iMessage Sent as Text Message – Answers to Common Questions

iMessage is an encrypted messaging app exclusively for Apple users. It accommodates the exchange of text messages alongside secure iMessages.

If you’re used to seeing your texts sent as a blue iMessage with a “Delivered” badge, it can be a little confusing if the message turns green and displays a “sent as text message” badge instead. Don’t worry, this is a common occurrence and we’ll explain everything you need to know about it. Plus, our FAQ section has great information that we think you’ll find helpful, so keep reading.

iMessage sent as text message – what does it mean?

There are a few reasons why an iMessage would be sent as a text message. Here are some of the most common.

The recipient is not using iMessage

If messages are sent as SMS to one person, the most common cause is that they are not using an Apple device. iMessage can only send encrypted messages to other Apple devices. So, for example, if the recipient is using an Android device, you’ll receive a “sent as SMS” confirmation and the message will appear in a green balloon instead of blue.

The same is true if the recipient is using an Apple device but has not enabled iMessage.

Send when SMS is enabled

Check if the “Send as SMS” option is enabled.

  1. Open Settings.”
  2. Scroll down and tap the “Messages” option.
  3. Make sure the switch next to the “Send as SMS” option is gray.

No or limited internet connection available

Whenever you send an iMessage, Apple tries to route the message through their servers over an internet connection. The connection can be Wi-Fi or your mobile data. If the connection is interrupted or none available, the Messages app will try to deliver the message via SMS.

iMessage sent as SMS – does it mean you have been blocked?

If you don’t see a “Delivered” badge below your sent message, it could be because the recipient’s device is turned off or in a poor reception area. If after some time there is still no change, it could mean that you have been blocked.

Consider verifying the situation by calling them. If any of the following occurs, your number is probably blocked.

An unusual message has been received

There’s no standard “you’ve been blocked” message, which makes it hard to know anyway. However, you may receive a message that you have not heard of from their carrier, usually similar to the following.

  • “This number is temporarily out of service.”
  • “The person you are calling is not currently taking calls.”
  • “The person you are calling is not available.”

If you try a few times in a few days and receive the same message, you can safely say that you have been blocked.

The phone only rings once

If the phone rings only once or not at all before going to voicemail, it’s a strong indication that your number has been blocked. To confirm this, you can call a few more times over a few days to see if the result is the same.

Busy or fast busy signal

Another sure sign of being blocked is if you receive a busy or fast signal before the call is disconnected. They may have blocked you through their wireless carrier. Again, double check by calling a few times over a few days to see if the same thing happens.

iMessage sent as SMS – is it delivered?

There are several reasons why your iMessages are sent as SMS instead of iMessage. If you see a ‘sent as text’ badge below your sent message, it could mean the following.

  • The receiver is not using an Apple device
  • The recipient is using an Apple device, but iMessage is not enabled
  • iMessage cannot find a stable internet connection

As the message “sent as SMS” indicates, the message has been sent. However, if you see a “Not Delivered” message below, it could indicate a problem with its receipt. Either their phone is turned off or they are not connected. Try sending the message again after a while.


Will the message be delivered if iMessage says “sent as SMS”?

Yes, this message usually indicates that your SMS was successfully sent and delivered as a text message, unless there is a “Not Delivered” badge below.

Why are some texts blue and others green?

The blue texts are sent as iMessage, which only works between Apple users. A green message indicates that it was sent as a text message and the reason could be that there is no internet connection or the recipient is not using iMessage.

What do the different iMessage message statuses mean?

Here are the default iMessage message states and what they mean.

• “Sent.” This means that your message has been sent but not yet received by the recipient.

• “Delivered.” This confirms that your message has been delivered to the other iMessage recipient.

• “Failed.” This means that your iMessage cannot connect to the server, there is no internet connection, or some other problem occurred while sending.

• “Not delivered.” This status means that the message has been sent, but the recipient has not received it due to an iMessage or internet connection problem.

How do I disable iMessage?

Here’s how to enable or disable iMessage.

1. Open “Settings”.

2. Tap ‘Messages’.

3. Turn on the iMessage switch.

Green and blue bubbles

While you’re probably used to seeing a blue speech bubble on your sent messages, a green bubble with a “sent as text message” badge might put you off a bit. This is just the way the iPhone tells you your message has been sent, but not as an iMessage. You’ll usually see a green balloon when the recipient you’re sending to doesn’t use iMessage or when there’s little to no internet connection.

Did you finally manage to send your SMS as a blue bubble? Let us know what the outcome was in the comments section below.

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