iMessage makes it easy to connect with friends, family and colleagues. But sometimes when you want to send a text, a popup may appear saying "iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message." This post from MiniTool provides some solutions.

After updating your iPhone, you may encounter the “iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message” error when sending the text via iMessage. Then, let’s see how to get rid of the “iMessage needs to be enabled” error message.

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Fix 1: Restart Your iPhone

To fix the “iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message” issue, you can restart your iPhone to see whether the issue is solved. Hold and press the sleep/wake button for a few seconds until the slider appears. Then, slide the Slide to power off option. Finally, press and hold the sleep/wake button again until you see the Apple logo.

Fix 2: Make Sure iMessage Is Enabled

Next, you need to make sure that iMessage has been enabled. You need to go to Settings > iMessage.

Make sure the toggle for iMessage is green and there is no message like iMessage waiting for activation below it.

Fix 3: Check the Apple iMessage Server

You can try to check the Apple iMessage server to fix the “iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message” issue. Go to their system status page, if you see a green dot next to iMessage, it's ok. If it's yellow or red, iMessage is off.

Fix 4: Turn on/off the Airplane Mode

You can also turn on and off the Airplane Mode to check if the “Siri not working” issue is caused by the connectivity issue. Here is how to check it:

Step 1: Open Control Center on your iPhone and then tap the iPhone Airplane Mode. You can also go to Settings > Airplane Mode and then tap the slider to turn it on

Step 2: Restart your iPhone after the Airplane Mode is enabled.

Step 3: Use the same method to find the Airplane Mode and turn it off.

Fix 5: Enable/Disable iMessage

Although iMessage is enabled, you may also receive the “iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message” error message. In this situation, turning iMessage off and then on can solve the problem.

  1. Open Settings and tap Messages.
  2. Toggle off iMessage.
  3. Restart your iPhone.
  4. Follow step 1 and toggle on iMessage again.

Fix 6: Reset Network Settings

Resetting network settings will update all information related to the network used on your phone. You can reset the network settings by following the steps below. Go to your Settings and open the General option. Scroll down and tap the Reset option. Then, tap the Reset Network Settings option.

tap the Reset Network Settings option

Other Tips:

  1. Delete stuck message or conversation
  2. Sign out of Apple ID and sign in again
  3. Send as SMS instead of iMessage while you contact support
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Final Words

These are the common fixes for the “iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message” error. If you get an error when sending the text via iMessage, try these solutions and you can easily get rid of the trouble.

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