6 Steps To Start Sending Messages On Your iPad

If you’re having trouble sending messages on your iPad, don’t worry – you’re not alone. This can be a common issue, especially if you’re using an older model of the iPad. 

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What do I do if I can’t send messages on my iPad?

If you’re having trouble sending messages on your iPad,

  • Make sure you’re connected to the internet
  • Restart your iPad
  • Update your iOS
  • Verify you’re Apple ID
  • Reset your Network Settings
  • Try another device

In this article, we’ll walk you through some of the most common causes of this problem and show you how to fix them. So keep reading for all the details.

Make sure you’re connected to the internet

One of the most common reasons why you might not be able to send messages on your iPad is because you’re not connected to the internet. Messages require an internet connection in order to be sent, so if you’re not connected, they won’t go through.

There are a few ways to check if you’re connected to the internet. First, try opening a web browser and navigating to a website. If the site loads, then you’re connected.

You can also check your connection by going to the Settings app and tapping on “Wi-Fi.” Here, you should see a list of all the Wi-Fi networks in range. If you’re connected to one, it will say “Connected” next to it. If you’re not connected, tap on the network name and enter the password to connect.

Restart your iPad

If you’re still having trouble sending messages, try restarting your iPad. This can often fix minor software glitches with your iPad that might be causing the problem.

To restart your iPad, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button (located on the top of the iPad) until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn your iPad off, then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again to turn it back on.

Update Your iOS

If you’re still having trouble sending messages, it might be because you’re using an outdated version of iOS. Apple regularly releases updates for iOS that include bug fixes and performance improvements. So if there’s a problem with the messaging system on your iPad, it’s likely that an update will fix it. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Connect your iPad to a power source and Wi-Fi network.
  2. Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and Install. If a message asks to temporarily remove apps because iOS needs more space for the update, tap Continue or Cancel.
  4. To update now, tap Install. Or you can tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you tap Install Tonight, just plug your iPad into power before you go to bed. Your device will update automatically overnight. 
  5. If asked, enter your passcode. 
  6. If you need more space for a wireless update can update your device using iTunes or delete content from your device manually to make space for the update.

Verify your Apple ID

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If you’re still having trouble sending messages, the problem might be with your Apple ID. When you set up iMessage, you’re asked to sign in with your Apple ID. This is the same Apple ID that you use for iCloud, the App Store, iTunes Store, and more. If you can’t sign in or don’t know your Apple ID, we can help.

  1. Go to iforgot.apple.com.
  2. Enter your Apple ID, then select Continue.
  3. Choose how to reset your password:
    • Get an email from Apple
    • Answer security questions
    • Reset with Recovery Key* 
  4. Follow the onscreen steps.

*If you have Two-Factor Authentication or Two-Step Verification turned for your Apple ID, you can’t use a recovery key to reset your password. Help if you forgot your Recovery Key. 

You can also change your Apple in Settings on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Go to Settings > iCloud > Account. Tap Security > Edit (iPhone X and later). 
  • On your Mac: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud, then click Account Details.
  • On your PC: Open iCloud for Windows, then click Account details.
  • Click Edit in the Security section. If you’re using two-factor authentication, you might need to enter a verification code.
  • Change your password and click Done. 
  • If you have an iCloud Backup, you might be asked if you want to keep a copy of your iCloud data on your PC. Choose to keep a copy of your iCloud data or click Later to decide later.
  • If you’re signed in to iCloud for Windows, you can update your Apple ID and password in Account Details.
  • Open iCloud for Windows.
  • Click Account details.
  • Enter the new information

Reset Your Network Settings

If you’re still having trouble sending messages, resetting your network settings might help. This will remove all the stored data from your iPad’s memory, including any Wi-Fi passwords or custom DNS settings

Keep in mind that you’ll have to enter this information again after resetting your network settings.

  1. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
  2. Enter your passcode if prompted, then tap Reset Network Settings. 
  3. If you’re still having trouble sending messages, try restarting your iPad. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the “slide to power off” slider appears, then slide it to turn off your device. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again until you see the Apple logo.

Try Another Device

If you’re still having trouble sending messages, try using another device to send a message to your phone number. If you can send and receive messages on another device, the problem is most likely with your iPad and not with your cell phone service provider.

  1. If you have an iPhone, try sending a text message from your iPhone to your iPad.
  2. If you have an Android phone, try sending a text message from your Android phone to your iPad.
  3. If you have a Mac, try setting up iMessage on your Mac and sending a message to your iPad.