Messenger Not Working On iPhone? Here’s The Fix!

Messenger won’t load on your iPhone and you don’t know why. Over a billion people use Facebook’s messaging app every month, so when something goes wrong, it’s a major inconvenience. In this article, I’ll explain why Messenger is not working on your iPhone and show you how to fix the problem for good.

Restart Your iPhone

When Messenger is not working on your iPhone, the first and simplest troubleshooting step is to turn your iPhone off and back on. This will occasionally fix minor software bugs and glitches that could be causing the Messenger app to malfunction.

To turn your iPhone off, press and hold the Sleep / Wake button (the power button) until “slide to power off” appears on your iPhone’s display. Using a finger, swipe the red power icon from left to right to turn off your iPhone.

If you have an iPhone or newer, press and hold the side button and either volume button until “slide to power off” appears on the screen. Swipe the power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone.

turn off your iphone

To turn your iPhone back on, press and hold the power button (iPhone 8 and older) or the side button (iPhone X and newer) until the Apple logo appears in the center of your iPhone’s display.

Close Out Of The Messenger App

Similar to restarting your iPhone, closing and reopening Messenger can give the app a fresh start if the app crashed or experience a software issue.

To close out of Messenger on iPhones with a Home button, double-press the Home button to open up app switcher on your iPhone. Then, swipe Messenger up and off the screen. You’ll know the app is closed when it no longer appears in the app switcher.

If you have an iPhone without a Home button, swipe up from the very bottom of the screen to the center of the screen. Hold your finger in the center of the screen until the app switcher opens. Swipe any apps up and off the top of the screen to close them.

close app store on iphone

Check For A Messenger App Update

Periodically, developers will release updates to their to patch up any software glitches and bugs. If Messenger is not working on your iPhone, you may be using an outdated version of the app.

Open the App Store and tap on Account Icon located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Then, scroll down to the Updates section.

You can either update apps individually by tapping Update next to an app, or update them all at once by tapping Update All.

check for updates to apps

Delete And Reinstall Messenger

Sometimes, app files become corrupted which may cause them to malfunction. Individual files can be difficult to track down, so we’ll just delete the app entirely, then reinstall it like new. When you delete Messenger, your account will not be deleted, but you may need to reenter your login information.

To delete Messenger, press and hold on the app icon until the menu appears. Then, tap Remove -> Delete App -> Delete.

delete messenger on iphone

To reinstall Messenger, open the App Store and tap the Search tab in the lower right hand corner. Type in “Messenger”, then tap the cloud icon with an arrow point down to reinstall the app.

Check To See If Messenger Is Down

Occasionally, apps like Messenger will undergo routine server maintenance in order to keep up with a growing user base. When this happens, you’re usually unable to use the app for a short period of time.

Check Messenger’s server status and see if many other users are reporting an issue. If an abnormally high number of people have reported a problem, Messenger is probably down for everyone.

Unfortunately, the only thing you can do in this case is wait it out. Messenger won’t be down for too long!

Do You Use Messenger When Connected To Wi-Fi?

Many iPhone owners use the Messenger app when connected to a Wi-Fi network. If Messenger is not working on your iPhone while connected to Wi-Fi, follow the two steps below to troubleshoot your Wi-Fi connection.

Turn Wi-Fi Off And Back On

Turning Wi-Fi off and back on gives your iPhone a second chance to make a clean connection your Wi-Fi network. If your iPhone didn’t connect to Wi-Fi correctly, you may not be able to use apps like Messenger via Wi-Fi.

To turn Wi-Fi off, open up the Settings app, then tap Wi-Fi. Tap the switch next to Wi-Fi to turn Wi-Fi off. You’ll know it’s off when the switch is grayish white and positioned to the left. To turn Wi-Fi back on, simply tap the switch again! You’ll know Wi-Fi is on when the switch is green and positioned to the right.

make sure wifi is on

Forget Your Wi-Fi Network

If Wi-Fi isn’t working on your iPhone, there may be an issue with how your iPhone connects to your Wi-Fi router. When your iPhone connects to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, it saves data on how to connect to that Wi-Fi network. If that process changes in any way, your iPhone may not be able to connect to the Wi-Fi network.

To forget the Wi-Fi network, open the Settings app and tap Wi-Fi. Then, tap the information button (look for the blue i) next to the Wi-Fi network you want to forget. Tap Forget This Network to forget the network.

forget wifi network on your iphone

Reset All Settings

Our final software troubleshooting step for when Messenger is not working on your iPhone is to reset all settings. When you reset all settings, all of the saved data in the Settings app of your iPhone will be erased. As I mentioned earlier, tracking down a specific software issue can be difficult, so we’ll reset all settings as a “catch all” fix.

To reset all settings, open the Settings app and tap General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. Enter your passcode, then tap Reset All Settings when the confirmation alter pops up at the bottom of the screen. The settings will reset and your iPhone will restart.

reset all settings on an iphone

Start Messaging!

You’ve fixed Facebook’s messaging app on your iPhone and you can start getting back in touch with your friends and family. Make sure to message this article to your friends on social media so they know what to do when Messenger is not working on their iPhones!

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4 days ago

Since 5 days ago Version 314.0 Messenger – makes my i-phone 7s with ios 14.6 program, start slow loading earlier chat, no photo media shared, no label or nickname to every chat. My messenger app is Okay with Android phone and PC Laptop except here on my I-phone. The rest app is okay. I also start purchasing and installing Anti Virus for my IPHONE. Done and follow instruction from Apple website and some video tutorial Done call Apple Customer Service to call 3rd party App Messenger. Done re-setting, re-booting,re-starting, re-installing and update ( FB and Messenger). Also changing sim card,… Read more »

Last edited 4 days ago by EngrB
14 days ago

Messenger app is only showing connecting message when I call anyone on messenger from my iphone 11 pro max. Is there any solution to solve it??

Colin Boyd
13 days ago
Reply to  Ramu

Hi Ramu,

Have you updated the Messenger app recently? It’s possible that the problem you’re experiencing is a software bug the Messenger app’s developers are aware of. If that’s the case, they may have resolved the issue in a more recent software update! Head to the App Store, tap on your account in the upper-right corner, then scroll down to the Messenger app’s listing to see if your app needs to be updated.

Carissa Reed
25 days ago

I recently got a new phone. XR. And at first messenger worked, but slowly it stopped. When i deleted the app and reinstalled it, it completely stopped working. So i backed up my phone, deleted everything and started from scratch. Messenger worked for maybe a couple of days, then went back to the same issues. This is super annoying because i can’t get in contact with anyone at facebook concerning this issue. So, i have to use my pc now.

1 month ago

Mine says try again later for over a year now since I got the iPhone 12 Pro. Worked perfect on my iPhone 8. Also works fine on my computer just now on my phone.

1 month ago

I also tried all of these tips and it is still not loading. It just shows a loading sign but nothing does happen.

1 month ago
Reply to  Catie

I have the same problem! It hasn’t been working for weeks now..not sure what else to do!

2 months ago

i tried everything but my messenger still not working

1 month ago
Reply to  sam


2 months ago

My allow access in Messenger, microphone, camera and photo suddenly turned off. What should be the problem?

5 months ago

the ringing tone on my facebook messenger changed.. iphone 7, ios 14.3

Natasha Nelson
6 months ago

My messenger isn’t working on my iPhone 11 pro

6 months ago

I’ve did all these and messager is still not working

6 months ago
Reply to  Macy

Hi Macy,
mine is doing the same. I have tried everything mentioned above.

have you found something that works?

6 months ago

I have iPhone XR. I’ve done all of these things and it’s still not working 😔

8 months ago

If I uninstall and reinstall Messenger, will I lose all of my conversations?

me adrian
7 months ago
Reply to  Donna


9 months ago

this is the problem

9 months ago

Help!! I’ve tried everything listed above, nothing has worked. I’m having to uninstal and reinstall every day!!

9 months ago

Tnx u!

6 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Hi im having the same trouble..have you fixed it already?may i ask how you did it?thanks!

Ian Moore
9 months ago

I’ve done all the above not least restarting my phone and even reinstalling the Messenger App but it still won’t open. Click on the icon and it pulls up a black screen before becoming transparent and disappearing. Double click the main button to show open apps tho and it’s there as just a blank screen with the Messenger logo in the middle. It did work briefly after I’d reinstalled it but soon reverted within a few hours. Any suggestions welcome?

William Neloms
9 months ago

I’ve done everything to get my FB messenger isn’t working/opening up…I tried to update it but it’s not allowing me to do so.

9 months ago

Thank you!

Arlene Poppert
9 months ago

Messenger App is not working on my iPhone

Soma Chatterjee
10 months ago

it worked- yeay!!!

mark Anthony
21 days ago


joanne cook
1 year ago

s/b reset

Now I can’t even change my wallpaper

joanne cook
1 year ago

I just did a full rest and I still can’t access messenger

1 year ago

I tried all of these fixes and nothing is working. It won’t log me in.

1 year ago

I am trying to search for one of my contacts on Messenger and all I get is the circle that shows that it is loading, but never does. I have tried all of the above suggestions to no avail. Can you help me with this?

2 years ago

The app is installed . But when Im logging in I can find that an unexpected error was occurred pleas try later .. this is the thing which Im getting from past 2 months onwards !

2 years ago

It doesnt work after resetting, when i open fb messenger it revert back to icon app face page.

2 years ago

I get the same error too. I deleted the messenger app from my iphone and then reinstaled it, but now I can’t log in. Another error pops up.”The operation couldn’t be completed. (FBAPIErrorDomain error 1.)” Did you manage to solve it?

2 years ago

I cant send pictures when I try a thing pops up and says the operation couldnt be completed ServerReturnNonRetriableError I dont even know what that means

2 years ago

I have reistalled checked data, everything suggested.
I still have no home button. I go to my profile picture , left corner and it lists the active status, user name, phone, preferences, account and support. Still no home button. Help!!

2 years ago

Didnt show the active members

2 years ago

tried all above and just a white screen on iphone so have to use laptop and use messenger on that

2 years ago

I just get a white screen. Ive done all the steps suggested. Not working.

2 years ago

Thanks! This worked!!!

2 years ago

when i tried to open messenger app on iphone it would flash then go back to icon, it would open second try, tried all above and none of them worked, after trying last option i had to enter all my codes etc even my wifi password, faf

3 years ago

My iphone6s touchscreen stops working when i open facebook and messenger, i have tried a hard reset, uninstalling and works but the trouble comes back again in again..please help me

3 years ago

Doesn’t work! Apps keeps spinning on iPhone.

3 years ago

This is just terrible advice. It’s akin to reboot your computer, and does not get to the heart of the issue. It’s throwing wet paper at a wall to see what sticks, and many of the suggestions here can leave you worse off than you were unless you know what you’re doing.

3 years ago

When I tried to open messenger both on the app and on FB, it would flash over then revert back to icon app face page. I tried turning off and on, even closed iPhone and iPad overnight-didn’t work. This WORKED:
I went on FB and shared an article, my messenger magically unfroze! Hope it works for you vs deleting app and reinstalling.