iMessage not working for others on 5.1?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by powrman811, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. powrman811 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2011
    Under Messages (Settings>Messages) it says "Waiting for activation..."

    I am on Wi-Fi and have a good 3G connection. Any ideas? I just restored last night and still no luck.
  2. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    Have you tried a soft reset? Hod down both buttons until the screen turns black and you see the Apple logo.
  3. powrman811 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2011
    Trying that now... let's see...

    EDIT: Soft reset was no good :(
  4. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    I'm having the same issue. Also tried soft re-set and till a no go.:(
  5. zefff, Mar 8, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012

    zefff macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
    iMessage not working after 5.1 install on iPhone 4

    iMessage is not working on wi-fi. I have a feeling it's because I have no service with my provider.
  6. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    After I updated to 5.1, I went to iMessage my girlfriend, and before I composed the message, the "send" button was green and the gray lettering said "text message." I did a soft reset on my phone and after that, I re-composed the message and it went through as a iMessage.
  7. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    Wife and I have been using iMessage all day long on iOS 5.1 with no problems.
  8. kurtmac macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2012
    Minnesota, USA

    Really? That is so incredibly unhelpful, I cannot tell you! Instead of offering a solution or workaround, you simply tell us that all is well with your devices. Thanks for the input! :confused:
  9. kurtmac macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2012
    Minnesota, USA
    Not Delivering Immediately

    I've noticed a variation of this issue. That iMessage does not post the "Delivered" confirmation immediately (sometimes delayed for several minutes or hours) and the person I am sending the iMessage to, only receives it when I do see the confirmation.

    Really wondering if this is an iMessage server issue or related to my SMS plan (200 messages) with AT&T (lower priority than someone having the unlimited plan??).

    fyi, this is not happening consistently, but randomly. Sometimes it does show "Delivered" immediately, but other times, it does not. Odd!
  10. Hosei macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2012
    NY, NY
  11. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    My wife upgraded her iphone 4 to 5.1 yesterday and every message she sends me (4s on 5.1) shows up as a text message. even when the phones are an inch apart on the same wireless network. any suggestions? I've tried rebooting etc...
  12. asweetdee macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2012
    Same issue

    I have the same issue of not being able to consistently use iMessage. When I restart my phone, I can send and receive iMessages fine, but at any given moment within the next 30 minutes it screws up again and goes back to the green Text Message format. I've resorted to using TextPlus until this gets fixed.

    Side note: I'm in France (have been for almost three weeks) and still paying for my monthly plan, so WiFi iMessaging was what I depended on for communicating home until I updated to iOS 5.1 yesterday.
  13. rannddeee macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
    La La Land, CA
    I wanted to send an iMessage but the send button stayed green. I went to settings and iMessage was turned off for some reason. I tried to turn it on but it said "activation failed" or whatever message it was. I tried multiple times throughout the day but was not successful. I did a restore last night and now it's working again. It sucks that I had to waste 1 hour restoring just to fix the issue.
  14. mlmwalt macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2010
    Philadelphia, Pa, USA
    My iMessage has been dropping out intermittently all day. I just keep restarting my phone and it comes back. I was concerned that it was only me. :eek:
  15. mlmwalt macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2010
    Philadelphia, Pa, USA
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9B179 Safari/7534.48.3)

    My fiancé is having the same issues too. I'm on Verizon & she's AT&T. My data connection gets all wonky when I have no wifi access. You'd think more people would notice these issues.
  16. Bossyman macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Here's what worked for me

    1 turn off iMessage

    2 power down by holding both buttons and don't let go until phone turns on again

    3 turn on iMessage

    4 wait for it to connect

    5 did it to all phones on my account, my sons and girlfriends, cuz we were all getting each others messages

    6 worked fine after that
  17. manc macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2012
    Get your wife to send a message to her own number, she should get the message back straight away. Her imessage should now be working.

    Do the same on your phone, then turn each phone off and switch back on.

    Test messaging again, it should be fixed.

    Had the same problem today and this fixed it

    Edit: Make sure imessage is turned on and activated to the phone number of your phones.
  18. spackletoe, Mar 15, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012

    spackletoe macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2012
    I have had the same issue, and so has my wife, both a different times, and we both had our iMessage activated through our email address... the above step fixed us both.

    I think it kinda sucks as a solution, but it works. My question then is how are people on desktops and ipads supposed to find us to use FaceTime? Hopefully as a secondary address, and I still have my "caller ID" as my email address.
  19. manc macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2012
    If your iMessage settings say you can receive at 2 addresses, one email and one you phone number, everything will work as normal. Just make sure your caller Id in settings is set to your phone number.

    iPads will send to your email and iPhones will send to your number.
  20. JUiCEJamie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2011
    Hmmm... I've had the same problem. Strange!

    I've been messaging someone who's still on 5.0.1 (I'm on 5.1) and we're having the same issue.
    The problem being, the message says it's 'Not Delivered' yet, we're still receiving the messages.

    I'll try turning off iMessage, then doing a restart etc etc.
  21. fullojellybeans macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2010
    I've been having the same problem since updating to 5.1. iMessages will send as blue, I'll get "delivered" under it and then moments later it reverts to a green bubble and "sent as text" it's quite annoying. I believe the reason is due to the fact that there's no longer a "try again as text message" option and it's forcing the message out over text.

    I had it resolved for about 8 hours and then when I woke up in the morning it was back to sending as text. I don't usually complain about iOS issues but this one is my biggest problem. Anyone try doing a DFU restore and set up as new?
  22. zefff macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
    This won't be very helpful, but to offer some hope to others, iMessage randomly started working on my iPhone 4.
  23. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I just had a failure to send a message and when I clicked on it it asked me to try again or send as text. Im using a 4S on 5.1
  24. farkingdom macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2012
    I faced iMessage problem when updating to 5.1, so after a little digging, my iMessage gets back to normal after doing a reset on the network.

    Hope this helps.
  25. RolandNights macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2011
    My brother has some issue, but ONLY when he texts me. The message gets really delayed, then sometimes it sends me two or three copies of the same message. Sometimes if he sends me a series of messages, they come in out of order.

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