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Why does my text say SMS: Here’s why

Last Updated on December 13, 2021 by Kennedy

Sending a message on your iPhone and what you saw is send as sms and which is green in color insteas of blue color, and this really got you confused.

The question of why does my text say SMS is very common on iphone compared to android, and new users always get confused as to why this happened.

You are at the right place as I will explain what sms means and why you are seeing your text as sms after sending a message on your iPhone and even on android phone.

Why does my text say SMS?

Text that says sms means the message or text was sent using the cellular network service instead of Wi-Fi or cellular data in the case of instant service. 

On iphone, there are two options to send a message and which includes Send as sms and Send as imessage.

If you enable the two options on your iPhone, you will likely send a message using the imessage unless you don’t have a working Wi-Fi or data on your iPhone the message will be sent as sms.

Again if the recipient doesn’t have an iPhone or ios device, but rather an android phone or a feature phone, the message will also be sent as sms or text message on your iPhone and the message will be green in color instead of blue which indicates the message was sent using the imessage.

This is what you should know while asking why does my text say SMS.

Your text that says sms means that the message was sent using the sms feature which involves using the cellular network service in sending the message instead of the imessage which involves using Wi-Fi or cellular data in sending a message on your iPhone.


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What you should know sending message on iphone

If you are new to iPhone, there things to know while sending a message on your iPhone and they are as follows;

Why does my text say SMS

The Imessage

This involves using the instant service in sending a message on your iPhone and which uses the Wi-Fi or cellular data. Even if you don’t have a cellular service on your iPhone, you can still send an imessage as long as you have a working Wi-Fi available.

If you use the imessage to send a message on your iPhone, it will show blue color and will notify you when the message is delivered to the recipient and when the recipient has read the message.

For you to send an imessage, you must enable it on your iPhone else you can’t send an imessage.

To get started;

  • Open the settings app and scroll down to messages.
  • Tap on messages and on the next screen you will see iMessage and make sure you have enabled it on your iPhone if not enable it by toggling on the button.
  • As long as the the slider button is green, you have enabled the imessage on your iPhone.

Now you are set to send an imessage on your iPhone as long as you have a working Wi-Fi or cellular data. But remember, if the recipient is not an ios user, the message will be send to the as sms and that is why you are asking why does my text say SMS.

The imessage works similar to whatsapp though you can’t do a voice call or video call using the imessage but you send high quality pictures and videos. Using the imessage to send a message you will know when the message has been delivered to the recipient and when the recipient has read the message.

This is just like whatsapp, telegram and Co.

Send as sms

This is the second option you will see on your message app on iphone, send as sms when imessage is unavailable.

Thie involves using the cellular network service or normal message to send a text message on your iPhone. It attracts airtime, texting plans, or phone bill from your network service and you must have a working network service on your iPhone in in order to send as sms on your iPhone.

To use this option to send a message on your iPhone, you must first enable it especially if you have android and feature phone users that you will be sending text messages.

To get started;

  • Open the settings app and scroll down to messages.
  • Tap to open messages and scroll down a bit and you will see send as sms and make sure you have it enabled on your iPhone.
  • Kindly slide the button and it will turn green, this means you have enabled send as sms on your iPhone

If you don’t want to use the imessage in sending a message or probably the recipient is an android or a feature phone user, you can seamlessly use the sms feature in sending the text message.

Kindly open the message app, select the recipient contact and enter the body of the message.

On the send button, press hold it and you will see send as sms. Tap on it and it will send the message as a text message instead of the imessage. This also answers the question of the day, why does my text say SMS.


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Don’t want to send message as send as sms

Going back to the question of why does my text say SMS, I can figure it out that you don’t want your message to be sent as sms but rather as an imessage, and this is what you need to do.

  • Disable the send as sms: As long as you have send as sms enabled on your iPhone, it will be sending messages as sms when imessage is unavailable on your iPhone. So you can have that disabled though I don’t recommend doing such unless you don’t have android phone users on your contact list
  • Always make sure that you have a working Wi-Fi available on your iPhone or a cellular data else you can’t send a message using the imessage.

These are what you need to do in order to prevent your messages being sent as text message or sms.

But always remember to make sure that your iMessage is always available and you wouldn’t bother asking why does my text say SMS unless you are sending a message to an android phone or a feature phone user.

Is SMS a normal text message?

Yes indeed, sms is the normal text message which uses the cellular network service in sending text messages instead of instant services which uses Wi-Fi or data.

When you see or hear sms, it simply means the default message or normal message on your mobile phone which requires a sim card and network service.

Related Questions

How do I get rid of SMS messaging?

To get rid of sms messaging on iphone, you have to open the settings app and scroll down to messages and tap to open. Scroll down a bit and you will see send as sms, make sure to have that disabled and you are good to go.

But remember if you disable send as sms on your iPhone, you can’t send a text message t android phone users on your contact list.

Do you get charged for SMS text messages?

Yes of course you will be charged for sms text messages from your network service provider because you are using the cellular network service in sending the text messages.

Conclusion

Having provided with the answer as to why does my text say SMS, I do hope you are very much satisfied with the answers provided in this article.