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  • formsguy Level 1 (0 points)

    How to fix iMessage

    1 - go to Settings

    2 - go to iTunes & App Store option

    3 - touch your Apple ID at the top of the screen on the right side

    4 - touch View Apple ID

    5 - it should bring up the Account Settings window, but since iMessage is not working, it will probably prompt you to sign into your Apple ID in order to display the Account Settings window.  Go ahead and sign in.  Once you get your Account Settings window to display, your iMessage should now be working again.


    This worked immediately for me to restore iMessage functionality on iPad2, and the previously missing conversations that were present on my iPhone are now present on my iPad2.


    I think what is happening when you lose iMessaging on iPad when it had previously worked, is somehow your apple ID inadvertantly signed out in the iTunes & App Store option.  Re-establishing the sign in should correct the problem.

  • Slaw62 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was able to fix my problem by putting my phone number under mobile phone field on my apple id. It was originally listed under daytime field only.  I logged off iPad iMessages and apple id waited a minute and then logged in again. It recognized my number and works now.

  • clintfca Level 1 (0 points)

    Noticed my iMessage was no longer working as of June 2013.


    I have an iPad 1 on OS 5.0.1.  Changing wifi network DNS to and it fixed the problem.  Happy to have iMessage back on my iPad.



  • Andy Cameron Level 1 (0 points)

    I know this is a silly question Clint but how do I do this? (Change wifi network DNS to 8.8.8)

  • clintfca Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Andy, no worries:


    Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > find the wifi access point you're connected to and touch the blue '>' circle at the right of it > touch 'DNS' and the keyboard should pop up to allow you to manually change your current DNS setting to


    Hope that helps.

  • Andy Cameron Level 1 (0 points)

    That fixed it, thanks Clint much appreciated

  • Ferrari05 Level 1 (0 points)

    For those of us who can't fix this issue there will be an update for ios7 in the next two week that addresses the issue of iMessages not working.

    I was told this by the Apple store and a rep on the phone.

  • idic314 Level 1 (0 points)

    formsguy fixed my problem. Thanks!

  • Cerberus44 Level 1 (0 points)

    For what it's worth I came across this article, it may or may not be what you're looking for but hopefully it helps somewhat. It's my little effort to try to chip in and help you guys & gals out.  Cheers!   







  • princessfromky Level 1 (0 points)

    I've tried this option and it's still not working for me :-(

  • princessfromky Level 1 (0 points)

    I've trying to log in and out with Apple ID. I tried DNS suggestion. No luck. Any other suggestions?

  • princessfromky Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay, i found the solution to some people's problems...


    "iPads do not have the native ability to send SMS messages so it doesn't matter whether you have a cellular iPad or not.  You are actually sending iMessages to your friends with iPhones.  To be able to send text messages you will need to use a third party app.  There are several in the App Store."


    I did not realize that iMessage only works with people that have apple devices, including iPhones.


    Very disappointing Apple.

  • Picnicmetoo Level 1 (30 points)

    I have to ask why disappointed??  Apple offers, free, no data charge, the ability to  message with other Apple devices.  it uses their servers, their devices.  You can text from phones but because the iPad is a different type device from phone you can Imessage but need 3rd party app to text.  For me, its a plus not offered by other devices.

  • Picnicmetoo Level 1 (30 points)

    I forgot to mention its also immediate--unlike email-- and you can see if its delivered or not--and also see when the othr person is replying.  One needs to remember its a tablet, not a phone.  Many of us use it to have realtime conversations, including photos and videos, but it IS Apple and they provide the ability OUTSIDE cellular.  Other phones, tablets (android, etc) do not have the ability to receive or send Imessages, only texting,  If you want to text, buy yourself an inexpensive 3rd party app from the store.

  • princessfromky Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple is the most expensive and you'd think the most sophisticated tablet out there and I have no doubt that they are more than capable of implementing it.  Apple enjoys exerting total dominance over its hardware and the software that runs on it. That's the reason we can't view flash animations. Using their servers should not be considered a privilege. They would not offer it to the millions of users out there if they were not profiting billions of dollars. We PAY for every single "perk" Apple offers.