How to fix “This person isn’t receiving messages right now” on Messenger

With the rise of instant messaging applications, communicating with friends, family, acquaintances, and others has become quite easy. With just a few clicks you can now connect with people across the globe. Facebook introduced its chat section in 2008, which was modified into a messaging service in 2010. Facebook Messenger came up with a more flexible one-on-one, as well as group messaging application. Here you can also send images, videos, audio, and a lot more. Being free you do not need to pay for the text messages you send to people sitting in any part of the world. But, you do need a stable internet connection and enough space on your phone to install the application.

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Various messaging apps are getting developed every day, but the ease of using Facebook Messenger has put it on top of the lot. Messenger is not bound by any OS; you can use it on Android as well as iOS devices. Moreover, you can also use it on the Windows platform as it is integrated with Facebook. 

Nowadays, nobody talks about sending SMS or MMS. Owing to these secured encrypted chat applications and with recent updates in 2016, Facebook came up with a new feature where you get to self-destruct your chats through Secret Conversation. Facebook also tries to release updates for the application from time to time, to keep away the bugs and errors. 

Now, you must be wondering whether you can use Messenger, even without having a Facebook account. But, we only have a disappointing answer, i.e. it is not possible, and you need to have a Facebook account to sign into Messenger. 

However, Facebook Messenger users often report coming across an error message “this person isn’t receiving messages right now”. We definitely understand that it is quite an annoying situation because you get deprived of quick texting, making any calls, or connecting with this person. But, there is nothing to fret about because we have come up with effective methods that can help you to use this messenger and send messages at your convenience again. So, read to know more.

Why does “this person isn’t receiving messages right now” error occur on Messenger?

When you are about to send the message to somebody, you will get a notification :

“This person isn’t receiving messages right now.”


“Something went wrong. An error occurred while sending you a message. Please try sending again later.”

You may even try to bypass the problem by clicking on the OK button which appears along with the message. The most frustrating thing about this error message is that even if you press the OK button, it doesn’t get resolved, but keeps on appearing in recurring form. But, situations might get out of hand when you are in the middle of a conversation or have to inform somebody about any aspect urgently or in the process of a progressing business deal.

As we have said everything happens for a reason, and you must get to the root cause to eliminate such scenarios in the near future. So, let’s get to know the reasons behind the message “This person isn’t receiving messages right now.”

  • If the user intentionally or unintentionally deletes the conversation that they were having with you on Messenger. Then, you won’t be able to send any more messages. So, always try not to be offensive while you are chatting with somebody on Messenger
  • If the person blocks you on Messenger, then this notification is bound to appear “This person isn’t receiving messages right now.” So, you must verify whether you are blocked or not. You won’t be able to start a conversation, send audio, images or videos or receive or send messages, and you won’t be able to see each other.

How to fix the error “This person isn’t receiving messages right now” on Messenger?

Based on the recent statistics about 11% of the world population relies on Facebook Messenger, every month, which is about 1.6 billion and more. On top of that, you would only need a wired or cellular connection, if you don’t even have a Wi-Fi connection, to use Messenger. 

Moreover, in the recent top encrypted messaging applications analysis list, Facebook Messenger is counted as a secured application. So, who wouldn’t like to fix this random problem? Without further ado, here, we are about to discuss the most effective methods

Method 1: Try to send a message request to the target user on Facebook

At first, you need to verify whether you are blocked on messenger, but not on Facebook. And for that, you have to use the mobile application. To reach a conclusion, you need to check whether your messages are getting delivered through messenger or not. If it is not, then we have to go back to Facebook and see if they are online. If they are and your messages are still not getting delivered, then they have surely blocked you only on the messenger application.

Step 1: 

Here’s how to check for the mobile version

When you are in the Facebook Messenger application, go to the search bar and type in the name of the friend to whom you want to send a message. From the search result, look for your friend’s name. It will lead you to a chat box, type a message in the text field which is present at the bottom of the screen. When you are done, tap on the Send button.

Here’s how to check for the desktop version

If you are using the desktop version, then also you can check if somebody has blocked you on messenger. Simply, go to the official site of messenger and use the correct credentials to login to your Facebook account. In the top right corner, you will get the option “Send new messages”. 

Using the search bar you need to type the person’s name and select the one with whom you want to contact from the result list. Now, type a message in the text field of the Conversation box and click on the arrow button to send the message. If the error message appears “This person isn’t receiving messages right now”, then it is a definite sign that the message you have typed will not be delivered, and you might have been blocked by the user.

Step 2: 

If you are unable to get in touch with this person through Messenger, then try the alternative way. Go directly to Facebook and again type the name of your friend on the search bar. If their name appears, then it’s a confirmed fact that you are only blocked on messenger. Now, send the request to message them. The user gets the chance to choose whether they want to accept the request or decline it. If the user accepts the request, then a new conversation thread will be created. And, you can instantly message them without the occurrence of the “This person isn’t receiving messages right now” error. This is one of the direct methods to contact a person.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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