How to Get Your iPhone to Send an SMS if iMessage Isn’t Working

Your iPhone is capable of sending text messages in two different formats. One of those formats is called iMessage, which is a text messaging type that can be sent between iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. The second messaging format type is SMS (short message service), which is the type of text message that is sent by mobile or cellular devices that weren’t made by Apple. You can tell the difference between the two types of messages by their color in the Messages app.

By default, if iMessage is turned on, your iPhone will first try to send the message like that. But occasionally iMessage may not be working, which could potentially mean that your message isn’t going to be sent. Fortunately you can configure your iPhone to send the message as an SMS if it is unable to send as an iMessage. Our guide below will show you where to find this setting on your iPhone so that you can enable this feature.

Here is how to use SMS as a fallback for iMessage on an iPhone –

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Messages.
  3. Turn on the Send as SMS option.

These steps are repeated below with pictures –

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

tap settings

Step 2: Scroll down and tap the Messages option.

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Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Send as SMS to turn it on.

send as sms if imessage isnt working

Now your iPhone will attempt to send a text message as an SMS if it is unable to send it as an iMessage.

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