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What Does Sent as a Text Message Mean on iMessage?

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What Does Send as a Text Message Mean? A text message means Sending a message without using an internet connection on your phone.

What is a Text Message?

A text message or an “SMS” is a short note you compose on your phone and send to someone else’s phone. It usually contains 160 characters or less. Sending a text message is usually very fast, but the exact speed depends on texters and how quickly they respond to texts.

Most people in the US support sending an iMessage via the internet, But what if you don’t have an internet connection? Don’t worry, and you can always send a text message.

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What Does Send as a Text Message Mean?

If you see “Send as Text Message” under your Last Seen, you sent an SMS instead of iMessage. This means that the person you’re messaging will receive your message as usual and will not be aware that it was sent from the web. They’ll receive the message without having an internet connection on their device!

Unfortunately, there are some limitations with iMessaging because we rely entirely on the internet to deliver these messages for us: There may be delays before messages show up (depending on how long it takes them to process)

Why Would my iMessage be Sent as a Text Message?

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Stop iMessages from Sending as Regular Texts

Take the following steps to stop your iMessages from being delivered as regular text messages:

Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone.

After swiping down, select ‘Messages.’

Track down the ‘Send as SMS’ option and turn it off.

If the recipient is using an iOS device and has iMessage enabled, you may make sure that your messages are transmitted as iMessages whenever possible by turning off “Send as SMS.”

In this manner, you can take advantage of iMessage features like the capacity to transfer multimedia files and view receipts.

Remember that your messages may still be transmitted as regular texts if the recipient has moved to a non-iOS device or if their device does not have a reliable internet connection. But taking this action will make your texting experience more efficient.

How do I Mark a Message as Read or Unread?

Marking a message as read or unread is simple.

  • Tap on the message you want to mark. The blue dot will appear next to the message, indicating you read it.
  • Tap on the blue dot again to mark the message as unread, just like before. This will remove the blue dot from your screen and show that no one has seen this message yet!
  • If you’ve already read a message but forgotten about it until now and want to go back and re-read it again, tap on its blue dot once more!

Why Would Need to Send a Message as a Text Message?

You need an internet connection to send an iMessage. But if the recipient does not have stable internet in their area, you might want to send the message as a text message.

A text message is an encrypted message that does not need an internet connection to reach the recipient. It is an easy way to deliver your message without waiting for the recipient to come online.

4 Common Reasons for iMessages to Become Texts

No Internet Connection: In order to send an iMessage, the recipient’s device and yours must have an internet connection. Your message can become a text by default if your connection is unstable.

Device Not Made by Apple: iMessage is limited to inter-Apple devices only. If the recipient changes to a device that is not made by Apple, your iMessage turns into a text message.

Recipient’s Device Is Off: Your iMessage won’t be delivered as an iMessage until the recipient’s device is turned back on or runs out of battery.

Disabled iMessage: Text messages will be transmitted normally even if the recipient disables iMessage in their device’s settings.

What Does Sent as a Text Message Mean on iPhone?

Any text sent to someone who does not have an iPhone will be sent as a text message. Apple devices are the only ones that can use the iMessaging service. If the iMessage cannot be sent or the receiver does not have iMessage enabled, your iPhone will send the message as a text message.

Why is My Message Sent as an “iMessage” Instead of a text message?

  • iMessage only works with other iMessage users.
  • iMessage only works on the same network.
  • iMessage only works on the device associated with the same phone number.

iMessage only works on the same carrier (for data-based messages) and vice versa for text messages. For Apple devices only: You need to have iOS 11 or later (which requires your device to have an A9 chip or better) for sending text messages to work correctly!

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What is an iMessage?

iMessage is an exchange of photos, videos, Audio, and Text between iOS users whether they are using an iPhone, Mac, iPad, or iPod. iMessage is received as a blue bubble on your screens. Ad they require a strong network connection between the iOS devices.

iMessage Sent as a Text Message am I Blocked?

Sometimes. As previously stated, an iMessage sent as a text message typically indicates a network problem. You’ve been blocked if your iMessage doesn’t have a “Delivered” message below it, but prior messages in the chat did.

How to Know if You’ve Been Blocked on iPhone (iMessage) in 2023

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When will my Message be Delivered to my Recipient?

Delivery depends on the carrier your recipient uses, their device, and the network they are using. If you send a text message (SMS), it will be delivered immediately. If you send an iMessage, it will be delivered when your recipient’s device is online.

What Does Sent as a Text Message Mean in Green?

If your iPhone messages are green, it shows these have been sent as Messages rather than iMessage, which is blue.

iMessages are only available amongst Apple users. You will always see green when writing to Android users or when you are not connected to the internet.

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Does Sent as a Text Message Mean Blocked?

More specifically, if you’re contacting someone over iMessage and your text bubbles shift from blue to green, it means they’ve blacklisted your iPhone number. The sent vs. ‘delivered’ label might simply indicate that you’ve been banned.

Is There a Way to Know When Someone has Read my Text Message?

  • If you want to know if your message was read, opened, or both:
  • On the iPhone, go to Settings > Messages. Tap “Send Read Receipts.”
  • On Android phones and iPhones with iMessage enabled (the default setting), go to Settings > Messages > Send Read Receipts.

If you don’t see this option on your settings screen, your carrier doesn’t support this feature. But you can still find out when someone reads your text message if they have a newer phone that has the necessary software installed on it already!

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Can I Get Delivery Notifications for International Text Messages?

IMessage does not support international text messaging. You can only send SMS messages using your carrier’s native service.

If you’re having a problem sending or receiving text messages, learn how to troubleshoot iMessage problems on your iPhone or troubleshoot issues with other messaging apps on your iOS device.

Learn More about Sending as Text Messages and iMessage.

If you’re using a feature that sends texts through iMessage, like Messages or FaceTime Audio, you can use send as a text message to send the message as an SMS instead. That means your recipient will see a text from your phone number at their end instead of receiving an iMessage.

The free service is built into all iPhone devices and uses data rather than Wi-Fi or cellular service. When someone sends you a message through iMessage (or FaceTime Audio), your device will notify you that the person wants to communicate with them via text instead of a video call or voice call. You’ll have three options: Reply with Voice Call, Reply with Video Call, or Send a Text Message.


Hopefully, this article helped you better understand the difference between a text message and an iMessage and why your device may be sending one versus the other. If someone in your contact list has questions about this topic, please feel free to share this information with them. We’d love to hear from you if there are any other topics related to messaging that we can clear up for you.