How To: Fix the iOS 7 Messages Issue
As operating system rollouts go, or not, iOS 7 has been virtually trouble-free — a stunning achievement given the fact that hundreds of millions of people are already using every day. The iOS 7 Messages issue is the one (notably) minor exception.
According to a number of Apple support forum posters, iOS 7 Messages on iPhone sometimes fails to send messages:
After downloading the new ios7 to my iphone4s I’ve been unable to send iMessages to other people. I am able to receive iMessages however cannot respond to them via iMessage. It continues to tell me that it is sending but never sends. I end up having to change the message to SMS and then send instead — KalebsDad78
Perhaps the fastest remedy for the iOS 7 Messages issue is to simply shutdown the iPhone and then restart it: Press and hold the Power button > Slide to Power Off and, once it’s fully turned off, then press the Power button to restart the iPhone. This method has delivered permanent relief for some, though not all affected users.
The full proof method for fixing the iOS 7 Messages issue goes as follows: Disable Messages in Settings -> Messages, reset the iPhone’s Network Settings under Settings -> General -> Reset.
You will then need to repopulate Network Settings and re-enable Messages. Not rocket science, but a minor pain in the bum.
Affected by the iOS 7 Messages issue? Which fix worked for you?