This post highlights potential solutions to common iMessage problems in iOS 15 and later devices. Read on to learn how to deal with the iPhone SE 3 2022 iMessage not working issue.
Having trouble using iMessage on your new iPhone SE 3? The outlined procedures below might be able to help you out. Keep scrolling to view more detailed instructions.
iOS 15 iMessage Problems
With iMessage, you can send text, photos and videos to other Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. In order to send iMessages, your device must have a stable connection either via Wi-Fi or cellular data network.
Compared to basic SMS/MMS, iMessages are always encrypted and appear in blue text bubbles. Ordinary messages aren’t encrypted and appear in green text bubbles on your phone.
Another cool thing about iMessage is that it allows you to personalize your messages using animated effects, send inline responses, pin important conversations and add mentions.
But all these cool features are futile if iMessage service isn’t working on your device.
Considering that iMessage is a network-related feature, bumping into some random issues tied to a problematic network is inevitable. Nonetheless, most of the transpiring symptoms with iMessage are likewise easier to fix by end-users. All it takes are a few tweaks to get rid of the underlying cause and get the iMessage service back up and working as intended.
Common iMessage problems encountered by many iPhone users including those with the latest iPhone SE 3 2022 device include sending and receiving errors, problematic visual effects, activation error, group messaging errors, and lost messages among others.
If you encounter any of these problems, it could be due to some minor flaws with the network connection, relevant apps or the iOS messaging system itself.
To rule out every possible cause, you can try any of the outlined workarounds below.
Troubleshooting iPhone SE 3 2022 iMessage not working
Performing the following solutions will help rule out common software-related factors that can hinder or stop iMessage from working on your iPhone.
Before you begin, verify and ensure that iMessage is set up on the phone.
- To do this, just open the Settings app then tap Messages. Tap Send & Receive then navigate to the Heading section. Make sure that your phone number appears in the Start New Conversations From field to activate iMessage for your number.
Restarting iMessage on the iPhone is also recommended among the first potential solutions, if the service was working fine and then suddenly it stopped or failed.
- To do so, simply head over to Settings-> Messages menu then toggle the iMessage switch off and on again.
This will give a quick refresh to the iOS messaging system and clears out minor in-app glitches affecting iMessage services.
Also care to verify and ensure time and date settings are correct. Network-related services typically require a valid system date and time in order to synchronize with the main server and work as intended. If necessary, set your iPhone’s time zone to automatic so that the date and time information will be based on your current region and location.
If the problem continues after performing these basic workarounds, you can try the following outlined solutions to troubleshoot your iPhone further.
Feel free to start whenever you’re all set to troubleshoot the iOS messaging service on your new special edition iPhone.
Solution #1: Reboot the iPhone (soft reset).
Different types of software issues can be addressed by a simple reboot. That said, reboot your iPhone if you haven’t already. Not only that it refreshes system services, rebooting also clears out residual data from the system cache including corrupted data segment for iMessage.
You don’t need to back up files beforehand because rebooting does not affect any user data.
To soft reset/reboot an iPhone SE 3, just follow these steps:
- Press and hold the Side button on the top-right edge and then release when the Power off slider appears.
- Drag the Power Off slider to the right. Doing so powers off the device.
- After a few seconds, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.
Allow your device to finish rebooting and re-establish network internet connections. As soon as its connection gets stable, retry using iMessage and see if it’s already working.
Solution #2: Sign out of iMessage and sign in again.
Errors may likewise occur from expired or corrupted login sessions. To make sure this isn’t causing the problem you’re experiencing with iMessage, sign out of your iMessage account and then sign in again.
- To sign out of iMessage, just go to Settings-> Messages menu and then tap on Send & Receive. On the next menu, tap on your Apple ID and then tap Sign Out.
- To sign back into iMessage, tap the option to Use your Apple ID for iMessage then enter your Apple ID and password if prompted. Finally, tap Sign In.
Performing this tweak refreshes your iMessage login session and gets things back to work like the first time you use your iMessage account.
Solution #3: Refresh/optimize your internet connection.
Network connectivity issues on the iPhone is often regarded as the underlying cause, especially when dealing with iMessage activation error as well as iMessage sending and receiving errors.
To deal with random network problems, refreshing your iPhone’s internet connection is recommended.
- If you’re on Wi-Fi, go to Settings-> Wi-Fi menu then toggle the switch to turn Wi-Fi off for a few seconds and then toggle to turn it back on.
- If you’re on cellular data, go to Settings-> Cellular menu then tap to turn the Cellular data switch off and on.
Alternatively, you can put the iPhone in Airplane mode for a few seconds and then disable Airplane mode again. This will give a simultaneous refresh to all wireless connectivity features on the iPhone including Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
Solution #4: Install pending software updates.
iMessage problems that are triggered by software bugs, malware and system instability can likewise be rectified by updating the device. This is because software updates usually embed critical patches that are designed to eliminate stubborn bugs that are ruining the system.
- To manually check for new updates on the iPhone SE 3, just head over to Settings-> General Software Update menu. Wait for your iPhone to check for new updates. If a new update is available, tap Download and Install then follow the rest of the onscreen instructions.
Aside from iOS updates, installing all pending app updates is also recommended to keep all your apps optimized.
To manually update your apps, just head over to the App Store and view all pending updates for your apps.
Don’t forget to restart your iPhone after the update to ensure all recent system changes are properly implemented.
Solution #5: Reset all settings.
Regarded among the last resort when resolving complex system issues in mobile devices is a reset. In iOS devices, there are different types of reset options that users can tap on when needed.
If you’re getting an error that pertains to your iPhone’s network connection while using iMessage, resetting network settings is recommended. The reset network settings command deletes all recent custom network changes made to your iPhone. Any flawed network configurations will therefore be corrected as the default network values and options are restored.
To clear out any settings error related to iOS, resetting all settings may help. This reset is often suggested before performing a full system reset or factory reset because it does not delete any user data from the iPhone storage.
To reset all settings on the iPhone SE 3, just follow these steps:
- Navigate to your iPhone Settings-> General menu.
- Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone
- On the next screen, tap Reset to continue.
- Select Reset All Settings.
- Read the reset details then tap Reset settings.
- On the final warning prompt, tap Reset settings to confirm.
After the reset, the phone reboots by itself and then loads up all the default system settings and options.
This also denotes the need for you to re-enable necessary features that are disabled by default and disable those that are enabled.
Manually configuring app preferences and permissions is also needed to make your apps work according to your preferences.
Also be sure to connect to your Wi-Fi network or cellular data network to get back online and use network services including iMessage again.
iMessage still not working?
The above procedures are typically good enough to clear out common factors that can cause iMessage and the iOS messages app to fail and stop working on an iPhone.
If the problem continues, there’s a good chance that more complex system errors are present or it could be that the problem is not from within the Apple iPhone system.
To rule out fatal system errors that might have ruined the iMessage system on your iOS device, resorting to a full system reset or iOS restore can be regarded among the drastic solutions.
You can do a factory reset through your iPhone Settings menu or restore your iPhone in iTunes via recovery or DFU mode.
But before you do, be sure to back up all your important data to iCloud or iTunes drive so you can still retrieve and use your files afterwards.
Is iMessage Down?
To check and see the current status of iMessage server, visit the Apple support page. The current status of all Apple services including iMessage are typically posted on the System Status page. If an outage is currently reflecting, then that confirms that the iMessage server is unavailable. As a result, iMessage is not working properly on your iOS devices.
Unfortunately if it’s an outage-related issue, there’s not much that can be done on your end to fix iMessage but to wait until the outage is resolved and the service is again functional.
If the iMessage problem you’re dealing with has been instigated from a software update and that it persisted after performing the basic tweaks, then you can have it escalated to Apple Support for further assistance.
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