Why are iMessages sometimes green and sometimes blue?

With the help of Apple’s internal “Messages” app, iPhone users can send texts. Some messages are blue and others are green. atechbook explains the meaning behind the colors.

If you send text messages on your iPhone, you know it: Sometimes the messages are blue, other times the speech bubble is green. But what exactly does a green or a blue iMessage mean? This play of colors is not a coincidence, because there is a simple explanation.

Is a green message an SMS or an iMessage?

The answer: If the speech bubble is green, iPhone users have written an SMS or MMS. This can have various reasons, such as a lack of Internet connection or the recipient’s device is not compatible with Apple’s messaging app. It is important to note that these green messages are not so-called iMessages.

If the speech bubble is green, it is an SMS or MMS.
If the speech bubble is green, it is an SMS or MMS.
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If the speech bubble is not green but blue, users have written and sent an iMessage. This sends texts, photos and videos to iOS devices or Mac computers via an Internet connection. The special feature: Your messages are always encrypted. This is not the case with classic SMS or MMS. Messages are sent on the iPhone as iMessage if the addressee of the message also has an iOS device. If this is not the case, because the contact uses an Android smartphone, for example, the iPhone automatically switches to normal SMS mode.

If the speech bubble is blue, the message is sent via iMessage.
If the speech bubble is blue, the message is sent via iMessage.
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Does an iMessage cost money?

If you don’t have a flat SMS rate, you pay a few cents for every green text message. So it can be worthwhile to save the money and write messages on the smartphone via iMessage. If you only want to send green text messages sends iMessages instead of blue ones, we recommend communicating with these contacts via the messenger WhatsApp.

How to turn off iMessage and receive only green messages.

If you do not want to send messages to your contacts as blue iMessage, but rather as green SMS, you can deactivate the function. The advantage: In this case, you can send the messages even without an Internet connection. Under the menu item “Settings” you will find the option “Messages”. There you can deactivate iMessage.

In the settings you can deactivate iMessage to send only SMS.
In your iPhone’s settings, you can disable iMessage to only send text messages.
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Debate: Exclusive iMessage feature excludes Android users

The different color scheme has already caused heated debate in the past. The problem: Only Apple users can use iMessage to its full extent, while Android users can only send SMS or MMS, and without a flat rate they pay money for each green text message. have to pay. In addition, Android users face the challenge of not having the same ability to participate in conversations in group chats, as the FaceTime app for video calls, for example, is not compatible with Android devices.

As a result, users of other smartphones are at a disadvantage when using Apple’s messaging app. In the U.S., the discussion even got to the point where teenage Android users were bullied by their Apple-using peers because of their green iMessages. The problem of incompatibility could be eliminated, and the solution already exists: “iMessage should not benefit from bullying. Texting should bring us together, and the solution exists. Let’s fix this as one industry,” Android announced via Twitter.

Android urged Apple to take the situation seriously and find a solution. In doing so, Apple does not necessarily have to make iMessage available to all smartphone users. Instead, Apple should allow services in iMessage that allow non-Apple owners to participate in chats on the same terms. “We’re not asking Apple to make iMessage available on Android. We’re asking Apple to support the industry standard for modern messaging (RCS) in iMessage, just as they support the older SMS / MMS standards,” tweeted Google senior vice president Hiroshi Lockheimer.


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