Cannot Send Regular Text Message from iPhone? Try Out These Fixes

Some technical glitches keep on cropping up in iPhone from time to time. While some bugs can be fixed easily, most of the bugs require plenty of workarounds and lengthy process. A number of iPhone owners have reported that they are unable to send regular text messages from their iPhone/iPad. The iPhone users say that there is no problem while sending iMessage but due to some unusual bug they can’t send regular text messages from iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

When you send regular messages on your iPhone, they have the green appearance as compared to the iMessage which can be identified to have a blue appearance. If you are one of the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus users and unable to send SMS to your friend and wonder why this isn’t happening, here are some possible fixes to this issue.

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Can’t Send Regular Text Message from iPhone: How to Fix

One of the first things you should try out whenever you notice any inconvenience or bug is to restart your iPhone. Sometimes restarting your device can automatically fix most of the tiny issues.

Delete Old Messages from Your iPhone 6/6 Plus

Delete all the old messages. It may sound a bit crazy but it has the potential to solve this issue. Tons of unnecessary messages might be the roadblocks in sending messages.

Launch Messages app → Tap on Edit from the top left corner → Select all the messages by tapping on the tiny round circle next to a specific message and then tap on Delete from the bottom right corner.

Delete All Text Message on iPhone

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Turn Off Text Message Forwarding on iPhone

Apple has brought up SMS Forwarding or SMS Relay with iOS 8. SMS Relay, which is the part of continuity feature introduced by the Cupertino-based company in the latest iOS version, allows you to send and receive SMS messages on all your synced devices such as, Mac, iPad. If you have enabled SMS Relay, the chances are that you might not be able to send SMS if any connection issue occurs between your synced devices. Hence, turn off Text Message Forwarding.

Step #1. Launch Settings app.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Messages.

Text Message Settings in iPhone 6

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Step #3. Tap on Text Message Forwarding.

Tap on Message Forwarding

Step #4. You should see the devices which have been allowed to send and receive messages. Turn off Forwarding on the listed devices.

Turn Off Text Message Forwarding on iPhone

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Step #5. Reboot your iPhone.

Step #6. Once your iPhone restarts, launch Messages app on your iPhone and start sending SMS as usual.

In the event you haven’t yet found success, move ahead with the next process.

Reset Network on iPhone 6

Resetting your network can help resolve this issue. However, it would make some changes in your settings such as Wi-Fi passwords or VPN settings. But, resetting doesn’t delete any data or files. Let’s try this!

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Step #1. Launch Settings app → Tap General.

Tap on Settings Then General on iPhone

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Reset → Tap on Reset Network Settings.

Reset Network Settings in iOS 10 on iPhone

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Step #3. A popup will appear, confirm it.

Step #4. Now, you will have to wait for a while as your iPhone will reboot.

Step #5. When your device has restarted, try sending SMS by launching Messages app. Hopefully, it should work now.

Either Turn off LTE or Use It for Data Only

Apple’s latest flagship device iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has VoLTE feature. It’s advisable to either turn off LTE or use it for data only on your iPhone. It has been noticed that LTE doesn’t work properly in certain areas.

Step #1. Launch Settings app Tap on Cellular/Mobile.

Cellular Settings in iPhone 6

Step #2. Tap on LTE → Next up, either tap on Data Only or Off.

Turn On Data Only in LTE

Step #3. Once you have gone through the process, reboot your device.

Restore Your iPhone

If all the above-mentioned solutions fail to fix the issue, you should restore your iPhone as new. Backup your device first before restoring it as all your media and data will be removed.

Connect your iPhone with your Mac or PC Launch iTunesSelect your device from the top left corner Click on Restore iPhone→ A popup will appear, confirm it.

Restore Your iPhone from iTunesThat’s it!

Assuming, you can now be able to send SMS. Do you know any other solutions? Let us know in the comment below, on Facebook, Twitter, or Telegram. Also, make sure to download our iOS app on your iPhone and iPad.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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