How to fix an iPhone that fails to send text messages

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Apple iPhone serves as a great tool for communication, thanks to its amazing iMessage platform. However, that does not mean that everything runs smoothly all the time. A number of iPhone owners have reported that they cannot send text messages on their iPhone, forcing them to reboot the device to fix the problem.

There could be any reason for why your iPhone fails to send text messages, ranging from outdated software update to connectivity issues. If you are among those users who have been hit by the issue, we have compiled a list of solutions that help you fix an iPhone that fails to send text messages.

Before doing anything, make sure you now have a modern version of iOS software update. To update your device, head to Settings > General > Software Update and install any available updates.

How to fix an iPhone that cannot send text messages

  1. Make sure you are connected to a network

If you cannot send text messages with iMessage, then make sure you check your internet connection. iMessage is Apple’s messaging platform that has been an essential part of iOS for years, allowing you to quickly communicate with your friends and family.

iMessage requires internet connection to work so make sure you are now connected to a Wi-Fi network or cellular network. If the problem still persists, then try turning on Airplane mode and then turn it off.

To do this, open Control Center on your iPhone and then hit the Airplane icon to turn it on. Once you have enabled Airplane mode, your phone will disable all of its wireless connection and displays an airplane icon at the top. After that, fire up your Control Center and turn it back off.

  1. Restart your iPhone

If the problem is still present, then try restarting your iPhone. If you now own an iPhone X, then the method used to restart your device is different than other iPhone models. If you need help, make sure you follow our steps below.

Step one: Hold the Sleep/Wake button on the right side of the phone and the Volume Up or Down at the same time

Step two: Keep holding both buttons until you see the Power Off screen and then swipe right on the slider to turn off your iPhone

Step three: Now just simply press the side button to turn on your device.

  1. Check your date & time and turn on Group Messaging

If nothing changes, then make sure you have the correct date and time settings on your iPhone. To check your phone’s date and time, head to Settings > General > Date & Time and move the slider to ON.

If you cannot send your messages to a group of people, then make sure you have enabled Group Messaging feature. To do this, open Settings > Messages and turn on both MMS Messaging and Group Messaging.

  1. Reset your network settings

If none of the above solutions work for you, then try resetting your network settings. Doing so will reset all of your current network settings to factory settings. That means that your data remains intact. To reset network settings, head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings and confirm your action.

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