Does iMessage turn green when phone is off? Explained

Sending a text message on your iPhone and what you saw is a green text message instead of usual blue text message which indicates iMessage.

What could be the reason why you’re sending a green text message instead of blue to a particular contact in your iPhone.

This leads us to the question of the day.

Does iMessage turn green when phone is off

Does iMessage turn green when phone is off?

The straight answer is no. By default, iMessage doesn’t turn green when the phone except if you enabled send as sms when imessage is unavailable, and the text will be sent as text message.

There are more to this answer other than iMessage doesn’t turn green when the phone is switched off.

The main reason why you’re asking this question is because you’re sending a text message to someone using an iPhone or probably an iMessage and quite surprised to see that the text message you sent turned green instead of blue.


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Let me explain why this happened to you.

First, this happened because Send as SMS is enabled on your iPhone. 

On your iPhone, if send as sms when imessage is unavailable is enabled on your iPhone, sending a text message to a contact in your iPhone will be green but only if the recipient iMessage is unavailable.

The recipient iMessage is unavailable due to the fact that the recipient phone is switched off or maybe has no internet connection.

Many a time, iMessage sending a green text message to someone using an iPhone or iMessage occurs if the recipient phone has no active internet connection.

For the fact that send as sms is enabled on your iPhone, iMessage will automatically change the text to green which means sms text message and send it to the recipient. If the recipient phone is switched off, both iMessage and SMS text message will never be delivered to the recipient.

So anytime you’re sending an iMessage and it turns green in color and says Sent as text message, kindly note that it happened or occurred because the recipient’s iPhone has no active internet connection.

The main reason why there is send as sms when imessage is unavailable feature is to quickly send the text message to the recipient if the recipient’s phone has no internet connection and you desperately need to have the recipient receive the sent text message.

Other than to wait for the recipient’s phone to have an internet connection, iMessage will send the text message as sms which is green in color. Below the text message you will see Sent as text message as shown in the picture below.

Does iMessage turn green when phone is off

How to enable or disable send as sms

If you don’t like sending a green text message to someone using iMessage but rather will prefer to wait for the recipient to have internet connection in order to receive your sent text message, then you can go ahead and turn off send as sms on your iPhone.

To do so;

  • Open the Settings App on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down to Messages and open it.
  • Right there, scroll down a bit and you will see Send as sms (when imessage is unavailable. Network provider messaging rates may apply).
  • Go ahead and turn it off if the feature is enabled on your iPhone.

Send as sms when imessage is unavailable

The picture above shows that send as sms is enabled, so you make sure to turn off the feature on your iPhone.

Once you have done that, you will no longer be able to send sms text message to someone using iMessage when iMessage is unavailable due to the fact that the recipient iPhone doesn’t have an active internet connection.

Also, if send as sms is turned off on your iPhone, you should use the same procedure to enable it on your iPhone. Once you have done that, you can send both iMessage and SMS text message to a contact using iMessage on your iPhone.


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The green text message on iPhone explained

It’s quite funny that many iPhone users do believe that the green text message on iPhone means that someone has been blocked but in the true sense, the green text message doesn’t mean that you have been blocked by the recipient on iPhone.

The green text message is the normal SMS text message which uses the cellular network service to send and to receive SMS text messages.

If you want to send a text message to someone not using an imessage, definitely the text message will be sent as SMS text message which is green in color even if the person is using an iPhone but imessage is disabled on recipient’s iPhone, the text message will be green and color indicating SMS text message.

In order to send a green text message on your iPhone, you must have a SIM card or eSim, a texting plan or an airtime, and also an active cellular network service if not you won’t be able to send a green SMS text message on your iPhone.

The green SMS text message on iPhone or generally doesn’t require an internet connection but you must have a cellular network service in order to send a green text message on both android phone and iPhone.

One major disadvantage of the green text message on iPhone is that it doesn’t have a delivery report or read receipt which the case is quite different on android phone because on android phone, you will receive a delivery report for SMS text messages.

Also, in green text messages on iPhone you can’t send large files like videos, pictures, documents etc. While you can send this type of files through iMessage

What happens to iMessage when phone is off?

What happens to iMessage when phone is off? 

If you send an imessage when the phone is switched off, the text message will never be delivered because imessage is unavailable on the recipient’s phone.

If send as SMS is enabled on your iPhone, the text will change to SMS green text message and it will be sent to the recipient Phone.

However, if the recipient’s Apple ID is connected to other Apple devices like the iPad, Mac or the Apple watch, imessage will be delivered to any of these device If they are active and imessage is available in any of the devices.

Why did imessage suddenly turn green

iMessage suddenly turned green because imessage wasn’t available on the recipient iPhone and send as SMS is enabled on the sender’s iPhone.

The main reason why imessage is unavailable on the recipient iPhone is due to the fact that there’s no active internet connection on the recipient iPhone and this makes imessage to turn green and send the text as SMS text message.

Below the text you will see Sent as text message.

If the recipient I switched off, the text won’t be sent as sms text message because both iMessage and sms text message won’t get delivered if the phone is switched off.

Will I receive text messages if my iphone is turned off? 

You won’t receive text messages if your phone is switched off. However, in terms of iMessages, you will be able to receive imessages if your Apple ID is connected to other Apple devices like ipad, Mac, or the Apple watch.

For Sms text message which is green in color on iphones, your phone must be switched on in order to receive SMS text messages. If your iPhone is switched off you won’t be able to receive SMS text messages and this is applied to android phones and feature phones.

Talking about does iMessage turn green when phone is off, kindly note that iMessage will not neccesarily turn green if the recipient phone is switched off but rather if the recipient’s phone has no active internet connection and which send as sms is enabled on the sender’s iPhone.

If you have the send as sms when imessage is unavailable turned off on your iPhone, you won’t be able to send sns green text message to someone using an iPhone or iMessage.

As long as you have a texting plan or an airtime in your iPhone, I don’t see the reason why you should disable send as sms when imessage is unavailable on your iPhone.

And with all explained, I come to the conclusion of the question being asked does iMessage turn green when phone is off.

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