Apple acknowledges messaging problems in iOS 7, says fix coming soon
I don't know about you, but my family has been hit hard by the Messages bug in iOS 7. I've had to get them working again on every iPhone and iPod in my family recently — they've stopped working on my own phone more than once.
Apple says they're aware of the problem, and a fix is on its way. But in the meantime, I've seen a few theories on how to accomplish a temporary fix.
The most obvious one, with the least hassle, is simply to restart your phone or iPod. Hold down the sleep/wake button on your iPad, iPod or iPhone (the one on the edge of the device, not the Home button below the screen) until a red bar appears on the screen with the words "slide to power off." Swipe your finger across it to power down your iThing, wait about 10-15 seconds after the little spinning rotor finishes doing its thing, then hold the sleep/wake button down again for a second or so to restart. You can let go of the button when you see the Apple logo on the screen.
Another trick that's worked for me is to take a look at Settings âº Messages âº Send & Receive — specifically, whether iOS was trying to use our AppleID accounts on an iPhone. When the option to send only via phone number was available, selecting that instead of an email address seemed to fix the problem.
Other folks have reported success by going to Settings âº Messages and switching off iMessage, then turning it back on. Still others have recommended going to Settings âº General âº Reset âº Reset Network Settings. (Warning: This last technique will mean you'll have to reenter any wifi passwords you'd saved, so make sure you know what they are before you take this route.)
The good news is, Apple's fix is reportedly due out this week. I hope it does the trick.