You try to send one of those blue bubble messages using your iPhone but for some reason the blue bubbles are green. 

 

You wonder what’s with the change of color of the messages and the possibility that there is something that could be wrong.

 

And you’re right there is something wrong with the color of the bubbles.

 

What’s the difference between the two bubbles?

The difference between the two is if the messages that you sent appeared in blue bubbles, then that’s called an iMessage (you use your data to send them). The other green bubbles are your usual text messages (you use your text messaging plan that’s capped and provided by your cellular service provider).

 

In this quick and simple guide,  I’ll show you how you can fix iMessage when it won’t work on your iPhone or iPad in just under 3 minutes of your time. 

 

 

How to Fix iMessage Not Working: 10 Ways

 

Make sure to go from 1-10 accordingly.

 

1.  The Method That Works All the Time.

 

Step 1:  Go ahead jump into your Settings app and tap on Messages. 

 

Step 2:  Next, tap on the slider right next to iMessage to turn off iMessage on your iPhone (or iPad).

 

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Step 3:  Now hold down on your Power button until you see Slide to power off on your screen and slide your finger across to turn off your iPhone (or iPad). 

 

Step 4:  After 10-15 seconds has passed, turn your iPhone (or iPad) back on and jump back into your Settings app and then Messages. All you have to do is just turn iMessage back on. 

 

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That’s it! 🙂

 

If you find the above method did not work to fix your iMessage then keep reading.

 

 

2.  Make Sure Your iMessage is Set Up Correctly.

 

Step 1:  Go ahead jump into your Settings app and then tap Messages.

 

Step 2:  Next, scroll a little down and tap on Send & Receive.

 

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Step 3:  Now you’ll see a list of phone numbers and email addresses which are setup so that you can send and receive iMessages on your iPhone (or iPad). 

 

Step 4:  All you have to do is just make sure that under Start New Conversations, that there is a checkmark next to your phone number. If there isn’t, tap on your phone number to activate iMessage for your number.

 

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Do you see the checkmark?

 

 

3.  It Could Just Be Your Internet Connection. 

Remember, iMessage will only work with a Wi-Fi or your cellular data connection. So you’ll need to check and make sure that your iPhone or iPad is actually really connected to the internet for it to send and receive iMessages.

Here’s how you can check for your internet connection on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 1:  Jump into your Safari app (or Google app) and try to search for any website. If the website doesn’t load or if it says that you’re not connected to the internet, then your iMessages won’t work either.

 

Note

It can also be, if you find the internet isn’t working, that you might be connected to a Wi-Fi that doesn’t have a good enough internet connection. You can try to turn off the Wi-Fi and then resend the iMessage using your data. If that works then the problem was with your Wi-Fi, not your iMessage.

 

 

4.  Sign Out of Your iMessage and Sign Back In.

 

Step 1:  Jump into your Settings app and then tap on Messages.

 

Step 2:  Next, tap on Send & Receive. 

 

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Step 3:  Now do you see where it says Apple ID: your Apple ID? Sweet. If you see it, then choose to Sign Out.

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Step 4:  Finally, sign back in using your Apple ID and then once you’re done try sending an iMessage to one of your friends that has an iPhone or iPad.

 

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5.  Always Check for iOS Updates. 

 

Step 1:  Head into your Settings app and tap General.

 

Step 2:  Next, tap on Software Update. Check to see if there are any new iOS updates that’s waiting to be downloaded for your iPhone (or iPad).

 

Some of the most common problems especially the ones with iMessage can be fixed with updates.

 

 

6.  iMessage Could Be Down on Apple’s Side.

Any service that you use everyday whether that be your Spotify, Netflix, Twitter can go down for unexpected reasons.

You can quickly and easily check if iMessage is down on Apple’s side (as it sometimes does go down) by just heading over to Apple’s System Status page.

Learn more on whether iMessage is currently down.

 

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7.  The Odd Solution.

This kinda seems like a weird solution but it has worked for some users in the Apple support communities. Apparently, it’s very important that your date and time are correct in order for your iMessage to work.

 

Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1:  Jump into your Settings app and then tap General.

 

Step 2:  Next, tap on Date & Time.

 

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Step 3:  Lastly, toggle turn on the switch next to Set Automatically.

 

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8.  Another Odd Solution.

This is another weird solution that has worked for some users, though I am going to be honest with you I don’t know how and why. The solution is to make sure that there is to delete your older conversations.

 

Note

Do make sure that you’re not keeping anything important in your message threads in your Messages app. If you do try and save it or back up your iPhone (or iPad) just in case.

 

Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Go ahead open your iMessages. Then swipe left on each of the message thread and  tap Delete.

Again make sure to save anything important that might need first because once you tap Delete the messages will be gone forever. (unless if you have it backed up on your iCloud or iTunes)

 

If you tried all of the above methods and you still find the iMessage is not working then …

 

 

9.  Reset Your Network Settings.

When you have issues with network connectivity, your iMessage will have problems. So in order to fix that, resetting your iPhone’s network settings back to its factory defaults (how it was when you first got it) can fix the issue with iMessage.

 

Note 

Before you go on to do this, make sure that you know your Wi-Fi passwords. The reason why is because when you reset the network settings, this will erase all of the saved Wi-Fi networks on your iPhone (or iPad). 

 

After your iPhone resets, you’ll then need to re-enter your Wi-Fi passwords for the Wi-Fi networks that you have at your home or at work. Also, your iPhone’s Bluetooth and VPN settings will also be reset back to factory defaults (how it was when you first got it).

 

Here’s how you can reset your network settings.

Step 1:  Go ahead jump into your Settings app and then tap General.

 

Step 2:  Next, tap on Reset.

 

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Step 3:  Now all that you need to do is just choose Reset Network Settings. Your iPhone will then go on to restore it’s network settings back to how it was when you first got it. 

 

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You can try your iMessage to see if the problem has been fixed which it should be.

 

If it still has not, then …

 

 

10. It’s time to call Apple.

You tried every method above but you still find none of the methods did a thing to fix your iMessage. 

What you can do is make an appointment with the Genius Bar at your nearest Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider so that you can have them take a look at your iPhone or iPad and fix your iMessage that is not working. 

 

That’s it! 

 

 

Share this guide with anyone, your friends or your family and help them if their iMessage is not working either on their iPhone or iPad.
They’ll appreciate it. 🙂