4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2011 8:07 PM by stevejobsfan0124
baydays1234 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

When I text on iPhone 4s, sometimes message is in blue and sometimes in green, does this mean anything?

iPhone 4S
  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (62,540 points)

    Messages sent to other iOS devices (like iPhones) using iMessage appear in blue, messages sent to non-iOS devices (or iOS devices not supporting iMessage) appear in green.  In other words, the blue messages go through Apple's iMessage system and the green ones go through your carrier's messaging system.

  • steveappleotp Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Blue = iMessage

    Green = non-iMessage


    Currently, iMessage is only availble for iOS 5. So where you send text / photos / videos to someone who also has iOS 5 installed, the messages appear blue. Otherwise they are green.


    This is very useful for knowing beforehand whether you'll be charged SMS/MMS fees, especially if you're messaging with someone in another country.


    Learn more about iMessage here:


  • stevejobsfan0124 Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)




    Message was edited by: stevejobsfan0124

  • stevejobsfan0124 Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)

    Green is SMS. SMS counts against the texting plan with your carrier (if you have a plan).
    Blue is iMessage, a service from Apple that does NOT count against your plan.


    For sending iMessage, the recipient must have the following:
    iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
    iOS 5
    iMessage ON in Settings.