Don’t you think it would be inconvenient when the Messages app on your Apple Watch stopped working?
According to numerous reports from users, they were unable to send or receive text messages from their tiny device. More specifically iMessage, a native instant messaging feature from Apple.
I know a lot of folks who purchased the Apple Watch so that they can remove the hassle of exchanging iMessages without having to pull out their iPhone.
With that being said, diagnosing this issue is a must.
Before we begin, allow me to clear out some details.
- There is no particular method for resolving this problem.
- It has nothing to do with the hardware or software of your Apple Watch.
Here are a few scenarios that we think might cause text messages not to show up on your Apple Watch.
- You are currently using your iPhone instead of your Watch.
- You have accidentally enabled a feature that stopped your Apple Watch from receiving text messages, doesn’t matter if that is iMessages or regular SMS.
Apple Watch Is Not Receiving Messages
When your Apple Watch is not receiving SMS messages, it might be that your iPhone is in active mode. In other words, it’s either not locked or in session.
If the iPhone is on and you’re using it, all notifications including incoming text messages will be notified via the iPhone’s screen.
Therefore, it’s important to lock the device or turn it off so that your Apple Watch will start receiving text messages despite the watch’s power status (asleep or awake).
Turn Off Do Not Disturb on Apple Watch
Last but not least, let’s say you did follow what we instructed from the solution above and your watch still not getting any messages. Chances are the Do Not Disturb feature is enabled.
To disable this option:
- Press the Digital Crown to access your watch face
- Swipe up to launch Glances
- Continue to swipe left until you see Settings
- Tap on the Do Not Disturb icon to turn it off (assuming that this feature is currently enabled)
I think for this Messages problem on your Apple Watch, it’s very easy to troubleshoot. As long as you know how the Notification system work and you’ve disabled Do Not Disturb mode.
iMessage Activation Error
Another common mistake that we see people do is forgetting to activate their iMessage entirely before using it. By that, I mean entering their Apple ID and wait for iMessage to be activated. For most users this process is painless, but no technology is perfect.
If you tried to turn on iMessage and you see the “waiting for activation” popup, then follow the instructions below.
How to Fix Waiting to Activate in iMessage
- If iMessage is enabled from the Settings app, please disable it
- Restart your iPhone or iPad
- Go back to Settings > Messages > and enable iMessage again
- Wait for a few minutes and see if it’s activated
If that doesn’t help, you can try a few more tips below.
- Update to the latest firmware
- Go to Settings > General > Restrictions and toggle off for iMessage. This could cause the “Waiting for Activation” alert
- Sign out of your Apple ID and log back in
- Contact your carrier and see if your plan allow the use of iMessage
I hope those steps above can help you troubleshoot this annoying error.
Once iMessage is initiated, you should be able to use this feature on both iPhone and Apple Watch.