iMessage needs to be enabled to send this Message [2022]

The text message is a very basic feature of a mobile phone which was featured long ago, and it is still featured in the latest mobile phones because it is necessary.

It is used to send and receive text messages, also known as SMS. Later a new feature was introduced with the name of MMS, which was used for sending and receiving the photo, video, emoji, or a website link.

Android, iOS, and other operating systems kept the chain continue to add this feature in mobiles, but Apple has still played a different game here to compete Android system.

The recent iPhone, which was iPhone 13, was launched with iOS version 15 and 15.2 with extremely impressive features but the users below iPhone 13 when they update their iOS version to the latest version experience software bugs in sending text messages.

Instead of sending the message, when you send a message, a message appears on the screen that “Cannot Send Message, iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message.” As shown here.

IMessage Needs To Be Enabled To Send This Message
IMessage Needs To Be Enabled To Send This Message

It’s just a software glitch to which Apple has not responded back with some solution yet. But there are multiple ways to get this bug or glitch sorted out. Let’s Explore.

1. iMessage Server

Nobody can make use of iMessage if the iMessage server is down. This could be the problem, but this rarely happens.

To check if the iMessage is working properly, then perform the following steps.

  • Turn on Browser and search for Apple System Status.
  • Open the very first link Google shows.
  • Search for iMessage. If the Dot in front of it is Green, then it means there’s no problem with the iMessage server, but the problem must be in the phone yet.
iMessage Server
iMessage Server

2. Restart your iPhone

Restart your iPhone
Restart your iPhone

Restarting your phone after a few days can fix many of your phone’s mess’. This is how to restart your iPhone.

  • Hold the Power Button, and you see a slider. Slide it to Power Off.
  • Give it the rest of 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Then again, hold the Power Button to turn it ON.

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3. iMessage Enable and Disable

IMessage Needs To Be Enabled - iMessage Enable and Disable
IMessage Needs To Be Enabled – iMessage Enable and Disable

Another way is to Enable and Disable iMessages by toggling it.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll and Tap on Messages.
  • If the iMessage is toggled Off, Turn it ON.

Try to send a message now; maybe you’ll be able to resolve the issue.

4. Reset Network Setting

IMessage Needs To Be Enabled - Reset Network Setting
IMessage Needs To Be Enabled – Reset Network Setting

Resetting the network setting of your phone can help someone take out of this problem.

But let me make it clear by this method, you will lose your Wi-Fi connection, and will need to reenter the password to get connected, but it will not harm your data.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll and Tap on General.
  • Scroll and tap on Reset.
  • Tap Reset Network Setting.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings on a pop-up window.


  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Messages.
  • Toggle on iMessage.
  • Toggle on Send as SMS.

I hope this works well to make your messages properly functional.

5. Delete Conversations

Delete Conversations
Delete Conversations

If the error is still happening or just happening to a specific contact, you can delete the number and resave it in contacts. It may help. But if the issue remains the same then;

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Messages.
  • Toggle Off iMessage.
  • Delete the text that is in the sending pipeline in iMessages.
  • Once you delete it, Send a new text to the same person.

If it still does not happen, Delete the whole chat and start a new chat.

6. Switch from iMessages to SMS

Switch from iMessages to SMS
Switch from iMessages to SMS

If you’re unable to send messages on iMessages, we can send them as a Text Message.

  • Go to Settings
  • Scroll and Tap Messages.
  • Toggle ON iMessage.
  • Toggle ON Send as SMS.
  • Now, again, go to Settings.
  • Tap on Cellular. 
  • Toggle OFF Cellular Data.
  • Again, back to Settings.
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Toggle it to turn it OFF.
  • Open the Messages app
  •  Send a trial message to the contact you were previously practicing.
  • Hold the Message, and a bar will pop up
  • Select Send as a Text Message
  • Send messages to a few more contacts the same way
  • Repeat the process so that iMessage can shift to SMS
  • Go back to Settings
  • Scroll and tap Message.
  • Toggle iMessages to OFF
  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Cellular.
  • Toggle ON Cellular Data.
  • Again, back to Settings.
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Toggle it to turn it ON.

It may help you solve the issue.

7. Factory Reset your iPhone.

Factory Reset your iPhone
Factory Reset your iPhone

If none of the above-mentioned ways work out to be successful, the last option is to factory reset your phone. But all the data in your mobile will be erased unless it is in iCloud.

This is how you can factory reset your iPhone.

  • Go to Settings 
  • Tap on General
  • Scroll and Tap Reset.
  • Tap Erase All Content and Settings.
  • Confirm it

And here you go with your iPhone, add accounts to get the data backup and try sending texts now.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you please drop the link from where we can access a website to check APPLE’s Message Server?

Yes, Sure! You can easily access that website by copying the link below, and you cannot only check the Message’s Server; there is every server mentioned there. If the DOT is already green, it means that the server is in working condition.

Click Here

If the iMessage is not getting sent, how to send an SMS?

This is very simple. Type the text and then send it. If the text is in blue and is not delivering, then you need to tap and hold the text, a bar will pop up, and you have to select send as a text message from that. You will see the message was sent as an SMS.

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