How to automatically and manually send text messages instead of iMessages on iPhone

While Apple’s iMessage is a handy service for free messaging between its devices like iPhone, iPad, and Mac, it is not reliable all the time. Sometimes an iMessage will fail to send if your Wi-Fi or cellular data is unstable. Or, trying to send an iMessage can sometimes be slower than sending text messages. However, there are ways to automatically and manually send text messages instead of iMessages on iPhone.

You can choose to selectively send a text message instead of an iMessage to the recipient or you can enable a setting called “Send as SMS,” which will immediately send your message as an SMS when iMessage is unavailable.

How to automatically and manually send text messages instead of iMessages on iPhone

Learn how to automatically send text messages instead of iMessages on iPhone

  1. Launch Settings from your home screen.
  2. Tap Messages. how to automatically send text messages instead of iMessages on iPhone
  3. Next, tap on the toggle next to Send as SMS to enable it. how to automatically send text messages instead of iMessages on iPhone

Learn how to manually send text messages instead of iMessages on iPhone

  1. Open the contact you want to send a text message to.
  2. Next, type your message and tap the Send icon.
  3. Quickly tap and hold the message bubble. A menu will pop up.
  4. Tap Send as Text Message and your bubble will turn from blue to green. As long as the bubble is green, you’ll know if your message has been sent as an SMS. Send as Text Message and watch your bubble turn from blue to green.

Keep in mind, if the recipient of your message is not an Apple user (iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.), they will receive text messages instead of iMessages by default. 

We hope this guide helped you learn how to automatically send text messages instead of iMessages on your iPhone. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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