1 Reply Latest reply: Apr 24, 2014 8:43 AM by sheila_m.
joni49 Level 1 (0 points)

The only thing I can think of that changed is I left my iphone behind in FL and had it mailed to me by a family member.  Now I can only receive pictures through SMS from people with iphones rather than iMessage.  I have no problem sending pictures and no problem receiving pictures from people with non iphones.  Checked everything I can think of to no avail.

iPhone 4S, iOS 7.1
  • sheila_m. Community Specialists

    Hello Joni,


    Thank you for the details of the issue you are experiencing with iMessage.  I recommend the following steps for the issue you described:


    To resolve issues with sending and receiving iMessages, follow these steps first

    1. Check iMessage system status for current service issues.
    2. Go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive and make sure that you have registered iMessage with your phone number or Apple ID and that you have selected iMessage for use. Learn more abouttroubleshooting iMessage registration if the phone number or Apple ID isn't available for use.
    3. Open Safari and navigate to www.apple.com to verify data connectivity. Learn more about troubleshootingcellular data or a Wi-Fi connection if a data connection isn't available.
    4. iMessage over cellular data might not be available while on a call. Only 3G and faster GSM networks support simultaneous data and voice calls. Learn more about which network your phone supports. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and turn Wi-Fi on to use iMessage while on a call if your network doesn't support simultaneous data and voice calls.
    5. Restart your device.
    6. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings on your iPhone.

    If you are still unable to send or receive an iMessage, follow these steps

    1. Make sure that the contact trying to message you isn't blocked in Settings > Messages > Blocked.
    2. Verify that the contact you are attempting to send a message to is registered with iMessage.
    3. If the issue occurs with a specific contact or contacts, back up orforward important messages and delete your current messaging threads with the contact. Create a new message to the contact and try again.
    4. If the issue occurs with a specific contact or contacts, delete and re-create the contact in the Contacts application. Create a new message to the newly created contact and try again.
    5. Back up and restore your device as new.


    iOS: Troubleshooting Messages



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    Sheila M.