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Trevor Cole Level 1 Level 1

A couple of days ago I installed iOS 5 on my iPhone 4. Now, for my contacts who also own iPhones, iMessages seem to be activated. When I send a message, the bubble is blue, indicating an iMessage.


But then, a few minutes later, these messages are turning green, and underneath them is a line saying "sent as Text message".


Is this a bug? Why's this happening? At the moment, iMessage seems to be useless, at least for me. (I'm in Canada, working on a Bell contract. Does that factor in?)

Solved by anilsudhakaran on Oct 19, 2011 7:26 AM Solved

Turn off "send as SMS" in "settings >> messages"

  • anilsudhakaran Level 4 Level 4

    Turn off "send as SMS" in "settings >> messages"

  • SgtJiggy from GI Level 1 Level 1

    I think the person receiving the text/iMessage must also be on iOS5.. I have been texting with friends who are on an iPhone 4 who haven't upgraded to iOS 5 and it shows the green message box instead of blue......

  • sargetalon Level 1 Level 1

    My wife and I are having similiar issues.  I have iPhone 4S and she has 4 updated to iOS5.  Both w/ iMessage enabled and signed in.  Most messages get sent as iMessage but maybe 3 to 5 messages a day will go through as SMS text for no apparent reason.  Not quite sure what is the deciding factor in this.

  • Trevor Cole Level 1 Level 1

    Turning off the "send as SMS" setting seems to have fixed the problem. I thought that would eliminate texting to all of my non-iPhone contacts but it doesn't seem to. And now all of my messages to iPhone users are going through as iMessages. I'm even getting the "..." indicator when they're typing.



  • Kolikok Level 1 Level 1

    Doesn't this turn off the SMS function completely?

  • egrande25 Level 1 Level 1

    I am having the same issue. And turning off "Send as SMS" does indeed disable ALL SMS function. It will show that you sent a text (green box) but it will not go through to the recepient. I tried sending an SMS to my other phone to test this. Is there any news on Apple providing an iOS5 update to remedy this? Seems like a very common problem......

  • westl Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having this problem also.

    Both my wife and I have an iPhone 4 running iOS5, we were texting using iMessage, and it was working but then for some strange reason, the last 3 or so messages we sent got sent as text, but it didn't show them being sent as a text, until you left iMessage, and returned to it.

    The problem was, I had sent 2 pictures through iMessage, they got sent as MMS, and I got charged for them.

    Apple need to split iMessage from sms, instead of rolling them in the same app, that way you know your in iMessage, and you know when your in sms.

    Why apple have decided to leave them in the same app is a mystery.

    Sort it out Apple.

  • dyspare Level 1 Level 1

    same here.  no clue why.  does the recipiant need to have wifi or data at that moment?

  • yara-bqnPR Level 1 Level 1

    I had that problem today with my husband... luckily, after much trial & error, resolved it... we both signed out (apple id) from Settings»Messages... Turned off the iMessages feature... Reset the iPhones... turned on iMessage BUT did NOT use the apple ID (just the phone number) then I went to msg app and deleted all the SMS msgs uptil the last successful iMsg... it worked like a charm... Hope this doesn't happen again. :(

  • justinfrombushell park Level 1 Level 1

    This is because your contact is listed as cell instead of iPhone contact.  Try changing to iPhone contact and see if that works it did for me

  • Luplu Level 1 Level 1

    I am experiencing the same problem.  Turning off SMS does indeed disable the ability to sent text to anyone without an iPhone, you may think it has been sent but it is not received.  The way that the contact has been entered as either iphone or mobile makes no difference.  Come on Apple, sort this issue, as at the moment I think you are contravening advertising standards.

  • jartave Level 1 Level 1

    Maybe this is happening because you or the other iPhone user is out of 3G or wireless network area?

  • dbaer Level 1 Level 1

    these answers are wrong. It is normal for some iMessages to be sent as texts.  The "send as SMS" function only happens when then iMessage fails. This will happen if the other iPhone is off. If they are on a CDMA network like sprint or Verizon it  will also happen if they are on the phone and not connected to wifi.  If you leave "send as SMS" on they will get the message during their phone call. If you turn it off they won't get it until they hang up.

  • dannymichel Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks. This was the correct answer

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