iMessage is one of the most popular instant messaging apps. It works on any iPadOS, iOS, macOS, or watchOS device. This app allows you to exchange everything, from photos, videos, and texts, to stickers and gifts.
The problem arises when your iMessage keeps turning off for no reason. All of a sudden, you can’t receive or send messages to your friends and family.
Don’t worry. This is a common hold-up.
In this article, you’ll learn more about why this might be happening and how to fix it.
Reasons Why iMessage Is Turning Off
If iMessage keeps turning off and you can’t get it to work, we’ve listed the possible reasons for this error:
Issues With Apple’s System
Like any other operating system, your iOS is prone to security issues and bugs. Although Apple constantly improves its software and operating system, short-term bugs and hold-ups that can affect your apps aren’t excluded.
Low or No Storage
Although iPhones are praised for having a ton of storage. However, memory issues can still happen and cause other apps to become unstable.
The internet you’re using might be the source of the problem. If you’ve been using your cellular data instead of Wi-Fi, your iMessage app might not recognize it. This is because your primary internet source, your home Wi-Fi, contains the sign-up details for Apple.
Wrong Date and Time
As strange as it may sound, If you haven’t updated the date and time on your iPhone, your iMessage app might keep turning off. Although it’s not a serious issue, it can still cause a hold-up.
Changing your two-factor authentication can cause the iMessage app to turn off because your current password differs from the one you use for iMessage.
Apple ID Issues
Any issues with Apple ID credentials can affect the iMessage app.
Fixing iMessage on My Apple Device
Now that we’ve established the possible issues, here’s how to fix your iMessage error.
Check the iMessage Server
Maybe the problem isn’t with you. Before searching for a quick fix, make sure to check the server. Go to Apple’s System Status, where all the services are listed, and look for iMessage. If there’s a green circle next to it, everything’s fine. If the circle is red, then it’s not on you.
Just wait it out until Apple fixes the problem.
Check Your Internet Connection
Sometimes iMessage issues stem from an unstable internet connection. Make sure to check your Wi-Fi connection or available cellular data.
Check for Updates
Sometimes, an update hold-up causes the iMessage app to shut down. Here’s how to fix that:
- Go to “Settings” and scroll to “General.”
- Click on “Software Update.”
- Select “Automatic Updates.”
- Turn on “Download iOS Updates.”
Fix the Time and Date
Maybe you just need to fix the time and date on your iPhone. Follow the steps below to make the necessary adjustments:
- Go to “Settings.”
- Click on “General Settings.”
- Search for “Date and Time.”
- Swipe to “Set Automatically.”
Disable Your iMessage
If nothing has worked so far, try to disable your iMessage app and reboot your device. Here’s how to go about the process:
- Go to “Settings.”
- Scroll down to the “iMessage” icon and swipe to “Off.”
- Reboot your device.
- Go to “Settings” again.
- Scroll down to the “iMessage” icon and swipe “On.”
What does the question mark in my iMessage app mean?
If you see a “?” in your messages, your iPhone does not support the character sent to you.
What happens if I delete a message within iMessage?
If you delete a message within iMessage, it will be unavailable to you but will still be visible to the recipient.
Can iMessage use cellular data?
Yes. iMessage can function both on Wi-Fi and cellular data.
Fix Up Your iMessage
So far, we’ve walked you through the issues that may be causing your iMessage app to turn off. Your storage, updates, internet connection, or 2FA can all be the causes for this problem. The good news is that it’s fixable. You can follow the steps outlined, and your iMessage app will return to normal in no time.
Are you having trouble sending and receiving texts on your iMessage? How did you fix the issue? Let us know in the comments.