How to fix the ‘Tap to Download’ problem in iMessage

How to fix the ‘Tap to Download’ problem in iMessage

Don’t let this error add to your iMessage experience

Being able to share photos in one breath must be one of the biggest highlights in the smartphone era. Choose photos and whoosh! Done. Imagine being robbed of this blessing. “Whoa! Why do you say something like that?” I can almost imagine people saying that. People, that is, who have never been victims of the iMessage ‘Tap to Download’ error.


As for all of you who have, we feel your pain. You receive the message “Tap to Download” on the photo, and you “tap” to download. But all he ever did was show that it was downloading, while never actually downloading media. This is almost barbaric, this situation!

But don’t lose hope just yet. There are some easy fixes that you can try to solve this problem.

Sign in to your Apple ID, Again

Maybe the problem is nothing but a corrupted file somewhere on your iMessage system that can be fixed just by logging out and logging in with your Apple ID. Exiting iMessage will delete all files and download them from the Apple server. So goodbye, goodbye to damaged file and hello photo!

Open your iPhone’s ‘Settings’, and scroll down to enter ‘Message’.


Then, tap ‘Send & Receive’.


The Apple ID used for iMessage is above. Knock it.


A pop-up menu will appear on the screen. Tap on ‘Exit’.


Now, tap on ‘Use your Apple ID for iMessage’ to enter again.


A pop-up menu will appear asking you to log in using your Apple ID. Tap on ‘Enter’.


You will enter your Apple ID again. Check whether the problem is resolved. If not, try other improvements.

Reset Network Settings

If the previous repair was unsuccessful, there may be a problem with your network. If that’s the problem, trying this fix will solve your problem.

Open your iPhone’s settings and go to ‘General’.


Scroll down and tap ‘Reset’.


Now, tap on ‘Reset Network Settings’.


This will ask for your iPhone passcode. Enter it.


After entering your passcode, a prompt will appear on your screen asking for your confirmation. Tap on ‘Reset Network Settings’ to confirm and your phone will restart.


Resetting network settings will reset all of your cellular and Wi-Fi settings and restore them to factory defaults. So, if you don’t know the password for the Wi-Fi that you are currently connected to, or other WiFi passwords stored on your iPhone that you don’t want to lose, then think carefully before continuing with this step.

In most cases, one of the two steps above almost always works. Ask your friends to send photos and see if the problem is solved. If not, then there might not be a situation to fix you. Maybe your friend has the wrong network, or a problem with Apple’s server, or maybe there is a bug on iOS that will disappear with the next update.

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