Why iPhone green message doesn’t say sent as text? Answered

iPhone green message doesn’t say sent as text, and why is this happening as normally, iPhone green text message should say delivered.

This is the question that will pop into your head if your green text messages never say sent as text message.

So in this article I will explain all you need to know when a green text message never say sent as text message on your iPhone, and remember, this is not applied to iPad but rather only on iPhone.

iphone green message doesn't say sent as text

Why iphone green message doesn’t say sent as text?

The reason why iphone green text message doesn’t say sent as text is because the recipient’s phone number is not connected with iMessage.

Probably the recipient is using an android phone or a classic phone, and you know that iMessage so far is not available on Android and classic phones.

If you happen to send a text message to someone and it shows sent as text message, kindly note that it showed sent as text message because the recipient phone number is connected with iMessage.

The recipient phone number is connected with iMessage but at that very moment you’re sending the text message, the recipient iMessage wasn’t available or active. Because if this, iMessage was sent as text message.

Here, sent as text message simply means sms text message which uses the cellular network service.

Again, for a text message to show sent as text message not only means that the recipient phone number is connected with iMessage, but rather you have send as sms when imessage is unavailable enabled on your iPhone.


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Asking why iphone green message doesn’t say sent as text, it is because the recipient phone number is not connected with iMessage and maybe the recipient is using an android phone, a classic phone or iMessage is disabled on the recipient iPhone.

Sent as text message on iMessage

Sent as text message is an sms feature on iPhone that allows iMessage to be sent as sms text message whenever iMessage is unavailable on the recipient phone and as well as the sender’s phone.

Being as sms text message, it uses the cellular network service to send the message and that’s why it is green in color and not blue.


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For you to be able to see sent as text message on your iPhone, you must have send as sms enabled on your iPhone. Let me show you how you can enable send as sms on your iPhone.

Send as SMS

Get started by opening the settings app, and scroll down to Messages.

Open Messages and scroll down a bit and you will see Send as SMS (when imessage is unavailable) as shown on th picture below.

iphone green message doesn't say sent as text

Once you have that enabled on your iPhone as shown in the picture above, you’re good to go sending green text messages to iMessage users when iMessage is unavailable.

Aside from enabling send as sms on your iPhone, you also need to have a sim card or eSim, a texting plan or an airtime, and a cellular network service in order to send a green text message on your iPhone.

After you have all these ready, you can send sms text message to another iPhone user or iMessage user.

The work of send as sms is to send iMessage as sms green text message if the recipient phone has no active internet connection which makes iMessage to be unavailable on the recipient phone.

If the recipient iMessage is unavailable, send as sms feature will automatically change the text to sms and send the text message to the recipient. By so doing, you will see Sent as text message below the text message.

Below is a typical example of what I’m talking about.

iphone green message doesn't say sent as text

Asking why iphone green message doesn’t say sent as text, bear in mind that it happened because you’re sending a text message to someone using an android phone, a classic phone or an iPhone user who’s iMessage is disabled.

Generally, the recipient phone number is not activated with iMessage. It the recipient phone number is activated with iMessage, you will definitely see sent as text message if the recipient iMessage is unavailable due to no internet connection on the recipient phone.

What does it mean when a green text doesn’t say delivered?

Green text messages on iPhone doesn’t have a delivery report and also read receipt, because of this, green text message on iPhone doesn’t show delivered.

One major disadvantage of the iPhone green text message is that there’s no delivery report for sms green text message, and this makes it very difficult for a sender to know if the recipient has received the text message.

As long as iPhone green text message is involved, there is no delivery report for it and this is quite different on android as android phones do have a delivery report for text messages.

So if after sending a green text message on iPhone, don’t panic or expect to see a delivery report because there’s no such delivery report for green text messages on iPhone. However, you can only get delivery report and read receipt if you are sending imessage to a recipient on your iPhone.

Maybe later in the future Apple will add a delivery report for SMS green text messages for all iPhone users as it is very essential to know if a recipient has received the sent SMS text message on it’s phone.

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Why iMessage is better than the green text message on iPhone

Talking about the main reason why iMessage is better than the green text message is due to the fact that imessage do have a delivery report and read receipt which you can able to know if a recipient has received the sent text message and also opened the sent text message on his phone.

However, this is not possible if you are sending a green text message or send as text message on your iPhone

It is quite difficult to know if sent as text message or the green SMS text message is delivered to a recipient on iPhone and this is the major reason why I hate to send SMS text messages on my iPhone rather I prefer to use my android phone to send SMS text messages as it offers a delivery report.

Sms green text message can’t send large files

When it comes to sending files or documents on your iPhone, iMessage plays a huge important role compared to SMS text messages. On iMessage, you can send large videos, photos, documents, etc to someone using an iMessage.

However, you can’t send videos, pictures, documents, etc through SMS text messages on your iPhone. This is one of the major reason why iMessage is very important and essential compared to the green SMS text message on any iPhone.

iMessage is free by using Wi-Fi connection

If you are looking for one of the ways to send free text messages on your iPhone, iMessage is the sure way because it is free as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection on your iPhone.

For SMS text messages, it is not free as the carrier networks charges a fee or a texting plan or an airtime in order to send sms text messages on any mobile phone even though some carriers may offer free texting plan. Many a time, these texting plans are very limited to a few texts or a short period of time.

Being able to unsend and edit iMessage

Since the release of IOS 16, you can now unsend imessages and even edit imessages just like on WhatsApp though on WhatsApp you can’t edit sent WhatsApp messages.

As Apple made it possible to unsend imessages, you can’t unsend sms green text messages as it is not an instsnt messaging service.

This literally means that if you send an SMS text message to a recipient on your iPhone, that’s the final and even if you delete it from your iPhone you can’t delete it on the recipient iPhone.

Also you can edit a sent iMessage on any iPhone running on ios 16 even when iMessage has been delivered to the recipient phone.

However, you can edit a sent SMS text message on any iPhone as it is not possible at the time of writing this post.

What does it mean when your iPhone doesn’t say sent as text message? It is because the recipient phone number is not connected with iMessage.

And with this, I come to the conclusion of the question of the day, why iphone green message doesn’t say sent as text.

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