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Fix: iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message 

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Apple’s iMessage is widely recognized as one of the most favoured and user-friendly methods for iOS and macOS users to keep in touch. Its effortless synchronization across devices allows users to send messages, pictures, videos, and more without additional SMS or MMS costs. However, sometimes iMessage users may face an irritating error message that says, iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message.

In this article, we have discussed the causes of iMessage needing to be enabled to send this message issue and a few ways to fix it.

What causes this iMessage issue?

Below we have mentioned a few possible reasons that might be causing the iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message issue.

  • The iMessage is disabled.
  • Check the server status.
  • System bugs and glitches.
  • Problems with the network settings.

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How to fix the error?

We have explained below a few ways to help you resolve the iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message issue.

Restart the device

When encountering iMessage issues, a straightforward yet effective solution is to restart your iOS device or Mac. Restarting can help clear temporary glitches and refresh the system, potentially resolving the error.

Enable iMessage

Make sure the iMessage is enabled on your iPhone. To check it follow the steps below.

  • Open Settings on your iPhone and then tap on Messages.
  • Make sure the toggle is on beside the iMessage option.
  • If it is enabled, then try disabling and enabling the iMessage.

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Check the System Status

At times, the iMessage server may stop working due to different reasons. You can visit the Apple System Status page to check if the server is functioning properly. You can use iMessage as usual once you confirm the server is okay.

Delete the stuck message and send it again

Sometimes, when a message gets stuck and fails to send, it can block other messages from going through. To fix this, you can remove the problematic message from the conversation. Open the Messages app, find the failed message, and press and hold it to delete it. Then, try sending a new message again. If that doesn’t work, you can delete the entire conversation and try sending the message.

On the other hand, if you can’t send messages to a specific person, try sending messages to others to see if it works. If the problem persists, you can try the following solutions. It’s also good to check with the recipient and ensure their iMessage settings are correct.

Reset network settings

Resetting the network settings of your iPhone will not erase any of your personal data from your phone, it will just reset all the network-related settings and resolve the network-related issues. To reset network settings, follow the steps below.

  • Open the Settings on your iPhone and tap on the General option.
  • Scroll down and tap on the Reset option.
  • Tap on the Reset Network Settings option

Sign out of your Apple ID and sign in again

Signing out will reset the iMessage settings. To sign out of iMessage, follow the steps below.

  • Open settings on your iPhone and tap on Messages.
  • Tap on Send & Receive option.
  • Now, tap on the Apple ID and then tap on Remove.
  • Restart your iPhone and then sign in again with your Apple ID.

Also read: Why is iMessage turned off? Quick Fix


Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: [email protected]