Being able to send text messages using the iPhone may be challenging at times.
This is particularly relevant if you receive an error message that says “Message blocking is active”.
It’s not just that, often the person is confused as they don’t know the way to explain why the notification came up in the first instance.
In addition, some people may be annoyed when trying to fix the problem but don’t know what to do.
However, regardless of that however, we must understand the reason why it says that message blocking is in effect.
What is the reason it says “Message Blocking Is Active” on the iPhone?
If your iPhone displays “Message Blocking is Active,” this means that the phone number of the caller is removed by your iPhone. If this is the case, you are able to easily go through your settings, look at the blocked list, and then unblock the phone number.
But, there might be more to this than this.
Generally speaking, seeing an error message such as “message blocking is active” appear usually means an error message that isn’t delivered to the number because the number is blocked by you.
Perhaps you’ve been blocked by another person.
If it was you who was to do the blocking, then you can remove the blocker if the number is displayed.
But, if you’re at the receiving end of the block, there is no means of contacting them in order to find out what took place.
Why Is Message Blocking Active?
Here’s a list of possible causes for this “message blocking is active” message that might pop up.
This is among the most frequent reasons behind message blocking. It’s an active notification appearing. It’s usually when the sender or the recipient is on the blocked contact lists of the other. It is possible to test this by calling one another to see whether the call goes through or not. Parents’ controls could also be enabled accidentally in some instances.
It’s a “free msg: unable to send a message – message blocking is active.” An error message could indicate that you’re experiencing an issue with your service. Therefore, you should take a few minutes or even hours before trying again since there’s a chance that your provider of the network is performing maintenance and may have stopped your messaging services.
Short Code Issue
This is the reason why many T-Mobile customers have this problem. You’ll need the help of skilled technicians to fix this issue.
Text Message App Restrictions
“Free msg: recipient unable to receive message” error “free msg: recipient unable to receive the message – message blocking is active.” error could mean that the recipient is blocked from receiving messages that come from a particular segment of users. Some messaging applications may have problems working with your provider. If any of them was utilized, you could need to determine whether you are able to manually permit these apps. If you don’t have the option to let these programs or applications, then you may not be able to resolve the issue yourself.
In this instance, you may have selected one that doesn’t permit your phone to send or receive premium messages. Although this feature is utilized by a handful of messaging apps, it’s an essential requirement to ensure that they function effectively.
Data Plan Issues
It is also important to ensure that you are on the right plan you’re enrolled in. If you’re trying to send text messages with a Data sole plan there’s a good chance that the message won’t succeed and you’ll see an error.
Basic Troubleshooting Steps:
- Restart your device.
- Shut off Wi-Fi and make sure that your device is connected to the network.
- Verify that the number you’re sending messages to is blocked on your device’s block or spam List. If it’s not it is, you will not be able to text the number.
- Make sure you update the time and date on your device and then enable auto-update.
- Remove any download messaging app.
- Contact your carrier and ask for their assistance to ensure that you have the correct short message service center (SMSC) configuration in line with the current requirements.
- (Android only) (Android only) app cache. A & B steps are an assumption, not knowing which device is causing the issue. Check your device settings for device maintenance, or device care.
- App cache: Choose Email & Messaging > Manage messages.
- SMSC setting: Select Apps and Accessories, then Manage Apps.
- (Apple only) (Apple only) If the text is transmitted via iMessage? If yes, then consult iMessage Help instead. If you or your friend was using an iPhone and recently switched then turn off or remove iMessage and FaceTime. iPhones send messages through iMessage until they’ve turned it off, which means you’ll not receive these messages even if your phone does not have iMessage.
- Make sure you update your device’s software to the most recent version.
- Remove text messages and text threads. You can back up these in advance using apps available and downloaded from an app store.
- If you can, try sending a text message to the same number from a different device or another method that is not your cell phone. This test can determine if the person who is on receiving the message is using the feature that blocks returning messages.
Check If The Number Or Email Address Is Correct
Verify that you’re using valid numbers or emails. If you need to, remove the contact completely from your phone and reconnect them with the correct phone address (including area code). In Settings, select Messages and Blocked, and ensure that they’re not listed on your list of blocked contacts.
Check If Coverage Is Available In Your Area
If you’re located in an area in which coverage is shown as “None”, you won’t be able to make calls or send text messages. To confirm that voice service is accessible in your area, enter the address you’re using into our maps, and then check the coverage of your voice.
A region that is not covered will be white.
Confirm That Your Phone Number Is Active
To determine what is happening with your number visit the Device settings page within your account. You can verify that the status of your phone is shown in the status column as “active”.
If your account is in suspension or is still in the process of porting these statuses will be displayed here and you won’t be in a position to receive or send texts.
Try To Send Plain Text
To determine if you are able to send any text messages in any way try sending a text message using only text. This means removing any images, graphics, emojis, and wallpapers. You can also use ringtones, wallpapers or symbols, signatures, sounds, or any other attachment.
Try Calling The Number In Question
If there’s a particular number that you’re not able to text, you can try calling the number. Text and voice messages are transmitted through the same area of the network, so if you are able to dial the number that you’re trying to text you can, then you should be able to text it as well. If you are able to reach the number via phone, but not via text message, this could suggest that the phone is blocked of some type in the area. If you receive a “message blocking active” error at the time of trying to call, it could be that they haven’t had their messaging turned on or they have been blocked.
In contrast, if someone is able to contact you, but receive the “message blocking active” error it could be that the number blocked due to texting or you could have to confirm whether you have text messaging activated.
Is Messaging Services Enabled On Your Account?
To verify that text messaging is turned on for your account, visit the device settings page on your phone . Make sure there is a checkmark that says “Can send/receive text messages” is “Enabled”.
If there’s no Edit icon in the upper right-hand corner of the messages section (i.e. you aren’t able to update the settings of your text message) Then the phone number is not in use.
If someone texting you is receiving an “Message Blocking Active” error This could also indicate that you do not have messages that can be sent via text.
Ensure Country Code is Correct
If you want to send a message internationally it will need that the code for your country to be in the correct format or you’ll get the error message “message blocking is active”.
You’ll have to look over your balance of text minutes and minutes to make sure it has enough capacity to send internationally.
If you find that the number in full isn’t correct, just enter the correct number again to try the number again.
If it’s sent to you, then you have solved the problem.
Additionally, it’s crucial that you have plenty of text so that your message can be read through.
Another option is to get roaming turned on.
It is important to know that if you exceed the amount you are allowed to spend and you exceed the limit, you’ll be placed in a roaming state and will be charged more.
You must verify that you’re not in roaming mode so that you are able to send messages via text.
If you’re planning to roaming around on an iPhone If you want to roam on your iPhone, you must follow these steps:
For your iPhone Go to the settings , and then tap on Mobile Data. Next, go to the Mobile Data option. Then you will be able change the roaming options by sliding it. Save and then go back to the start.
Confirm Your Email-To-Text Address With Any Senders
If you’re trying to get someone to use email-to-text in order to contact you, make sure that they’ve entered the correct address. It must appear as @tmomail.net (i.e. [email protected]).
It is important to note that email-to-text can only support regular text messages, so should someone try to send you an image or video , the message won’t be delivered via email-to-text.
Power Cycle Or Soft Reset Your Phone And Remove The SIM Card
Close your phone by pressing and holding the power button in smartphones and the button for Call End on the feature phone. If you own an removable battery, take it off it along with your SIM card for around 30 seconds after shutting the device down. If the battery isn’t removable, then simply remove from the SIM card. After that, insert the battery as well as the SIM card and turn on the phone up again.
How Do I Know If Someone Blocked Me From Text Messaging On Their Phone?
If you’re not getting responses from anyone you’re messaging but it doesn’t mean that they’ve blocked your messages.
To begin, you must look for the message’s text beneath your message:
If it does, it’s likely that your friend, or anyone else you’ve been chatting with is not at their phone or is doing something other than messaging. If they block you the phone will know not to transmit the message therefore you won’t be able to see it delivered.
In the present, if you’re messaging someone using an Android device and you are using an iPhone or reversed, the text messages are referred to as SMS messages and , as well as text messages, your button to send will be green as well.
When you send an SMS message it can take a lot longer to reach you and therefore don’t be relying on the message being delivered in a matter of minutes. If it takes some time to be delivered, it’s because there’s lots of communication in between iOS phones and Android phones, sending texts to each other.
Message Blocking Is Active
But, if you are seeing an error in sending a message , and you’ve got any of the following symptoms:
- Adequate WiFi
- Three bars of data or more
- Your friend is equipped with WiFi
- They have reliable information
There’s a chance that they blocked your access. But don’t worry, this is a slim chance in comparison to other possibilities. If you notice this: “Couldn’t send” or “Not Delivered”
There’s a chance that you were blocked. Here are a few possible other reasons why it could be happening:
- You text the incorrect number.
- You don’t have service.
- I’m not connected to WiFi.
- Your friend isn’t connecting to WiFi.
- Your friend is not granted access to your data.
- You’re trying to send a text message to an android user , or reverse.
- Your phone is old (at this time iOS 8 or below doesn’t have enough support for text messages on other phones).