Can’t Send Messages on iPhone SE

To fix can’t send messages on iPhone SE problem, check if your phone number is set to send instead of Apple ID by going to Settings > Messages, and tap Send & Receive. If Apple ID is set as  your main method to  receive and start messages, this might cause a problem. 

More details are also provided about the issue and other possible fixes for an iPhone SE that can’t send messages. Read further and find out how.


If you’re having issues with sending text messages or iMessage from your iPhone SE, then this is likely caused by a software issue and you should be able to fix it without too much trouble.

The first thing we’ll have to do is determine where the problem is with iMessage or with regular Text Messaging:

    • Go to Settings > Messages and Turn iMessage off.
    • Once iMessage is off, try sending a message.
    • If the message sends successfully, we know the issue is with iMessage. You will want to make sure you always have an internet connection when using iMessage. If you don’t have a data plan, it is preferable to keep iMessage off to avoid issues. If you do always have access to an internet connection through a data plan and use iMessage, perform the following steps:
      • Sign out of iMessage by going into Settings > Messages > Send & Receive, tapping your Apple ID, then tapping Sign Out.
      • Power off your iPhone completely, then power it back on
      • Go to Settings > Messages and tap Use your Apple ID for iMessage.
      • Test iMessage now by trying to send a message again. If you still can’t send a message successfully on your iPhone, follow the rest of the guide.
    • If the message doesn’t send successfully, the first thing to try is to Reset your network settings
      • Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
    • Check the recipient’s contact info
      • Make sure that you’re using the right phone number or email address. If necessary, delete the contact entirely from your phone, and re-add them as a new contact with the proper phone number (including the area code).
      • Go to Settings > Messages > Blocked and make sure that they’re not on your block list.
  • If you still can’t send a message to a certain number, then delete any existing conversations between you and that number, restart your iphone and test again.
  • Check for updates by going into Settings > General > Software Updates and perform any software updates that might be available.
  • If none of the above steps worked for you and fixed the issue, the last step is to perform a back up and restore of your device

    For a guide on backing up and restoring your device, click here.

I hope that your problem with can’t send messages on iPhone SE has been resolved. Should you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Apple support.

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