Why won't my imessage send?

+33 votes
asked Jul 25, 2018 in Computers & Electronics by Gloria (690 points)
edited Aug 14, 2019
I just got an iPhone and all of my imessages are sending to all but one person, whose other imessages are working also. I’ve tried restarting my phone, but nothing has helped. Why isn’t my imessage sending?

5 Answers

+11 votes
answered Apr 27, 2019 by Charity (870 points)
edited Aug 6, 2019
You should probably check your settings first to see if your imessages aren’t sending because it’s turned off. If you look at Settings then Messages, you can check if your iMessage, Send as SMS, or MMS Messaging is on or off. Turning all of these on will make your imessages send. If all of these features were already on, trying turning them off and then back on to just reset things in case there was a glitch.
+10 votes
answered May 30, 2019 by Nazareth (1,640 points)
edited Jul 12, 2019
If your imessage isn’t sending to someone, try deleting your conversation with them and start a fresh one. Unfortunately, once it’s deleted you won’t be able to recover it, but you can take a screenshot of anything important before deleting. If you and that person have a long message history that’s slowing up space, deleting it to free up space should help your imessages send faster.
commented Aug 14, 2015 by sylvain (520 points)
I tried, but this is not why won't my imessage send :'(
+10 votes
answered Jun 23, 2019 by Jim (810 points)
edited Aug 14, 2019
I’d suggest contacting your cellphone carrier if you’re having trouble receiving or sending imessages. Check your text messaging plan to make sure it’s not a data issue or other texting restriction.
+7 votes
answered Aug 4, 2019 by XIAORONG (880 points)
edited Aug 10, 2019
There might be a network issue that’s causing your imessages to fail. You can wipe all the stored settings to remove whatever is blocking your imessages from sending. Go to Settings, General, Reset, and then Reset Network Settings to do this.
+1 vote
answered Jul 12, 2019 by Jackie (910 points)
edited Jul 23, 2019
So you ask “why won't my imessage send”… You know your imessages might have trouble sending if your iPhone is overdue for an update. It needs this update in order to send imessages correctly to another phone that already has the update. First, restart your phone. Then check for either a carrier settings update or a iOS software update.
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