Cannot send SMS messages from Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by willi173, Nov 25, 2016.

  1. willi173 macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2011
    I bought an Apple Watch series 1 and I've enjoyed it thoroughly except for one issue: I cannot send SMS messages from the Apple Watch. I can send and receive iMessages without issue. I even receive SMS messages without issue. I've tried unpairing, erasing and setting up the Watch as new several times. I even toggled iMessages button on my phone several times as wel as signing back into iCloud on iPhone. I rebooted phone and watch several times. I also tried toggling send as SMS button in phone settings a few times.


    Can someone offer a solution to my SMS reply problem on my watch. If I can't resolve this issue soon I will most certainly return phone.

    Note, I am running iOS 10.1 on my iPhone 6s and watchOS 3.1 on Watch

  2. FrisbeeK9 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
    Have you looked at the settings in iPhone? Settings/messages/send as SMS

    On  watch settings: messages/ mirror iPhone
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Two work around a for this.

    1, toggle iMessage off on your phone (reboot both iPhone and watch) and try sending SMS from your watch. If it goes through then turn iMessage back on and you should be ok from there on in.

    2, toggle send as SMS off reboot your devices then toggle it back on.
  4. LiveM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2015
  5. Eddie3345 macrumors regular


    Nov 20, 2016
    Portland ,OR
    i had the same issue. i turned off iMessage on my phone and it was fine.

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