How to Fix ‘iMessage Needs to Be Enabled to Send This Message’ Issue

If 'iMessage Needs to Be Enabled to Send This Message' error is bothering you and not allowing you to send iMessages to your contact then you might take help from our detailed solutions guide to fix the issue.

iMessage is one of the core apps of Apple devices. The instant messaging services developed by Apple Inc. for its ecosystem has been facing some errors recently. If you have seen the message ‘iMessage Needs to Be Enabled to Send This Message’ pop-up on your iMessage app, then you have ended up in the right place as I am going to give a couple of solutions for that.

Well, if you are an iPhone user, you would know the importance of iMessage. This messaging service by Apple has a lot more utility if compared with its other counterparts. You can send and receive Apple Pay money, play games, share location, and much more. All from the native messaging app of your Apple Device. These utilities make iMessage an essential and most integral part of the Apple Ecosystem.

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Solutions to Fix ‘iMessage Needs to Be Enabled to Send This Message’ Error?

Solution #1. Checking iMessage Server

Check the server settings of iMessage by visiting the Apple System Status webpage and checking the dot on iMessage. If it is green, your iMessage server is completely fine, and the server is not down. If not, then the server is down, and you would have to wait until the server recover.

Checking iMessage Server Status on Apple

Solution #2. Deleting Messages or Threads

You can try deleting messages or conversation threads (delete a thread if you get the error while trying to send a message in that particular thread.) This solution has worked out for a couple of users, might as well work you.

Solution #3. Reboot your iPhone

This solution is like a vintage solution to the majority of the errors that we face on our devices. So try rebooting your iPhone to solve this problem. As Apple is yet to give any official solution to this error, you might need to try various permutations and combinations to solve it.

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Solution #4. Disabling and Re-enabling iMessage

Try to disable iMessage by going to SettingsiMessagetoggle off. Once you have disabled your iMessages wait for a couple of minutes before re-enabling it by following the same steps. This solution might work out because the error states that you need to enable iMessage to send the message. Give it a try.

Turn Off iMessage on iPhone or iPad

Solution #5. Sign Out and Sign In again to iMessages

If enabling and disabling your iMessage didn’t work out, then you might want to try signing out and signing in on iMessage. You can do this by following these steps SettingsMessagesSend & RecieveApple IDSign Out. Once you sign out of your iMessage, you need to reboot your iPhone and follow the same steps to sign in again.

Sign Out Apple ID on iPhone

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Solution #6. Reset Network Settings

You can try resetting network settings to solve the ‘iMessage Needs to Be Enabled to Send This Message’ error on your iPhones or any other Apple devices.

You can reset your Network Settings by SettingsGeneralResetReset Network Settings → Enter your Passcode and Confirm. Doing this your WiFi Networks, APS and other Network settings would be erased but not your data or any other files.

Tap on Settings Then General then Reset on iPhone or iPad

Reset Network Settings on iPhone or iPad

Solution #7. Reset All Settings

If resetting the network settings doesn’t solve the problem then you can reset all the settings of your iPhone and later try sending iMessages.

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To all settings of your iPhone, you need to go to SettingsGeneralResetReset All SettingsEnter your Passcode and Confirm. This will reset your settings but not your data.

Tap on Settings Then General then Reset on iPhone or iPad

Reset All Settings on iPhone or iPad

Solution #8. Restore your iPhone in Recovery Mode

Unfortunately, if none of the above methods works out, then this should be your last resort. But all is not lost because if you restore your iPhone in recovery mode, then you would be able to recover all your data back after the whole process.

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To restore, you will have to plug your iPhone to your Windows PC or Mac with your iTunes account. Once you have connected your iPhone in your Computer launch iTunesForce restart your iPhone depending on its model → Tap on Restore iPhone and follow on-screen instructions. And you should be able to resolve the issue.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

Signing Off…

As I earlier said that Apple is yet to give an official statement and solution to this problem, so you will have to be patient and try different permutations and combinations to solve it. I hope your ‘iMessage Needs to Be Enabled to Send This Message’ error is resolved now. Help others out by commenting which method worked out for you so they could also try that.

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Nikhil Makwanahttps://www.igeeksblog.com/
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