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How to Send Text Message Instead of iMessage on iPhone

As an iPhone user, when you try to send text messages to your friends’ iPhone, the messages will be sent as the iMessage format instead of messages via Apple’s server. It can be somewhat inconvenient when the bugs of Apple’s server resulting in the delay of the messages. And 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 have show you several tips for that. Let’s keep reading.

1. Send Text Messages as iMessages via iPhone’s Inbuilt Feature

iOS system gives users the chance to change iMessage1s 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.

Step 1. Open the Message app on your iPhone and click on the new message icon in the upper right corner.

Step 2. Type in the content of the new iMessage and sent it as normal.

Step 3. Press and hold the iMessages you sent just now and the dialog box will pop up displaying 3 options.

Step 4. 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

2. Disable iMessage on Your iPhone

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

Step 1. On the home screen of the device, run Settings app.

Step 2. Click on ‘Messages’ option to open the setting interface of this app.

Step 3. 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

3. Disable Wi-Fi 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

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 install this software on computer.

iphone recovery

Step 2. Click on ‘Recover’ section and ‘Recover iPhone from iOS Device’.

connect iphone

Step 3. After connecting your device to computer, you will be asked to select Messages from the files selection window.

start scan iphone

Step 4. When the analyzing process is over, FoneGeek will list all the information about text messages. Check the messages or iMessages from the same interface and click on ‘Recover’.

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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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