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9 Best Fixes for ‘Cannot Send Audio Message At This Time’ Error on iPhone
After iOS 16 release, you can enable voice message option to send to your contacts. It’s convenient when you have a lot to type and are in a hurry. However, many users encounter errors when sending voice messages.
Several users report seeing the ‘Cannot Send Audio Message At This Time’ error in the Messages app on their iPhones. If you face the same issue, here are the best fixes for this error on your iPhone.
1. Switch From Mobile Data to Wi-Fi
Let’s start with the basic solutions that can help when facing these issues. If you use Mobile Data for the Messages app, you might need better internet speeds in your current area. A good internet connection is required for the iMessage service, including sending Audio Messages. We suggest switching from Mobile Data to a Wi-Fi network. This is the first step when audio messages are not working on your iPhone.
2. Switch to a 5GHz Frequency Band
If you still see the same error in the Messages app, you can improve your internet speeds by switching from a 2.4GHz frequency band to a 5GHz frequency band. Do note that this only applies if you have a Dual-Band Wi-Fi router. Once connected to a 5GHz network, run a speed test to ensure that your Internet Service Provider is not experiencing any downtime.
3. Disable Low Data Mode
If you can’t send voice messages using the Messages app, disable Low Data Mode on your iPhone. This will prevent excessive internet usage, but it can also prevent your voice messages from being delivered to your contacts.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Tap on Wi-Fi.
Step 2: Tap the ‘i’ icon next to the Wi-Fi network name.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap the toggle next to Low Data Mode to disable it, if enabled previously.
Step 4: Tap on Mobile Service.
Step 5: Tap Mobile Data Options.
Step 6: Tap Data Mode and ensure Data Saver is disabled.
Once done, close Settings and open Messages to check if the problem is solved.
4. Force Quit and Relaunch Messages App
To make the Messages app run better on a 5GHz frequency band, follow these steps:
1. Swipe up and hold on your iPhone’s home screen to display the background app windows.
2. Find the Messages app and swipe up to close it.
Step 3: Relaunch the Messages app and check if the problem is solved.
5. Reactivate iMessage
Try out some advanced solutions. Reactivate the iMessage service on your iPhone and check if it solves the problem. Your iMessage data will download again on your iPhone by following this step.
Step 1: Open Settings on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap Messages.
Step 3: Toggle off iMessage.
Step 4: Wait a few minutes and toggle iMessage on to reactivate it.
Step 5: Close the Settings app and open the Messages app to check if the problem is solved.
6. Turn Off Sound Recognition
The Sound Recognition feature enables you to listen for specific sounds, such as doorbells, sirens, and coughing, and be notified when they are detected. Disabling this feature may help resolve the issue with Audio Messages on your iPhone. Follow these steps to try it:
1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Accessibility.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap Sound Recognition.
When disabling the Sound Recognition feature, follow these steps:
Step 4: Tap the toggle next to Sound Recognition to disable the feature.
Step 5: Close Settings and open Messages to check if the problem is solved.
7. Check Focus Mode Settings
If your contact has enabled Focus Mode on your iPhone, the Focus Status will be visible in the Messages app. Your contact will receive the voice message but won’t get a notification for it. After you send a voice message, you can tap on Notify Anyway in your iMessage chat.
8. Update iOS Version
If you’re unable to send voice messages through iMessage, try updating your iOS version. This is particularly important if you’re using a Public Beta of iOS. Installing the latest software updates is highly recommended for your iPhone.
Step 1: Open the Settings on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap General.
Step 3: Tap Software Update.
Step 4: Download and install the update if available.
Step 5: Open the Messages app after the installation and check if the problem is solved.
9. Use the Voice Memos App
If none of the solutions have worked for you, the Voice Memos installed on your iPhone can help you send Voice Messages. You can read our post on how to use the Voice Memos app on your iPhone.
To eliminate the ‘Cannot Send Audio Message At This Time’ error on your iPhone, try these solutions. This error often occurs when you install Public or Developer Betas of iOS to test new features. For more audio-related tips, read our post on removing background noise in Voice Memos on iPhone.
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