Sent as text message on iPhone explained

Sent as text message on iPhone, what it actually means. This is the question that will pop into your head the very first time you’re seeing such term when sending a text message on your iPhone.

This article explains all you need to know about sent as text message on iPhone and why you are seeing such instead of iMessage.

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What is sent as text message on iPhone?

On iPhones, sent as text message simply means that iMessage was sent as sms text message which is green in color by using using the cellular network service as the recipient iMessage is unavailable.

When you send a text message to someone using an iPhone or the iMessage, the text will be sent as iMessage which is blue in color and uses the internet like Wi-Fi or cellular data.

In some situations or occasions, the text will be sent as text message which is green in color.

Now the question is why is this happening?

Why are you seeing a green text message instead a blue text message which means iMessage. This will occur if a recipient iMessage is not unavailable and send as sms is enabled on the sender’s iPhone.

From what I have observed, you will see sent as text message to a contact who is using an iPhone or iMessage. You cannot see sent as text message to someone using an android phone or a feature phone.


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Sent as text message will only show up if the recipient phone number is activated or connected with iMessage and which the recipient’s iMessage was not available when you’re sending the text message. As send as sms is enabled on the sender’s iPhone, iMessage will try to send the text message by using the cellular network service.

So bear in mind that why you’re seeing sent as text message on your iPhone is because send as sms is enabled on your iPhone. However, if send as sms is not enabled on your iPhone you won’t be able to see sent as text message on your message app.

Whenever you see sent as text message on your iPhone, kindly note that iMessage sent the text to the recipient by using the cellular network service as the recipient’s iMessage is unavailable.

What will make someone’s iMessage to be unavailable is when the phone is switched off or has no active internet connection.

Remember that if you disable iMessage on your iPhone, sending and receiving texts will be green in color and it won’t show sent as text message because your phone number is no longer connected with iMessage.

It is only when a phone number is connected or activated with iMessage is when you will see sent as text message when iMessage is unavailable.

Like I said, sent as text message on iPhone will occur or show up if you have send as sms enabled on your iPhone, if you don’t have the feature enabled on your iPhone, you won’t be able to send such green text message on your iPhone.

Now let me explain what send as sms means on iPhone and it’s usefulness.


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Send as sms on iPhone

Send as sms is an sms feature on iPhone that allows iPhone users to send sms green text messages when iMessage is unavailable and which is uses the cellular network service.

This comes in handy if you are sending a text message to someone using an iPhone and iMessage as well.

For Example, you want to send a text message to Cynthia and which Cynthia is using an iPhone and iMessage.

Normally, you will send iMessage or the blue text message to Cynthia. Now Cynthia’s phone happens to be switched off or has no internet at all and you desperately need Cynthia to receive the text message.

If you send the blue text message or iMessage to Cynthia, it won’t get delivered simply because Cynthia’s iPhone is switched off or has no internet connection. The sent text message will only get delivered if Cynthia’s phone is active and has an active internet connection.

Now send as sms is very useful if Cynthia’s phone is switched on but has no active internet connection. What iMessage will do is to try to send the text as sms using the cellular network service.

As long as Cynthia’s phone is on and active, she will receive the text message unless Cynthia’s phone is offline or has no cellular network service.

Aa iMessage uses internet to send and to receive text messages, send as sms will use the cellular network service to send and receive text messages especially when the phone has no active internet connection like Wi-Fi or cellular data.

Still on Cynthia, if iMessage send the text message as sms which will be green in color, below the sent text message what you will see right there will be sent as text message.

This is telling you that the message was not sent as iMessage but rather was sent as sms using the cellular network service and that’s why it is green in color.

If Cynthia’s phone is active with an internet connection, subsequent text messages will be blue in color indicating iMessage.

However, if you don’t fancy or like sending green text messages to someone using iMessage or iPhone, you can go ahead to disable Send as SMS when imessage is unavailable on your iPhone.

Once you have done that, you will no longer send sms green text message to someone using iMessage and iPhone. Let me show you how to disable or turn off send as sms on your iPhone.

TO GET STARTED;

Open the Settings App on your iPhone and scroll all the way down to Messages and open it.

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Now scroll down a bit and you will see Send as SMS (when imessage is unavailable) as shown in the picture below.

Send as sms

Looking at the above picture you will see that send as sms is turned on and active on my iPhone and if it is the same on your iPhone, all you have to do is to turn it off on your iPhone.

Once you have done that, you will no longer send sms text messages to someone using iPhone or iMessage on your iPhone.

If a recipient iPhone has no active internet connection, the text won’t get delivered and will have to wait until the recipient iPhone has an active internet connection.

Remember that the case is different for someone using android phone or a feature phone. As long as it is an android phone or a feature phone, you will still send green text messages but it won’t show sent as text message.

If it says sent as text message am i blocked?

The answer is no. If it says sent as text message you are not blocked but rather the recipient iMessage was unavailable at the time you’re sending the text message and which the text was sent as sms text message.

When you’re blocked on iPhone or iMessage, you won’t be able to send any type of text messages be it iMessage or the sms text message. Also you won’t be able to call the person on FaceTime or using the default phone app.

Whenever you see sent as text message, kindly know that the recipient iMessage wasn’t available at that moment you sent the text message and which the message was sent using the cellular network service.

This is the reason sent as text message is green in color.

What happens when your message is sent as a text message?

The message will be sent using the cellular network service and which attracts charges from the carrier network. Also, the recipient will receive the sent message but it will be green in color and not blue.

However, you won’t receive a delivery report as to if the recipient has received the text message and opened it.

That is to say that sent as text message doesn’t show delivered and read compared to iMessage that will indicate if the text was delivered and read by the recipient.

As long as green text message is concerned on iPhone, there’s is no delivery report and read receipt.

Sent as text message vs iMessage

The difference between sent as text message vs iMessage is that sent as text message uses the cellular network service in sending the texts, while iMessage uses the internet to send a text message.

iMessage is an instant messaging service, while sent as text message is the sms type of text message.

You can send iMessage using Wi-Fi or cellular data, while you have to send sms text message using the cellular network service and which you must have a texting plan or an airtime along with an active sim card or eSim.

iMessage has a delivery report and read receipt features, while sent as text message doesn’t have a delivery report and read receipt feature.

You can send large files like photos, videos, gifs, documents, etc on iMessage, you can’t send such files on sms text message except for mms which is limited to short clip videos and photos.

And this is all I need to explain on sent as text message on iPhone and what it means.

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