How to fix iMessage that stops working on your iPhone 7 Plus after updating to iOS 11.4.1 [Troubleshooting Guide]

If your iMessages are suddenly showing in green bubbles, it means that iMessage is not working properly on your iPhone. And this also denotes the need to troubleshoot and fix the problem.

To give you some inputs, I’ve mapped out some simple workarounds and potential solutions that are used to deal with iMessage problems on an iPhone 7 Plus including iMessages that are out of order after updating to iOS version 11.4.1. Feel free to refer to this walkthrough whenever you’ll encounter the same issue when attempting to use iMessage on the same iPhone.

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How to troubleshoot iPhone 7 Plus with iMessage that stopped working

Before troubleshooting your iPhone system, check your data connection. Unlike the traditional SMS and MMS messaging, iMessage utilize data to send messages instead of using text messaging plan through cellular service provider. The only drawback with iMessage so far, is the fact that it only works between Apple devices. So if you’re trying to send iMessage to an Android device, then that won’t work for certain. If iMessage isn’t working with just one of your contacts, then it could be a problem on their end. But if iMessage isn’t working with any of your contacts, then most likely the problem is on your end. And this is when you need to troubleshoot your iPhone with any of these methods.

First solution: Quit then restart Messages app.

Minor software errors affecting the Messages app can also affect the iMessage functions and may trigger errors to show up. To clear out the glitches, restarting the Messages app on your iPhone 7 Plus can help. Here’s how:

  1. Double tap the Home key to bring up the apps preview screen or fast app switcher.
  2. Swipe up on the Messages app preview and then flip it up and off the screen to close.

You can also clear all background apps if you want to free up some space of your iPhone’s memory and likewise prevent any of them from crashing and causing conflicts to other apps.

After clearing Messages and background apps on your iPhone 7 Plus, try and see if iMessage is already working properly.

Second solution: Reboot or soft reset your iPhone 7 Plus.

Restarting the app may not suffice if the problem is attributed to the iPhone system that’s acting up after the recent iOS update. In this case, performing a soft reset or restarting the iPhone would be necessary. Doing so will help clear up memory space, eliminates minor system errors and refreshes the operating system for smoother and faster performance. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Press and hold the Power button until the slider appears.
  2. Drag the Slide to Power off right to turn your iPhone completely off.
  3. After about 30 seconds or so, press and hold the Power button again until you see the Apple logo.

Allow your phone to finish booting up and then try to use iMessage again and see if the problem is fixed.

If that won’t work still, then try to turn iMessage off and then back on. It’s another way to restart iMessage feature on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Messages.
  3. Tap the switch next to iMessage at the top of the screen, to turn the feature off.
  4. Restart or soft reset your iPhone.
  5. Then enable iMessage again.

Also make sure that your iPhone date and time are correct. You can set the date and time settings automatically.

Third solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone 7 Plus.

Network settings errors may also be the reason why network-related functions including iMessage would fail to work after installing a system update. Some updates may tend to override the current settings and eventually resulted to errors or conflicts. To clear this out, resetting network settings on your iPhone can help. Doing so will erase your current network settings and then restore the default network options and configuration. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and tap Reset.
  4. Select Reset Network Settings from the given options.
  5. If prompted, enter your device passcode to continue.
  6. Then tap the option to confirm network settings reset on your iPhone 7 Plus.

Your iPhone will reboot automatically when the reset is finished. Afterwards, connect to your Wi-Fi network to use the Internet on your iPhone again.

Fourth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone 7 Plus.

If a network settings reset failed to offer solution, then resetting all settings on your iPhone can be considered the next option. This will erase all system settings and restore the defaults or original system configuration on your iPhone. This can help if the new iOS update had somehow ruined your system configurations and resulted to this problem. Here’s how to reset all settings on your iPhone 7 Plus:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and tap Reset.
  4. Select Reset All Settings from the given options.
  5. If prompted, enter your device passcode to continue.
  6. Then tap Reset All Settings again to confirm.

After the system settings are reset, your iPhone should reboot. This process won’t affect any internal data on your iPhone 7, thus won’t result to data loss.

Wait until it’s done rebooting then start configuring your iPhone settings and enable necessary features accordingly. Don’t forget to set up iMessage on your device then see if it’ll work afterwards.

Fifth solution: Restore your iPhone 7 Plus in iTunes.

Among the last options to consider if the problem persists after performing all prior methods would be to perform an iOS restore through iTunes. Doing so will clear and restore your iPhone system on a computer using iTunes. This will allow you to set up your iPhone from scratch and then use it as new. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the supplied USB connector or Lightning cable and then open iTunes.
  2. With your iPhone connected, do a force restart by pressing and holding on the Side/Power button and Volume Down button simultaneously for a while. Do not release the buttons when the Apple logo appears, instead, wait until you see the Connect to iTunes screen.
  3. Release the buttons when the Connect to iTunes screen appears. This should put your device in a recovery state.
  4. When prompted with the option to Update or Restore in iTunes, select Restore.
  5. Wait while iTunes attempts to reinstall iOS and download the software for your device.

Usually the download would take 15 minutes.  If it exceeds 15 minutes, then your iPhone will exit the Connect to iTunes screen and should that happens, just let the download finish and then go back to the previous steps to get to the Connect to iTunes screen and enter recovery mode again.

After restoring your iPhone through iTunes, set up iMessage from scratch. Make sure iMessage is set up correctly this time. Here’s what you should do then:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Messages.
  3. Then tap on Send & Receive. A list of phone numbers and email addresses that are configured to send and receive iMessages on your phone will show up.
  4. Navigate to Start New Conversations From.
  5. If there is no checkmark next to your phone number, tap on your phone number to activate iMessage for your number.

Reboot your phone to apply the recent changes you’ve made and then try and see if iMessage is already working as intended.

Signing out of your Apple ID and back in can also be an option if iMessage still failed to work. To do so, head back to Settings-> Messages, then tap to open Send & Receive menu. Navigate to the Apple ID section then tap the option to Sign Out.

This will log you out from your Apple ID account. Afterwards, sign back in using your Apple ID and try sending an iMessage to any one of your iPhone contacts.

Seek more help

If iMessage still doesn’t work on your iPhone 7 Plus after exhausting all possible solutions and workarounds, then your next option would be to escalate the problem to your carrier for further recommendations. Or you may report the issue straight to Apple Support so they can look into it and make further assessments. If needed, they can create a fix patch to address the problem.

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