How to Fix Can't Send or Receive Text Messages on iPhone


Can’t send or receive text messages on iPhone? You can read this post to get several solutions to fix this annoying problem.


August 25, 2016


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The iMessage feature of iPhone makes it easy for us to chat with friends. But one day you find that you just can’t send or receive regular text messages from your friends or someone else who are not using the iPhone. That can be an annoying problem. So in this guide we will offer several methods to help you solve it. Let's get it on.

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1. Reset Your iPhone

It is the first thing you can do when you meet any iPhone problem.

1). Press and hold down the On/Off button and the home button. Just hold these two buttons until the screen turns off.

2). Then keep holding these two buttons until the screen turns on with the Apple logo.

2. Turn iMessages On/Off

Go to Settings app > Messages > Turn off iMessages > Turn on iMessages after a few seconds.

Or you can also sign out and sign in your Apple ID to have a try: Settings > Messages > Send & Receive > Tap on your Apple ID > Sign out.

3. Reset Network Settings

This method can let you lose your Wi-Fi passwords or VPN settings.

1). Go to Settings > General.

2). Tap on Reset > Tap on Reset Network Settings.

3). Confirm on the popup > Wait for the reboot.

4. Delete Old Messages from Your iPhone

This method may sounds kind of strange, but some users have fixed the issue with it.

Go to Messages app > Tap on Edit > Select all the messages > Tap on Delete button.

5. Turn off LTE or Use It for Data Only

The VoLTE feature is the newly added feature of iPhone 6/6s. But it is said it does not work properly in some areas.

Go to Settings > Cellular > Tap on LTE > Choose Date Only or Off.

6. Update Carrier Settings or iOS

Carrier Settings update: Go to Settings > General > About to see if there is an update popup > Choose Update option.

iOS update: Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi network > Go to General > Software Update to have a check.

7. Restore Your iPhone

If all the above methods cannot help you, then you can try to restore your iPhone.

Connect iPhone to iTunes > Click on Device button > Click on Restore iPhone > Confirm on the popup.

It can erase all the settings and contents on your iPhone, so remember to back up your iPhone firstly.

Also Read:

How to Backup iPhone to Computer >

How to Backup iPhone to iCloud >

How to Backup iPhone to External Hard Drive >

The Bottom Line

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