How to Fix iOS 11 iMessages/Text Messages out of Order on iPhone

iPhone iMessages or text messages come in out of order after updating to ioS 11.2.1? Read on this post to get some simple tricks to fix iMessages/text messages out of order problem in iOS 11/iOS 11.1/iOS 11.2.

By Ansel Riley | Posted: Jan. 08, 2018, Last Updated: Jan. 17, 2018
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Did you try to respond to text message only to notice your text messages show up in wrong order? You are not alone. Since updating to iOS 11.2.1, many people have run into issues with iMessages and text messages being out of order on their iPhone or iPad. For example, the last message you reply to your friend may not show up at the bottom, but in the middle or at the top of your conversation.

This can mess up your conversation and make you confused when you are chatting with others, especially when you are in a group chat. If you want to fix iMessages or text messages out of order on iPhone in iOS 11.2.1, here are 5 tricks you might like to try.

How to Fix Text Messages Out of Order on iPhone

1. Quit Messages App and Reopen it

The first and easiest troubleshooting step to fix iPhone iMessages or text messages out of order issue is to quit your Messages app.  Follow the steps to force close app on different iPhone models:

After quitting Messages app, reopen it to check if your messages go back to normal.

2. Restart Your iPhone

Restarting device can always be an effective step to fix common iOS 11 issues, so you can also try restarting your iPhone to fix iMessages/text messages out of order on iPhone in iOS 11.2.1. It’s worth mentioning that you are able to shut down your iPhone with the Home button in iOS 11. To make it, go to Settings > General > Shut Down.

How to Fix iOS 11 Text Messages out of Order on iPhone

How to Fix iOS 11 Text Messages out of Order on iPhone

3. Hard Reset Your iPhone

If you cannot fix iMessages or messages out of order on iPhone by simply restarting your device, you can try a hard reset.

4. Check Date & Time Settings

It could be possible there is an error with iPhone internal time that make your iPhone text messages come in out of order. In this case, you can fix the problem with these steps:

First of all, go to Settings > General > Date & Time. If the “Set Automatically” option is off, turn it on. If it is already on, turn it off and set your Time zone to another area. Then wait for minutes and go to Settings to turn on “Set Automatically” option.

How to Fix Text Messages out of Order on iPhone in iOS 11.2.1

How to Fix Text Messages out of Order on iPhone in iOS 11.2.1

Bonus Tip to Back up Important Text Messages on iPhone

To keep your important iPhone messages safe, it is advised to back up your iPhone messages to your computer regularly. AnyTrans for iOS, a comprehensive iPhone data transfer tool, makes it easy for you to export your text messages from iPhone to PC or Mac. Compared with iTunes, which lets you back up your entire iPhone, AnyTrans is unique in that it allows you to selectively choose imporatnt text messages to back up. Here’s how to back up iPhone text messages to computer using AnyTrans for iOS.

Step 1 Download and install AnyTrans for iOS on your computer.

Step 2 Launch the program and plug in your iPhone.

How to Backup iPhone Text Messages - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone Text Messages – Step 2

Step 3 Scroll down to the category management page and select Messages.

How to Get iPhone Text Messages to Computer - Step 2

How to Get iPhone Text Messages to Computer – Step 3

Step 4 Select the text messages you want to back up, and click the To Computer to save the selected messages to your computer. AnyTrans for iOS supports saving text messages from iPhone on computer in formats of .txt, .html, and .pdf.

How to Transfer Text Messages to Computer - Step 3

How to Transfer Text Messages to Computer – Step 4

That’s it. After successfully saving your iPhone text messages to computer, you can go to the backup path to check your iPhone text messages on computer.

The Bottom Line

Any other workarounds to fix text messages out of order on iPhone in iOS 11.2.1? Inform us via comment. And if you need a reliable tool to transfer your iPhone text messages to computer, AnyTrans for iOS would certainly be a good choice for you. In addition to messages, AnyTrans for iOS also supports extract other 30+ types of iPhone data and files like contacts, photos, videos, etc. Download free version of AnyTrans for iOS now >

Ansel Riley

Member of @iMobie team, has over 3-year experience in data recovery/transfer technology.

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