iPhone owners have been experiencing iOS 7 iMessage problems after installing the new update and after upgrading to iOS 7.0.2, the most current version of iOS. Fortunately, there appears to be a simple fix for those are suffering from iMessage issues within Apple’s new iOS 7 update for the iPhone.
Over the course of the past few days, it has become clear that iPhone owners around the United States are dealing with an iMessage issue. After installing iOS 7.0.2, many owners began to complain about not being able to send any iMessages, instead having to rely on text message to communicate with family and friends.
Gotta Be Mobile experienced the issue on an iPhone 5 which, after installing iOS 7.0.2, was no longer able to take advantage of the service and was instead forced to use basic texts to communicate. Those who don’t have unlimited text were greatly affected by this issue and it became a nightmare for many who wanted to easily, and quickly, sent out communicate to their loved ones.
Apple hasn’t acknowledged the issues and it’s still not clear how widespread the problem is. We have talked to numerous iPhone owners who are affected by the issue though so it isn’t isolated to just one device. It also doesn’t appear to be affecting the iPad or the iPod touch as iMessage works perfectly on both of those.
Thankfully, intrepid users on the Apple discussion forums have found a fix for the issue that iPhone users can follow to get iMessage back up and running on board the iPhone.
iPhone users will want to head into their Settings and into Messages to disable iMessage. After that, head back and go into General and then into the Reset tab that is down at the bottom of the screen. From there, select Reset Network Settings, confirm the choice, and wait for the iPhone to reboot. This takes a few seconds. After that, toggle iMessage back on and the service should be functional again.
The procedure worked on our iPhone 5 and iMessage is now up and running, capable of sending messages, photos and video with co-workers, family and friends. What’s unclear however is if the fix is temporary. It’s possible that the issue could pop up out of the blue once again, in the same way that it surfaced the first time around.
iPhone and iPad owners who are experiencing other issues in iOS 7.0.2 and below should take a look into the Apple discussion forums for quick fixes to their issues. Apple is fast with its updates, an iOS 7.0.3 update is said to be imminent, but its updates don’t always fix minor issues.