Having Trouble Sending iOS 7 Messages? Apple has a Fix on the Way

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Following complaints from iOS 7 users that that the Messages is failing to send their texts, Apple has promised a fix is coming soon. According to complaints, users are sending texts through the Messages app, but they aren't delivered and working around the problem involves restarts and resetting network connections.

Apple promises a fix for unsent iMessages is coming soonApple promises a fix for unsent iMessages is coming soon

In some cases, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners are finding messages showing they failed to send some time after they appeared to have been delivered.

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, an Apple spokesperson said,

We are aware of an issue that affects a fraction of a percent of our iMessage users, and we will have a fix available in an upcoming software update. In the meantime, we encourage any users having problems to reference our troubleshooting documents or contact AppleCare to help resolve their issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes impacted users.

The most common workaround for the failed sent messages bug is to restart the iOS device by holding down the power button, and then swiping the slide to power off bar. Users can also try resetting their network connection by doing this on their iOS device:

  • Tap Settings, then go to Messages
  • Turn off iMessage
  • Tap Settings to return to the main Settings screen
  • Tap General
  • Tap Reset
  • Choose Reset Network Settings
  • Return to Messages settings, and reenable iMessage

iOS 7 rolled out on September 18, and Apple has already released two updates. The 7.0.1 update was released for iPhone 5s owners to address potential Touch ID sensor issues, and the 7.0.2 update fixed a potential lock screen security flaw.

Apple hasn't offered a firm release date for the Messages fix, although rumors are pointing to sometime within the next week.

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The issues Apple has been addressing in iOS 7 may be annoying, but the company seems to be responding quickly. This means we may be updating the software on our iPhones and iPads more often, but it also means we aren't waiting as long as we once did for those fixes to roll out.

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I don’t wonder if Apple didn’t leave iOS 7 in the oven long enough ?

I hope the next update will fix the battery issue(s).
My iPhone 5’s battery doesn’t do so well since I updated to iOS 7.
I’ve had to turn off a lot of the more nifty eyeCandy just to get a day from a charge.


If you want to resend a message as SMS, tap and hold the message. “Send as SMS” is an option.

Mike Alessi

You can just go to Settings > Messages > Send as SMS. This will automatically send your text via SMS when iMessage fails to send it. Obviously, carrier rates for text may apply.

John Kirkby

We think we have found a solution to the iMessage glitch

read more here: http://www.itguyswa.com/imessage-solution-ios7-0-2/

Johnny Dangerously

My friend sent me to this page, but I don’t think this is my problem.  There is ONE FRIEND I can’t seem to send an iMessage to, and her messages aren’t reaching me.  Friend #1 (who sent me this page) can send to friend #2, and I can send/receive from friend #1—I appear to be the only on who can’t send to friend #2.

I’ve emailed F2 to have her make sure I’m not in the BLOCKED list.

Johnny Dangerously

Nope, not being blocked.  This is really, really weird.

Jane Mullaney

ME TOO One contact and they have two mobile numbers - neither will work and its just for them. I deleted them and tried to add them again but the phone wont send sms to them only lets me call them

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