It is not often the case that your iPhone represents you with an odd error. However, some iPhone users are facing an odd error lately. They are experiencing a problem when sending text messages. Instead of the standard “Message Sent” confirmation, the phone displays a pop-up that states: Cannot Send Message, iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message.

Many users are experiencing this issue after they updated their iPhone. There is no official response from Apple as yet, but this article will explain to you some quick troubleshooting techniques to address this issue.

Check Apple iMessage Server:

It is not often the case; in fact, it is a rarity that Apple iMessage Server goes down. However, it is still a possibility and whenever the Apple iMessage Server is down, no one can use the iMessage service. Again, the chances that this error is happening due to the server are quite low, but checking the server will provide you with a clear picture. Here is what you need to do to check the Apple iMessage Server.

1. Open your web browser and go to the Apple System Status Page. You just need to write Apple System Status on Google to access it.

2. Locate the iMessage Dot on the screen. If it is green then it means that the servers are functioning properly. If it is greyed out then the server could be down and you may have to wait for a little.

Enable/Disable iMessage:

You know how the magic of restarting something to fix it works, right? Same can be applied here. All you need to do is to head to the Settings of your iPhone and tweak the settings a little. Here are the steps you need to take.

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.
Messages

2. Scroll down and hit the option Messages.
iMessage

3. The first option on the screen would be iMessage. It must have been toggled on. Toggle it off for a few seconds to disable it. Toggle it back on to enable it and check if it makes any difference.

Tip: You can also restart your iPhone after toggling the iMessage feature off. Once it is ready to use, repeat the steps and toggle the iMessage switch back on.

Reset Network Settings:

More often than not, it is the network settings that cause problems related to internet, phone calls, and messaging. Some iPhone users have reported that resetting the network settings addressed this iMessage issue for them. So, you can also fancy this option, and hopefully, your issue will be addressed as well. Here are the steps that you need to take.

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.
Reset

3. Now scroll down to the bottom of your screen and hit Reset.
Reset Network Settings

4. Now choose the option Reset Network Settings.

5. Once the reset process is done, head to the Messages in the settings section and enable the option iCloud. Hopefully, you won’t face the iMessage error again.

Force Restart:

Suggesting a simple restart is equivalent to stating the obvious. Almost all users use this technique to counter various problems within the phone. However, force restart is different, and it helps when the normal restart fails to deliver. The process varies as per the different iPhone models. Here is how you can force restart different iPhone models.

For iPhone 8 or Later:

Quickly press-release the volume up button, then press-release the volume down button in quick succession. Once done, press-hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus:

Press-hold the sleep/wake button in tandem with volume down button for at least 7-10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 6 Plus & Previous Models:

Press-hold the home and side/top button (as per the model) for 10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Erase All Content and Settings:

One can only hope that it doesn’t come down to this, but if nothing works, you have to have your iPhone restored to factory settings. Understandably, it is not an ideal solution, but it is what it is in this case. Make sure you back up all your data on iCloud so you can recover it later. Here is what you need to do.

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Now scroll down to the bottom of your screen and hit Reset.

4. Now choose the option Erase All Content and Settings.

5. Wait for the process to finish and then set up your iPhone from scratch. The issue would likely be solved after the factory reset.