Will text say delivered if phone is off (Android and iPhone)

Sending a text message on a mobile phone, how will I be notified that the sent message has been delivered to the recipient.

The simply answer is you will be notified through the delivery report on your mobile phone. Now this brings us to the question of the day, and that is;

Will text say delivered if phone is off?

The sent text message will never say delivered if the recipient phone is off because the message has not be successfully sent to the recipient. 

This is the very answer I’m giving for the question because there are more you should know about will text say delivered if phone is off android and iphone. It doesn’t just entail the phone being off so therefore the sent text message won’t go through.

There’s more you should know, and let’s proceed to that.

Will text say delivered if phone is off?

The text message will never say delivered if the recipient phone is switched off or the phone is on airplane mode because it is deemed to be offline.

When a mobile phone is switched off, the phone will be offline and same goes to putting a phone in airplane mode.

Now I want to make this very clear especially ios users. Sending a text message or sms message means to use the cellular network in sending the message. This will attract charges from the cellular network or your carrier network.

The case is very much different if you’re using the imessage for ios or the rcs chat feature on android to send the message. These two only requires a Wi-Fi or cellular data plan to work or send a message across.

In this article I’m focusing on using the cellular network or the sms in sending a text message and not the imessage or the rcs chat feature on android.


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To further explain the topic, I will categorize it into two and that is android phones and iphones.

if someone's phone is off will messages say delivered

Will text say delivered if phone is off android?

On android phone, a sent text message will never say or show delivered if the recipient phone is switched off, offline, or has no cellular network service.

For a text message to say delivered on android, the recipient phone must be on and active. Once the phone is on and has a cellular network service, the text message will be delivered to the recipient’s phone.

In most android phones, it will not show delivered by default except if you enabled the delivery report on your android phone.

I do recommend to always enable the delivery report in order to know if a sent message was delivered or not.

Let me show you how to enable delivery report on android messages app using the Google messages app. 

  • Download and install the Google messages app
  • Open the app on your android phone and tap on the hamburger option menu
  • You will see settings and also tap on advanced
  • You will see where it states get sms delivery reports (find out when an sms message is delivered)
  • Enable the feature by toggling on the button

Will text say delivered if phone is off

Once you have enabled get sms delivery reports on your message app, after sending a text message on your android phone you will be notified if the sent message has been delivered or not delivered to the recipient.

SENDING A MESSAGE ON ANDROID 

Mow this is what matters most on this topic of will text say delivered if phone is off android.

First you have to open the google messages app on your android phone, and tap on start conversation.

Locate the recipient contact and type in the message into the message box and hit on the send button or the arrow button that states sms.

If the recipient phone is on, and cellular network is active, you will see delivered below the sent message just like on the picture below;

will text say delivered if phone is off android

If you didn’t see delivered below the sent text message, it simply means the sent message has not been be successful sent and delivered to the recipient phone.

On Samsung phones, if you enable the delivery report on your phone, I will show delivered as a notification on your samsung phone. Again if you press hold on the sent message, and tap on view details, you will see delivered on the message details.

Once again remember that if the recipient phone is switched off, text message will never say delivered on android until the recipient phone is on and has a cellular network service.

Will text say delivered if phone is off iphone?

On iphone, if a recipient phone is switched off, a sent message will never be delivered and it will display not delivered on the sender’s phone.

This is quite different from android and one feature I love about the ios message app.

Mostly you won’t see delivered if the message was sent as sms or send as a text, rather it will show sent. You can only know if the message was delivered when you press hold on the message and view it’s details.

Upon sending a text message or sms message on iphone and it shows not delivered on the message with a help icon, it may be caused by the recipient phone being switched off, offline or on airplane mode, or may be the recipient has blocked your number.

will text say delivered if phone is off iphone

This is all you need to know on will text say delivered if phone is off iphone and android.

As long as a phone is not active, offline or no cellular network service, a text message will never be delivered to the phone.

If someone’s phone is off will messages say delivered?

If someone’s phone is off, messages will never say delivered because they are successfully sent and delivered to the person’s phone number.

This is same with the topic of the day, will text say delivered if phone is off. Text messages or sent messages will say delivered if the recipient phone is on, has a cellular network, and receives the sent message.

Then it will say delivered because the recipient has received the text message on it’s mobile phone.


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This is where I wrap up this topic having provided you with the answer on will text say delivered if phone is off on iphone and android phone. Remember, for a text message to be delivered, the receiving phone must be on with a cellular network service.

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