14 Fixes: iMessage Needs To Be Enabled To Send This Message

G’day folks! There’s nothing more infuriating than seeing a pop-up error that says “iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message,” especially when you’re in the middle of an important chat. Well, don’t panic; I’ve been in your shoes and I’ve done the work to dig out the solutions. Today, we’re on a mission to solve this together.

First off, this error occurs mostly on Windows devices that are trying to use iMessage via third-party apps, or Apple devices that have some glitch. Let’s dive into the solutions, and I promise you, by the end of this, you’ll be back to sending your iMessages without a hiccup.

1. Check your Internet Connection

Sometimes, it’s the simplest of things that cause the biggest headaches. Before you do anything else, make sure your device is connected to the internet. Try opening a new browser tab and loading up a webpage, say www.google.com. If it doesn’t load, then the problem might be your internet connection.

Check your internet connection

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2. Restart the App

A classic trick in the tech world, but one that often works. Close your messaging app completely and restart it. This simple action can clear out minor bugs and might just get your iMessage up and running.


3. Update your Operating System

Whether you’re on iOS or using a third-party app on Windows, an outdated system may cause the “iMessage needs to be enabled” error. So, check for any pending updates and install them.

For iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update. For your Windows, navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.

Update Your Operating System

4. Sign out and back into iMessage

Sometimes, simply logging out and back into your iMessage account can fix issues. Here’s how to do it:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and tap on ‘Messages’.
  • Tap ‘Send & Receive’.
  • Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
  • Tap ‘Sign Out’.
  • After signing out, sign back in with your Apple ID and password.

After trying these, hopefully, you’ll be able to send iMessages from your device again. Remember, when all else fails, reaching out to Apple Support can be a lifeline.


5. Enable iMessage

If iMessage isn’t enabled, you can’t send an iMessage. It’s simple, but it’s easy to forget about. Follow these steps to enable it:

  • Open Settings on your iPhone.
  • Tap ‘Messages’.
  • Toggle the switch for iMessage to the ‘On’ position. If it’s already on, turn it off and back on again – sometimes a quick refresh can help.
Enable iMessage

6. Reset Network Settings

This won’t erase your personal data, but it will delete all network settings and return them to their defaults. Head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.


7. Check Date and Time Settings

Incorrect date and time settings can mess up iMessage. Make sure these are set correctly on your device.

Check Date and Time Settings

8. Contact Your Carrier

Your carrier plays a big role in sending iMessages, especially if you’re using cellular data. Here’s how to check if everything’s fine on their end:

  • Go to your carrier’s website or call their customer service line.
  • Check that they support iMessage.
  • Ensure you have SMS messages included in your plan as iMessage uses these when iMessages can’t be sent.

9. Check Apple Server Status

iMessage is a cloud-based service, which means it relies heavily on Apple’s servers. If those are down, you’re not going to be able to send any iMessages. Follow these steps to check Apple’s server status:

  • Head to the Apple System Status page.
  • Look for ‘iMessage’ in the list.
  • If it’s green, then everything’s good. If not, Apple’s having some issues and you’ll just have to wait it out.
Check Apple Server Status

10. Reinstall the iMessage App

If you’re using iMessage on a Mac or via a third-party app on Windows, reinstalling the app can clear potential bugs. Here’s a general step-by-step process:

  • Drag the iMessage app to the Trash or choose ‘Move to Trash’ from the File menu.
  • To fully delete the app, empty the Trash.
  • Head to the App Store and download the iMessage app again.
  • Login with your Apple ID and check if the problem is resolved.

11. Reset All Settings

When you “Reset All Settings,” you’re returning everything to factory defaults, but without losing personal data like contacts, messages, or photos. This often helps when things get a little muddled up. Here’s how to do it:

  • Open up your Settings app.
  • Tap ‘General’, then ‘Reset’.
  • Tap ‘Reset All Settings’.
  • Enter your passcode if required.
  • Confirm that you want to reset all settings.

Your device will reboot, and it’ll be as if you just took it out of the box, settings-wise. Reconfigure your settings as desired and check if iMessage is working again.


12. Reach Out to Apple Support

If you’ve tried everything and still have the problem, your best bet would be to reach out to Apple Support.

Well, there you have it. Twelve solutions for when iMessage tells you it “needs to be enabled to send this message.” Keep in mind, technology isn’t perfect. We’re bound to run into a few snags here and there. But with a little patience and the right tools, you can quickly get back on track.

I hope you found this article helpful! If you have any other tips or tricks you’ve used to resolve this issue, don’t hesitate to share. We’re all in this together, after all.


13. Toggle Airplane Mode On and Off

Airplane mode disables all wireless communications on your device. This includes cellular data, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. By toggling this feature on and then off, you effectively reset these wireless communications, which can sometimes resolve minor glitches or connectivity issues related to iMessage.

Key Details:

  1. Purpose of Airplane Mode:
    • Initially designed for situations like flights where wireless communications can interfere with aircraft systems, airplane mode has since become a useful tool for quickly resetting network connections.
  2. How to Toggle Airplane Mode:
    • iOS Devices: Access the Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen (or swiping up from the bottom on older devices). Tap the airplane icon to enable airplane mode. The icon will turn orange. To disable it, tap the icon again.
  3. Effects on iMessage:
    • By toggling airplane mode, your device’s connection to the cellular and Wi-Fi networks is momentarily severed. When you turn off airplane mode, your device will re-establish these connections, which can often resolve temporary issues or glitches with services like iMessage.
  4. Quick Tip:
    • After turning off airplane mode, wait a few moments to ensure your device has reconnected to your network. You might see the Wi-Fi or cellular signal strength indicators reappear at the top of your screen.

14. Ensure Correct Phone Number and Apple ID are Listed in Send & Receive

In the iMessage settings, you can specify which phone numbers or email addresses (associated with your Apple ID) can be used to send and receive messages. If these are not set up correctly, you might encounter issues with iMessage.

Key Details:

  1. Accessing Send & Receive Settings:
    • Go to “Settings” on your iOS device.
    • Scroll down and tap on “Messages.”
    • Tap on “Send & Receive.”
  2. Verifying Details:
    • Under “You can be reached by iMessage at,” ensure your correct phone number and Apple ID email are listed and checked. If your phone number isn’t listed, this means iMessage hasn’t been activated for your number.
  3. Adding or Removing Addresses:
    • You can add multiple email addresses associated with your Apple ID. This allows you to receive iMessages sent to those addresses. To add another email, tap on “Add Another Email” and follow the prompts.
    • To remove an email, simply tap on the blue ‘i’ icon next to it and select “Remove.”
  4. Start New Conversations From:
    • This setting determines which address (your phone number or one of your emails) is used as the default when you start a new iMessage conversation. Ensure the most frequently used or preferred address is selected here.
  5. Potential Issues:
    • If the wrong details are set up in these settings, it might appear to others that your messages are coming from a different number or email. Additionally, if your phone number isn’t activated for iMessage, you might not be able to send or receive messages using it.

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Benjamin Johnson

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