What does delivered mean on iPhone (All you need to know)

It came to my notice there are quite number of persons thar doesn’t know what delivered or read means on an iphone, so I’m here to explain that to you.

This article covers the question of the day, what does delivered mean on iPhone.

In a simple explanation delivered means the message has been successfully sent to a recipient phone, be it on iphone or android phone.

In sending a message or text message, a sender should look for this term delivered as it helps to notify the sender that the recipient has indeed received the message or text message.

Sometimes, a sender may not see the term after sending a message or a text message.

I will be focusing on iphone message delivered and not android though text delivered means the same thing in both android and iPhone.

What does delivered mean on iPhone?

Delivered on iphone means a message or an iMessage has been successfully sent to a recipient phone and the recipient has received the sent message.

If you use the imessage to send a message to someone, definitely you will see delivered below the message unless you disabled the delivery report feature on your Iphone.

I don’t recommend doing such cause it helps to notify a sender that the person you sent the message to has indeed received the message. However, if the person didn’t receive the message, it will never show delivered below the message.

So if you’re trying to understand what does delivered mean on iPhone, it simply means the message you sent has be received by the recipient. And you will only know when it shows delivered below the message just like on the picture below.

what does delivered mean on iPhone

You will also be notified if the recipient has read the message, and you will see read below the message. But sometimes you will not see read below the message especially if the recipient disabled the read receipts on it’s iphone.

Incase you didn’t enable read receipts on your iPhone, below is how you can do it in order to see delivered after sending a message on your iPhone.

Get started by opening the settings app on your iPhone, scroll down to messages and tap to open. Scroll a bit and you will see send read receipts.

If the button is not turned on, kindly toggle on the button to turn on the feature on your iPhone. It’s also important so as to notify a sender that you have read a message sent to you.

So this what delivered mean on iPhone or iPad.


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If an iMessage says delivered is their phone on?

Yes, If an iMessage says delivered after sending a imessage, it simply means their phone is on because they have received the message.

If the phone is not on, definitely the imessage will never show delivered and this implies that the message has not been received by the recipient.

Once you see delivered below the message, you should know the person’s phone is on and the imessage is active at that very moment.

what does delivered mean on iPhone

When an iPhone is off does it say delivered?

Absolutely no, you will not see delivered when you send a message to an iphone that is switched off, you will only see delivered when the phone is on and the message goes through.

This isn’t just applicable to iphone but rather every other mobile phones.

As long as a phone is switched off, the phone becomes inactive and no messages, calls, or any kind will ocuur until the phone is powered on.

The above question relates to the topic of the post on what does delivered mean on iPhone. You can only see delivered when the phone is on, and message successfully sent to the recipient.

iMessage says delivered but blocked

Whenever imessage says delivered, it means the message was successfully sent to the recipient and also received by the recipient, but If recent messages didn’t state delivered it may indicate that you have been blocked.

There’s no way you will be blocked on iphone and the message will still be delivered, it is not possible.

What I have seen is the case whereby a person sent an iMessage or text message to another iphone user and it went through and showed delivered, but subsequent messages never showed delivered.

This implies the recipient immediately blocked the sender after receiving the first messages or text messages on it’s iPhone.

Going back to the topic of the post on what does delivered mean on iPhone which means the recipient has received the message or text message, if you’re blocked on iphone, it will never show delivered.

How to tell if text message was delivered iphone

To know that a text message has been delivered on iphone, simply open the message app, send a message and look below the message to see if you will delivered.

Once you have seen delivered below the text message, it means the sent message has been delivered or received by the recipient.

If you didn’t see delivered, it may be the person’s phone is offline, not reachable or probably you have been blocked by the person. You can’t tell unless you try and use the cellular network to call the person or send the person a message on whatsapp.

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Why imessage is better than send as sms

Imessage is better than send as sms in the sense that a sender will know when a recipient has read a message sent, and imessage is cost effective compared to sms.

With iMessage, you can share your location, see when someone is replying to your sent message, being able to send stickers, animated GIFs, share music, and even send money using Apple Pay, etc.

There are lots of benefits derived from imessage which sms is lacking abundantly.

Remember, imessage requires Wi-Fi or data just like whatsapp or other instant messaging apps, while sms requires a cellular network service in sending a text message.

When iphone message says delivered, kindly know the recipient has received the message on it’s phone.


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Right now you have know what does delivered mean on iPhone, it simply means the recipient has received the message you sent on it’s iPhone.

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