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[2024]How to Send Text Message Instead of iMessage on iPhone?

As an iPhone user, when you try to send text messages to your friends’ iPhones, the messages will be sent in the iMessage format instead of via Apple’s server. It can be somewhat inconvenient when the bugs of Apple’s server result in delayed messages. As a result, the recipient will not view the text messages on time as expected.

Once in a while, you would rather to send text message instead of iMessage on iPhone. Don’t worry, we will show you several tips for that. Let’s keep reading.

How to Send Text Message Instead of iMessage?

Enable Messages on iPhone

What we need to do first to sent text messages instead of iMessage is to enable Messages from iPhone settings. Check the steps below:

  • Open iPad or iPad’s Settings app.
  • Fine and tap on Messages.
  • Enable and toggle on ‘Send as SMS’ and ‘MMS Messaging’ option.

send as sms’

Send Text Messages as iMessages via iPhone’s Inbuilt Feature

Apple gives users the chance to change iMessages to text messages before hitting the send tab. If the recipient doesn’t receive your iMessage, you can opt to turn it into text message and sent it again.

  • Open the Message app on your iPhone and click on the new message icon in the upper right corner.
  • Type in the content of the new iMessage and sent it as normal.
  • Press and hold the iMessages you sent just now and the dialog box will pop up displaying 3 options.
  • Click on ‘Send as Text Message’ to turn it into text message. The color of this message will soon become green.

send as text message

Disable iMessage on iPhone

You can turn off iMessage from iPhone settings at any time to force the iPhone to send iMessages as text messages.

  • On the home screen of the device, run Settings app.
  • Click on ‘Messages’ option to open the setting interface of this app.
  • Toggle off the switch next to ‘iMessage’ to turn off this feature. After that, the iMessage will then be sent as the format of text message.

turn off imessage

Disable WiFi and Cellular Data

After turning off the Wifi and cellular data, the iPhone will send text messages instead of iMessages automatically.

  • Go to the section of Wifi from iPhone settings.
  • Toggle off the switch of Wifi.
  • Then go the Settings of iPhone to toggle off the Cellular data.

turn off wifi or cellular data

Frequently Asked Questions

Will iMessages be switched to messages automatically?

If the network is not activated, the Message app will send iMessages as SMS messages. If iMessages are sent to an Android device, the Android recipient will only receive standard SMS text messages.

How to turn off iMessage for one person?

There is no way to turn off iMessage for one person. But if the person turns off iMessage themselves, they can only receive text messages.

Bonus Tip: Recover Lost iPhone Messages/iMessages

When you use your iPhone to send or receive text messages or iMessages, the messages stored on iPhone may get lost if there are some bugs on your iPhone. That’s why FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery is stated here. In theory, it’s difficult to retrieve lost text messages. However, it’s another pair of shoes by using FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery.

  • It has the ability to recover deleted textual content and other attachments in messages, just like images, videos, etc.
  • Preview your lost messages before the recovery process so that you can choose and recover the selected data you like instead of recovering all the data.
  • Recover data from all models of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


Now, easily recover your deleted text messages or iMessages to computer with the steps below:

Step 1. Download FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery from the official site and click ‘Recover Data from iOS Devices’.

iphone recovery

Step 2. After connecting your device to computer, you will be asked to select Messages from the files selection window.

start scan iphone

Step 3. When the analyzing process is finished, FoneGeek will list all the information about text messages. Check the messages or iMessages from the same interface and click on ‘Recover’.

preview photos ios

Send Messages Now

It is sometimes necessary to send standard SMS messages instead of iMessages though iMessage offers great conveniences. You can send your iPhone to send normal text instead of iMessages using the methods above.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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