iMessages Are Out Of Order On iPhone and How To Fix It
A common occurrence among smartphone owners is seeing iMessages that aren’t in the correct order on a user’s iPhone. The conversations make no sense and the user is stuck trying to figure out what their friend or family member is trying to tell them. This article is full of solutions that will explain how this problem can be corrected.
Recent iOS Update
A majority of users who recently downloaded the new iOS version experienced out of order iMessage trouble.
Steps to fix your iPhone from displaying iMessages out of order:
1. Reboot Your iPhone
One of the first things a user can try to correct the iMessages issue is to restart their device; however, this is only a temporary fix as the iMessages may start appearing out of order all over again after a while.
For an iPhone 8 or earlier model, users should firmly press down on the power button and hold it until the red-colored power icon and power off notifications appear. The user will swipe the power icon to the right until the iPhone shuts down and wait for about 15-20 seconds. To turn the device back on, the user will firmly press the power button again. When the manufacturer’s logo is displayed on the user’s screen, they can let the button go.
For iPhone 11 and iPhone X models, users will find the power button located on the side of the device. They should firmly press down on the button and hold it along with one of the two volume buttons on the device until they can see the power slider. Users will then turn the device off by swiping the power slider icon to the right and should wait for about 15-20 seconds after doing this. Then, to turn the iPhone X device back on, users will firmly press the power button once more.
2. Switch iMessage Off and On Again
One obvious troubleshooting tip that could fix issues related to iMessage is turning it off and back on. This is the same as restarting the phone, as it gives the messaging program a clean start.
Users should locate the Settings app and tap on Messages, then toggle switch next to iMessage to OFF, which is located at the top. If the switch is situated to the left, iMessage has been turned off.
It is recommended that users also restart their iPhone by following the directions above. After the iPhone is back on again, users should go back to the Settings app, tap on Messages, and tap the on switch located next to iMessage. The user will know that the feature has been turned back on if the switch is green.
3. Update iOS on Your iPhone
Sometimes another software update can fix a problem that happened during a previous update. Apple recently did just that, the new iOS version has a new code that addresses the out of order iMessages issue. However, most iPhone users who attempted to download this update said that it did not resolve the problem for them.
At some point, a software update will be released that will correct the problem. Until then, it is advised that users continue to check for new software updates regularly.
Users should locate the Settings app once again and tap General, then Software Update. If one is available, users can tap the Download and Install button underneath the update’s description.
4. Turn Off and Back On the Automatic Set Time Setting
Many users have tried this strategy to fix their iMessages. When users turned the Automatic Time Set off, and closed down the Messages app, the iMessages sorted themselves out once the Messages app was reopened.
Users will need to navigate to the Settings app and tap General, then Date & Time. There is a switch next to the Set Automatically feature that needs to be moved to the left. This will turn the setting off.
By using the app switcher, users can close the Messages app. On iPhone 8 or earlier models, there is a Home button users should double-tap first. After they have done this, they can close the Messages app by swiping it up and then away from the screen.
On iPhone 11 or iPhone X models, users can start swiping from the bottom until they reach the middle of the screen to open up the app switcher. To get the red-colored minus button to display, users will press down on the Messages app preview. The red-colored minus button will then appear in the upper left corner. Finally, users will tap on the red-colored minus button which will close them out of the Messages app.
When the user reopens the Messages app on their device, their iMessages should be back in order. They can now go back to the Settings app and tap General, then Date & Time, and turn the Set Automatically feature back on.
5. Restore Factory Settings
One last solution that many iPhone users have tried is resetting their iPhone’s settings. When the settings are reset on the device they will be restored to the default settings from the factory. The downside is that the user will need to re-enter Wi-Fi passwords to get back online, reconnect to their Bluetooth devices if they have any, and set up credit cards in their Apple Pay again.
Users can reset their iPhone’s settings by opening the Settings app and then tapping General > Reset > Reset All Settings. The device will ask the user to re-enter their passcode as well as their Restrictions passcode and confirm their choice by tapping the Reset All Settings button. The iPhone will restart after the reset is complete.
These options should get a user’s iMessages back in order so their conversations will finally make some sense.
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