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How to switch between iMessage and SMS flexible?

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Lexie0616 Calculating status...
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Mar 20, 2012 9:06 AM

I found the only way to change to another mode is delete all the other messages?!


iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1, iMessage SMS
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 10:03 AM (in response to Lexie0616)

    You don't switch between modes.


    iMessage will only work with contacts who are using iOS devices.  If you send a message to a non-iOS phone, it will be sent as a tradtional SMS or MMS message.



  • impious-rocker Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 9:47 PM (in response to Lexie0616)

    If the another iPhone user is using iOS-5 or above; has iMessage activated on his/her cell; in the reception area of 3G or wifi, then you can send him/her iMessage. Your phone will automatically change modes (green for ordinary text, blue for iMessage).

    If you don't want your phone to send your message as "ordinary text" to the user when iMessage isn't available, you can turn it OFF from [Settings - Messages - Send as SMS].


    As suggested by Matthew Morgan, you don't switch the modes "Manually". The phone does it on its own.

  • JHinSel Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 10:14 PM (in response to Lexie0616)

    except what @impious-rocker said, if you want switch an already sent iMessage to ordinary message, hold the message and there's an option 'send as text message'. Then the message will be sent by ordinary text.

  • Scoobystones Calculating status...
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    Oct 13, 2013 8:07 PM (in response to Lexie0616)


    If iMessage is on, the 'Send' button is Blue,

    If nothing is typed, in the message box, the word 'iMessage' is shown..

    Now to switch to text msg, all that we need to do is to press and hold the 'Send' button for 3 seconds..

    Voila, the 'Send' button becomes Green and the message box has the words 'Text Message' instead of iMessage..

    To switch back to iMessage, we just need to press and hold the Green 'Send' button for 3 seconds and it becomes Blue..


  • chattphotos Level 4 Level 4 (1,175 points)

    Scooby, your method doesn't work in iOS 7.


    Insider info, you have to do this fast for it to work, but press, hold, release on a sending iMessage and then tap send as SMS, the bubble will switch to green and it will go as SMS.


    Or just turn on airplane mode wait for it to fail and then use try again as SMS.


    Either way OP these methods aren't the most efficient, why do you want to do this again?


    iMessage delivery speed is that of Instant messaging, SMS takes at least 3 seonds or more...

  • kibbis Calculating status...
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    Nov 25, 2013 7:39 AM (in response to Lexie0616)

    It wasn't obvious, but here's the solution.


    1. Send a message to the person that you were sending iMessages to.
    2. After it's sent (will be blue) tap and hold on the message you just sent.
    3. A menu comes up, with one choice being "Send as text"
    4. It goes again and is now "green" and in text mode
    5. Voilà


    Hope this helps. This is specific to iOS7.


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