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Does imessage turn green when phone is off? Explained

Last Updated on May 28, 2022 by Kennedy

As we all know that iMessage is blue in color while sms text message is green in color, it’s so weird sending an iMessage to a fellow iPhone user and suddenly it turns green in color.

At first you may think you have been blocked by the recipient, the recipient phone is switched off or probably offline. So this bring about the question being asked on does imessage turn green when phone is off. 

Kindly know that iMessage doesn’t turn green when phone is switched off, but rather iMessage will only turn green if there is phone number is no activated with iMessage on the recipient phone.

Why I’m saying this is because people usually think that when iMessage turns green especially when they are sure that the recipient is using an iPhone, probably they have been blocked by the recipient. 

Let me go on and explain more on why iMessage usually turn green especially if the recipient is using an iPhone.

does imessage turn green when phone is off

Does imessage turn green when phone is off?

The answer is no. iMessage does not turn green when phone is off but rather it will show blue but won’t get delivered.

iMessage will never show green when a recipient iPhone is switched off or offline as it will still remain blue but you won’t see delivered until the recipient phone is switched on. 


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Now if you happen to see a green message when sending a message to another iPhone user, below are the reasons why such is happening.

1. When you try to send to a phone number not activated with iMessage

This is the case when you send a message to another iPhone user and instead of the text being blue, which indicates iMessage, it turns out to be green, which indicates sms text message.

This occurs when you send a text message to a phone number that is not linked to iMessage or activated with iMessage. In this case, the person must have used an email address rather than a phone number to activate iMessage.

In some cases, someone may be using a different phone number for iMessage rather than the phone number you have with you.

When a text message from another iPhone user turns green, simply call the person and ask for the person’s iMessage contact information.

2. When iMessage is disabled on the recipient iPhone

It’s uncommon to see someone disable iMessage on their iPhone, but it does happen.

When iMessage is disabled on an iPhone, sending messages to that person will now be green because iMessage is no longer active, and the phone number linked to iMessage or activated with iMessage will be removed from iMessage.

In this case, sending an iMessage to the phone number will automatically turn green until the person enables iMessage at the same time you activate iMessage with the phone number you have.

3. Sending messages to an android phone user

Another major reason why messages turn green is when you send them to an Android phone user. The message will be green as long as the recipient is not using an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch.

So all you have to do is to make sure that you are sending messages to a fellow iPhone or apple user other than an Android user.

To round it up on the question being asked on if at all does imessage turn green when phone is off, please kindly note that iMessage will only turn green when it is not active on the recipient phoneor the phone number you are sending the messages is not linked to iMessage.

Irrespective of the fact that the recipient is switched off which automatically makes iMessage to be unavailable, it won’t turn green as long as the recipient didn’t disable iMessage on it’s iPhone.

Once a mobile phone number is linked or activated with iMessage, it will never turn green unless the person removes the phone number from it’s IMessage.

Do green text message on iPhone means blocked?

No, it does not. Green text messages on iPhone do not indicate that the recipient’s iMessage is unavailable or that the phone number is not associated with iMessage.

Why am I saying this? Because some people believe that if your text message is green instead of blue, which indicates iMessage, it means the recipient has blocked you.

That is not the case or true.

When you are blocked on iMessage or, more likely, on the message app, even green text messages will not be delivered. If another iPhone user blocks your number or contact in iMessage, the message will still be blue but will never be delivered to the person or recipient.

So, please don’t go around thinking that if you block someone on iMessage, the message will turn green; this is not the case. Only when you send an iMessage or a message will it turn green.

How can you tell if someone has turned off their iPhone?

To tell if someone has turned off their iPhone, try to send iMessage and calls to the person and if it doesn’t go through then it is an indication that the person’s iPhone is switched off.

If after sending couple of messages to the person and they don’t get delivered, afterwards you called the number and it doesn’t go through, then it is an indication that the recipient phone is switched off.

In some other words, if someone blocks your number on it’s iPhone, both calls and text messages will never go through as well.

What color are iMessages when phone is off?

iMessage will remain blue in color even when the phone is switched off, but instead iMessage will never say delivered unless the recipient has it’s apple ID connected to other apple devices.

iMessage will never turn to green which indicates sms text message, but only if the phone number you are sending the message to is not activated with iMessage.

Below is a typical example of when an iPhone is switched off when a message is sent to the phone.

does imessage turn green when phone is off

Looking at the picture above, you will see that there is no delivered or read notification below the sent iMessage. This is because the recipient phone wasn’t active when I sent the message.

Not being active may be caused by the phone being switched off, in offline mode or probably there is no active internet connection on the phone as iMessage requires an active internet connection and be it Wi-Fi or cellular data.

Can you text someone if their phone is off?

Yes you can text someone if their phone is switched off but the sent message will never get delivered to the person.

In terms of iMessage, if the person’s apple ID is connected to other devices like the iPad, Apple watch or Mac, and they are very much active with an internet connection, the text message will get delivered.

In the case of sms text message, if the phone is connected to an Apple watch, samsung watch or any other smartwatch the message will be delivered.

What happens when you send an iMessage to a phone that is off?

If an iMessage is sent to a phone that is switched off, the iMessage will be sent but it won’t get delivered to the recipient. 

If an iMessage is sent to a phone that is switched off, it won’t turn turn green or say not delivered except if the phone number is not activated with iMessage.

Once you sent an iMessage to a phone that is switched off, it will be sent but not delivered until the recipient phone is active.

Now if the recipient apple ID is connected to any of the iPad, Mac or Apple watch and which they are active, the sent iMessage will get delivered irrespective of the fact that the iPhone is switched off.

When your phone dies does iMessage turn off?

iMessage will not turn off if the phone dies but it will not be available on the phone. For iMessage to get delivered the phone must be switch on and has an active internet connection. 

However, if the person’s apple ID is connected to other devices like the Apple watch, Mac or the iPad, and which they are active with an internet connection, iMessage will get delivered to any of these devices.

And this is how iMessage works.

So even if your iPhone is dead flat but you have your apple watch with you or an iPad and which they are connected to the apple ID on your iPhone, iMessage will be delivered to any of these devices.

Do messages deliver when phone is blocked?

The answer is no. Messages will never get delivered when blocked by the recipient. The message will only say sent but it won’t say delivered.

Messages only get delivered when you are not blocked by the recipient and the phone is active.

If you are asking why did my text messages turn from blue to green am I blocked? The reason is because the recipient phone number is not activated with iMessage. 

Lastly before I go, does imessage turn green when phone is off?

The answer is no because iMessage doesn’t turn green when phone is switched off, but rather iMessage will only turn green if there is phone number is no activated with iMessage on the recipient phone.