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Many iFolks are experiencing “iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message” after updating iPhones to the latest iOS. With iMessage, you can collaborate with others in a conversation, decorate messages with stickers, share a song, and more. To send and receive iMessages on your iPhone, iMessage must be enabled.

You will associate your phone number with the email address used for your Apple ID or iCloud account. This will allow you to send and receive the “blue text bubbles” when chatting with other iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. In addition, this post will explain how to fix “iMessage Needs to Be Enabled To Send This Message.”

Solution 1: Check if Apple iMessage Server is Down

Firstly, we strongly recommend checking if Apple iMessage Server is down. If yes, you can’t send messages. To check if it works, visit the Apple System Status page. Then, take a look at the iMessage dot. If it is green, the servers are working fine, and the problem is located in your iPhone.

Solution 2: Enable Your iMessage

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Once you’ve confirmed Apple iMessage Server is working fine. The problem is in your iPhone settings, and you’ll need to enable it. To do that, follow the highlighted steps below:

  • Open the Settings app on iPhone
  • Tap on Messages
  • Switch iMessage to on and wait for it to activate.
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Note: If you have enabled it before the problem happens, you can try disabling it first and then allowing it again.

Also read: How Much Cellular Data Does iMessage Use? Find Out Now!

Solution 3: Reboot Your iPhone

You’ve enabled your iMessage in settings, and you’ve confirmed Apple iMessage Server is working perfectly. Rebooting your iDevice may fix this problem.

  • Hold Power until you see the Slide To Power Off slider and slide it.
  • 30 – 40 seconds after it turns off, hold Power again to turn it on.

Solution 4: Reset Network Settings

Sometimes, messages that cannot send are related to network connection problems. Resetting your iDevice network setting may solve the problem.

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  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Tap Reset Network Settings.

Solution 5: Enable/Disable iMessage

Another way to fix the “iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message” is by de-activating and re-activating the iMessage in the setting.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Messages
  • Turn On the iMessage toggle.

Note: If it is already on, turn it off and back on again before you try to send the text message again.

Solution 6: Reset iMessage Settings

You’ve tried all the methods above to solve the problem, and your iMessage is still not working. Follow these steps to reset iMessage settings.

  • Open Settings and tap on Messages > Choose Send & Receive option.
  • Uncheck the email address, and phone number in the section of YOU CAN BE REACHED BY IMESSAGE AT.
  • Tap your Apple ID and choose Sign Out.
  • Restart the iPhone, activate iMessage from the Settings, and sign in to your Apple ID again.

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Solution 7: Switch From iMessages to SMSs

This method is an additional solution to solve “iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message.”

  • Go to Settings
  • Open Messages
  • Make sure iMessages and Send as SMS are both ON
  • Go back to Settings and tap on Cellular
  • Now, slide Cellular Data to OFF
  • Navigate back to Settings and tap on Wi-Fi
  • Turn Wi-Fi OFF
  • Launch the Messages app and try sending a message to the contact you want to send SMS messages to.
  • The message should start going out as a blue iMessage. Then, press–and–hold the message bubble until you see the option “Send as Text Message.”
  • Now press that option. Once you choose this, the message should go out as a green SMS.
  • Send an additional one or two messages to ensure they are still going out as green SMS.
  • Go to Settings and tap on Messages—slide iMessage to OFF.
  • Navigate to Settings and go to Cellular. Turn Cellular Data back ON (if you were using cellular data.
  • Go to Settings and tap on Wi-Fi. Then, turn Wi-Fi ON (if you were using a Wi-Fi connection).
  • This method should set your message threads to SMS.

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