Ever wondered why iMessage suddenly turns green when texting another iPhone, there is a reason and which I will explain to you in this article.
It can be surprising seeing a green text instead of a blue text when sending a text message on to another iPhone, iPad or Apple user. It is nothing new and pretty much common cause I always see lots of people asking such question.
Now here’s the reason for that.
Why is my iMessage green? iMessage is green when texting simply because the recipient’s imessage is unavailable or the recipient phone number is not activated with iMessage.
This is the first major reason why you will see iMessage turn green instead of the default blue color. Let’s go further with the question of the day.
Why are my iMessages green when texting another iPhone?
The reason why iMessages turns green when texting another iPhone is because iMessage is not available on the iPhone, not activated or the cellphone number is not linked to iMessage.
These are the three main reasons why iMessages turns green when texting to another iPhone and it can be very frustrating because you will be sending sms text message instead of an instant message.
Green text message is very much different from blue text message on iPhone.
For the newbies, before we proceed further into the question of the day, Why are my iMessages green when texting another iPhone. Let me explain the two types of text messages you will see on your iPhone and it is essential for this article.
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Green text message on iPhone
Green text message on iPhone are sms text messages which use the cellular network service in sending messages across.
SMS text messages or the green text message on iPhone requires a sim card, a cellular network service, an airtime or texting plan before it can send a text message from one phone to the other.
As sms green text messages requires a cellular network, it can be quite difficult sending pictures and videos except if your cellular network support mms messaging.
The truth is that the sms text message is the normal or default means of sending messages on a mobile phone, be it on iPhone or android phone.
ADVANTAGES OF SMS GREEN TEXT MESSAGE
- They can be sent to any mobile platform like Android, ios or to any feature phone.
- You will easily know when an sms text message is delivered to a recipient thanks to delivery report(though not available on iPhone).
DISADVANTAGES OF SMS GREEN TEXT MESSAGE
- Not able to know if the recipient has opened and read the sent text message.
- Not knowing when a recipient is typing back to you.
- Sending of pictures and videos are very much limited and can only be sent through mms messaging.
- Requires sim card, cellular network, and a texting plan or airtime. Can’t be sent if the phone doesn’t have any of these requirements.
The blue text message on iPhone
The blue text message on iPhone is an instant messaging service just like whatsapp, Skype, Facebook messenger, telegram, viber, etc that uses the internet in sending messages across.
Blue text messages on iPhone doesn’t necessarily require a sim card except if you don’t have an active Wi-Fi around you. Being an instant messaging service, you can seamlessly send pictures and videos from your phone to another Apple device.
ADVANTAGES OF BLUE TEXT MESSAGE:
- Being able to know when a recipient has opened and read a sent text message.
- Being able to send attachments upto 100mb in size and which is lot a better compared to whatsapp and Facebook messenger.
- It doesn’t require a texting plan or airtime, sim card or cellular network like the sms text message except when there is no available Wi-Fi then you need to have a cellular data.
DISADVANTAGES OF BLUE TEXT MESSAGE
- Blue text message or iMessage only works on Apple devices and can’t send to android phone or to a feature phone.
- When there is no active internet connection, iMessage will never work.
- Sometimes one may experience a bug when using an iMessage.
- You must first activate it before you can start using the iMessage.
Having seen the difference between the two types of text messaging on iPhone, let’s head back to the question of the day, why are my iMessages green when texting another iPhone.
Reasons why iMessages turn green when texting to another iPhone
Below are the main reasons that I know why iMessages turn green when texting to another iPhone.
1. When iMessage is not available
For the fact that you are sending an iMessage to another iphone doesn’t necessarily mean that the person is using iMessage or iMessage is available on the recipient phone, it may not.
As long as iMessage is not available on the recipient iPhone, iMessage will automatically turn green when sending to another iPhone.
There are many reasons why iMessage is not available on recipient phone and some of them are as follows;
- The recipient iPhone has no active internet connection.
- The recipient iPhone is switched off.
- The recipient disabled iMessage on it’s iPhone.
- The recipient iPhone is disconnected.
2. iMessage is not activated
For iMessage to work on an iPhone, iPad or any other apple device, iMessage must be activated. If iMessage is not activated on a recipient iPhone and you sent an iMessage to the recipient, it will automatically turn green.
Some users find it quite difficult activating iMessage on their IPhone.
3. Sending iMessage to a wrong contact number
Still on iMessage activation, you can chose to use your phone number for your iMessage or email address(Apple ID).
In the case whereby a user used his or her email address to activate it’s iMessage and you sent iMessage to the person’s phone number, it won’t go through as iMessage but rather will be sent as sms text message which is the green color message on iPhone.
In this type of situation you will have to send iMessage to the person email address or Apple ID used in activating it’s iMessage.
If you try to send iMessage to another iPhone user or any other apple device and it turns green, please contact the person and request what he or she used in activating it’s iMessage
Does blocked on iMessage turns green?
The answer is no. Kindly know that when you are blocked on iMessage it will never turn green but rather the message won’t be delivered to your phone.
Some usually think that when you are blocked on iMessage the message will automatically turn green and send as sms text message, but that not true at all.
If you are blocked on iMessage, sending an iMessage to a recipient that blocked you will still be blue in color, but the message won’t be delivered to the recipient.
I’m stressing this because when you go to forums you see people asking why did my text messages turn from blue to green am I blocked, but the answer is no. Why your text message turn from blue to green when texting another iPhone is because iMessage is not available on the iPhone, not activated or the cellphone number is not linked to iMessage.
Why is my iphone not sending text messages?
The main reason why text messages are sending to the recipient may be due to the fact that the recipient has blocked you or you don’t have a texting plan.
In terms of iMessage, you must have an active internet connection with iMessage enabled on your iPhone. If you don’t have an active Wi-Fi connection, then you have to use a cellular data.
In terms of sms text message, you must have a texting plan or airtime in order to send an sms text message on your iPhone.
Why are my messages green and not sending?
Your messages are green because it is an sms text message that uses the cellular network service, and not sending means you don’t have an active texting plan or airtime.
If iMessage is not available, the text message will automatically turn green which means it is sms which uses your cellular network service and not instant messaging service like the imessage.
Now for you to be able to send sms text messages, you must have an active texting plan from your network service provider or an airtime. If you don’t have any of this two, you can’t send sms text message on your phone.
This is where I round it up on the question being asked on why are my iMessages green when texting another iPhone. Once again if your text messages is turning green to another iPhone user, kindly contact the person and request for the person’s iMessage ID or phone number.