Apple representatives have not yet commented on it. We have used various techniques, some of which are listed below, to try and fix this message sending failure in our base.

Try them out, and perhaps you can find a solution to your problem as well.

iMessage Needs to be Enabled to Send This Message

1. End the Current Thread and Create a New One.

Try deleting that specific thread and starting over if you are unable to send a message on iMessages because of the pop-up that states, “iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message.”

You might be able to send a message again once you start a new thread because some people with the same issue have found that this approach works.

2. Turn off and on Again iMessage

This troubleshooting step can save you because the error itself states that iMessage needs to be enabled. In the “Settings” menu, you can turn off iMessage and then turn it back on. The steps for using this method are listed below.

  • Scroll down in the “Settings” menu on your iPhone to find the “Messages” option.
  • Toggle the slider next to “iMessage” off by tapping on it.
  • Restarting ‘iMessage’ by turning it on after some time will enable it again.

3. Log Out and Back in to your iMessage Account

Apparently, signing out and back in to your iMessage account will magically fix your issue. To resolve the problem, carefully follow the steps listed below.

  • Get into the “Messages” section of “Settings” on your iPhone XS, iPhone XR, or iPhone XS Max. It is now necessary for you to access the “Send & Receive” tab.
  • After that, click the “Apple” ID you prefer to sign out with.
  • When a pop-up window appears, select “Sign Out.”
  • Now reboot your device, then repeat the first step. Now sign in with the same Apple ID account once more by tapping the “Add Another Email…” option.

4. Reset Network Configuration

When the “iMessage needs to be enabled” error appears, resetting the network settings may be a helpful action to take. The name of the method implies that it will reset your network settings, such as Wi-Fi or VPN settings, etc. The steps that must be taken for the process are listed below.

  • Go to “Settings” and select “General.”
  • Select “Reset Network Settings” under the “Reset” menu.
  • When prompted, enter the passcode, and then select “Reset Network Settings” to confirm your choice.

5. Reset every setting

You can try this method if, despite resetting the aforementioned settings, you are still unable to initiate a conversation in iMessage. You can restore the default settings by doing this. The procedures are listed below.

  • Navigate to “Settings” and select “General.”
  • Select “Reset” and then “Reset All Settings.”
  • Enter your passcode when prompted, and then tap “Reset All Settings” a second time.

6. Resolve IOS Bug Without Losing Data

If none of the aforementioned fixes work, your iPhone might have a software issue. The third-party tool iMyFone D-Back is the one that is most commonly advised for fixing iOS issues. It is compatible with every iOS device and every iOS version. It is essentially a data recovery tool with a unique function called “Fix iOS System.”

The best option to try when your device won’t let you send a message because the message says “iMessage needs to be enabled to send this message” is that this feature is intended to fix iOS issues.

7. Restore an iPhone using iTunes’ Recovery Mode

Although using iTunes to restore wipes away all the data, it frequently proves to be the helpful solution in many issues, so we advise you to try this method for the iMessage issue as well. You must use iTunes’ recovery mode to restore your device for the best results. If you are unsure of the steps, don’t worry; we will explain them. Read on to learn more about them.

  • Open iTunes, then connect your device to the computer with a digital cable.
  • Depending on the model you use, start forcing a restart of your device now. If you have an iPhone 6 or an earlier model, press the Power and Home buttons at the same time until the recovery mode screen appears. To enter recovery mode on an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, press the “Volume Down” button rather than the “Home” button. Users of the iPhone 8/8 Plus/X must quickly press and release the “Volume Up” and “Volume Down” buttons. Finally, press and hold the “Power” button for a few seconds until the recovery mode screen appears.
  • When iTunes recognises your device, a pop-up window will show up on the computer’s screen. Select “Restore iPhone” to complete the procedure.