iMessage Games Not Working on iPhone (iOS 17.3.1): Get Fix

Thread to fix iMessage games not working on iPhone. Apple is continuously trying to reduce the need for third-party applications on iOS devices by making them available as default apps. Let’s talk about the iMessage app, which recently added a new feature. In the iMessage app, you can download games from the App Store with your friends, colleagues, or family members.

But recently, I encountered the problem of games not working in the iMessage app. Some users might face this situation because it is a newly added feature in iMessage. But we can solve this by some preventive measures, which are given below.

Troubleshooting to Fix iMessage Games not working on iPhone

After each step, go and check whether the games are working. If it is not, then try the next trick.

Fix #1. Check for iOS update

This is a standard measure you have to take when an error occurs on your iOS device. iOS updates have been released with some new improvements in default apps, and previous bugs have been fixed.

So now we will see how to check the update on iOS:

Step 1: Access the Settings App on your iPhone. Scroll down and hit on General.

Step 2: Tap on Software Update. Then, let your iPhone check for updates. If available, tap on Download Now

After tapping on a software update, you will know whether an update is available.

Fix #2. Check Games update

If you are playing the game on an older version, you can’t take advantage of improved graphics or updates, and because of this, the old version needs to be updated. You have to update the game by visiting the App Store.

Step 1: Head to the App Store on your iPhone. Tap on the Profile Icon at the top right corner.

Open app store app tap on profile icon on iPhone

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on the Update Button next to the problematic app. Hopefully, updating the application will resolve the issue. But if not so, move forward to the next solution. 

Click update tap on update on iPhone

Fix #3. Force Close Message App and reopen

When your iOS processor gets overloaded with excessive applications, it may result in crashing or not responding to an application. So at that moment, you should go for force closing of the application and relaunch it.

Force close in messages app on iPhone

Fix #4. Force Restart your iPhone or iPad

Resetting an iOS device is the best option if your machine is running slowly or applications are frequently crashing. After rebooting the device iPhone and all the apps will work smoothly.

Now follow the steps to force restart the iOS device.

For iPhone 8 Plus/8 Plus and later:

1: Press and Quickly Release Volume Up button, then
2: Press and Quickly Release Volume Down Button, then
3: Press and hold the Side Button until you see the Apple logo on the Screen.

Hard Reboot iPhone Step by Step
Hard Reboot iPhone Step by Step

To Start the iPhone, Again press the Side button until the startup Apple logo on the screen.

For iPhone 7/7 Plus users: Sleep/Wake + Volume Down button at the same time
For iPhone 6S and Earlier: Sleep/Wake + Home button

Fix #5. Uninstall-reinstall Games Back to Messages App

Uninstalling the Game and again reinstalling another way to troubleshoot this problem. But from the messages app, we can only install a game cant delete. To delete a game, you need to visit the home screen.

Step 1: Access the Settings App on your iPhone. Scroll down and tap on Messages.

Launch the settings app tap on messages on iPhone

Step 2: On the next screen, tap on iMessage App. Select – Minus Icon next to the problematic app.

Click iMessages apps (-) minus game pigeon on iPhone

Step 3: Then hit Delete. Choose Delete from the pop-up for confirmation.  

Tap on delete choose delete option on iPhone

After deleting the iMessage App, follow the steps below to install it again. 

Step 1: Access Messages app on your iPhone. Tap on + Icon from the bottom left corner of the screen.

Open messages app tap contact number on iPhone

Step 2: Tap on + Icon from the bottom left corner of the screen.
Step 3: Scroll down and select More Option and click on Store.

Tap (+) plus icon click more option select store on iPhone

Step 4: Select Search Icon from the top right corner. Enter game name and choose Get Button next to it.

Tap search game pigeon click download icon on iPhone

You’re Done!

iMessage Games Not Delivering

Whether iMessage not sending messages or iMessage games not sending, both of the issues are probably related and have common solutions. Here’s what you need to do.

Note: Did you check the internet connection on your iPhone, if it is not working correctly, then iMessage will not deliver games. To make sure the iPhone internet connection is live, try loading any page on the Safari browser or alternatively switch from Cellular Data to Wi-Fi or vice versa.

Solution #6. Switch from mobile data to Wi-Fi

If you are still going through a problem iMessage Games app not working, then it’s time to check whether your device has a stronger internet connection. If you rely entirely on mobile data, you might not get a stable internet connection in your present location. Thus, we suggest switching from mobile data to a Wi-Fi network. Connecting to a 5GHz frequency band is the best way to ensure your device is connected to high internet speed.

Solution #7. Turn off Low Data Mode for Wi-Fi

Low data mode on your flagship allows you to set the data limit on your internet plan. But in this scenario, we suggest turning off the Wi-Fi feature by following the steps below. 

Step 1: Navigate to Settings App on your iPhone. Select Wi-Fi.

Launch the settings click on wifi on iPhone

Step 2: Tap the i Info Icon next to the connected Wi-Fi name. Now, scroll down and hit the toggle next to the Low Data Mode to deactivate it. 

Click wifi connect (i) icon turn on low data mode on iPhone

Solution #8. Check iMessage Server Status

Another reason why iMessage games is not working on your iPhone is server outage. Yes, iMessage might be facing a server outage for some unwanted reasons. To check it out, you only need to visit the Apple Server Status page. If there’s a green signal next to iMessage, it means everything is ok with the iMessage server. And if there is a red signal next to it, all you need to do is wait until the issue gets fixed. 

Solution #9. Disable and re-enable iMessage again

Step 1: Head to the Settings App on your iPhone. Scroll down and select Messages.

Launch the settings app tap on messages on iPhone

Step 2: Tap the toggle next to the iMessage to turn it off. Wait for some time, and then enable the toggle next to iMessage again. 

Disable and re-enable iMessage on iPhone

Solution #10. Contact the Apple Support Team

If none of the solutions goes your side, then it’s time to get help from a technician. That’s because we have performed all possible solutions, and it’s the only way left. Besides this, they are a team of experts that can help you to diagnose reasons behind the problem and accordingly offer you a solution. However, there are different ways to contact them; for that, you can read our article on how to contact the Apple Support Team.

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