Widespread iMessage Outage Affecting Many Users Around The World [Updated]

Widespread iMessage Outage Affecting Many Users Around The World [Updated]

Apple is currently holding its earnings call for Q4 2012, and now we’re hearing that many of you are experiencing iMessage problems around the world. Despite the fact that Apple is saying all systems are fine on its iCloud status page, it seems that many can’t send or receive iMessages. Game Center and FaceTime also seem to be down for many in different countries, namely areas in North America and Europe.

We’ll update this post when we hear anything about the outage being resolved. In the meantime, let us know if iMessage or other iCloud services are down in your area.

Here’s a story from Sam, a Cult of Mac reader in New Zealand:

Woke up this morning and iMessage was working. Fell asleep and woke up an hour later and it wouldn’t work at all.¬†Boyfriend complained of same thing on his iPhone 5. Mother called me just before saying it wouldn’t work on her 4S, and a few other friends are complaining about it on Facebook too.”

Update: We’re hearing that iMessage is being restored in many parts of the world. It should start bouncing back slowly but surely.

  • AustinNewdick

    iMessage is working in Halifax Canada for me.

  • ScotHibb

    My iMessage is down. I can send normal texts, but when i send an iMessage it hangs up on the last 1/16th of the send bar. I tried WiFi, cellular only, etc to no avail. I am in NJ (20 minutes outside NYC), and am on iOS6 with a Sprint 64GB iPhone 5. Trying a hard reset now. iPad 3 seems to be handing up too…

  • ScotHibb

    Confirmed – hard-reset did not help. I just checked and all of my texts have been regular texts sent via Messages. i have not received or sucessfully sent an iMessage today. Just tried my wife’s iPhone 4S on Sprint, still hangs up on the send-bar just before reaching the end, what’s strange is that it doesn’t go to “message failed to deliver” like it would normally do, it just stays with the send bar (which you usually can’t see as it goes so fast without an attachment) barely to the end. I just tried to iMessage family in Texas (they are on non-iOS6 iPod touches) and it does the same thing. Glad you pointed that out, I usually get a ton of iMessages mixed with texts. Not today.

    My iMessage is down. I can send normal texts, but when i send an iMessage it hangs up on the last 1/16th of the send bar. I tried WiFi, cellular only, etc to no avail. I am in NJ (20 minutes outside NYC), and am on iOS6 with a Sprint 64GB iPhone 5. Trying a hard reset now. iPad 3 seems to be handing up too…

  • DigitalJedi

    I’m down here in Orlando, FL. iMessage not working at all. Haven’t tried facetime or Game Center

  • eim23x

    My iMessage been working in Tel Aviv, Israel all day

  • Bobbi Style

    If you switch the recipient (on the Mac iMessages app) from their number to their email it works. Otherwise you get “not registered with iMessage” error, even if they just messaged you from an iPhone that is registered.

  • Martha

    My husband and I are experiencing an imessage outage here in St. Louis. It stopped working sometime after 4pm Central. :(

  • Bobbi Style

    *** update *** Nothing is working now, not even from my iPhone, all green messages now…. sigh….

  • iantupper

    Down here as well. Victoria, BC, Canada.

  • fzpuente

    iMessage down in the Los Angeles area. :(

  • fzpuente

    iMessage down in the Los Angeles area. :(

    Went to the Messages settings and switched iMessage off and back on, and now it says “Waiting for activation”

  • craigkeller

    No imessage, facetime, or gamcenter here in NY/CT

  • ScotHibb

    GameCenter also dead, spins and spins then asks me to log in, then spins again…

  • gatorconnie

    Out here in Denver, CO and my niece said hers isn’t working in Lafayette, LA

  • ChuckyMcDaniel

    iMessage is down in TN too

  • Cheesehead_Dave

    iMessage is down for me in Chicago.

  • matcast

    Out in DC.

  • mkok

    October 25, 2012 4:50 pm MDT New iphone 4 with 5.1.1 ios
    Same problem in Missoula, MT for me since Monday, October 22, 2012. Tried every fix suggested online. Finally turned iMessaging off today, in order to be able to send normal texts. Thanks for including date and time on website. On several sites, one can’t tell how current the comments are.

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