Messages are great when it’s in the right order.

But when it’s not it just gets messy and it may really confuse the person on the receiving end.

Often users have been reporting that their conversation threads in the Messages app have been out of order and infuriatingly confusing.

This guide is written for that purpose and will show you how you can fix messages being out of order with six quick and simple methods that will take you less than 5 minutes.

 

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How to Fix Messages Out of Order on iPhone: 6 Ways

 

1.  Force Close Your Messages

The first and easiest thing that you should do, well that you should always, is simply to force-quitting your Messages app. (If an app is not working, always force-close it)

 

If you have an iPhone X

Step 1:  Just swipe up from the bottom of your screen, and then hold for a second, then release to open your app switcher (your background-running apps/app history).

Step 2:  Done? Great! Once you’ve done that all you have to do is just long press on your Messages app and then hit that red X button or swipe up on it to Force Close it.

 

If you have an iPhone 8, 7, 6 or older

Step 1: Just simply double tap on your home button and then swipe up on your Messages to remove it.

 

You can now try using your Messages app again and your messages now should be arranged in the correct order.

 

 

2.  Restart Your iPhone

We rarely ever completely shut down our iPhones (or iPads) because we need it almost every time.

So when if something seems off or is not working on your iPhone you should give it a quick restart which gets it back on track.

 

If you’re on an iPhone X

Step 1:  To shut down, hold your Side button whilst you hold on to one of your Volume keys.

 

Step 2:  You will see Slide to power off. Turn it off and back on again. Done.

 

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Note

You can also jump into your Settings app and then General and tap on Shut Down.

 

If you’re on an iPhone 8, 7, 6 or older

Step 1:  To shut down hold your Side button until you see Slide to power off. Turn it off and back on again. Done.

Now try using opening your Messages app and seeing if your messages are in the correct order.

 

However, if that is not the case then …

 

 

3.  Force Restart Your iPhone

“Restarting your iPhone” and “Force Restarting your iPhone” are two different methods.

Sometimes a normal restart might not do the trick, so a full system restart (Force-restart) helps to fix any of the bugs and glitches any of your apps might be acting up.

 

If you’re on iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus

Step 1:  Just quickly press and release the Volume Up button then do the same for the Volume Down button.

Step 2:  Finally, hold down on your Side button until you see your Apple logo. Once it’s done try your Messages app.

 

If you’re on iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

Step 1:  Just press and hold on the Side button and Volume Down button together for about 10 seconds.

Step 2: Done? Great! Now you should the Apple logo which means it’s force-restarting. Try your Messages app once again to see if it has worked.

 

If you’re on any other older iPhone

Step 1:  Simply, press and hold the Side button and Home button together or about 10 seconds.

Step 2:  Done? Great! Now you should the Apple logo which means it’s force-restarting. Try your Messages app once again to see if it has worked.

 

 

4.  Reboot Automatic Date/Time Settings

“How the hell is changing the datetime has to do with fixing how the Messages appear?”

Well, here’s the thing: I can’t give you a straight up answer for how it works but what I can tell you is that it is a legit solution. According to user erikbock who also had his text messages out of order on his iPhone. Erik posted in the Apple support forums and Apple got back suggesting to do this method.

The user suggested it has worked for him and it solved his iMessages problems.

Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1:  Jump into your Settings app and then tap General.

 

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Step 2:  Next tap on Date & Time.

 

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Step 3:  Now here’s what you do: Do you see Set Automatically? Alright turn off the slider next to it and wait for about 10-15 seconds.

 

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Step 4: Finally, enable the setting back and then check if it has solved the problem.

 

If that has not worked then..

 

 

 

 

5.  Toggle your iMessage On & Off

You tried everything above and you find it still hasn’t worked, but wait there’s on more method you haven’t tried just yet.

This time you’re going to restart your iMessage itself.

Your iMessage can actually be disabled, which doesn’t mean it stops all incoming text messages you get instead the text messages you get is not iMessages but instead regular messages (the ones with the green bubbles).

Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1:  Go ahead into your Settings app and then tap on Messages.

 

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Step 2:  The very first thing on the page you will see is iMessage. All you have to do is just disable this setting by switching off the slider next to it (just like you did in the previous Method 4) and wait for about 10-15 seconds.

 

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Step 3: Finally, enable it back and then jump into your Messages app and check if the problem is fixed.

 

 

6.  Reset All Settings

 

Please back up your iPhone before going through with this method.

 

This is your last resort. A last ditch effort that will hopefully defeat the annoying problem once and for all.

This method basically involves you resetting all your settings.

That includes your saved Wi-Fi passwords, dictionaries, Bluetooth connections, Apple Pay etc. every setting you’ve set since the start will be restored back to its factory settings (to how you first got it).

 

Note

Now, remember this does not wipe out all your data (all your Contacts, App Data, Pictures, Notes etc) unless of course if you tap Restore to Factory Settings.

Also if you’re not comfortable resetting your settings then you can bring your iPhone to your nearest Apple Store to get it checked but they will too reset your iPhone (so it’s best to save a few bucks in service charge)

 

Here’s how you can reset all the settings on your iPhone:

Step 1:  Jump into your Settings app and then tap on General.

 

Step 2:  Next tap on Reset.

 

Step 3: Then once you’re in, tap on Reset All Settings (it’s at the very top). You will be asked to enter your passcode.

 

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Step 4: Finally you will be asked if you’re really sure you want to go through with this. Just hit Reset All Settings and wait.

 

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Once it’s done you can jump into your Messages app to check if it has solved the problem, and it should.

If not then you’re going to need to wait until Apple releases a new software update for your iPhone some time soon.

 

 

Share this guide with anyone who has a similar issue with the iMessage app on their iPhones or iPads.

 

 

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