text Messages? Here are 12 Ways to Fix It.
One of the key points about iPhone messages is how easily they sync with your MacBook. It just works and brings your daily work productivity to a whole new level. This is why it can be so frustrating when you see messages not being sent to iPhone. so what’s going on here?
This problem can have many reasons. We’re going to list them all, so by the end of this article, you should be able to send messages through your iPhone. Let’s start.
Fix: iPhone not sending text messages
1. Force restart
This is perhaps the oldest trick in the book, but it could possibly solve a lot of problems for you. Well worth trying and just follow. Just hold the Power button and Home button at the same time for a few seconds. If you have an iPhone X series without a Home button, press the volume up button once, then do the same for the volume down button, and then press and hold the power button for a few seconds until the shutdown option suddenly appears on the display …
2. iMessage is disabled
It may have happened before. Messages you send via iMessage go through Apple’s servers. While Apple places a lot of emphasis on keeping them awake and working around the clock, every system can crash. To check if iMessage is down you need to check the system status here.
This handy link will show not only the system status of iMessage, but almost all other services provided by Apple such as iTunes, Music, iCloud, Beats and others. I suggest you bookmark this link for future reference, especially if you are heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem.
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3. Check your network settings
The iPhone messaging app depends on many third-party services to function properly. The first is a telecommunications signal. Do you have a strong enough signal to send a text message? If not, try moving to a stronger network. Make sure airplane mode is not enabled. In fact, some of our users reported that turning airplane mode on and off once helped fix the problem, so you can try that once. Log into the control center to quickly check the status of airplane mode.
Although text message depends on the cellular network to send SMS, you will need an active internet connection such as Wi-Fi or a data plan to send iMessage. Check your Wi-Fi connection and make sure it’s working, or disconnect for a moment to check if cellular data is working. This will help you narrow down the possible problems.
4. Check the block list
Perhaps you have accidentally or intentionally blocked the contact you are trying to send iMessage / SMS to and forgot about it. Sometimes people can be annoying, right?
To check if the recipient is on your blacklist, go to Settings General Messages Blocked. If you find the name or number of the recipient there, unblock him / her by clicking on the entry.
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5. Update iPhone
It happened recently. Apple released an update and hell broke out when a user discovered a Facetime bug that allowed the caller to hear your audio while the phone was still ringing. Mistakes are common, and when the Cupertino giant discovers one, it sends an update.
Updating your OS can also help fix a lot of bugs and issues in general, so it’s a good idea to check if there are pending updates and, if so, update your iPhone to the latest version as soon as possible. Maybe that’s why your iPhone was not sending messages.
6. Regular message
As mentioned earlier, iMessage uses the Internet to send and receive messages through Apple’s server. If that doesn’t work, you can try sending a plain text message using your cellular data plan. Please note that, unlike iMessage, these messages are not free and will vary depending on the carrier plan you choose, so be sure to check beforehand.
7. Recreate the group
Many of us use iMessage to send and receive group messages. This saves a lot of time and frustration. If you are unable to send group messages, I would recommend that you delete the group as well as delete any old conversations that you had with the group. Then recreate the group with the same recipients. Now try sending group messages again and see if that works.
8. iMessage & MMS setup
iMessage is nothing more than a form of MMS, so it’s possible that its setting has been turned off. To check this, go to Settings Messages and check if the iMessage option is enabled or not.
While you’re there, also check if the Send as SMS option is enabled (when iMessage is not available). This way, your smartphone will be best at making calls and using SMS as a backup when iMessage is down. A regular message is indicated by a green bubble, and iMessage is indicated by a blue. Knowing the difference can help you figure out which settings should be changed first.
On the same screen, if you scroll a little, you’ll find MMS messages, which should also be enabled.
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9. Reset iMessage
Some of our readers reported that resetting iMessage settings helped them bring intelligence into their lives. This will not delete your iMessages, but will reset the settings to their defaults. To do this, go back to Settings Messages Send and receive. You must sign in with your Apple ID here.
Exit here, turn off iMessage on the previous screen, and restart your iPhone. Wait 10 minutes, then turn iMessage back on and sign in with your Apple ID. You should see your email addresses and mobile number here. See if your iPhone is sending messages now.
10. Reset network settings
As with iMessage, you can also reset your network settings. This will affect your cell tower data, Wi-Fi settings such as names and passwords, and even VPN details. You can always enter them back manually, so it doesn’t hurt to follow this step. Resetting your network settings can fix all sorts of network problems and is often recommended by Apple Support.
To do this, go to Settings General Reset Reset Network Settings. Click Yes if you are asked to confirm your action. Your iPhone might restart quickly as well.
11. Date and time settings
Smartphones are smart devices, so you don’t have to worry about setting the date and time. Your mobile phone will automatically receive this data from your cellular network. Sometimes the smartphone may not receive this data, which can lead to the fact that your mobile phone will show the wrong date and time. This will affect many services, including iPhones, that do not send text messages.
Make sure the date and time are correct, and if not, go to Settings General Date and Time. Make sure the time zone here is correctly set to automatic. You can turn off “Automatic” to set it manually if the date and time are not displayed correctly on your iPhone.
12. Update carrier settings
Your carrier’s settings may be out of date. In most cases, these settings are set automatically when the SIM card is first inserted. You can view these settings manually by going to Settings – General – About. Clicking on the operator’s name displays additional information, such as whether SMS / MMS settings are enabled.
If an update is available for carrier settings, you will see it on the same screen. If you want to manually update your carrier’s settings, there is no direct way, but there is a hack. Insert a new SIM card that is registered with a different carrier than the one you are currently using. You will be prompted to set new carrier settings, which will be sent via SMS. After the update, remove the SIM and reinsert the old SIM, forcing your iPhone to reinstall the original carrier settings again.
Messages are not sent on iPhone
As you can see, there are a number of reasons why iPhone is not sending messages to your iPhone. One or more of the above solutions may work for you, so give them a try and let us know in the comments below. Have you found a new way to fix this error? Share with us below in the comments.