How to Fix “iMessage Not Delivered” on Your iPhone (Explained)

How to Fix "iMessage Not Delivered" on Your iPhone (Explained)

Why is an iMessage not being delivered? There are few things more aggravating than when an iMessage does not mention Delivered. It frequently does not even display the Not Delivered status.

This can affect a large number of contacts or just one. It’s even more aggravating when the message reads Delivered, yet the receiver never receives it.

So, why are your messages not reaching a single person? Or to a large group? When your iMessage is not being delivered properly, try the following strategies.

How Does “Delivered” Work on iMessage?

We must first distinguish between Delivered and Read. The message was sent when the recipient got it on their device. Read indicates that the receiver has tapped on it.

Of course, this does not imply that they have read it; it only indicates that the mail has been opened.

Don’t get alarmed if you don’t hear back right away; they may have chosen it but were preoccupied.

You may turn off read receipts by navigating to Settings > Messages > Send Read Receipts. If you’re having problems with iMessage, this part of Settings is critical.

When iMessage says “delivered,” it hasn’t been delivered?

Occasionally, a message will be marked as Delivered, but the receiver will argue that they never received it.

It would be best if you didn’t assume they’re lying right away: there are many reasons why this may happen. It might be an iMessage bug, but it’s also possible that the message got sent to another device.

If your contact has an iPhone, iPad, and Mac, all of which are logged in with the same Apple ID, your message may have displayed on one of these other devices rather than their smartphone.

This shouldn’t be an issue—your message should appear on all devices. On the other hand, iMessage is far from flawless in this sense.

How to Fix "iMessage Not Delivered" on Your iPhone (Explained)
How to Fix “iMessage Not Delivered” on Your iPhone (Explained)


Without some trial and error, it’s difficult to pinpoint why iMessages fail to deliver. One of the options listed below should work. To get to the root of the problem, you may have to attempt them all.

If your iPhone reads “Not Delivered,” you’re most likely the one who doesn’t have an internet connection. Check this by navigating to Settings > Wi-Fi and looking at your joined networks. To resolve any difficulties, switch Wi-Fi off and on again (then rejoin networks).

If you rely on mobile data, go to Settings > Cellular and go through your options. If you have service, all you have to do is wait till the recipient connects.

This might be a simple solution to your problem that you neglect. Go to Settings > Messages. If iMessage is not already enabled, switch it on immediately. Even if iMessage is already turned on, it’s recommended to turn it off and back on again. You’ll have to wait a few seconds for it to reactivate.

Instead of sending via iMessage, send as a text message

If iMessage will not work if you are communicating with a non-Apple device. For Android devices, for example, you have to use SMS. You will see green bubbles in these cases, and your messages will state Sent as Text Message, not Delivered.

However, messages are valuable for more than only transmitting between operating systems. If your internet connection is poor, you can convert iMessages to SMS. To enable this, go to Settings > Messages > Send as SMS.

Try a Force Restart

This is a critical step in any type of troubleshooting. A forced restart restarts your iPhone, halting any troublesome background activities.

Most importantly, it does not destroy any data. For further steps, see How to Force Restart Your iPhone.

Sign Out and Back In: Apple ID

One of the most typical solutions for iMessage problems is to sign out of your Apple ID and then sign back in. Tap your ID in Settings > Messages > Send & Receive.

You should then Sign Out, and all of your information, except your phone number, will be erased. Select Sign out of iMessage and back in using your Apple ID. This might take some time.

Final thoughts 

If you’ve tried everything above and iMessage is still not working, there are some further options to consider. First, your phone is fine; the problem is with the recipient’s device.

This is more probable if communications to your other contacts are delivered successfully, which is not always the case.

You should forward these instructions to your contacts and tell them to take the same measures you have taken. Another option is that they have switched numbers and have not yet notified you.

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