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Sent As Text Message: Everything You Need To Know!

Ever since we’ve got hold of mobile phones, the text messaging feature has revolutionalized the way we communicate with each other.

With the advancement in technology, this feature has got some excellent upgrades over the last decade. Now, we don’t have to shell out our hard-earned money to send messages to our friends.

Nowadays, Apple’s Messages app allows you to enjoy text messaging and instant messaging in the same application. You can use any of these services at your convenience.

However, many new iPhone users get confused when they see ‘Sent As Text Message‘ notification while using iMessage on their devices. It’s probably one of the most confusing messages in the iOS system if you’re not familiar with iMessage.

Let’s understand the true meaning of this term in the following post.

What Does Sent As Text Message Mean On iPhone?

In layman’s language, it means the iOS system has used the SMS feature instead of iMessage to send your message to the receiver.

Plain and simple!

Since both the services are integrated together, Apple enables users to switch them intermittently. Many times whenever there is a network communication error while sending the message, the system will automatically use the SMS feature to complete the task.

Apart from communication error, you may also see the Sent As Text Message notification if the receiver doesn’t use iMessage at all. It may happen in the case of Android or Windows Phone users.

Of course, it does require user permissions to send such messages using SMS, but it still creates a lot of inconvenience to many people.

And more importantly, you will have to shell out some extra dollars for those unnecessary text messages.

So, is there any way to resolve this issue?

Well, there is no need to brainstorm this simple text delivery notification now. Even I was quite surprised to see such text on my iPhone’s screen, but later I did manage to solve the mystery.

Let’s find out more about it in the following segment.

Tips To Avoid Sending iMessage As Text Message

Here are a few tips that can help you avoid this confusion –

1. Disable the Send As Text Message feature

That’s what you should do if you’re tired of seeing the Sent As Text Message notification.

Thankfully, Apple has provided an option in the iOS settings where you can disable this feature.

Yup! Just change the settings, and you’re good to go. Your iPhone will only send iMessages through the same service afterward.

Follow these step to disable this feature on your iPhone –

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap the Messages option.
  3. Scroll down and disable the Send as SMS option as shown below.

Sent As Text Message


Now, you can use iMessage without any trouble.

This simple trick will help you save quite a few dollars each month, as the SMS feature is now disabled for the iMessage messages. Your carrier will not charge a single penny with these new settings.

2. Use iMessage alternatives for instant messaging

It’s not a very practical solution, but it will resolve the confusion issue between text messages and iMessages.

There are so many iMessage alternatives like WhatsApp and Messenger on the Internet as well as App Store. You can use any of your favorite instant messaging services to keep in touch with your friends and family.

And yes, all these services are free to use, though you need to have constant internet access to use their different features.

Along with these reasons, there is one more reason that can help you switch over to iMessage’s alternatives.

And that is – iMessage activation

As you know, iMessage needs to be activated on the iPhone before you can send and receive messages.

If your friend’s iMessage is not activated, your iMessage service will send iMessages as text messages. And you will be charged for those messages accordingly.

That’s how iMessage works!

And there is no solution or workaround to this problem. Ultimately, you will have to switch from this cool messaging app.

You might miss the beautiful messaging effects like Confetti on iMessage, but other services offer decent features to keep up your mood and experience.


Alright, let’s look at some of the frequently asked questions.

How to differentiate between iMessage and Text Message in Messages app?

Whenever you send an iMessage, it should appear as a Blue colored message.

If the same doesn’t go through and the Send as SMS feature is turned on, your message will appear as a Green colored message.

This color difference will help you differentiate between both the messages.

Tip – If you want to send an undelivered message as a text message, tap the text and choose ‘Send as SMS’ from the available options.

Why does my mobile phone bill (SMS charges) still looks unchanged?

Well, as discussed above, you might have been sending iMessage messages to your friends who haven’t activated their iMessage service.

Even though both sender and receiver must have an iPhone to communicate using iMessage, they also need to activate this service before sending the messages.

Otherwise, you will keep sending these messages as text messages, which often results in more than expected SMS usage charges.

And it does not mean that your friend has blocked you on iMessage. It’s just that they may have disabled iMessage on their device.

What else do I need to avoid SMS charges while using iMessage?

To be frank, you don’t need anything else to curb down these increased charges.

Just follow the tips shared above, and you won’t have to worry about anything else.

And if you are still looking for more tips, there is one more thing you can do.

The Internet Access!

iMessage only works when you’re connected to the Internet whereas the text messages do not require any such connectivity to send your messages. All it needs is your carrier’s signal.

So, make sure your iPhone is connected to the Internet if you want to send iMessage to your friends. If there is no Internet connection, your messages will get delivered as text messages.

On the concluding note, the Send as SMS feature can be useful if you rely heavily on the iMessage service.

However, that’s not true for many iPhone users, as there are a lot of communication options available these days. And therefore, it does seem like an annoying and confusing feature in the iOS system.

I hope Apple finds a solution to tackle this issue in the future. For now, you can use the above tips to enjoy iMessage service without having to worry about the unexpected bills.

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