iMessage Problems

Apple’s iMessage has come a long way over the past couple of years, but even with all improvements things do run into problems. If your iMessage is not working or down today completely, then it could be a setting or something to do with Apple servers.

This instant messenger service aims to help iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad owners send messages at zero cost but when problems arise you should be able to send normal SMS text messages through a cellular network. Again, as reported by Down Today readers below iMessage isn’t always working like it should and a fix can be confusing to figure out.

Your iMessage problems might be related to just an iOS devices, or involve receiving the messages on Apple’s Mac software and computers. Leave your iMessage issues with Down Today readers below, or read status reports from others to see if they fix your glitches.

iMessage Status insight for Wednesday 27th of May 2020

If iMessage is down today, then reports will be found below.

iMessage Problems? Share your issues with Down Today readers:

  • Paul

    I can send text messages but not iMessages!!! I have turned on and off like you normally would in these circumstances, but this hasn’t helped at all.

  • CockneyblokefromReading

    Had to turn mine permanently off, as has my wife on her phone, and go back to SMS. Apple is SO over-rated!

  • Agnes Dowell

    One of my contacts that I have used I message from the beginning shows up red when I try to send message. All others work .

  • Sophia Anne Smith

    today Tuesday 9th plus last night, nothing arrived nor was received via my usually brilliant I Message-can’t figure out what’s the problem!

  • Liam

    iPad, I go to send a message but it won’t send I have checked my internet but this is a reoccurring problem and us quite annoying and regular so this needs to be fixed

  • Jessica

    When i get an iMessage notification on my iPhone 7 I open it via the lock screen and nothing shows up. Its like there is no message even though I got the notification.

  • Clara

    iMessage for me is not working on my iPhone or iPad on Virgin Media Internet, but yet everything else does. iMessage works on my mates BT Internet when I am round his house.

  • chelsea

    My phone is letting me send imessages to iphone users but not to non-iphone users… I know know why.. i know it can’t be my service because I already paid for my phone bill… help…

  • Kay

    Although my iMessage is on my messages are sending as text and I’m receiving messages sporadically from some but not from others. Started last night, then it seemed to resolve itself but this morning same issue.

  • Adam

    Mine is fine Bedfordshire

  • Jillie

    Is anyone having issues activating their iMessage? No able to login.

  • Mark

    Is it a good idea to switch iMessage off when out and about when I got no WiFi signal? People say I should but im not sure.

  • ssp66

    No it won’t, do you know how may times a i did this as well as all the numerous other troubleshooting fix suggestions, I even went back to factory settings, still couldn’t sign in, with on my ipod Touch much or Macbook. It’s an Apple server problem, even when I called Apple support and went through two support people explaining i performed every troubleshooting fix suggestion possible and went back to factory settings, the second gu who was a senior supervisor said, “we have had other users with the same issue and I am going to hand this over to our Engineers”. I think BGuss72’s comment makes the closest sense to me. I am not using an iPhone, I have an iPod Touch and I have had 3 generations of iPod Touch’s and NEVER had this problem before with iMessage, the fact that I can’t log in on myMacbook either is an indication it is not device related, but on Apple’s end.

  • Smile it is almost Friday!

    IMessage was just a cruel joke played by Apples developers. Now it is nothing more than a solution in search of a problem.

    Every time I buy an Apple device it ops me into iMessage. I always turn it off. I even deleted it from my MacBook. I have no plan to buy anymore Apple devices because they just do not perform to the standards I expect when I pay a premium.

  • Ty

    iMessage uses data so yes it will use your data if out and about. I would recommend turning it off when you don’t want to use it.

  • Cath

    I need to ask a question, I have unlimited texts and use iMessage for simply knowing if the recipient is typing back. But here is the question – Should I switch iMessage OFF when out and about, I was told if i use iMessage when out it will eat into my data because i am using network rather than WiFi, is this true or am i still using my unlimited text messages?

  • William Taylor

    iMessage stopped working this afternoon, still out

  • BGuss72

    Apple hasn’t been taking care of their servers. Some of my iMessages to other iPhone users are working fine (blue bubbles). While some won’t go through, so ends up sending as an SMS text message (green bubbles). Last month when this happened, I talked to an Apple tech, and they said, sometimes specific numbers get stuck in a “loop” or an issue of some kind. That they would need to purge those numbers from the servers that are acting up. Hence why some people have issues, while others don’t. Either way, it’s Apple’s issue. Which they will probably take care of when they are good and ready. Meaning probably never.

  • iUser

    Bottom Line: Location Services as well as Automatic Date & Time must be enabled for iMessage to work – do both then reboot your device. After the reboot, your iMessage login will be accepted.

  • iUser

    I have an old iPod Touch with old software that can no longer be updated:
    iOS version 6.1.6

    I’ve been searching for a solution to my iMessage login problem for months and tried everything from those frustrating links and all the tips from other users.

    Here is what finally worked:

    1) Settings > Privacy > Location Services > On
    2) Settings > General > Date & Time > Set Automatically > On
    3) Reboot device until Apple logo appears
    4) Settings > Messages > Sign In

  • 1234

    same mines only just started tho

  • 1234

    I just opened up my ipod 4th gen and saw that it had logged me out
    when i logged back in
    it was verifying my address for me
    but them jumped back to the toher page
    ive tried everything but it will not work!!!!

  • Jonathon

    How come whenever I iMessage some of my contacts (with iPhones) it always shows up in green as a text message and not blue? I have wifi connection. I can message friends the other side of the world and iMessage works fine but friends in the same town it doesn’t. Can anyone give me some pointers please?

  • loubie

    I can’t get imessage to work on my Mac desktop but it was working fine yesterday

  • Alex

    I have the same problem since last week.
    My Apple ID is not login into imessage or FaceTime, so I tried a friend Apple ID and the same happen. I have a iPhone 4s with iOS 8.1.2

  • Stabyhoun

    It won’t send but i can receive messages. also i tried to log out of iMessage now when i try to log back in it won’t verify my email. by the way i have iOS 6.1.6 and my software is up to date on my iPod touch

  • Stabyhoun

    iMessage has been down for about a week for me. i have an iPod 4th gen

  • Stuie Bowden

    Buggered for at least
    six hours now.

  • westarstuff

    my 5s iPhone is only sending SMS texts over Wifi, not sending any iMessage texts. I cannot receive texts from another person unless they click the limbo-ed message and designate to send as text.

  • Graham

    Not able to send or receive any iMessage’s this evening. Herts.

  • NgTurbo

    Having problems with iMessage sync on Mac, where messages sent are not appearing on Mac despite making no changes. Most of the time it fixes itself automatically , but not been working for two days now .

  • Pete

    I cannot get iMessage to work in iOS 8, it was working before I updated my system software on iPhone 5.

  • Sade

    My iMessage is not working.

  • Kelly

    iMessage not working has become an epidemic, looking at Twitter I’m not sure if there’s major problems when I think about over 100 million iOS devices being sold last year. Is this just problems with select devices or areas, or are Apple having major iMessage problems right now?

  • Morgan

    Am I the only one today that is finding iMessage not working?

  • Jane

    My send to button that says, “more” is not working and I can’t send to sms / iMessage.

iMessage Reports

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