How to Send as SMS instead of iMessage on iPhone: iOS 12/ iOS 11/ iOS 10/ iOS 9

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Do you want to force Send as SMS instead of iMessage on iPhone? Read inside given a tutorial and get rid of send as SMS not working and much more.

To Send as SMS iPhone Setting is a useful toggle meaning it allows to user Send as SMS instead of iMessage in iOS when iMessage is unavailable.  Sometimes due to bad service area/ out of service or recipient can’t receive iMessage or in other country or carrier which not supported iMessage, then you can force a message to send as text message quickly.

A Blue loading bar at the top will stuck at 80% for 5-10 Minutes, or it will take longer. At that moment’s user don’t have time to wait Furthermore they want to send an urgent message as like emergency then the following guide will help to force a text message instead of iMessage.


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Therefore, the user wants to be able to force send a text message in iOS 12, iOS 11, iOS 10 running iPhone or iPad.

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Guide How to Force a Message to be sent as SMS instead of iMessage

How Send as SMS instead of iMessage on iPhone

How you can force an iMessage to be sent as SMS instead of iMessage.

Step #1. Just long press and hold on your pending iMessage.

Step #2. Now you get a pops up menu screen says “Send as Text Message” appears between Copy and Speak options.

Step #3. Tap on “Send as Text Message”.

You can see the green bubble text instead of blue that means you message sent as a text instead of Apple’s iMessage. Disadvantage – Carrier messaging rate may apply. If you are Post-paid mobile users, then your charge will be added in your next bill cycle.

For prepaid carrier user: instant noticed a cut of money from available balance on your mobile number.  This charge may differ in the country to country.

That’s it!

How to turn on Send as SMS on iPhone

  • Go to Settings app looks like a Gear icon.
  • Find Message
  • Turn toggle ON/Green next Send as SMS.send sms when imessage is unavailable on iPhone, iPad

Send as SMS instead of iMessage not working on your Apple iPhone or iPad

You should apply the following issue resolving ideas.

Turn Off iMessage – Send your Message (Optional) – again go back in settings turn iMessage ON/ Green.

If you unable to get Send as text message option then you should disable Wi-Fi and Cellular data. Then test again.

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