Sending a text message on your iPhone to another iPhone is usually blue in color indicating iMessage.
However, in some cases the text message might be green in color indicating sms text message.
What could be the problem, why are my messages sending green to another iphone as it should be blue in color.
This is the question we’ll tackle in today’s topic and why you’re sending green text message instead of blue to another iPhone user.
Why are my messages sending green to another iphone?
The main reason why messages are sending green to another iPhone is because iMessage is unavailable.
You shouldn’t be surprised to see your text send as green text message to another fellow iPhone user because it is very common among iPhone users and the reason for that is due to iMessage being unavailable.
If iMessage is unavailable on the recipient phone or the sender’s phone, sending a text message to a fellow iPhone user will be green in color especially if Send as SMS is enabled on your iPhone.
The second question will be, what will make iMessage to be unavailable?
- When there’s no internet connection.
- The recipient phone is switched off.
- iMessage is disabled on the recipient iPhone.
Before going further into the article, let me explain the green text message and the blue text message on iPhone.
iPhone green text message
The green text message on iPhone represents the sms text message which uses the cellular network service in sending and receiving text messages on any iPhone.
By default, if you want to send text messages on your iPhone and the recipient is a fellow iPhone user, the text will be green in color indicating iMessage. But in some cases the text will simply turn green indicating sms text message and this will occur if iMessage is unavailable.
Now for the fact that you happen to send a green text message on your iPhone shows that you have a texting plan or an airtime.
This requires the sender to have an active sim card and a cellular network service.
On the contrary, when sending a text message to someone using an android phone or a classic feature phone, the text will turn green because the recipient phone number is not connected with iMessage.
The two things that will make you to send a green text message on your iPhone is when the recipient iMessage is unavailable for a fellow iPhone user, and the recipient phone number is not activated with iMessage.
The Green Text Message Requirements
- A sim card or eSim.
- A texting plan or an airtime.
- A cellular network service
- A mobile phone
One major issue I have with the green text message on iPhone is that it doesn’t have a delivery report. You can’t tell if the recipient has received the sent text message or not.
While on android, sms text messages do have a delivery report.
I thought Apple will add the feature on ios 16 but still they didn’t and this makes me find it quite difficult sending a green text message or probably sms text message on iPhone.
PROS AND CONS OF THE GREEN TEXT MESSAGE ON IPHONE
- It is available to all platforms and not just apple devices.
- There is no delivery report and read receipts just like on iMessage.
- Never can tell if a recipient has received the sent text message.
- It attracts charges from the network carrier.
- Can’t send files and documents unlike iMessage you can send pictures, videos, documents and other files.
The blue text message on iPhone
The blue text message on iPhone is the iMessage which is an instant messaging service available only on Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, Mac or the Apple watch.
In order to send iMessages on your iPhone, you must have iMessage enabled on your iPhone along with an active internet connection like the Wi-Fi or cellular data.
For the fact that your messages are sending green to another iphone may be due to the fact that iMessage is not active on your iPhone. You need to check and be sure that iMessage is active and connected on your iPhone.
To do so;
Open the settings app on your iPhone and scroll down to Messages.
Open Messages and right there you will see list of options which includes iMessage as shown in the picture below.
Now you have to make sure that iMessage is turned on and not off on your iPhone.
If iMessage is enabled on your iPhone, you will see Send & Receive which includes your Apple ID and your phone number.
This indicates that iMessage is enabled on your iPhone and you can send and receive iMessages.
However, if you didn’t see the Send & Receive below the iMessage button, it simply means that iMessage is not activated on your iPhone. Simply turn off iMessage and turn it on once again and it should be activated on your iPhone.
Please make sure to have an active internet connection like the Wi-Fi or cellular data when activating iMessage on your iPhone and it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes unless there’s an issue.
The Blue Text Message Requirements
- An apple device like iPhone, iPad, Mac or the Apple watch.
- Active internet connection.
- An apple id and sim card though not neccesary as you can only use your apple id for iMessage.
As sms and iMessage are the two default means of sending text messages on iPhone, there’s no doubt that iMessage is simply the best because of these reasons.
PROS AND CONS OF THE BLUE TEXT MESSAGE ON IPHONE
- iMessage is economical compared to sms text message as you can use Wi-Fi to send iMessages.
- You can edit and unsend iMessages which is not available on sms text message.
- You can send large videos and files like pictures, documents, gifs, etc using iMessage.
- There’s a delivery report feature and as well as read receipt on iMessage.
- iMessage is only available on Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, Mac and the Apple watch which means you can’t send iMessage to someone using an android phone.
Back to the topic of the day, why are my messages sending green to another iphone.
How to stop iMessage from sending green
In order to prevent or stop your iPhone from sending green text message to someone using iPhone or iMessage, then you have to turn off Send as SMS when imessage is unavailable.
It is because send as sms is enabled on your iPhone that you’re able to send green text messages to a fellow iPhone user when the person’s iMessage is unavailable.
So here’s the solution.
1. Solution One: Turn Off Send as SMS
Once send as sms is turned off on your iPhone, you won’t be able to send a green text message to someone using iMessage even when the person’s iMessage is unavailable.
To do so;
1. Open the settings app, scroll down to Messages and open it.
2. Right on the next page you will be presented with lots of options, scroll down a bit and you will see Send as SMS (when imessage is unavailable. Network provider messaging rates may apply).
3. Make sure to have the option turned off incase it is enabled on your iPhone.
Once you have send as sms turned off on your iPhone, you will no longer ask why are my messages sending green to another iphone.
Reason being that if the recipient iMessage is unavailable, the text will hold on until the recipient iMessage is active and it will send the text message as iMessage.
2. Solution two: Make Sure iMessage is Active
This is very compulsory on the side of the sender, check to see if iMessage is active on your iPhone before sending a text message.
Sometimes, the problem of messages sending green to another iphone may be caused by iMessage not being available on the sender’s phone.
It may not neccesarily be caused by the recipient but rather the sender. So please make sure that iMessage is available and active before sending text messages to a fellow iPhone user.
For iMessage to be active, you must make sure that;
- You and the recipient have an active internet connection be it Wi-Fi or cellular data.
- iMessage is not disabled on any of the parties involved.
The importance of send as sms
Irrespective of the fact that send as sms will send green text messages to a fellow iPhone user when iMessage is unavailable, it is there for a purpose.
The main importance of send as sms is to be able to send text messages to someone especially when it is very urgent.
Instead of waiting for iMessage to be active and for the text to get delivered, let the text be sent as sms text message especially if the recipient has no internet connection on his phone.
Remember, when you send a green text message to a fellow iPhone or iMessage user, it will display sent as text message below the text message. This is to notify you that the text was sent as sms text message and not as iMessage and that’s why it is green in color.
And with this I come to the conclusion of the question of the day, why are my messages sending green to another iphone. As long as send as sms is enabled and iMessage id unavailable, the text will be sent as sms text message to another fellow iPhone user.