iMessage Down for iPhone, iPad Users (Updated)

While Apple says that iMessage is still up and running, it appears that the service may be down at the moment for iPhone and iPad owners who are trying to send out messages.

Earlier today, we heard from a number of iPhone owners who were experiencing issues sending out iMessages to fellow iDevice owners. Instead of sending out an iMessage, the messages instead were being sent out like text messages. Other users are saying that messages are failing to send altogether.

Update: iMessage appears to be back up and running.

We have confirmed that iMessage is down for several of us here at Gotta Be Mobile as well. Messages that we sent between us that were previously shown as iMessages are now shown as text messages.

My Wi-Fi only iPad is currently incapable of sending out any messages due to the outage.


Read: Apple Urges iPhone Owners to Use iMessage in Response to SMS Security Flaw.

iMessage is currently down for iPhone and iPad users.

Apple’s website says that iCloud is still up and running though that appears to be wrong as we have tested this with multiple devices.

It’s unclear how long the service has been out for though we received a messages an hour ago saying that iMessage might be down but that Apple’s website did not reflect that.

This is important for iPhone and iPad owners because while iMessages are free to send, text messages are not for some owners which means that texts sent during the outage might wind up costing some users quite a bit of money.


Thus far, Apple remains silent about the outage and we aren’t exactly sure when the service might be up and running.

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Apple still thinks everything is up and running.

The outage comes shortly before the release of Apple’s iOS 6 operating system which is scheduled to touch down on September 19th as well as the iPhone 5 release which will arrive on Friday, September 21st.

iMessage is a major feature in iOS which allows iDevice owners to communicate with each other with messages, free of charge. While messages sent using iMessage appear blue, messages that are text messages appear green.

What do your messages look like right now? That is, if you are able to send any out.

Thanks, Nick!


  1. Having some issues. It’s a bit hit of miss. I figured it has something to do with iOS 6 coming out soon so that’s why I searched it. And hey look other people are having issues!

  2. Down here in El Paso. At first my texts would not send at all. I rebooted the iphone and got my message to go out as text only.

  3. I can send/receive to non iPhone users (as well as iPhone users) from my iphone 4S but not from my iPad 2, 3rd gen. From the iPad, I can send to iPhone users only.

    • Also, when from my iPad 2, 3 gen., I try to send to a non iphone/ipad user, I get a red exclamation point saying “…person is not registered with iMessages.”

  4. I’m having more iMessage issues today. The weird thing is, if I tether from my IPhone 4S to my Ipad via WIFI, everything works fine including iMessage, but if I tether from my Iphone to my Ipad via Bluetooth, then iMessages won’t transmit or receive. Anyone else seeing the same behavior?

  5. I’m not able to send any messages also FaceTime is losing connection although I have service to use Internet and other things

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