4 Ways to Fix iMessage Stuck on Sending on iPhone/iPad

Do you know why your iMessage is stuck on sending on iPhone/iPad? Possible reasons and useful solutions are all listed here to help you. And the professional FoneTool can protect your data from loss during the process.

Kathy by Kathy Updated November 9, 2023
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My iMessage is stuck on sending.

iMessage keeps getting stuck while Sending. What's the problem, and how can I fix it?

- Question from Apple Community

Why iMessage stuck on sending?

As a messaging platform developed by Apple Inc, iMessage enables users to send text messages, photos, videos, and other multimedia content to other Apple device users over the internet.

But sometimes, you may find that iMessage gets stuck in the sending stage, preventing them from being delivered. Why does this issue occur? Here are some possible reasons.

sad Outdated carrier settings.
sad Some network connection issues exist on your iPhone/iPad.
sad An outdated iOS system is running on your device.

How to fix iMessage stuck on sending on iPhone/iPad

Now that you're aware of the possible reasons, you can continue reading to find the solution that best suits your situation.

Update carrier settings

Updating carrier settings on your device is a straightforward process. Before the process, you may need to ensure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Then open the Settings app > Scroll down and select General > Tap About > If there is an update available for carrier settings, your device will automatically begin the update process. This update typically occurs automatically without any manual command.

update the carrier settings

Updating carrier settings ensures that your device has the latest information from your cellular carrier, which can be important for network connectivity and other related functions.

Check the network connection

If you encounter an issue where an iMessage is stuck in the sending mode, it's important to check your network connection.

Just go to the Settings app on your iPhone/iPad > Choose General > Tap Reset > Choose Reset Network Settings from the list that appears and confirm the process.

reset network settings

By performing a network settings reset, your device will restore its network connectivity settings, which can help solve issues with sending iMessages. Ensure that your Wi-Fi is functioning correctly when connected to your device after the reset.

Enable MMS Messaging

Indeed, it's important to understand that iMessage is designed to send and receive messages through Apple IDs, primarily to other iOS devices.

If the recipient is not using an Apple device or has not logged into iMessage, your messages will be sent as regular text messages. Enabling MMS Messaging can be a useful option if you're experiencing issues with iMessage being stuck on sending mode, as it can provide better connectivity for your messages.

Just unlock your iOS device and go to the Settings app > Select Messages > Enable the Send and Receive option from the list to activate communication.

enable mms messaging

Update software

If you are experiencing the iMessage stuck on sending on iPad/iPhone issue, one possible cause might be an outdated iOS system. Updating the software can be an effective solution to solve the problem.

It's crucial to be aware that system updates can carry the risk of unexpected data loss, including contacts and other important information. To mitigate this risk, it's strongly recommended to back up your iPhone/iPad data before proceeding with the update.

This ensures that your data is safeguarded, and you can restore it if any issues arise during the update process. Then FoneTool can help you a lot.

Fully back up iPhone/iPad

As an iPhone/iPad data management app, FoneTool sets itself apart by offering a user experience that exceeds what iCloud and iTunes are capable of providing.

laugh Selective and full backup: You have the flexibility to choose specific iPhone/iPad data for backup according to your preferences or create a complete backup, similar to what iTunes and iCloud offer.
laugh No file size limitation: FoneTool removes restrictions on file sizes, allowing you to transfer as many files as your target device's storage can accommodate, whether it's a PC, external drive, or another device.
laugh Maximum data security: FoneTool exclusively relies on a USB connection, ensuring that all your data is protected in a highly secure environment.
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Now you can come and download FoneTool on your Windows PC and easily back up your iPhone/iPad within 3 steps.

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Step 1. Connect the device to your computer via USB > You may need to tap Trust on your iPhone/iPad to let your computer access data on it.

Step 2. Open FoneTool, and click Phone Backup > Go to Full Backup > Click Get Started. (Or you can choose Selective Backup to back up your iPhone exclude photos.)

start to fully back up iphone/ipad

Step 3. Check Enable Backup Encryption if necessary. Then select a storage path by clicking Backup Storage Path to save the backup and click Start Backup to begin.

confirm to back up

Update the software on iPhone/iPad

You can now update your iPhone/iPad without worrying about data loss.

Just open the Settings app on your device > Select General > Tap on Software Update > Your iOS device will then check for available updates. If any updates are found, tap Download and Install to initiate the process.

Note: If it can’t check for update, find answers in this page: 9 Ways to Fix iPhone/iPad Unable to Check for Update

update software

After the update is complete, you can open FoneTool and navigate to Backup History. From there, you can select Restore to restore your backup immediately. With this feature, you can easily retrieve your photos even if your device is factory reset.

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Hope this article can help you fix the iMessage stuck on sending issue successfully. If you need to update the outdated iOS system, it’s better to use FoneTool to fully back up iPhone/iPad before the process.

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