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7 Tips: Messages in iCloud is Currently Disabled (Repair Account)

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"Just restored iPhone 14 from iCloud backup, but I saw 'Messages in iCloud is currently disabled, Repair Account' at the message page bottom! Tried press 'Repair Account' but nothing change! Checked my iCloud account many times, and message is enabled for sure! How to fix it? Please advise!"

Did you see the error "Messages in iCloud is currently disabled (Repair Account)" after updating your iPhone to the latest iOS 17? Well, this is a common iOS problem that can be quite a headache to fix, especially when you tap on "Repair Account" in the message but nothing seems to happen.

messages in icloud is currently disabled

If this is the problem you are currently facing, this guide is here to expain the reasons that may cause Messages in iCloud is currently disabled error and how to fix it in several ways. We recommend trying each solution in turn until you find the one that works for you.

Why Does My iPhone Say Messages in iCloud Disabled?

You might see the "Messages in iCloud is currently disabled. Repair Account" error message on the bottom of your iMessage screen due to the following reasons;

  • Your iPhone's network settings is not configured correctly.
  • The iPhone detects that the current iCloud login is not secure.
  • The iCloud server is down or under maintenance.
  • iCloud application is not outdated.

Tip 1: Toggle iMessage Off and On Again

The simplest solutions for this problem is to refresh iMessages. You can do this by toggling iMessage off and then on again in iCloud.

To do that, go to Settings > Messages and turn "iMessage" off. Wait a few seconds and then turn it back on again.

deactivate imessage

Tip 2: Sign Out of iCloud and Then Sign Back In

Signing out of iCloud and then signing back in is a way you can try to eliminate this message error. Follow these simple steps to do that:

  1. Open Settings and then tap on your Apple ID.
  2. Tap on "Sign Out" or "Sign Out of iCloud".
  3. Enter your password and then tap "Turn Off". Wait a few seconds and then sign in again.

icloud sign out

Tip 3: Force Restart Your iPhone

Force restarting your iPhone is a quick way you can refresh the device and remove any minor software glitches that could be causing the error. Here's how to force restart your iPhone depending on the model:

  • For iPhone 8 and later - Press and then quickly release the volume up button, do the same with the volume up button, then press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears.
  • For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus - Press and hold the power button and the volume down button until the Apple logo appears.
  • For iPhone 6 and earlier - Press and hold the home button and power button until the Apple logo appears.

hard reboot iphone

Tip 4: Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Activating the Two-Factor Authentication factor is another great way to fix the Messages in iCloud is currently disabled error. Follow these very simple steps to do it:

  1. Open Settings and then tap on your Apple ID.
  2. Tap "Password & Security" and then select "Turn on Two-Factor Authentication".
  3. In the window that appears, select "Use Two Factor Authentication".
  4. Enter a number to receive the verification code and then enter your password to complete the process.

enable two factor authentication

Tip 5: Reset Network Settings

Since this is often a network issue, resetting the network settings is a way that worth to try. To reset the network settings on your iPhone, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Settings and then tap on "General".
  2. Tap "Reset" and then select "Reset Network Settings".
  3. Enter your device's password when prompted and confirm to reset.

reset network settings

Tip 6: Update iPhone to the Latest iOS 17

Updating your iPhone to the latest version of iOS is an easy way to remove glitches that may have been caused by the previous update. To update your device to the latest version of iOS 17, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Settings and then tap on "General".
  2. Tap "Software Update" and if an update is available.
  3. Click on "Download and Install" to begin updating the device.

update iphone

Tip 7: Use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery

Sometimes the problem could be bigger than just a simple bug in the system, and therefore you are unable to remove the error even with all the solutions above. If you find that nothing works, then we recommend using a tool like FoneGeek iOS System Recovery to bring your iPhone back to normal. This professional iOS repair tool is designed to find and fix problems with the iOS system itself and to do that effectively, the program utilizes the following features:

  • Fix an iPhone under various error circumstances including a device that is stuck in recovery mode, headphone mode, Apple Logo, iPhone is disabled or won't turn on at all.
  • Supports all iOS devices including the latest iPhone 15/14/13 as well as all versions of the iOS firmware including iOS 17/16.
  • You can also use this tool to downgrade or upgrade the iOS version without using iTunes.
  • It is easy to use and it can help to fix all common iOS issues without causing data loss on your device.
  • Recommended by GetDroidTips, Timebusinessnews, Techjury, Techstory and many other media sites.


The following is a simple step-by-step guide to help you fix the Messages is currently disabled in iCloud error using FoneGeek iOS System Recovery:

Step 1: Launch the program and connect your iPhone to the computer using USB cable. The program should detect the device and provide you with two options, just choose "Standard Mode" to continue.

choose repair mode

Step 2: The program will display all available iOS system versions for the device. Select your desired firmware version and tap on "Download" to begin downloading.

download firmware

Step 3: As soon as the firmware has been downloaded and verified, click on "Fix Now"and the program will begin fixing the device. The whole process will not take long and the device will restart with the error message gone.


Important: Make A Copy of iPhone Messages

You may lose your messages when Messages in iCloud is disabled. It’s a great idea to make a full backup of these messages manually. FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore allows you to backup all data from your iPhone to computer with one click. So you can backup your messages by exporting them to computer to avoid unexpected data loss.


If the Messages in iCloud is currently disabled error causes the loss of important text messages on your iPhone, and what's worse, you didn't make any backup. Don't worry, you can still retrieve them back by using FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. This tool can help you recover deleted text messages on iPhone without backup.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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