Game Pigeon Not Working on Your iOS Device? Here’s What to Do

iPhone and iPad users are reporting that they’re suddenly unable to send or accept game invites. When opening a game invite, the screen just hangs indefinitely and retrying the operation just triggers the same behavior.

Game Pigeon not working

After investigating this particular issue thoroughly, it turns out that there are several different underlying causes that might cause this problem with Game Pigeon. Here’s a shortlist of potential culprits that might be responsible for this iOS issue:

  • Common iOS glitch – As it turns out, you can expect to experience this issue temporarily due to data mismanagement. This is confirmed to occur on both iPhones and iPads and can be fixed swiftly with a simple restart.
  • Outdated iOS version – Keep in mind that the team behind Game Pigeon follows closely the latest iOS updates and is forced to comply with the latest security requirements. Several times in the past where this issue has occurred the fix was as simple as installing the latest iOS pending firmware update.
  • iMessage inconsistency – Another reason why you can expect to face this Game Pigeon issue is an inconsistency with iMessage which the game is heavily reliant on. In this case, you should be able to fix the issue by temporarily disabling and re-activating iMessage.

Now that you are familiar with every potential cause of this issue, here’s a list of verified fixes that other affected users have successfully used to get to the bottom of this issue:

Restart iOS device

Oftentimes, all it takes is a simple restart.

iOs users facing this problem on both iPhones and iPads have confirmed that in their case the problem with Game Pigeon has stopped occurring after they did a simple restart.

The fact that this simple fix is effective for many users suggests that the problem can also be caused by a common OS glitch facilitated by cached temporary files – By rebooting your iOS device, you will clear any temporary data that your phone or tablet is currently maintaining.

Depending on which device you’re using, follow one of the guides below to restart your iOS device:

  • Restart your iPhone X, 11, or 12 – Press and hold the volume button or the side button until the power off slider appears. Next, drag the slider and wait 30 seconds before turning it back on by pressing and holding the side button.
  • Restart iPhone SE (2nd generation), 8, 7, or 6 – Press and hold the side button until the power off slider appears. Next, drag the slider and wait 30 seconds before turning it back on via the same side button.
  • Restart iPhone SE (1st Generation), 5 or earlier -Press and hold the top button until you see the power off slider appearing. Next, drag the slider and wait for 30 seconds until it’s powered down before turning it back on.
  • Restart an iPad without a Home button – Press and hold the volume up or volume down button at the top of the screen until you see the power slider. Next, drag the slider and wait for 30 seconds before turning the device back on using the same volume keys.
  • Restart an iPad with a Home button – Press and hold on the top button until you see the power off slider appearing. Next, drag the slider and wait for 30 seconds or more before turning your device back on with the same top button.

If a simple restart didn’t fix the Game Pigeon issue on your iOS device, move down to the next potential fix below.

Update your iOS device to the latest version

As it turns out, one of the most common instances that will cause this issue with Game Pigeon is an outdated iOS version.

In the past, there were several different scenarios where a lot of users reported this particular issue – Every time, this happened when Apple released a new iOS version for the iPhone or the iPad.

Note: Keep in mind that when a new update is released, it takes a while until every iPhone or iPad users receive the notice to update. So even if a new version is available, it might take a while until you’re prompted to update.

If you have a pending iOS version that is waiting to get installed but you kept postponing it, doing the installation should be enough to allow you to fix the Game Pigeon functionally.

In case you’re looking for step-by-step instructions on updating your iOS device to the latest version available, follow the instructions below:

  1. From the main menu of your iOS device, tap on Settings from the home screen.
    Accessing the Settings icon
  2. Once you’re inside the Settings screen, tap on General from the list of available options.
    Accessing the General tab of the Settings menu in iOS
  3. Once you’re inside the General tab, go ahead and tap on Software Update from the list of available options.
    Accessing the Software update tab
  4. Once you’re inside the Software Update tab, see if a new update is available. If the update prompt appears, follow the on-screen prompts to install the latest iOS build and restart your device when prompted to do so.
  5. Finally, once the latest iOS version is installed, open Game Pigeon once again and see if the problem is now fixed.

In case the problem is still not fixed, move down to the next potential fix below.

Disable and Reactivate iMessage

If none of the methods above have been effective in your case, you should also start troubleshooting against a potential issue facilitated by the Imessage functionality.

As it turns out, there are a lot of user reports confirming that they managed to fix the Game Pigeon issue after temporarily disabling the iMessage functionality on their iPhone or iPad with a SIM card before turning it back up.

This is confirmed to resolve the glitch that causes issues with sending and receiving Game Pigeon invitations.

If you haven’t tried this yet, follow the instructions below to temporarily disable iMessage before activating it again:

  1. From the home menu of your iOS device, access the Settings icon.
    Accessing the Settings menu
  2. Once you’re inside the Settings menu, tap on Messages from the list of available options.
  3. Next, inside the Messages window, switch the iMessage toggle to Off and wait for 30 seconds or so before turning it back on.
    Disabling and re-activating the iMessages functionality
  4. Once the iMessages functionality has been restarted, repeat the action that was causing the Game Pigeon issue and see if you are now able to accept and send game invitations.
Kamil Anwar
Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.

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