Top 5 Ways to Fix iOS 12/11/10.3.3 iMessage Not Working

After updating to the latest iOS 12/11/10.3.3, you may notice that there is something wrong with your iMessage, like

  • iMessage not showing delivered/sending on your iPhone or iPad after upgrading to iOS 12/11/10.3.3.
  • iMessage waiting for activation error on your iPhone or iPad and fail to activate iMessage after trying again and again.
  • Message App not opening or the Message App is greyed-out
  • iPhone Not Receiving Messages/iMessages
  • iMessage effect not working

If you are encountering any one of situations listed above, we highly recommend you to read this post, for where includes 5 ways to help you fix iMessage not working issue on iOS 12/11 iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6s /6 /5s/5/iPad.


Solution 1: Check Your Internet Connection

As we all know, iMessages are automatically routed through Apple’s server over Wi-Fi or cellular data connection, hence, the first thing you are supposed to do is make sure whether your iPhone/iPad is well connected to the internet.

To do so, you just need to open Settings>>Wi-Fi, then ensure you’re connected to a network.

Solution 2: Make Sure iMessage Is Set Up Correctly

This way will be workable if your iMessage sent from email other than phone number. If you are experiencing this issue, then try to use this way get the “iMessage effect not showing” issue fixed.

To do this, go to Setting>>Messages >> Send & Receive. Then you will see your phone number and an associated Apple ID shown in this list that are configured to send and receive iMessages on your device. Next, scroll down to ‘Start New Conversations From’, and see if phone number are checked, if not, just hit your phone number to activate iMessage for your number.

send and receive

Solution 3: Turn iMessage Off & On

When there is something wrong with iPhone, we always attempt to fix it by simply turning off and on the iPhone. For the same reason, we can try to get the iMessage working by doing the same if being prompted with iOS 10.3.3/11/12 iMessage waiting for activation.

Head to Settings>>Message>> iMessage, then turn iMessage off on your iPhone or iPad. After waiting a few minutes, toggle iMessage back On.

turn off and on

Should this not work, you might have to sign out of Apple ID (go to Setting>>Messages >> Send & Receive) and then Sign back in using your Apple ID. This simple fix works a lot of the time

Solution 4: Reset Network Settings

Network setting issue can also lead to problem with iMessage. Factory resetting network settings is tested as an effective way to troubleshoot iMessage not working issue.

To reset the networking settings, just go to Settings>>General>>Reset>>Reset Network Settings.


Solution 5: Fix iOS 12/11/10.3.3 iMessage Not Working Using Any iOS System Repair (ReiBoot)

If all these methods mentioned above still cannot solve iOS 12/11 iMessage waiting for activation or not working error, then the problem might lie with your device itself. In this case, we suggest you to try a third-party software by putting your device into recovery mode and reboot, I believe Any iOS System Repair (ReiBoot) is such a program helping you achieve it. As a iPhone issue fix tool, Reiboot provides a free solution to solve iMessage prolems by putting iOS devices in and out of recovery mode with one click.

To get started, free download Any iOS System Repair (ReiBoot) on your computer.

Step 1: Run Any iOS System Repair (ReiBoot) on your computer, then connect your device to computer.

Step 2: Once the device is detected, hit “Enter Recovery Mode” to put your device into recovery mode. After a while, click “Exit Recovery Mode” to reboot your device.


That’s it! Hope this article is helpful for you to resolve the issue you’ve been having with iMessage. If you want to thoroughly and quickly solve your iMessage not working issue after updating to iOS 12/11/10.3.3, you might as well use Any iOS System Repair (ReiBoot) without trying the first 4 methods one by one. Any additional tips to share with us? Please feel free to contact us.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iOS 11 Update Follow @Jerry Cook