Cant Send or Receive Messages on iPhone

If you can’t send or receive messages on iPhone or iPad, you are in an unpleasant situation as you are not able to communicate with anybody via Messages app. This unlike-able condition may stem from faulty network connection or probably you need to perform carrier update on your iPhone.

When you face such a problem when you cannot chat with Messages app on iPhone or iPad, you need to follow a few solutions to come out of this issue of iPhone not sending text messages.

Not Able to Send or Receive Messages on iPhone or iPad? Read the Solutions.

Before you go ahead.

  • Update your iPhone to the latest iOS version.
  • On your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular), you need to check carrier settings update (keep your iOS device connected with Wi-Fi or mobile network and then tap Settings → General → About. You will find an option to update carrier settings if any update is available).
  • Check the network connection on your iPhone or iPad; it should be running without any hitch.
  • Does your mobile carrier support the kind of message (MMS or SMS) you want to send
  • Before you send group MMS messages on iPhone, toggle MMS Messaging ON. You should contact your mobile operator if your iPhone doesn’t show MMS Messaging or Group Messaging.
  • You need to ensure that you have entered correct mobile number of email id of the recipient.

Message Not Delivered

When your iPhone flashes an alert telling you that message Not Delivered, simply Quit Messages app and launch Settings app.

Next, disable Wi-Fi or Cellular or Mobile and reboot your device.

After rebooting your iOS device, you need to toggle Wi-Fi or Cellular ON.

Now tap on Messages and try to send the message.

You may also tap on (!) icon next to your message that was not delivered and tray to resend it.

Waiting for Activation Error

If you encounter Waiting for Activation error, you need to check that date and time on your iPhone are properly set up.

Tap on Settings → General → Date & Time.

Tap on General and Set Date and Time

Once Date & Time is set, open Settings → Messages. Toggle iMessage OFF and ON.

Toggle iMessage ON and Off

Now try to send message from your iPhone.

Group Message Issue

When you find issue in group messages, then you need to delete that conversation and start afresh. Before you delete any conversation, don’t forget to save attachments; just tap and hold the attachment and tap on Save. You can also capture screenshot to save the content of your message before you delete the same.

To delete a conversation, open Messages → Swipe to left on the conversation → Tap Delete.

Once the group conversation is deleted, start a new conversation by tapping Compose icon. Next, enter the phone numbers or email ids of your contacts. Type in your message and tap Send button.

Reset Network Settings on iPhone

Network may be the villain of the piece; here, you can reset network settings on your iOS device.

Step #1: Launch Settings → General → Reset.

Tap on General and Next tap on Reset

Step #2: Tap Reset Network Settings and confirm your action.

Tap on Reset Network Settings and Confirm

Do your contacts see your email id in place of your mobile number when you send messages?

If your iMessage is set to receive iMessages and if it does initiate conversations from Apple ID and not from your phone number, you can follow the steps given below:

Step #1: Open Settings → Messages.

Tap on Messages

Step #2: Tap on Send & Receive.

Tap on Send and Receive Option

Step #3: Here, you should ensure that your mobile number is listed and selected under ‘You Can Be Reached By iMessage At’ and under ‘Start New Conversations From’.

Here you will see you number and email id

If your phone number is not listed there, you can add it by following the steps mentioned here:

Step #1: Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

Tap on Settings

Step #2: Open Messages app → Send & Receive.

Open Messages and Tap on Send and Receive

Step #3: Tap your Apple ID and then tap on Sign Out.

Tap your Apple ID and then tap on Sign Out

Step #4: Next, come back to Settings → Messages → Send & Receive.

Open Messages and Tap on Send and Receive

Step #5: Press your finger on ‘Use your Apple ID for iMessage’, and then sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Tap on Use your Apple ID for iMessage and Signin Apple ID

Step #6: Now you should ensure that your phone number and Apple ID are included under ‘You Can Be Reached By iMessage At’.

Here you will see you number and email id

Step #7: On other devices, open Settings → Messages → Send & Receive.

Step #8: Tap on ‘Use your Apple ID for iMessage’ and then sign in with Apple ID and password.

Apart from Waiting for Activation error, people also face iPhone Activation Errors, which give hellish pain to iPhone users. However, after following a few solutions, users can get rid of these iPhone Activation errors.

iMessage Waiting for Activation is another bead in the garland of Activation; users can follow four solutions to fix iMessage Waiting for Activation issue on iPhone.

While using Messages app, you should also pay enough attention to message cache. If you tend to send pictures and videos through iMessage or Messages, you will pile up a lot of other data. To enjoy better Messages experience, you need to clear message cache frequently from your iPhone/iPad.

Apple, in its latest iOS release, has added excellent features to Messages app. Screen Effects in iMessage are the most popular features from Apple. When you face an issue of screen effects not working in iMessage on iOS 10, you can follow some solutions including updating your iOS device to iOS 10.

As mentioned above, some of the popular features of iMessage introduced in iOS 10 release are iMessage with Bubble Effects, iMessage with Screen Effects, and iMessage from Windows PC or Laptop.

We hope now you have fixed the issue of cannot send or receive messages on iPhone. Share your feedback with us on FacebookTwitter and Google Plus.



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