When your iPhone cannot send text messages, you feel cut off from friends and family. And what should you do? Call?! Ugh.

If your iPhone can’t send text messages, try these tips in order to fix it.

iPhone sends texts using Apple network iMessage or via standard SMS text messages to non-Apple devices. The tips in this article apply to both types of text messages, and the procedures apply to all currently supported versions of iOS.

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How to Fix iPhone Text Messages Not Sending

  1. Connect to the network. Your iPhone cannot send text messages if it is not connected to either a cellular phone network or a Wi-Fi network. If your texts aren’t coming through, this is where to start.

    Just try to go to any webpage to see if you are connected. It’s a quick way to find out if you’re really connected. If you can open a web page and text messages still don’t work (assuming iMessage is enabled), then it’s not a network issue. If you don’t have internet access and can’t send text messages, but Wi-Fi and cellular data are on, you’re just out of service and there’s not much you can do.

    Look at the top left corner of your iPhone screen (top right on iPhone X (and X-Series), as well as on the iPhone 11-Series). The icon there shows the strength of your cellular connection. The Wi-Fi indicator shows the same for Wi-Fi networks. A small number of dots or bars, or the absence of a telephone company name means that you cannot be connected to the network .

  2. Disable Airplane Mode. Try disabling flight mode or turn it on or off to find the connection. Your iPhone should connect to an available network and your texts will go through. If they don’t, try going outside or to an area where you know there is adequate cell or Wi-Fi coverage.

  3. Check the recipient’s phone number and email address. If your texts still can’t be sent, try one more very simple thing: make sure you’re sending it to the right place. Check the recipient’s phone number or, if you’re sending via iMessage, their email address.

    If you think your texts aren’t coming through because you’re not getting replies, it might not be related to your phone. If you’ve confirmed you’re sending it to the right person, but you’re getting zero replies, the recipient can block your number . If they can’t see your texts, they can’t respond, which makes you think your texts aren’t working.

  4. Close and restart the Messages app. Sometimes applications just need to be shut down and restarted to resolve problems often associated with memory management. Force quit the messaging app and try again.

  5. Reboot your phone. Restarting your iPhone solves a lot of problems. It may not fix things in this case, but it’s a quick, easy step worth trying before diving into the more advanced options.

  6. Check the status of the iMessage system. It’s possible that your iPhone not sending texts has nothing to do with your iPhone. These may be Apple servers. Visit system status page companies, to see if there is a problem with iMessage. If this happens, you will have to wait for Apple to fix the problem.

  7. Make sure your message type is supported. Not every telephone company supports all kinds of text messages . There is wide support for SMS, the standard text messaging protocol, more formally known as the short message service, but not every company supports the multimedia messaging service, which is used to send photos, videos, and songs.

    If you’re having trouble sending texts and nothing on the list has helped so far, it’s a good idea to check with your phone company to confirm they support the type of text you’re trying to send.

  8. Turn on group messages. If a text message that won’t be sent has a photo or video, or you’re trying to send text to a group of people , make sure that the settings to support these features are enabled. Click Settings > Messages, then under SMS/MMS » Make sure that MMS messages and group messages enabled or green. Try sending the message again.

  9. Check your phone’s date and time settings. Your iPhone needs to register the correct date and time settings for many network services to work. If this information is incorrect on your phone, then this may be the cause. Click » Settings» > » Main» > » Date and time» then move slider » Automatic» to the position « On / Green». If it’s already on, turn it off and then on again. Time information with automatic synchronization is sent by your carrier’s network.

  10. Reactivate iMessage. If you’re using iMessage to send text, make sure iMessage is turned on. This is usually the case, but if it was accidentally disabled, this could be the source of the problem. To turn it on, click » Settings» > » Messages» switch slider iMessage to position « On / Green» and then try texting again.

  11. Reset network settings. Your iPhone’s network settings are a group of settings that control how it connects to the Internet. Mistakes in these settings can prevent texts from being sent. Try to solve these problems reset network settings .

  12. Update carrier settings. Your iPhone has a hidden carrier settings file that helps your phone and company network know how to communicate, make calls, transfer data, and send text messages. Telephone companies periodically update their settings. If you have the latest version, you can solve some problems, by updating your carrier settings .

  13. Update iOS. The latest version of iOS always contains the latest improvements and bug fixes. Always helpful update ios, when you run into problems.

Did not work? What to do next

If you’ve completed all these steps and your iPhone still can’t send text messages, it’s time to talk to experts . Appoint Apple Store meeting for technical support .

If you had an iPhone but switched to Android and are having problems with texts, Apple has a solution for you. Find out all about it at Fix Android error with this simple free tool .

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