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Iphone 4 (iOS 5.1.1) sends iMessages to Android (which doesn't receive any obviously)

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Aug 20, 2012 5:20 PM

Alright. A quick story line about my situation, I've been reading a lot of similar problems but not quite the same. So maybe somebody can clue me in on a possible fix, easiest as possible. I would GREATLY appreciate that.


I've had the Samsung Galaxy S (Rogers) since the day it came out. Months later, I hated the reception it was giving, so I had to get a new phone from a different carrier, so I chose Bell (since I've many an issue from Telus in my younger teenage days). And so I naturally kept my samsung as a spare emergency phone and tucked it away to never be used again, dropped the bill to 20 a month and that was that.


So now I live in a different town 2 hours away from where I used to live, and my iPhone has been a great phone as far as everything goes. My girlfriend has been needing a new phone as her old flip phone is about to bite the dust. To save us both a lot of money and time, it was easier just to add unlimited texting to the rogers samsung and change the number to a local, as opposed to adding a new phone to my plan.

That was done in a matter of minutes, no hassle. Checked the samsung about a half hour after the changing the number, and all was changed just fine.


Tested it to see if it would send texts. Perfect. My iPhone 4 received it nearly instantiously. BUT, when I send the samsung a text, it sends it as an iMessage? ***, why? It makes no sense in any way, nor should it EVER make sense. But, it is what it is. Here's the kicker. My iPhone 4 has NO problem sending a call to the Android. So that's at least a little bit of good news. It's just the iMessage having issues, because the Android doesn't have it lol.


This isn't just MY iPhone 4, her brother also has one (same fully updated iOS), and we asked him to send my Android a text, but his also does the same thing. He gets the texts, but sends them as an iMessage. So this is a problem, and a huge issue to not just ME, but a LOT of people it seems.


Any ideas? And sorry for the long story, just seemed easier to explain myself so everyone has a clear understanding of the situation.

iPhone 4, iOS 5.1.1
  • AjaxOfSalamis Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
    1. Tap Settings
    2. Scroll down and tap Messages
    3. Turn iMessage back on
    4. Make sure "Send As SMS" is on


    If that doesn't work, then try deleting your girlfriend's contact card and making a new one: set it up with only her phone number first and try a text.  If it doesn't go through then it might be an issue with the phone itself.

  • AjaxOfSalamis Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)

    Can she receive texts from a non-iPhone?  If she can't then it's an issue with the Samsung.

  • GusHerb Calculating status...

    I'm having these same exact issues. Had an iPhone 5 returned it and now everyone's iPhone's think I still have iMessage! Sometime's after sending back and forth a couple times the send button will go green, sometimes it won't and you have to select "send as text message" and other times it will send to nowhere! won't even show up on my Mac. Starting to miss messages cuz of this.


    I've done such things as removing my phone from my support profile, changed my number associated with my Apple ID, unchecked my phone number in preferences in Messages on my Mac, have played with a family members iPhone and removed my contact, texted myself, rebooted the phone re entered the contact etc and still everyone's iPhone insists on sending me iMessages!!


    If this is Apple's way of punishing people for switching away from iOS it is NOT funny and is making me want to switch back to iOS even less!!!


    I really could use some magic right about now, anyone at Apple know how to delete a phone number associated with iMessage from it's servers?

  • pluvc1993 Calculating status...

    I did both of these and then it finally cleared. Method #1 1) Go to 2) Login 3) Deactivate your old phone 4) Shut off iPhone 5) Restart your droid phone and text someone and see if they can text you back ****If this doesn't work then go to method #2**** 1) Shut down your Android phone 2) Remove sim Card 3) Remove Sim Card from iPhone (you can open sim trya by simply using a paperclip and pushing it in the hole. 4) Put new sim card from your android phone into iPhone 4 or 4S and turn on iPhone 5) Go into settings then scroll down to Messaging 6) Shut off iMessaging and turn on SMS Messaging. 7) Wait 2 min 8) Shut off iPhone 4 or 4S remove sim and put back into Android phone then restart phone. 9) Wahla!!! It should be working ****If you lost your phone you can use someone elses to do Method #2**** Hope this helps..if it works give me feedback...

  • Globita Calculating status...

    Oh my goodness. You are a genius!!! I was struggling with this because I got a android and I couldn't get texts from the people that have iPhones. It was so irritating but you've saved me. Lol. Method 1 worked for me! Thanks a bunch. So far I've tried with only one friend but will be trying later with a few others to be 100% sure.

    Thank youuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!      

  • Globita Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

      Nevermind. It worked only once and now I'm not even getting the messages to my iPhone anymore. That *****. I'll be trying method two in a little bit

  • Globita Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Method 2 didn't work either. :-(


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