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Why phone is ringing but texts are green? Here’s the reason

Last Updated on April 11, 2022 by Kennedy

What can be more confusing when you tried to send someone an iMessage but instead the sent text message becomes green which simply means sms text message that uses the cellular network service. 

It is more difficult to understand if you are very sure that the recipient using an iPhone and has an active iMessage account. Don’t worry I will explain to you the problem of phone is ringing but texts are green and this is only applicable on iPhone.

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Why phone is ringing but texts are green?

This occurs if the recipient doesn’t have an active iMessage or probably iMessage is disabled on the recipient phone. Once a sent text message or a message box shows green, it means the message is being sent using the sms text message.

It can be quite confusing when sending a text message to a fellow iPhone user and the message turns green. Before going ahead to explain more on the question being asked on why phone is ringing but texts are green, let me explain what green message means.

What is green text message

Green text message is a type of message called sms text message which requires a sim card and a cellular network service as it uses the cellular network service in sending messages.

For you to be able to send a green text message or probably the sms text message on your iPhone, you must have a texting plan or an airtime depending on how your network service provider works.

Note: The green text message is probably the default text messaging which requires or use the network service.

If you are an iPhone user and wants to send a text message to an android phone user, definitely what you will see will be a green text message. The only time you will see a blue text message is when sending messages to another iPhone user or apple device user.

The blue text message 

The blue text message on the other hand is called iMessage as long as you’re using an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch. Also on Android, there is rcs chat feature which is same as iMessage but only available for Android users. 

On the rcs chat message on Android, the text message is blue in color just like the iMessage.

Now the blue text message you are seeing on your iPhone or Android phone is called an instant messaging service which uses internet connection in sending messages. The blue text message doesn’t necessarily require a sim card or cellular network unless you don’t have an active Wi-Fi around you.

As the blue text message is an instant messaging service, it will indicate when a text message is sent, delivered and read by the recipient and this which is not available on sms or the green text message.

Having explained the green text message and the blue text message, let’s head over to the reasons why   Phone is ringing but texts are green.

1. Sending to a phone number not linked to iMessage

This is the case whereby you sent a message to a fellow iPhone user and instead of it to be blue in color which indicates iMessage, the text turns out to be green in color indicating sms text message.

This will happen when you are sending a text message to a phone number not linked to iMessage or activated with iMessage. In this type of scenerio the person must have used an email address to activated it’s iMessage and not it’s phone number.

In some cases, someone might be using another phone number for it’s iMessage and not the phone number you have with you.

When a fellow iPhone user text message shows green, simply call the person and request for the person’s iMessage contact details as the phone number is not linked with iMessage and that is why sending text messages to the person is green in color.

2. When iMessage is disabled 

This is quite rare to see but it does happen, someone disabling iMessage on it’s iPhone.

Now when the iMessage is disabled on an iPhone, sending messages to the person will be green in color because iMessage is not active and the phone number linked to iMessage or activated with iMessage will be removed from iMessage.

In this type of situation, sending iMessage to the phone number will automatically turn into green until the person enable iMessage same time active iMessage with the phone number you have.

3. Sending messages to an android user 

This is another major reason why messages turn green in color, you are sending messages to an android phone user. As long as the recipient is not using iPhone, iPad, Mac or apple watch, the message will be green in color.

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 why Phone is ringing but texts are green, it is because iMessage is not available on the recipient phone or the phone number you are sending the messages is not linked to iMessage.

Does green text message means blocked?

The answer is no. Green text message doesn’t mean blocked on iPhone but rather the recipient iMessage is not available or the phone number is not linked with iMessage.

Why I’m saying this is because some usually think that when you see that you text message is green in color instead of blue which indicate iMessage, that literally means the recipient has blocked you.

That isn’t the case and not true. 

When you are blocked on iMessage or probably on message app, even green text message will never go through. Now if a fellow  iPhone user  blocks your number or contact on it’s iMessage, the message will still be blue in color but will never get delivered to the very person or the recipient.

So please don’t go about thinking that when blocked on iMessage the message will turn to green as it isn’t the  case. iMessage or message will only turn green when iMessage is not available or disable on the recipient phone, or the phone number you are sending the message to is not linked with iMessage.

What does it mean when your text doesn’t say delivered but phone rings? 

This usually occur when you are blocked on message app but not on the phone app. In some instances the person may not have an active internet connection so as to receive iMessages.

Asking what does it mean when your text doesn’t say delivered but phone rings, I want you to know that there are two things involved and which is the recipient phone not having an active internet connection in the case sending iMessages and the recipient blocking your number.

The recipient blocking your number: If a recipient block your number or contact info on it’s message app, calls will go through but iMessage and sms Tex message won’t get delivered.

However, if the recipient blocks you on both calls and message app, calls and texting  messages will never go through.

No active internet’s connection: This another’s reason why calls go through but messages never get delivered especially in the case of sending iMessage. As iMessage requires internet’s connection, if the recipient phone has no active internet connection iMessage will never get delivered.

These are the main reasons on why text doesn’t say delivered but phone rings.

Can you tell if someone blocked your texts?

Yes you can tell if someone blocked your texts as it won’t show delivered after sending the text message. In the case of iMessage, it must show delivered after you must have sent the text message and which indicates the recipient has received the sent message.

On iPhone, green text message doesn’t show delivered which is hard to know if a recipient received the message or not. However, if after sending some text message on your iPhone and it show’s failed, then that means the sms text message wasn’t delivered.

On android, sms text message must show delivered and If it didn’t show delivered after sending a text message, then it means the recipient is yet to receive the message.

Will the phone ring if im blocked?

A phone will never ring if you have been blocked by the recipient. On iPhone, it will only redirect you voicemail if the recipient has an active voicemail or it will show number busy and the call will end immediately.

On Samsung, it will also redirect you voicemail if the recipient has an active voicemail or it will show number busy and the call will end immediately.

Calls never go through and phone will never ring if blocked on iPhone or android phone.

What happens when you text someone who blocked you? 

When you text someone who blocked you, the message will show sent but will never get delivered to the recipient. There is no need sending text messages to someone that has blocked your number as it is a complete waste of time.

Related Questions 

How can you tell if someone has blocked your number without calling them?

 To tell if someone has blocked your number without calling them, you simply have to send a text message and if doesn’t get delivered on several occasions then it simply means that the person has blocked your number.

Sometimes if someone phone is switched off or completely offline, sent text messages won’t get delivered.

The only app you will tell if someone has blocked your number without calling them or even texting them is on Whatsapp. On whatsapp, the person’s profile picture will be blank and you can’t see the person’s status update.

Other than whatsapp you can’t tell if someone blocked your number without calling or texting the person.

How many times does the phone ring when you are blocked? 

The phone doesn’t ring when you are blocked as it will automatically redirect you to voice mail if available or show number busy.

This is where I draw the curtain on the question of the day, the reason why phone is ringing but texts are green. This occurs if the recipient doesn’t have an active iMessage or probably iMessage is disabled on the recipient phone.