iOS 16 iMessage not working

iOS 16 introduces redesigned, customizable Lock Screens with widgets, the ability to edit and delete messages, improved Focus modes, an iCloud Shared Photo Library for families, major improvements for apps like Mail, Home, and Wallet, and much more.
Most iPhone and iPad users can share texts, documents, photographs, videos, contact information and group conversations using iMessage as an alternative to SMS and MMS communications with other iOS users. Since iOS 16 was introduced, there has been a growing trend of iOS 16 iMessage not working on iPhone and iPad devices. After updating your phone, issues arise such as “iOS 16 iMessage not working,” which is a huge frustration.

Fix “Cannot Message Myself” in iOS 16:

There are many causes for iMessage not working, including issues with the Messages app, the Apple iMessage server, or your settings. The first thing to do when an iMessage not working is to figure out whether the issue is with a specific contact or with any of the contacts on your iPhone.

Therefore, if you recently updated to iOS 16 and are experiencing the same iOS 16 iMessage not working problem on your iPhone/iPad, this article will help.

1. New Account with Same Apple ID

First, create another contact for yourself using the same Apple ID email and phone number. Then send an iMessage to yourself and check out the results.

2. Set Primary Phone Number

If you have saved more than one phone number for your contact, make sure to set the one with which you are interacting as the primary one. You could do the same from Settings > Messages > Send and Receive.

3. Re-Enable iMessage

Re-enabling the iMessage on your device, will refresh its underlying settings and could well rectify the underlying issue. To re-enable iMessages below are ye steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Messages.
  2. Then turn off the toggle next to iMessage and restart your device.
  3.  Once your device boots up, re-enable iMessage from Settings > Messages.

Delete Duplicate Contacts

Sometimes your phone number might have two different categories in your contact, under iPhone and Others. You should make sure to remove such duplicates and then check out the results.

Turn Off Send As SMS:

Sometimes, when you’re in a low-reception area, you may find that iMessage doesn’t work. Fortunately, you can switch to regular SMS texting.
1. Go to settings.
2. After that, go to Messages > Send as SMS.
3. Turn off the toggle next to Send as SMS.

Add Country Code to fix iMessage not working
A few users were able to resolve this issue after adding the country code to their phone number before sending an iMessage. For example, UK users add +44 and Pakistani users add +92 before typing in their phone numbers.

Re-Login to iCloud

Re-login to icloud means that you should be logged out of your iCloud account, restart your iPhone, and then re-sign in to it. Do so and check out the results.

Reset Network to fix iMessage on iOS 16:

If the stored network data gets corrupted, then it could mean trouble for the entire network configuration on your device. Therefore the only way out is to reset the setting back to their factory default state. Do keep in mind that doing so will erase all the saved WiFi networks, passwords, cellular settings, VPN and APN settings, so make sure that they are synced with your Apple account.

1. To begin with, head over to Settings > General.
2. Then go to Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset.
3. After that, tap on Reset Network Settings.
4. Now re-connect to your WiFi network and check if you can send an iMessage to yourself in iOS 16.

Downgrade to iOS 15

The issue is because of the new iOS update. So if the issue presists in the new version of iOS the only way to solve is to either go back to iOS 15 or wait for the next update that will fix the issue.

If you have any other questions or queries regarding the guide on how to fix iOS 16 iMessage not working do write to us in the comments below.

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