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Why iMessage Doesn't Say Delivered? 6 Tips Fix It (2019 Updated)

by  Edwin J. Parke  |  Thursday January-10 2019  11:16:03

My imessages to a specific person that I text daily all of a sudden doesn't say delivered when I try to send a message to him. He doesn't have me blocked, because we were just texting now all of a sudden my messages aren't delivering. I never had this problem before and now I don't know what to do. If anyone has had this problem before and has a solution for this problem, please let me know.

iPhone users always seem to encounter problems with messages. Still, iMessage doesn't say delivered is one of the most common ones. Some users may get confused as they do nothing on their device. Other users who have upgraded their iPhone to the latest iOS 12 also have the same issue. If you are unlucky to come across such an issue, don’t fret, this post will get you through this problem.

Why Won't iMessage Say Delivered

What does it mean when iMessage doesn’t say delivered? iMessage doesn't say delivered means that the iMessages are not sent to the recipient’s devices successfully. This kind of issue can be caused by various reasons just as what are mentioned below:

  1. There is something wrong with the number that you sent to.
  2. Sending or receiving iMessages is not allowed as there is no wifi or cellular data networks.
  3. You have not correctly signed in iMessage.

How to Fix iMessages Not Saying Delivered

Some trifling things that can easily block you from sending iMessages successfully may be overlooked. Check the basic settings related to messages and iMessages is necessary before you take any other measures.

Tip 1. Check the Internet Connection

iMessages works on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch as long as there is an internet connection. Thus you need to make sure that the wifi network or cellular data is available on your iPhone before sending or receiving iMessages.

  • Go to Settings > Wi-Fi to connect available Wi-Fi networks.
  • Or go to Settings > Cellular to enable cellular data.

Tip 2. Enable the Option of 'Send as SMS'

One of the reasons that iMessages not saying delivered is that the device of recipient is an Android phone rather than an iPhone. iMessage is only enabled to deliver to iOS devices or Mac.

In that case, you have to resend this message as a text via the way of enabling sending as SMS (Settings > Messages > Send as SMS).

Tip 3. Turn off & Restart iMessage

Turning off and turn on iMessage is often a useful but overlooked method. Go to Settings > Messages to disable iMessage and enable iMessage again. After that, retry to send an iMessage.

Tip 4. Reboot Your Device

Reboot the iPhone is recommended if you have tried all checked all the settings listed above but still failed. Try to restart your iPhone and send messages in iMessage app.

Reboot iPhone X/XS/XR:Press and hole the Side button and the up/down volume e button at the same time for a few seconds until you see the "slide to power off" option on the screen, then click “Slide to turn off”.

Reboot iPhone 8/7/6/5: Keep holding the top (or Side) button for 3 seconds and click "slide to power off" to turn off iPhone, then click Top (or Side) button to turn on until you see the white Apple logo.

Tip 5. Sign Out of Apple ID and Sign In

It is always useful to resolve apple account related issue via signing out and re-sign in the Apple ID. Let’s take a look at how to fix the iMessage issue below:

Step 1. Go to Settings > Message > Send & Receive to find the option of ‘Message’.

Step 2. Click on Apple ID and choose to sign out on the pop-up window.

Step 3. Then sign in the Apple ID again with the same Apple account.  

Tip 6. Fix iMessages Not Saying Delivered via Fixing iOS Firmware

Last but not the least, you may need a professional iOS System Recovery tool to fix this kind of iOS issues such as iPhone stuck in recovery mode, black screen of death, messages or iMessages not saying delivered, etc. This tool has also been highly recommended by many famous tech sites. More importantly than all of that, there is no need to worry that all data will be erased with this software. Before that, you may need to download and install this tool to your computer.


Step 1. Launch this software on the computer, make sure that your iPhone is connected with the program. Then you’ll find three options. Select ‘iOS System Recovery’ to go to the new interface.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to computer and it will be recognized by this software. After the connection, you’ll be prompted to click on Start to get started.

Step 3. Confirm the device information is right and click Repair to download the firmware package of the latest iOS version when your iOS version is detected. You device will be in normal state once it is finished. Check it now whether your iPhone can send iMessage to someone else.

You can also read more about how to recover deleted iMessages and how to know if someone has blocked you on iMessage to learn more iMessage-related knowledge.

You might as well try the solutions mentioned in this post when your iPhone suffers from an issue of iMessages not saying delivered. Among these tips, fixing iPhone system with iOS System Recovery is what we recommend. After all, it is convenient and with no risk of data loss.