What Does Sent as Text Message Mean?

According to the app monitoring firm, App Annie, the world is spending an average of 4.8 hours in a day, on their mobile phones.

The same people literally spend a third of their waking time scrolling on phones. It, therefore, makes it safe to deduce that we can rely mobile phone communication and being able to contact anyone, anywhere in the world.

This is a reliable feature that has increased mobile communication to a point where anything that might hinder that like bad cellular service, is really frustrating.

Other times, communication is hindered because of a change in mobile features, especially without our knowledge.

Most of these times, communication is not hindered, but rather, the way of doing it has changed. For instance, sending your usual iMessage to your friend and instead, it goes through as a text message.

It is a common situation among iPhone users. An iMessage is represented by a blue text message bubble while a normal text message is represented by a green text message bubble.

So it is rather confusing when, instead of the usual blue bubble when sending a text, you see a green bubble.

The other confusing aspect is the sent and delivered part of it all. Sent in messaging simply means that the text message has been transmitted and uploaded to the messaging network for delivery.

Delivered means that the sent text message has completed the uploading process and has been downloaded from the messaging network and can then be read by the recipient of the whole messaging process.


What Does Sent as Text Message Mean?

Sent as text message is not as common to someone who constantly uses iMessages or prefer an online social app for example WhatsApp. When you are used to seeing a blue bubble but a green bubble appears, you might get confused as to whether the message has gone through or not.

Sent as text just means your message has not been delivered as an iMessage but rather, as a text message.

An iMessage can only be sent and delivered if there is an internet connection while a text message is sent and delivered when one is offline.

A conclusion derived from this is that if there is no internet connection, then your iMessage will not go through.

This is the point where your message will sent as a text message. With this feature however, the recipient has to be connected to the internet or WIFI to receive your iMessage.

It will indicate sent on your phone but it will not be delivered until the recipient's phone is connected to the internet.

Almost similar to the first one, a message sent via iMessage will not go through is there is no network connection.

The billing here is by the internet connection providers, unlike the traditional texting app where billing is by the cellular network providers.

Even so, if there is no network connection, you will be informed. It will change to a normal SMS as it tries to look for another option but it will also not be delivered offline if there is no network connection.

The third reason for a sent as text message feature is if the recipient is an android user. As long as the recipient is not an Apple user, then any message you send will automatically be sent and delivered as a text message.

This is because androids do not have the same iMessage feature as Apple, and this iMessaging service is only made available in Apple devices.

In an instance where both the sender and the recipient are iPhone users, and their phones are connected to an internet connection, then the issue is on the iMessage feature.

This feature needs to be enabled for it to be active on your phone.


Enabling the iMessage feature

The iMessage feature is usually already enabled if you login in your iPhone with your Apple ID to your iCloud account.

Apple will the automatically turn on your iMessage feature, linking it to your email address and phone number unless the Apple device you are using does not rely on a phone number.

If it is not, launch the settings app on your iPhone home screen, where you will scroll down till you find “messages” and click on it.

Once you have tapped the messages part, it will take you directly to iMessages that is usually at the top of the screen.

You will find that the iMessages is green and that means it is already enabled but if not, tap at the spacing next to the name, and activate.

Enabling iMessage on your iPhone will allow you to send messages to other iPhones, iPads, iPod touch and even Mac computers.

It also comes with additional features that are not normally in the usual messaging app like the animojis, Apple pay and so forth.

Other unique features in the iMessaging feature are:

  • The typing indicator – the ellipsis that are animated pop when the other person is typing. You need to have the conversation already open for you to see them. They indicate that you are about to receive something. If at any time you do not want them to pop up on the other receiving end when you are typing, you could dictate your message to Siri which is yet another amazing iMessage feature.


  • Media messages – iMessage will allow to send full size photos and quality videos. Better yet, while your photo app is open, you can select the photo you want to share, and do the drag and drop move. You drag it and drop in a conversation thread of the contact you want to share with.


  • Chat pinning – this recently added feature lets you pin a chat on top of the whole chat queue on the off chance you have a contact you want easy and fast access to, or have a chat that needs constant reference to. Long press the chat thread in question and options will appear, one of them being to pin the conversation. You can pin several chats too.


  • Inline replies – with inline replies, you can reply in reference to a specific text message and it will be indicated. This is probably more important in a group chat where responding to an earlier message will seem out of context or confuse others, especially if the topic has changed. To avoid confusion, you long press to a certain message and reference it in your reply such that your message will be pegged to the right topic.


  • Chat and screen effects – if you wish to add some flair to a specific chat, this feature is for you. Each text message has a corresponding chat screen effect. It allows you to express the tone of your message correctly like sarcasm, fooling around, compassion, since these do get misinterpreted a lot. Long press on the blue arrow key after you have typed out a message and a bunch of bubble effects will appear: slam, loud, gentle and invisible ink. You can then click over the screen effects that will appear for you to choose from e.g. echo, love, confetti, lasers, balloons, fireworks and spotlight.


  • Shaking to undo – have you ever typed a long angry message that was purely out of anger than it was from logic and when you are about to hit the send button, it suddenly hits you? You start to think twice about sending the whole thing and now you have to start deleting the whole thing and watch that cursor delete one word by one, and as quick as it can be, it is still kind of frustrating. Well, here is the good part. You just need to shake your phone. An undo option will emerge that you just have to click and the whole text is gone.


  • Upgrading messaging app store – if at all these features do not quench your thirst for technological advancements on messaging, then this will do it. There is an app store that is integrated with the iMessaging app. The bar above your key board is a blue icon with the letter ‘A’ on it. That is the one you click to start exploring various apps that you can add to the iMessage tool belt. On the same tool belt, there are apps that are already added including compatible games like darts, mini golf, word scrabble, Yahtzee, billiards and many more that you can play with your contacts.


Conclusion: What Does Sent as Text Message Mean?

Typically, if your phone says “sent as text message”, your text message has already gone through meaning it has been delivered to the recipient. It does not mean you have been blocked because you get the indication that it has been sent.

Your phone was just unable to send the iMessage due to the aforementioned reasons and so it reverts to SMS so that your message is still carried through.

If everything else has failed such that sending a message is still an issue whether via normal SMS or iMessage, some of the other possible reasons could be software problems, faulty settings, malware, faulty updates or incorrect contact data.

The only indication that you have been blocked is not usually the ‘sent as text message’ notification, but the fact that your current message has not received the ‘delivered’ notification below it while the prior messages have.