Why Are iMessages Being Sent as Text Messages?

Use these steps to stop your iPhone from sending iMessages as text messages.

Open the “Settings” app.

open the Settings app

Scroll down and choose the “Messages” option.

open the Messages menu

Tap the button to the right of “Send as SMS” to turn it off.

There won’t be any green shading around the button when this option is turned off. I have it turned off in the picture below.
why are iMessages being sent as text messages on an iPhone

The steps above were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOs 13.4.1. These steps will also work on other iPhone models using iOS 13, as well as most other recent versions of iOS.

The iMessage feature on your iPhone provides some additional messaging features that aren’t available with traditional SMS text messaging. This includes things like Apple Pay, animojis, and some other interesting options found in the Messages app.

You might be asking yourself what does send as a text message mean if you see that prompt on a message when iMessage wasn’t able to send the text regularly and wants to try it as a regular SMS instead.

You can tell if you have sent an iMessage because the shading around the message will be blue. Traditional SMS text messages have green shading around them.

But even if you and your recipient have iMessage enabled on your Apple devices, it’s possible that a message will be sent as an SMS. This can happen if iMessage is down, or if there is a network issue on the part of the sender.

In fact, it’s pretty common for people to ask “what does sent as a text message mean” when they see an unexpected green message bubble in a conversation where all the rest of the messages were blue.

Additionally, if the message was intended to be sent as an iMessage but was unable to do so, then there will be a little indication under the green message bubble stating that it was sent as an SMS instead.

In many cases this switch isn’t problematic, but you may prefer that you only send intended iMessages as iMessages, and that the iPhone not fallback to the SMS option.

Following the steps above will prevent your iPhone from sending your iMessage as a text message. Note that this may result in the message not being sent at all.

If you are wondering “sent as text message – did it go through?” then you can browse through our list of related questions below and see if you can find the answer to your query there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I blocked if an iMessage sent as a text message?

Not necessarily. As mentioned previously, an iMessage sent as a text message is usually indicative of a network issue. If your iMessage doesn’t have a “Delivered” message underneath it, but previous ones in the conversation did, then this could be an indication that you have been blocked.

Why does my iPhone text say “sent as text message?”

Any message sent to a non-Apple user will be sent as a text message. The iMessaging service is only available for Apple devices. But if the iMessage couldn’t be sent, or if the recipient doesn’t have iMessage enabled, then your iPhone will send it as a text message.

How do I turn iMessage on or off?

You can enable or disable iMessage by going to Settings > Messages and tapping the button next to iMessage at the top of the screen.

What does “sent as text message” mean?

While you are probably used to seeing blue bubbles on the messages that you send to other people with iPhones, occasionally that bubble will be green instead. Below a green bubble in an iMessage conversation, there will probably be a line that tells you it was sent as a text message.
The “sent as text message” meaning is that, for whatever reason, your iPhone couldn’t send the message as an iMessage.

If it says “sent as text message” did they get it?

Typically, yes, this indicates that the recipient received the message. Your iPhone should only display that message when the original iMessage failed, and the device was able to successfully complete the alternate transmission of the text message.

However, I have personally experienced situations where the person that I was texting did not get that message. Usually, it’s something that occurs when I have poor data connectivity, or when I’ve gotten off a plane and switched time zones. If the text is really important and you haven’t received a response, it might be a good idea to send the message again.

Why are my texts sending as SMS?

If all of your texts are being sent as SMS, even the ones that are going to people that you know have Apple devices, then the iMessage setting could be turned off. You can check this by going to Settings > Messages > and looking if the iMessage option is enabled.

If this is happening even with the iMessage setting turned on and you are still wondering “why are my iMessages sending as texts” then that can be a little tougher to troubleshoot.

If you have just switched iPhones, then you may need to go back to the old device and turn the iMessage setting off. It’s also possible that the iMessage service just isn’t working properly, or that you have a bad Internet connection.

Why are my iMessages sending as texts to one person?

If messages are being sent as text messages, then it is most likely that the recipient is using a non-Apple device, like an Android.
If you know that they are using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, then they may not have iMessage enabled.
If they have iMessage turned on and you can send iMessages to other people, then it’s a problem with their device. They can try turning iMessage on and off, restarting their iPhone, and making sure that their phone number has a blue check next to it when they go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive.

What does !! mean on iPhone text?

If you see two exclamation points at the corner of a text message, that means that the recipient has added a reaction. You can do this by tapping and holding on the message, then selecting from the list of available reactions. These include:
– a heart
– a thumbs up
– a thumbs down
– HaHa
– two exclamation points
– a question mark

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