iMessage is horribly unreliable for me lately. Is it just me?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by hcanning, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. hcanning macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2014
    Hi all,

    I'm experiencing the following symptoms more frequently than I'd like:

    -Messages not being delivered to my iPhone, but arriving on my Mac Mini

    -Messages not being delivered to my Mac Mini, but arriving on my iPhone

    -My iPhone receiving group chat messages about 5 minutes after everyone else

    -Messages arriving to my iPhone about 5 minutes after they were sent

    This is not location-specific.

    It is really annoying.

    Anyone else having similar problems? I've tried all the usual iMessage off/on sign out/sign in stuff. The only thing I haven't tried is a complete erase and restore from iCloud backup. Before I go through the palaver of doing this, has anyone else has this problem or similar problems that have been fixed with a restore?

    If something iffy is going on with iOS will restoring from a backup cure these problems and just reapply my specific settings or does it literally take a copy of the entire OS, warts 'n all?

    Thanks :)
  2. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    hmmm I haven't had any of the issues you experienced. This has actually worked flawlessly for me for a while.
  3. Batman89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    I actually have NOT been experiencing these issues, iMessage works great for me.

    Are all your devices fully updated to the latest versions of their respective software?
  4. BittenApple macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008
  5. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003

    here is what i am experiencing: since updating to both iOS8.3 and OS X 10.3 iMessages are delayed by a few seconds (maybe up to 10 seconds) to the device that i am not actively using. but all iMessages are being received. also, enabling handoff, SMS are also being well received on my mac as well.

    here is what helps: use the same apple ID for all your devices. for example, using on all your devices instead of and on others has been reported to ensure that messages are received on all devices.

  6. vietalogy macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2006
    This is why I rely on whatsapp more then iMessage.
  7. R.Stoychev macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2012
    I haven't had any of the issues. It's working fine for now :)
  8. laurim macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2003
    Minnesota USA
    I'm someone who rarely has issues with anything but I HAVE noticed that iMessages are really slow for me. I'll send a message and people don't get them or get them way after I sent them and vice versa. I know this from talking to the person before I get the message they want to talk about or I just get a message and it was about something for the day before. Not too happy with iMessage. Don't know what the issue is. Happens at home and away.
  9. e93to macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2015
    I always had trouble syncing iMessages with my Mac... Sometimes it will work flawlessly. Other times, newer iMessages will not show up on Mac or iPhone. And iMessages often have trouble sending. So I use iMessages only on my iPhone.
  10. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
  11. uid15 Suspended


    Mar 9, 2015
    No issues here on 4S/iPad mini retina/ipod touch 5th gen, sorry to hear of your frustration.
  12. Jeff R macrumors 6502

    Jeff R

    Jan 28, 2014
    No issues here either. MacBook Pro retina, iPad mini retina & iPhone 5S. All with latest update.
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  14. iphone1027 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    This. My wife sent me a text via iMessage while in a store (I was waiting outside) and then 5 min later she called me asking me why I haven't responded. I asked, "Responded to what?" She replied, "The text I sent you." Never received it until she got back into the car, 5 min later. She sees me receiving the text she had sent and says, "Oh there it is!"
    She then says, "What's wrong with the messages, this has happened to me before?"

    NOTE: She had made sure she had reception onside the store while sending the text, plus she was connected to WiFi. So no excuse for no reception.
  15. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007

    Did she look at her messages while in the store to see if it still said sending at the top, or did not say delivered below the message? she could have been connected to a stores wifi but had not gone in and "accepted" there terms to actually connect. So the message sat on her phone waiting to send to you till she walked out of the store and off there wifi.
  16. iphone1027 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    She looked & it said delivered while in the store. She always checks her connection on WiFi; accepting terms and conditions, etc.

    As a side note, we've been out with good reception and she has sent a text, said it was delivered, and the person receiving it never even received the message (Im talking about several hours pass).
  17. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    You sure the recipient does not have you blocked? It's easy to inadvertently do.
  18. TonyC28 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2009
    On my Mac it's been horrible for over a year now. Whenever there's a lull in a conversation my Mac stops receiving the messages for a few minutes. They come to my phone instantly and will send from my Mac, but for a few minutes the incoming messages won't show up.
  19. iphone1027 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    I'm sure. The person actually receives the iMessage.... hours later.
  20. slippy macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2005
    Ever since iOS 8 my wife and I have had trouble with iMessages. I occasionally won't receive her messages and vice versa (a few a week). She also uses an iPad and they seem to show up on there 100% of the time, but that does no good when it's sitting at home. They show as delivered right away from the sending phone but never arrive on the receiving phone. I should note, it's not just iMessages between us. iMessages in general seem to never arrive occasionally, I can just track the ones between us easier.

    I've tried everything on the books except for setup from new instead of backup. That's probably what I'll end up doing, I just need to invest in the time it will take.
  21. Jason Lewis Suspended

    Jason Lewis

    Apr 8, 2015
    haven't experienced such problems when using iMessage, it sounds weird
  22. TaporSnap macrumors newbie


    Oct 1, 2012
    South OC, CA
    I've had a handful of messages not go through on the first attempt.
  23. sanke1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2010
    Please switch to WhatsApp. Much more reliable and so much better as well.bonus is it works cross platform.
  24. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2008
  25. Mac-lover3 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2014
    Never switch to WhatsApp it is a very overrated messaging app. Updates come always very very late. But no I never had so few problems with iMessage it works better then ever. iPhone is always in sync with Mac.

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