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How to tell if someone’s phone is off when texting? Explained

Last Updated on May 28, 2022 by Kennedy

Trying to figure out if a recipient phone is switched off while sending a message, it quite difficult but there’s a way you will know. It very much easy on both android phones and iphones.

Texting involves both sms and instant messaging services like the imessage, whatsapp, Skype and other instant messaging apps. All these I will cover in this article of how to tell if someone’s phone is off when texting on your mobile phone.

Some will say it is difficult to tell or to know if the recipient phone is switched off, but I have a way to know without bothering to call the recipient phone.

Now let’s proceed to that.

How to tell if someone’s phone is off when texting

To tell if someone’s phone is off when texting, if the sent message doesn’t show delivered after sending the message, it is a strong indication that the recipient phone is switched off. 

When you say texting, it can come in different ways and which includes sms, imessage, whatsapp, etc. To properly answer the question of how to tell if someone’s phone is off when texting, I will explain it based on the different ways of texting.

1. Using sms to text

It’s so easy to know if someone’s phone is on or switched off while texting using the phone default sms text message is pretty much simple.

First you can simply send hello or probably send the text message and watch if it will be delivered to the recipient.

If after sending the text message it shows sent but you didn’t see delivered below or beside the sent text message, it means the recipient haven’t received the message on it’s mobile phone.

This can be caused by the recipient phone being switched off, the phone is offline or no network service. But mostly it does happen if the recipient phone is switched off.

However, if after sending a text message and it shows delivered below or beside the sent message, then it means the recipient has received the sent message on it’s mobile phone.

how to tell if someone's phone is off when texting

This is how to tell if someone’s phone is off when texting using the sms, if the message doesn’t show delivered after sending the text message, then you should know that the recipient phone is switched off.

The above example is very much easy on android phone compared to iphone especially when it comes to iPhone green text message.

Now let me explain this for the iPhone users. 

How to tell if someone’s phone is off when texting on iPhone

To tell if someone’s phone is off when texting on iPhone, after sending an IMessage see if it will say delivered and if it doesnt then it simply means the recipient iPhone is switched off. 

This is a lot easier on iMessage compared to the green sms text message on iPhone. 

2. Using the imessage

Imessage being an instant messaging service offers two options for you, knowing when the recipient has received the sent message by showing delivered, and knowing when the recipient has read the sent message.

Now if you send an imessage to a person in your contact list and it didn’t show delivered after sending the message, it is a strong indication that the recipient phone is switched off unless the person’s imessage is not available or the person disabled the read receipts on it’s imessage.

how to tell if someone's iphone is off when texting

The above picture is a typical example of sending an imessage to a recipient whose phone and imessage is available, it will show delivered after you have sent the message to the recipient.

To tell if someone’s phone is off when texting on your iPhone using the imessage, if the sent message doesn’t show delivered then it is a strong indication that the recipient phone is switched off unless in the case where the imessage is unavailable.

Remember, if someone blocked you on imessage it will never show delivered and please don’t confuse it with when someone’s phone is switched off and the imessage not going through. 

The green text message on iPhone

It is quite difficult to tell if someone phone is switched off while sending a green sms text message on iPhone as it doesn’t show delivered after the message has successfully been sent and received in the recipient iPhone. 

To confirm what I’m saying, I ran a test ony two iphones by switching off one of the phones. I had to use android phone to send a green text message on the two iPhones and the text message was sent. 

For the fact that green text message on iPhone doesn’t say delivered after sending a message, it is quite difficult to know if the recipient phone is switched off or not. So for this part I’m sorry you can never tell if someone’s phone is off when texting on iPhone for sms green text message. 


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3. By using whatsapp

WhatsApp is another means of texting though it is majorly called chatting, very similar to the iMessage aside from the video and voice call feature.

The truth is that they are all instant messaging apps and services. 

It is quite difficult to tell if someone’s phone is off when texting with WhatsApp especially if the recipient isn’t using internet at the very moment you are texting. But what you have to do is to send your message and watch if it will show two marks, and if it does then it means the recipient phone is on and active.

If it didn’t show two marks but rather one, it means the recipient whatsapp isn’t available or I will say the recipient phone is switched off.

In some cases where by the recipient disabled the read receipts on it’s whatsapp messenger, to tell if someone’s phone is off when texting using whatsapp, first send a voice note and watch if it will show two marks.

If it does then it means the recipient phone and whatsapp is available and you can go ahead with the texting. However, if it didn’t and after a long time, it is a strong indication that the recipient phone is switched off or not available.

So this is how tell if someone’s phone is off when texting on iPhone for whatsapp messenger. 


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If my iPhone is off will I receive text messages

You can’t receive text messages if your iPhone is switched off unless you synchronize your iPhone with an apple watch, then you can receive the text messages right from the apple watch.

However, this is pretty much possible for iMessages than sms text messages on the Apple watch. 

But first you need to ask yourself this question, can you play games on your iPhone if it is switched off?

With the answer you have you can attain how possible it will be to receive a text message when your iPhone is switched off. We’ll that is pretty much possible if you have the Apple watch and text messages will be shown on your Apple watch or you will be notified of the received text messages.

But if you don’t have the Apple watch or a Mac, then forget about cause you can’t receive any text messages which your iPhone is switched off.

What do texts look like when someone’s phone is off

When someone’s phone is off, you won’t see delivered after sending a text message on both iPhone and android phone. 

Below is a typical example of how text will look when someone’s phone is off while texting to the person.

What do texts look like when someone's phone is off

The above picture is an iMessage message and if you look closely you will see that the sent text messages never shoe delivered and which literally means the recipient iPhone is switched off or probably the sender has been blocked by the recipient. 

Or maybe the recipient phone is offline and which can also be seen as switched off. 

Related Question

How to tell if someone’s iphone is off when texting?

To tell if someone’s iphone is off when texting, kindly use the imessage in sending the message and if after sending the message it didn’t show delivered, it is a strong indication that the recipient phone is switched off.

Even though it is quite difficult to tell if someone’s phone is off when texting, using the listed tips will let you know on when the recipient phone is switched or active while texting on your mobile phone.