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Is your iPhone not sending text messages? Chances are, it’s something simple and the problem can be fixed within a matter of minutes. Sometimes, on the other hand, the repair requires a more complex solution, or you’ll find that your device needs to be serviced.

For issues pertaining to iMessage and SMS, there is likely a quick and painless fix. We’ll provide a list of problems that often happen, along with solutions to these three common issues that may cause messages not to send on your iPhone.

This includes, but is not limited to, service provider outages, the fact that your phone is in airplane mode, or you’ve just lost connection with iMessage in your phone’s settings. If these don’t do the trick, you can always book a phone repair with Puls technicians for convenient repair that comes to you. 

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My iPhone won’t Send iMessages

iphone won't send text messagesApple’s iMessage feature provides a fun and interactive experience for its users. The iconic blue bubble chat is guilty of occasionally turning green, which in the world of iPhone usually means that there’s a problem.

Here’s how you get your iPhone's iMessage feature up and running again and stay current with your friends and family via iMessage:

  1. Initially, you’ll want to sign out of iMessage and sign back in again from ‘Settings’
  2. Shortly thereafter, go back to Settings > Messages and tap to open 'Send & Receive’
  3. Lastly, tap 'Apple ID: (your Apple ID)' and choose the option to 'Sign Out'
  4. Sign back in using your Apple ID and test out sending an iMessage to someone with an iPhone

Other common remedies include a restart of the device, and understanding that the person you are trying to contact may also no longer have an iPhone. This alone can cause messages to appear as a green chat bubble instead of its iconic blue bubble that allows you to see when the recipient is typing a message or has read your message.

The good news is, there are still tons of ways for you to keep in contact with those you value most be it via WhatsApp, SMS or Facebook Messenger. You can take advantage of communicating with friends and family through these applications while you figure out the best way to fix your iMessage connectivity issues, so you never skip a beat!  

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My iPhone Won’t Send Text Messages (SMS)

Closeup portrait of a man using smartphoneIf your iPhone is not sending SMS messages, it is suggested that you check your network settings.

SMS messages not sending are often largely caused by user error such as putting your phone on ‘Do not disturb’ mode. Find out if a user error is to blame for your iPhone not sending iMessages by eliminating the following as possibilities.

  1. Check for a cellular signal. If there is no signal, messages cannot be sent.
  2. The cell number you are trying to reach could also be disconnected or recently changed. In this instance, try giving them a call.
  3. Airplane mode on. If this is the case, you will not receive messages or any alerts for that matter, until you disable airplane mode.

 

Your Service Provider is Experiencing Outages

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To find this out, log on to your service provider's website and check for outages in your area. If there are outages, you will sometimes receive a text message alert before or after the issue is resolved.

Finally, if you can’t find information about outages online, give your provider a call or place a test call to see if you have the ability to place a phone call.  

 

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'Why is my iPhone not sending messages?': How to troubleshoot iPhone messaging issues

  • If your iPhone is not sending messages, first make sure your phone has service, as the issue may be with the Wi-Fi or cellular network, not your device itself.
  • Check in your iPhone's Settings app that various messaging options are turned on so that your phone can dispatch texts if iMessage fails.
  • Turning your iPhone off and back on again can usually refresh the software and restore better signal connections, enabling your messages to send once again.
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There are few sadder phrases than those two little red words your iPhone displays when a message fails to send: "Not Delivered." Those words, along with that exclamation point in a circle, mean your charming photo or witty comment didn't go through.

Fortunately, as in life, with the iPhone: the simplest answer is usually the correct one. If your iPhone is not sending messages, first make sure you have a connection to either a Wi-Fi or cellular network, and make sure your phone is not set to Airplane Mode.

How to troubleshoot your iPhone if it isn’t sending messages

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If these quick fixes below don't do the trick, the solution will be a bit more involved, but you can usually get messages sending again without support from Apple.

Try these fixes to get your iPhone messages sending smoothly again.

But, first, of course, try just tapping that exclamation point beside your failed message and then tap "Try Again."

Check your network settings

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1. Check your network connection. If you don't have good cell coverage or Wi-Fi service (assuming you use Wi-Fi calling) you won't be able to send messages, even if your phone is working fine.

2. Make sure you're not in Airplane Mode by swiping up from your iPhone and making sure the airplane icon in the upper-left corner is not enabled (highlighted orange). 

3. Then, check your iPhone's Messages settings. In the Settings app, scroll to and tap Messages, then make sure the switches next to iMessage and Send as SMS are toggled on (to green).

Check the phone number

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Confirm that you are texting the right number. If you entered the number wrong or the intended recipient now has a new number, you may be prevented from sending the text.

Restart your phone

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Restart your iPhone by holding down the power button then swiping to power down. When you turn it back on, it may well be able to send messages again.

Reset your network settings

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1.Resetting your network settings is a last-ditch attempt before seeking help from Apple, but it might be your last chance for getting those messages out. 

2. Navigate through the Settings app to the "General" tab, then click "Reset", then click "Reset Network Settings."

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If you can't send or receive messages on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If you see an alert when you send a message, or if you can’t send or receive messages, learn what to do.

If you still need help, find your issue below to learn what to do next.

 

If you see a red exclamation point

If you try to send a message and you see  Exclamation mark icon with an alert that says Not Delivered, follow these steps:

  1. Check your network connection.
  2. Tap  Exclamation mark icon, then tap Try Again.
  3. If you still can’t send the message, tap  Exclamation mark icon, then tap Send as Text Message. Messaging rates may apply. Contact your carrier for more information.

If you see a green message bubble

If you see a green message bubble instead of a blue one, then that message was sent using MMS/SMS instead of iMessage. There are several reasons for this:

  • The person that you sent the message to doesn't have an Apple device.
  • iMessage is turned off on your device or on your recipient’s device. To check if iMessage is turned on for your device, go to Settings > Messages > iMessage.
  • iMessage is temporarily unavailable on your device or on your recipient’s device.

Learn the difference between iMessage and MMS/SMS messages.

 

If you receive messages on one device but not the other

If you have an iPhone and another iOS or iPadOS device, like an iPad, your iMessage settings might be set to receive and start messages from your Apple ID instead of your phone number. To check if your phone number is set to send and receive messages, go to Settings > Messages, and tap Send & Receive.

If you don't see your phone number, you can link your iPhone number to your Apple ID so you can send and receive iMessages from your phone number. You can also set up Text Message Forwarding so you can send and receive MMS and SMS messages on all of your Apple devices.

If you have issues with a group message

If you’re in a group message and stop receiving messages, check to see if you left the conversation. Open Messages and tap the group message. If you see a message that says you left the conversation, then either you left the conversation or you were removed from the group message. You can rejoin a group message only if someone in the group adds you.

To start a new group message:

  1. Open Messages and tap the Compose button .
  2. Enter the phone numbers or email addresses of your contacts.
  3. Type your message, then tap the Send button send message.

If you have other issues with a group message, you might need to delete the conversation and start a new one. To delete a group message:

  1. Open Messages and find the conversation that you want to delete.
  2. Swipe left over the conversation.
  3. Tap Delete.

When you delete a message, you can't recover it. If you want to save parts of a message, take a screenshot. To save an attachment in a message, tap the Download button . The photo or image will be saved to your Library in the Photos app.

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How to fix SMS, MMS and iMessage in all iPhones.

So your text message failed to send. Ugh. While annoying, there’s likely an easy fix to the problem. In this blog post, we’ll troubleshoot a few issues on both iPhone and Android that that may be the cause of your texting woes.

How to Fix it: “Why are my text messages not sending on my iPhone?”

A bit of context here before we launch into the possible reasons why your messages aren’t being delivered: iPhone sends a text message as an iMessage (the blue bubbles) or as an SMS (the green bubbles). iMessage can be sent over Wi-Fi or cellular connection and SMS (Short Message Service, a.k.a., a plain text) can only be sent over cellular connection. When iMessage isn’t available (or is turned off), text messages can be sent as an SMS as a backup. We’ll cover troubleshooting for both types of messages.

And just in case you haven’t done this already: If you see a red exclamation point with the alert Not Delivered under your text, tap on the exclamation point then tap Try Again. If that doesn’t work, tap Send as Text Message.

Didn’t work? If your text messages are not sending on your iPhone, try these options.

Step 1. Check your cellular coverage or Wi-Fi connection. Start with the easiest culprit to identify: your network connection. You can’t send text messages without access to either a cellular or Wi-Fi network. If you have weak cell service, you may have to wait to send your text when you have a stronger connection.

Are you near Wi-Fi? Check the following:

Is your iPhone’s Wi-Fi switched off?

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen
  • Locate the Wi-Fi icon (upper right of the screen)
  • If the icon is white, tap to enable Wi-Fi.

Are you on Airplane mode? This shuts off both your Wi-Fi and cell connection

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen
  • Tap on the Airplane icon (upper left of the screen). If it’s orange, tap to turn it off.

Step 2. Check that iMessage is enabled. If you’re trying to send an iMessage but it’s being sent as an SMS instead, there are a few reasons why this could be happening: Your recipient doesn’t have an Apple device or iMessage is temporarily unavailable on your device or their Apple device.

Check that your iMessage is turned on

  • Go to Settings
  • Scroll to Messages
  • If the iMessage toggle is gray, switch it on.
  • Lastly, enable MMS on iPhone. Is your iPhone not sending pictures? If you’re trying to send a multimedia file (e.g., image, GIF, video) in a text message, ensure that MMS Messaging is toggled on, too. Scroll a little further down to see it.

Step 3. Restart your phone. If the above steps haven’t done the trick, restart your iPhone. It might just need a quick refresh. For the easiest way to restart your iPhone, locate your device model on this page.

Step 4. Check that the issue isn’t with a single contact. If you’ve restarted your phone and your text message is still not sending, the issue may be with the contact. Check out the tips below.

Why is my iPhone not sending text messages to one person?

Did you accidentally block them?

    1. Tap the contact’s name
    2. Tap on Info
    3. Tap on Info again
    4. Toward the bottom, if you see “Unblock this Caller,” tap it to unblock them.

Is their phone number correct?

    1. If the contact is saved on your device, follow steps 1-3
    2. You can view their phone number under “mobile”
    3. Also check that you’re not missing an international country code, if applicable.

Why is my iPhone not sending messages to Android?

If your text messages are not sending to an Android device, you may have SMS disabled on your iPhone. Android users cannot receive iMessages, only SMS.

Here’s how to switch on SMS:

    1. Go to Settings
    2. Go to Messages
    3. Find Send as SMS and toggle on

Step 5. Reset network settings. If none of the above is working, reset the network settings on your phone as a final effort. At this point, you’ve already verified that you either have connection to Wi-Fi, cell service or both, but sometimes, your device might not actually have connection even though it says that it does; the connection may just be interrupted. The network settings on your iPhone control the W-Fi and cellular connection, so resetting it should get your phone to connect again (your data won’t be erased).

The reason why you might want to do this step last is because resetting your network will require you to re-enter your log-in information, so make sure you have that on hand.

To reset your network settings

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to General
  • Tap on Reset at the bottom
  • Tap on Reset Network Settings
  • Enter your passcode if prompted

How to Fix it: Text messages not sending, Android

The following tips are for the Messages app since it’s the default texting app on Android phones. Keep in mind that individual directions below may be slightly different from phone to phone.

Step 1. Check your network connection. You can’t send text messages without access to either a cellular or Wi-Fi network. If your cellular connection is weak, you may have to wait to send your text when you have a stronger connection.

Are you near Wi-Fi? Check the following:

Is your device’s Wi-Fi switched off?

  • Swipe down from the top of your screen
  • Tap down on Wi-Fi
  • Turn on Use Wi-Fi
  • If you don’t have a network that you’re automatically connecting to, tap on the available network and enter the password if required.

Are you in Airplane mode? Try one of these:

  • Swipe down from the top of your device
  • Tap on the airplane to turn it off if it’s on

You can also:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Connections
  • Tap the airplane mode toggle to turn it off if it’s on

Step 2. Force stop the Messages app. The app itself may need to be restarted if your text message failed to send.

To Force Stop the Messages app:

  • Open Settings
  • Open Apps
  • Open Messages
  • Tap on Force Stop

Step 3. Or restart your phone. You could also just restart your phone all together. Sometimes our phones just need a quick reset to get things running normally again. Hold down the power button for 30 seconds to restart.

Step 4. Get the most up-to-date version of Messages. You may not have the latest version of Messages installed.

To check for an app update:

  • Open the Play store app
  • Tap your Google photo in the upper right corner
  • Tap on My apps & games
  • If Messages has a recent update, you’ll find it in the Updates list.

Step 5. Clear the Messages cache.Caching allows applications to store temporary files to speed up load times and to improve the user experience (i.e., search history or video thumbnails). The cache can build up over time and may eventually slow things down. Clearing it frees up storage and may improve your device’s performance.

To clear the Messages cache:

  • Open Settings
  • Open Apps
  • Open Messages
  • Tap on Storage
  • Tap on Clear Cache

Step 6. Check that the issue isn’t with just one contact. Maybe your text isn’t sending to only one person. Check if their phone number is correct or add an international country code if needed.

Did you accidentally block them?

  • Open the Phone app
  • Tap the icon with the three vertically stacked dots
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Blocked Numbers
  • If the phone number is blocked, it will be on this list. Tap the red line next to the contact’s number to unblock them.

Step 7. Verify that your SIM card is properly installed. Caching didn’t work? Check if your SIM card is correctly in place.

To remove your SIM card and re-install it:

Step 8. Factory reset your Android. This should be your final effort in solving why your text messages are not sending. A factory reset will restore your device to its original state. Before you do this, back up your data so you don’t lose anything.

To factory reset your Android:

  • Open Settings
  • Open General Management
  • Find the Reset option
  • Tap on Factory data reset

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What To Do If iPhone 13 / 13 Pro Won’t Send Text Messages

Is your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro not Sending text messages? Worry not, the problem seems fixable.

When your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro can’t send text messages, you may feel cut off from friends and family. There are many reasons why your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro may fail to send text messages, including problems with the cellular network insufficient airtime, wrong settings, or simple software oversights.

See also: iOS 15: Cellular Data Not Working On iPhone? Fix!

If your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro can’t send text messages, follow these simple tips to fix the issue.

  • If your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro is not sending text messages, first make sure your phone has service, as the issue may be with the cellular network, not your device itself.
  • Check in your iPhone’s Settings app that various messaging options are turned on so that your phone can dispatch texts if iMessage fails.
  • Turning your iPhone 13 off and back on again can usually refresh the software and restore better signal connections, enabling your text messages to send once again.

‘why is my iPhone 13 not sending text messages?’

There are a number of reasons why your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro is not sending text messages. Let’s review those possible reasons and then cover some troubleshooting steps.

Cell Service Issues Can Prevent iPhone 13 from Sending Text Messages

Before proceeding with troubleshooting, let’s cover the most obvious service related reasons why an iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro won’t send a text message:

  • The iPhone has no cellular signal – no SMS text messages can be sent without a traditional cell signal
  • The iPhone has no service – if the iPhone does not have a cellular service plan active, it will not be able to send text messages
  • The cellular reception is so bad that iPhone 13 can’t send a text message – if service is awful (think 1 bar or 1 dot or cycling between “Searching…” and dots), the phone likely won’t be able to send or receive text messages
  • The cell number you are reaching is disconnected – this is often the problem if the recipient has recently changed a phone number or you have multiple contact numbers for the same person, so be sure you are addressing the proper phone number
  • AirPlane mode is enabled, thereby disabling the ability to send messages and text messages – toggling AirPlane mode off will fix this specific issue quickly

It’s pretty obvious when a text message doesn’t send (or iMessage too), you’ll see a little red (!) bang exclamation sign next to the message, usually with a ‘not delivered’ message.

If any of those service related issues are the problem, you’ll need to either regain a stronger cellular signal with the iPhone, or reactivate a cellular service plan if applicable, or insure the proper contact is being messaged. If the cellular connection or service is not the issue, continue on with troubleshooting techniques to fix SMS transmission from iPhones.

If you are not able to send texts on iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro, these troubleshooting steps can help you fix the issue. Before getting started, it’s always a good idea to test your ability to send texts to a few different people, if possible. That could yield some clues as to what the problem might be.

Quit and restart the Messages app

Sometimes apps need to be quit and restarted to solve problems related to memory management. Force-quit the messaging app, then try again.

Check the phone number

Confirm that you are texting the right number. If you entered the number wrong or the intended recipient now has a new number, you may be prevented from sending the text.

Enable send as SMS

Most iPhone users have iMessage enabled, but some may have accidentally (or intentionally) turned off SMS support. So, make sure that your iPhone can send a message as a regular text message when iMessage isn’t available. You can do this by going to Settings app and tap on Messages. Scroll down and then turn on the toggle for Send as SMS.

Check the reception

Mobile networks are sometimes unpredictable. If you see a few or no bars, step outside or find a higher place indoors. If you’re in your home, you can use a signal booster to improve reception throughout the home.

Turn Off and On Airplane Mode

Open the Settings app and tap on the icon for Airplane Mode to enable it. After 30 seconds, tap on the same toggle to disable it. Now, Check if Your iPhone 13 is sending texts. It should work.

Restart Your iPhone

Even after following the above fix, if you have trouble sending texts on your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro, try restarting your device. Often times rebooting an iPhone is sufficient to remedy problems like this. You can do this by going to Settings > General > Shut Down. After a minute, turn on your iPhone and see if you can send messages. The issue will most likely be fixed.

Remove & Reinsert iPhone’s SIM Card

For this, you can use the ejector tool or a pin to remove the SIM card carefully. Next, slowly and with caution, rub it on a soft dry cloth and insert it back.

See also: iPhone 13 / 13 Pro Not Detecting SIM Card? Fix

Update iOS

Install any outstanding operating system updates, even if an update doesn’t seem relevant to the problem you experience. Some bug fixes and other repairs may address operations or features the texting app uses. Wait for any updates to finish before texting.

  1. Open the Settings app and tap on General.
  2. Next, tap on Software Update. If you see a pending update available, tap on Download and Install.

Once the process completes, there is a strong possibility that the iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro not sending texts issue will be successfully addressed.

Update Carrier settings

Your iPhone 13 has hidden carrier settings that help your phone communicate with the cellular network to place calls, transmit data, and send texts. Wireless carriers periodically update these settings. Make sure you have the latest version by updating your carrier settings. You can do this by going to Settings > General > About.

If there is an update available, the option to update will appear here.

Check your cellular provider’s website

If nothing else works, look for any alerts or updates concerning network issues. Network problems may not be immediately obvious to end users, or may only affect certain functions.

Make Sure your iPhone’s Date and Time is correct

Not just text messages, but several applications and services won’t work properly if your iPhone is set to the wrong time zone. To check if your iPhone has the correct time and date, go to Settings app > General > Date & Time > turn on the toggle for Set Automatically.

Reset Network Settings on iPhone

If you think that network is the culprit behind the problem of iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro not sending texts messages, you can Reset Network Settings. Resetting network settings can be a pain because you lose wi-fi passwords and custom DNS, but it can also be a cure-all solution for many common networking issues with iPhone, including the inability to send messages. You can do this by going to Settings > General > Transfer or reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Enter your iPhone passcode and confirm.

Reset All Settings

If the above less severe reset did not work, You can do this by going to Settings > General > Transfer or reset iPhone > Erase all content and settings. The consequences of this are more significant.

It will erase or return to default, all settings you have ever changed on your iPhone. This includes keyboard settings, Home Screen layout, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, VPN, Location Settings, and more. But, it won’t delete any personal data like photos, videos, apps, music, etc.

Contact Your Carrier

Finally, if nothing helps, contact your mobile carrier. You can reach them via email, Twitter, or use their mobile app. Make sure there is no pending bill or unpaid charges that have resulted in the suspension of the service.

That’s all!

These are some of the ways to fix iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro not sending texts Messages issue. I hope one of the solutions helped you out of this problem. Know of any other tricks to resolve an inability to send text messages on iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro? Drop a comment and let us know!

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iPhone Won't Send Text Messages? 10 Tips and Fixes

Even if you're not a fan of your smartphone, you probably use its most basic function of texting for communication. It can be frustrating when your text messages suddenly stop sending. This could be for a wide range of reasons: the wrong number or a poor network signal are just a few.

Regardless, it's usually a quick fix to get your iPhone sending SMS or MMS messages again, so don't start panicking just yet. Have a look at these potential fixes.

1. Check Your Network Signal

SMS and MMS messages send in green iPhone text bubbles while iMessages send in blue iPhone text bubbles. SMS and MMS require a cellphone network to send a text, and iMessage requires an internet connection through data or Wi-Fi. Be sure you are sending the right type of message.

Sometimes bad weather, internet hackers, or a rural location can affect your service connection. Try moving to an area with better reception if it's weak or nonexistent. If you're in an area that usually has a good signal, contact your mobile network operator.

2. Make Sure SMS and MMS Are On

When you message another contact with an Apple device, your iPhone sends it via iMessage by default.

Because iMessages sometimes fail to send, your iPhone might instead try sending SMS (Short Message Service) messages, even to other iPhone users. However, you need to switch this feature on in Settings for it to work.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Messages.
  3. Tap the Send as SMS slider so it moves into the green "on" position.
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Your iPhone can also send MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) messages. These are text messages that include some kind of media, such as images or video clips. You may need to enable these messages in Settings before you're able to send them.

Related: How to Send and Receive Text Messages on Your iPad

Here's how you activate MMS messages:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Messages.
  3. Hit the MMS Messaging toggle to set it to the green "on" position.

Take note, your personal cell plan may not cover MMS messaging. In which case, any text message sent with multimedia will fail to send.

3. Are You in Airplane Mode?

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Airplane mode prevents your iPhone from sending and receiving signals. This includes cellular and Wi-Fi signals, so you won't be able to send or receive text messages. Because of this, you should make sure that you've turned off Airplane Mode before trying to send text messages.

You can do this by opening your iPhone's Control Center and tapping the airplane symbol in the top left.

This symbol is grayed out whenever airplane mode is off. As a bonus, sometimes toggling Airplane Mode on and off can clear up temporary signal hiccups, too.

4. Did You Text the Right Number?

Sending text messages to inactive or unused numbers is a recipe for failure and frustration. When sending an SMS message, make sure you enter the correct number.

This should be no problem when you message a contact stored on your iPhone, but it can require care when entering a new number. So take your time when entering numbers.

If you continue to have trouble, contact your intended recipient by other means to confirm the number.

This last point is important. Sometimes, your contacts may change their numbers, or their mobile operator may disconnect them. The issue may be with someone else's phone and not yours.

5. Refresh and Delete Your Messages

If your iPhone can't send text messages, try closing the Messages app and opening it again. This isn't the most scientific method, but some users report that it's effective.

You can also try deleting any Messages conversations that contain failed texts.

Once again, it's not obvious why this can be effective. Sometimes applications get lost or stuck trying to perform a certain action—like sending a text. Often, refreshing the app can clear out the action, allowing the app to once again function properly.

You can also delete conversations in Messages by doing the following:

  1. Launch Messages.
  2. Swipe left on the conversation you'd like to delete.
  3. Tap Delete, and tap again to confirm.
  4. Finally, press the New Message icon in the top-right corner of the Messages screen to give it another try.
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This method is extremely useful if a message continually tries to send, but is unable to do so.

6. Is Your Mobile Plan Active?

You should next check whether you currently have an active mobile service plan. If you don't have one, you won't be able to send texts. While the vast majority of phone plans offer standard unlimited texting, you might have exceeded your monthly limit of text messages if you have a limited plan.

Related: The Cheapest Phone Plans With Unlimited Everything

In either case, you should contact your mobile carrier to ensure there are no issues with your account services.

7. Restart Your iPhone

If you've tried all of the above, you can next try restarting your iPhone. Restarts clear temporary memory, so they can be a good way of removing any issues affecting how your iPhone works.

On the iPhone X and later, you can restart by holding the Side button and one of the Volume buttons. You then swipe the power off slider to the right. In earlier iPhone models, you have to hold either the Top or Sleep/Wake button to bring up the power-off screen.

Alternatively, you can fully shut down your phone and manually restart it using the following instructions:

  1. Launch Settings > General > Shut Down.
  2. Swipe the button to the right.
  3. Wait one minute to allow a full shut down of the phone.
  4. Hold Side button to turn on your iPhone.
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When the phone turns back on, you should be able to enter Messages and easily resend the problematic text.

8. Update iOS

You should always keep your iPhone updated with the latest version of iOS. New updates for iOS can iron out software issues and bugs. So if your iPhone still can't send text messages, it's a good idea to update.

To update, you need to have your iPhone connected to Wi-Fi and a power source. You should then do the following:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to General.
  3. Tap Software Update.
  4. Select Download and Install.
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9. Reset Your Network Settings

You shouldn't take resetting your iPhone's network settings too lightly. Network settings save data such as Wi-Fi networks and passwords, so it isn't ideal to erase them.

That said, it's worth doing if you've tried everything above and your iPhone still won't send text messages.

Here's how to clear your iPhone's network settings:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Open General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Reset.
  4. Press Reset Network Settings.
  5. Enter your passcode.
  6. Tap Reset Network Settings to confirm.
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10. Still Not Working? Get Professional Help

If your iPhone still won't send SMS messages after all this, your last option is to contact your mobile operator. Try calling the customer service line. If they can't help you, you should contact Apple. After ruling everything else out, your iPhone may have some kind of hardware issue.

At this point, you'll need to contact some sort of computer and cell service store to see if anyone can help diagnose the problem. We have a list of cheap places to fix your iPhone you will find useful for this.

You may have to eventually replace the phone, but that should be the last case scenario.

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Unfortunately, it can take a little bit of time to figure out exactly what the source of your texting issues may be. If you're patient and willing to try a couple of different techniques, you should have no problem getting your iPhone working again.

If you've noticed that the iPhone has slowed down ways in more than just text messaging, there may be another problem at hand.

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iPhone Not Sending Text Messages? Here’s How to Fix SMS

Fix iPhone not sending text messages

When an iPhone user sends a text message to a non-iPhone user like an Android phone, the message is sent through SMS, as is indicated by a green message bubble. Sending text messages by SMS is also the fallback when an iMessage doesn’t send for whatever reason. Typically transmitting an SMS text message is very reliable, but sometimes an iPhone won’t send a text message, and in such a situation you’ll likely want to troubleshoot the problem.


Keep in mind that most iPhone users communicate with other iPhone users with the iMessage protocol, which is signified by the blue message bubbles (as opposed to the green bubble which signifies SMS / text messaging). Of course, sometimes the iPhone won’t use the iMessage protocol even if the sender is on an iPhone as well, particularly if the recipient is out of service area or has turned off the iMessage service for some other reason. We’re not really focusing on iMessage here though, we’re focusing on the standard text message protocol instead. Nonetheless, these troubleshooting tips may resolve an iMessage problem as well.

Why is my iPhone not sending text messages? Here’s why, and the fix

There are several reasons why an iPhone may not be sending SMS text messages, often it’s service related. Let’s review those possible reasons and then cover some troubleshooting steps.

Cell Service Issues Can Prevent Sending Text Messages from iPhone

Before proceeding with troubleshooting, let’s cover the most obvious service related reasons why an iPhone won’t send a text message:

  • The iPhone has no cellular signal – no SMS text messages can be sent without a traditional cell signal
  • The iPhone has no service – if the iPhone does not have a cellular service plan active, it will not be able to send text messages
  • The cellular reception is so bad that iPhone can’t send a text message – if service is awful (think 1 bar or 1 dot or cycling between “Searching…” and dots), the phone likely won’t be able to send or receive text messages
  • The cell number you are reaching is disconnected – this is often the problem if the recipient has recently changed a phone number or you have multiple contact numbers for the same person, so be sure you are addressing the proper phone number
  • AirPlane mode is enabled, thereby disabling the ability to send messages and text messages – toggling AirPlane mode off will fix this specific issue quickly

It’s pretty obvious when a text message doesn’t send (or iMessage too), you’ll see a little red (!) bang exclamation sign next to the message, usually with a ‘not delivered’ message.

text message not sending on an iPhone example

If any of those service related issues are the problem, you’ll need to either regain a stronger cellular signal with the iPhone, or reactivate a cellular service plan if applicable, or insure the proper contact is being messaged. If the cellular connection or service is not the issue, continue on with troubleshooting techniques to fix SMS transmission from iPhones.

Turn the iPhone Off and On

Often times rebooting an iPhone is sufficient to remedy problems like this. Simply hold down the Power button and the Home button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. When the iPhone powers back on, try sending the text message again.

How to Force Reboot an iPhone

Be Certain SMS Sending is Enabled on iPhone

Most iPhone users have iMessage enabled, but some may have accidentally (or intentionally) turned off SMS support.

  1. Open the Settings app and go to “Message”
  2. Locate the switch for “Send as SMS” and turn this to the ON position (if send as SMS is already on, try turning it off for about 10 seconds and then turn it back on again)
  3. Return to Messages and try sending the text message again

Toggle Send As SMS to be enabled on iPhone

If SMS sending is disabled, only iMessages will be sent, meaning no Android or Windows phone users could be contacted, and anyone without iMessage enabled wouldn’t be reachable through text either.

Reset Network Settings

Resetting network settings can be a pain because you lose wi-fi passwords and custom DNS, but it can also be a cure-all solution for many common networking issues with iPhone, including the inability to send messages. Here’s what to do:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to “General”
  2. Choose “Reset” and then select “Reset Network Settings”
  3. Confirm to reset network settings, this will reboot the iPhone

Reset network settings

When the iPhone boots back up again, all network data and settings are trashed and so you’ll need to re-join networks, but on the plus side, it usually fixes any weird networking issues. Go back to Messages app at this point and try to send the text message, it should work just fine.

Delete & Re-Create a New Message

Sometimes simply deleting a message thread and recreating a new message is sufficient to resolve a message sending failure. Why this works is anyones guess, but if it works, who cares?

  1. Open the Messages app on the iPhone and swipe left on the message to remove
  2. Choose “Delete”, then tap the new message button and create a new message thread to the recipient, sending as usual

Delete a text message and send again

Other Possible Solutions to Problems Sending Text Messages & iMessage Sending

Know of any other tricks to resolve an inability to send text messages? Let us know in the comments!

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