How do i switch between text message and imessage (A-How-to Guide)

Using the imessage to send a message may seem lot better compared to using the sms to send a text message on an iphone, but you may find yourself in a situation whereby you will require to send a message using the cellular sms.

This brings about this post.

How do i switch between text message and imessage?

To switch between text message and imessage on iphone or iPad, you have to switch off the imessage, enable send as sms and send the message as text message. 

It doesn’t end here, let’s move further into ways which you can seamlessly switch between text message and imessage on iphone or iPad.

Now let’s jump in.

How do i switch between text message and imessage?

To switch between text message and imessage, open the messages app, tap and open a conversation, kindly type in the message and click on the send button. Press hold on the sent message and click on send as text message.

how do i switch between text message and imessage

This is how to switch between text message and imessage on iphone and iPad.

If you don’t fancy sending the message by first using the imessage before sending it as a sent as text message, you should disable imessage and enable send as sms on your iPhone or iPad. Upon sending the message, it will be as sent as text message which is in green color and not in blue color.

Below is how to disable imessage on iphone and iPad.

  • Open the settings app on your phone.
  • Scroll down to messages and tap to open.
  • Look closely you will see where it states send as sms. 
  • Kindly enable the feature by toggling on the button.
  • Still on the screen you will see imessage, this time you have to turn off the imessage by toggling on the button.

That’s it. You have successfully enabled send as sms on your iPhone and you can seamlessly send a text message by simply using the sms feature which involves the cellular network service.

However, the best guide on how do i switch between text message and imessage is to by enabling both imessage and sends as sms on your iPhone or iPad. Upon sending a message you have to send it as an iMessage and then press hold on the message and you will see sent as text message, tap on it and the message will be sent as text message.

All these is how to switch between text message and imessage on iphone and iPad.


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How to switch from sms to imessage

To switch from sms to imessage, you have to open the settings app, scroll down to messages and tap to open, you will see sends as sms and kindly turn off the feature.

Once you have done that, you can’t send a text message on on your iPhone, but will only send an iMessage.

how to switch from imessage to sms on iphone

Another way to switch from sms to imessage is by first sending the message as a text message, press hold on the message and you will see an option to send as an iMessage.

All in all remember to enable the imessage on your iPhone to be able to switch to imessage from text.

How to switch from imessage to sms on iphone requires you to enable sends as sms on your iPhone or iPad, upon sending the message, press hold on the sent message and tap on sent as text message.

Reasons to switch between text message and imessage

The major reason to switch between text message and imessage is when sending a message to a non iphone user like android or feature phone.

You cannot send an iMessage to an android phone user and a feature phone user. To send a message to an android phone user or feature phone user, you must enable send as sms on your iPhone and iPad.

The second reason to switch between text message and imessage is when there’s no internet connection on iphone and iPad.

Imessage works with internet connection so if there’s no internet connection on your iPhone or iPad, you must use the sms feature to send a message. Even if you’re having a poor internet connection, you may find it hard time using the imessage to send a message on your iPhone and iPad.

Imessage vs SMS which is better?

For me imessage is way better though you cannot send an iMessage to a non apple user like the android phone or feature phone.

With imessage, you can send files, documents, audio files, videos and pictures in high quality, know when someone is typing to you, know when someone has read your sent message, etc

All these requires the internet connection.

All these you cannot get when using the cellular sms to send a text message.

To send a text message using the sms, you must have a texting plan or by simply the cellular airtime, and which may be costly especially if you’re sending an mms or picture.

That is to say using the imessage to send a message is very cost effective compared to using the cellular sms in sending a text message.

If the recipient is an iphone user, kindly use the imessage in sending the message unless you don’t have a Wi-Fi or a cellular data. If the recipient is an android phone user or any other phone, you don’t have a choice but to use the sms in sending the text message.


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With all these, you have seen it all on how do i switch between text message and imessage  on iphone and iPad in a seamlessly way without stress or difficulty.

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