7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 7, 2012 6:31 PM by Alexander1977
Alex_Orue Level 1 Level 1

Hi there!


I'm having some issues with iMessages on my iPad 2. Since I updated my iPad's software to the new iOS 5, I haven't been able to use iMessage. Whenever I try to send a message, the sending bar on the top of the app, gets stuck just before it completes the send. Is somebody else having this kind of issue? Does this might have something to do with a saturation of Apple's servers?




iPad 2, White
  • derek35 Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having the same issue on my first gen iPad. Gets stuck right before sending. But messages work perfectly on my iPhone 4. I'd love some help.

  • Linda Self Level 1 Level 1

    I am having the same issue on my iPad 2. It stops just before the end. My iPhone 4 is working fine as well. Any help would be welcomed.

  • anthonyfromstaines Level 1 Level 1

    I HAVE THE SOLUTION - It's worth shouting about!


    Upgraded 3 devices to IOS5. iphone 4, iPad 2 and iTouch (4th Gen). iMessage activates but during sending message it get stuck at 90%, Facetime stopped working on all 3 devices! All connected through a home network No luck with any of the suggestions on the internet as to the cause of the problems.


    Took iphone and iTouch to work, connected on the open Wi-Fi there and hey presto both iMessage and Facetime started working! What the ****? Brought the devices home and they continued to work on my home network. Still no luck with the iPad 2 sending to either of the other devices or connecting on Facetime.


    It struck me that there appeared to be an issue with the activation process ( even though it said activation successful at home). The most likely cause is the DNS server not passing the data through correctly.

    I checked my DNS setting on my router and they were set to Open DNS (, maybe using Google Public DNS would work? But I didn’t need to mess with the router settings, the DNS on the apple device overrides the router setting.


    I set the Pad DNS (in Wi-Fi settings) to the Google DNS and straight away a mass of “stuck” test messages came through and I could also send iMessages. Facetime also started working! Yippee! Success! I reset the DNS back to its original value after I finished and it still works ok ( this is optional as Google DNS is good to use as default).


    So here’s the fix.... it’s so simple!!


    Settings > WiFi > find the active wifi network ( the one with the tick)


    Click the blue arrow> find the DNS entry ( 4th item down), note it’s value.


    In the DNS field – type in


    Click the “home button” and then try iMessage and Facetime.


    (it’s up to you if .want to set the DNS back to it’s old value)

  • cryssy11 Level 1 Level 1

    This totally works! Thanks so much anthonyfromstaines!

  • Rick Logoix Level 1 Level 1

    Awesome! Thanks soooo much!!!

  • Psybird Level 1 Level 1

    M8 you gave an answer, neither my ISP or Apple, could give me.I do not know why exactly, but it works, congratulations!

  • Alexander1977 Level 1 Level 1

    This public DNS from google does really work.  Thanks to anthonyfromstaines. So, the DNS we originally have from our ISP is the culprit one. Wondered if I do need to change my ISP (from Clearwire to Comcast) before reading this solution. Awesome solution!