At its core, iMessage is a text messaging application that works across all Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. The application allows you to send text, photos, videos, voice messages, audio messages and more. And you can send these messages to anyone else with an Apple device, even if they don’t have iMessage activated. However, when you set up new Apple devices, such as an iPhone or an iPad, iMessage automatically appears within the application exclusively, alongside your other text messaging applications. You can’t send an iMessage to someone you’re on a call with, for instance, or to someone on a different social media account you choose. And you can’t attach a photo or video to an iMessage.
For the vast majority of people, this will not be a bother, since iMessage will save you time and annoyance whenever you get an unexpected text. Most users don't use screenshots—text messaging applications are optimized for sending photos—and keeping your application as the default means every iMessage that goes in goes right to your doorstep. (Experts say that companies could even bundle iMessage in with an existing SMS, MMS, or Facetime message.) But it can still be a burden if, for instance, you have a personal relationship with some friends who also use an iPhone.
How to Fix Your iMessage Problems If You’re not Receiving or Sending Messages
If you’re having trouble sending messages from your iPhone, the first thing you should do is restart your phone. Sometimes, a simple restart can solve the problem. However, if restarting your phone doesn’t work, you may need to reset your network settings. To do this, follow the steps below. Go to Settings. Go to Wi-Fi or Cellular Data. Select one of the available options, then tap the Reset button.
To reset your iPhone or iPad, you should also re-download the latest versions of these applications. This helps to ensure your device is up to date and capable of connecting to the internet. An unresponsive Home button, Bluetooth, connection problems and poor reception can all result from a lack of connectivity. This, however, isn’t the end of the world as long as you can find a solution.
To check your iPhone’s connectivity, go to Settings > Bluetooth, and open the About phone application. If the issue persists after opening the application, press and hold the Home button. You should hear a beep, and the Home button should appear on the screen for about a second. Release the Home button and turn the device off. If the issue persists or you can’t get the Home button to work, you may need to reset your network settings.
To reset your iPhone or iPad’s network settings: Open Settings. Tap Wi-Fi or Cellular Data. Select one of the available options, then tap the Reset button. A restart of your iPhone or iPad may also help you resolve a problem with your Bluetooth connectivity.
To check: Go to Settings > Bluetooth. Select the devices you want to troubleshoot. Turn the products off. Turn the products on again. The reset should fix the issue. If you can’t find Bluetooth, try a factory reset on your iPhone.