How to Send a Text Message instead of iMessage iOS 16.1.1

Last Updated on May 17, 2022

Enable the Settings and Give permission iMessage that Force Send as SMS When iMessage is unavailable. Also not that Carrier Messaging rates may apply. The setting is a useful toggle meaning it allows the 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 be stuck at 80% for 5-10 minutes, or it will take longer. At that moment users 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.

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

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Follow these trick if you send all iMessage as Text for all time or Quickly Force send iMessage as Text if it is not delivered any time. and Showing Error with a Red Exclamation mark next to iMessage.

How to Turn on Send As SMS on iPhone

  • Go to Settings app looks like a Gear icon on the iPhone home screen.
  • Find Message
  • Turn toggle ON/Green next Send as SMS. Some iPhone users Keep this option disabled. So we can manually force send as a Text message. See method 2 steps.

send sms when imessage is unavailable on iPhone, iPad

Method 2: 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. [Not Delivered because of iMessage issues – Not Activated on your iPhone or On Another Device]

Send as text Message on iPhone

Send as Text Message on iPhone

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 which means your message sent as a text instead of Apple’s iMessage. Disadvantage – The carrier messaging rate may apply. If you are Post-paid mobile users, then your charge will be added to your next bill cycle.

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

That’s it!

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

Some iOS device users can’t get affected quickly after enabling Send as SMS option, So They neither send iMessage nor simple text message, I would like to recommend To follow the below point, and check it is okay.

You should apply the following issue-resolving ideas.

  1. Enable MMS For sending a Picture as an SMS on iPhone, “Cannot Send Messages” MMS messaging needs to be enabled to send this message. when iMessage is not available. Some Carrier doesn’t provide an MMS Messaging facility so those users can’t get the Settings over here. go to the Settings > Messages > MMS Messaging enable.

    Picture Cannot Send as Message on iPhone SMS

    Picture Cannot Send as Message on iPhone SMS

  2. You have not Enough Balance to Send a Text message that your Carrier charged for single SMS. or Some Carrier company provides Free text SMS but Limits per day are exceeded.
  3. Poor Carrier signal.
  4. Refresh the Network settings by turn on Airplane mode under the settings and turn off Airplane mode. Go to the Settings > Airplane Mode > Enable and Disable it. You can also hard reboot your device.
  5. Turn Off iMessage – Send your Message (Optional) – again go back in settings turn iMessage ON/ Green.
  6. If you are unable to get Send as text message option then you should disable Wi-Fi and Cellular data. Then test again.
  7. For this time any of the solutions not helpful, You have to give some time to activate Send as SMS service to Apple and Carrier company as well. so Use Social media Text Messaging app that uses Wifi or mobile data.

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