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iLouca Level 1 (0 points)

When you send an iMessage it works instantly, however iMessage is suddenly not available on a device the iPhone will try to send that iMessage for around 6 minutes before eventually sending a text message. This is a ridiculous situation where now instead of getting instant messages you can potentially be waiting for over 10 minutes to send a standard text instead of an iMessage. Is anybody else getting this problem?

  • Bama51 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I'm seeing it right now.  Not sure if Apple's iMessage servers are having problems, but there needs to be a better alternative that waiting 10 minutes.

  • Orifice Level 1 (0 points)

    yes.i encountered the same problem as you.what's worse is that my iMessage is activated and it still send it as text messages(green bubble).Well,there's no issues from my network nor wifi...i did all the necessary troubleshooting methods..restart..reset..restore..etc..sighhhhhhhhhh....

  • ASZ_Lab Level 1 (0 points)

    I have noticed this as well, but the problem has been there since the upgrade. Also tried troubleshooting, adding more ids to the imessage settings.. still the same..


    At this rate not sure if imessage is really a BBM alternative.
    For the moment and till they sort out the issues, might need to stick with Whatsapp or something like that...


    Just out of curiosity anyone found a fix/cause for this problem?

  • Bama51_AL Level 1 (0 points)

    I restarted my phone, and mine started working properly.  Phone was showing full signal and 3G prior to AND after reboot, but it seems like it was having data connection issues beyond iMessage.  Now, it's working fine.  Not a very revealing solution, but it worked for me.

  • ASZ_Lab Level 1 (0 points)


    Thanks for the reply.. tried the restart as well several times, but unfortunately no luck..


    The problem is that there is not indication of when the messages to get stuck.. so you don't find out till minutes later of a failure and by that time the conversatoin has carried on,  in an abstract way, with both parties not knowing what the other is talking about.. :-)

  • iLouca Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got several friends to test this on their iPhones on different networks and the problem is the same so it's not a network fault. It's iMessage taking too long to decide to send a text when an iMessage is no longer available on the recipients device. The more I use it the I've noticed the times can vary from 4 minutes to 15 minutes to send the text. If this is happening both ways in a conversation between two iMessage enabled devices then what is normally a 2 minute text conversation can now become a 30 minute exchange.

  • Cubesismyname Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the same problem!  VERY frustrating to send a txt, then see it sitting there, "sending", for 10 minutes.  All the while you're just thinking, "GDDAMNIT, just FAIL already so I can send as a TEXT!!!!!"  Really.  This needs to be fixed. ASAP.  I HATE THIS FEATURE NOW

  • bogie1519 Level 1 (20 points)

    I thought imessage only sent other imessages to ios.

    iv'e noticed when i send a message to another ios system

    imessage shows up in the text message panel.

    if you try and send a text message to a non ios

    phone it just says text message.

  • m8g1c Level 1 (0 points)

    The only cure I have found is once you have sent the message and it hangs (doesn't displayed delivered), of you touch and hold on the message if gives you two options copy and send as text message. Select send as text message and it sends it instantly, not a perfect cure but for now but it does work.


    Hope this helps :)

  • PasshaAret Level 1 (15 points)



    Another thing I have found is if you IMessage is hanging even for a few seconds double click the bubble and you will option to “send a text”


    I hope this helps.



  • jim0323 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have this same problem on my iPhone 4, but iMessage works flawlessly on my iPad 2. Even if I have my phone and iPad in the same room on the same wifi, iMessages come in and go out much faster on the iPad. Sometimes messages will arrive two or three minutes earlier on my iPad. So its not just a sending issue.  This is so frustrating! I don't understand why iMessage works so well on the iPad and not the phone even when theyre on on the same wifi. Ugh!

  • jim0323 Level 1 (0 points)

    I turned data off on my phone, and it fixed the problem. Not an entirely effective solution, but of you're on wifi it'll definitely appear as though you've fixed the problem.

  • Dasdk Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi guys

    What does help is clearing your emails

    And If u have an exchange account; sync emails

    To 1 day...


    Archive messages on other mail accounts


    You can also try deleting all email accounts and see if iMessage improves


    It helped on my end




  • ASZ_Lab Level 1 (0 points)

    Something I noticed just now and that is imessage is working a lot faster. Dare I say almost as fast as BBM (Blackberry Messenger)


    Not sure to the reason but there are two possibilities:


    1) My icloud and mobile me emails  were different on my phone, so I set up the icloud to be the same as mobile me userid


    2) The second thing was that I just updated my ios to 5.01 on the phone.



    Since I didn't try imessage after piont 1, I am not sure which one fixed it.

    Would be interested in knowing if anyone else has seen performance improvements on imessage after updateing to 5.01.



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