“Unable to send message, blocking is active” iPhone error. Fix!

Text messaging has become a popular form of communication. However, a number of users do encounter issues when trying to send their text messages. This can be really annoying. In case you encounter the error “unable to send message, blocking is active,” below are the reasons why it occurs and how to fix it.

Your iPhone might show this message due to the following reasons:

  • You are using the wrong recipient’s address
  • An unstable internet connection (if you are using iMessage).
  • Incorrect network settings
  • Technical issues with your iPhone
  • Running on an outdated software
  • Your recipient being in your block list or being in your recipient’s block list.

Steps to “Unable to send message, blocking is active” error

The following are the ways to fix the “Unable to send message, blocking is active” error. You don’t have to try them all at once, only one at a time until you fix the issue.

1. Turn iMessage off

Most iOS users use iMessage for messaging. However, unlike the regular text messaging, iMessage requires internet connection. So, it could be the internet connection issue that might be causing the problem. To fix the error:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Messages
  • Tap on iMessages
  • Turn it off

2. Sign out of iMessage and back

If you are using iMesages and have a stable internet connection, try fixing the error by signing out of iMessage and back. To do so:

  • Go to settings
  • Select Messages
  • Tap on Send and Receive
  • Tap on your Apple ID for iMessage

Read Also: Set up iMessage on Mac

3. Reset your network settings

Sometimes, it could be your network setting that is causing the error. If so, you should reset your network settings to fix the issue. To do that:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Tap on Reset
  • Tap on Reset Network Settings

4. Restart your iPhone

Technical issues can also give you the error making you unable to send messages. To fix this, you should restart your iPhone. Thereafter, go to your messaging app and try sending a message again to see if it works.

5. Check the recipient’s address

Using a wrong recipients address can also cause the error. For example, you may have used less digits in the recipient’s phone number. To correct this, you should try deleting the recipient’s contact then adding it back as a new contact. Make sure you enter the correct address this time.

6. Update your software

Running on an outdated software can also lead to the error. So, you should check if your software is outdated, if so, update it. To update your software:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Tap on Software Updates
  • Install any available software update

Read Also: How to hide iMessage notifications

7. Remove the recipient from your block list

Blocked contacts cannot send messages to you. You also can’t send messages to blocked contacts. Trying to do such may result to the error. To fix, you should remove your message from the block list.

Furthermore, if you are in your recipient’s block list, you won’t be able to send them messages. Here, the only way is to call them and find out. But this should be the last option if all the others don’t work.


Those are the ways to fix the “Unable to send message , blocking is active error.” I hope one of them works for you.