Is iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, or Any Other Apple Service Down? Use These Tools to See Status Interruptions and Outages – Gadget Hacks

It can be very frustrating: You open your Messages app, send an iMessage, and then see that dreaded red exclamation point or horrible green SMS bubble. At this point, you may be curious whether it’s just your iPhone or whether iMessage is broken for everyone, but how do you find out?
There are several ways to check if iMessage — as well as the App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV+, FaceTime, iCloud Mail, Maps, News, or any other Apple service — is down for everyone. At the very least, you can check if others are experiencing the same problem or if there is a temporary service interruption. The options listed below are not the only ways to look for an Apple service outage, but we believe they are the most helpful.
If you have issues with any Apple service, it may be best to go straight to the source. Apple has a dedicated System Status webpage to show you if any of its services are down or have encountered problems, including the following systems:
However, suppose the service just had an outage. In that case, Apple might not update the status right away until the company has had time to do an initial investigation to see if the issue is widespread or isolated. See the other options below if you suspect that could be the case. You can also report to Apple any issues you’re experiencing to ensure they are aware of a potential system problem.
If you’re a developer, Apple also has a System Status webpage for developer services, which includes the following items.
Downdetector is one of the leading services in analyzing the status of websites and services across the internet. It collects information from Twitter and uses that data to report down statuses for websites and apps. Ookla, creator of the popular Speedtest web app, started the service in 2012.
You can check Downdetector by visiting its website or iOS app. Here are most of the Apple services Downdector supports:
Services Down is a service similar to Downdetector but focuses on services. The website is not clear where it derives its information from, but based on our experience, it appears to be reasonably accurate.
The service also indicates how many reports there have been in the past 24 hours and how many social media accounts have reported this service being down. Services Down supports:
Another easy way to find out if others are having issues with Apple’s services is by doing a Twitter search, and you do not have to have a Twitter account to do it.
First, you can look at replies to @AppleSupport. Scroll down on that page to see if somebody else has the same problem with the Apple service as you.
Try a site-wide search if you don’t see anything regarding the service being down from @AppleSupport. The most efficient way to do that is to search for the hashtag (#), the service, and the word “Down.” For example, #AppStoreDown. However, you can perform a regularly formatted search such as “App Store down” for similar results.
As mentioned above, some other websites and services could help you discover whether an Apple service is down or at reduced capacity. Still, you’ll have the best luck with Apple System Status, Downdetector, Services Down, and Twitter.
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