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Why are some txt messages blue and some are green for my iPhone 4S?

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Some of your messages are green because those are text messages sent through SMS while others are blue because they have been sent through iMessage. If there is no internet connection to use it will fall back to SMS instead of iMessage.

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So basically it will be green for txt and blue for iMessage. Ugh ridiculous. I like the blue color better-I have person that it is iMessage. I suppose she is set up and others are not. From what read it seems pointless unless someone else has it.
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Clairedrom has best explanation. Wikipedia says iMessage will change SMS seemlessly however, working in Prudhoe Bay AK, some of my texts to wife are blue, but some are green depending on whether the crummy wi-fi signal or crummy cell tower connection is stronger. We both have up to date iphones.
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you can switch it from normal to blue and green. you are lucky to have an iPhone 4S.

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How can I switch from green to blue? Cause last person said green is text MSG and blue is for imsg.
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People you text in Blue have the iPhone 4s or the iPhone 4 with the new upgrade

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not true. Some texts are blue and some are green to the same person in the same conversation.
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I have never had blue and green in the same conversation, one or the other.
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I just had both in the same conversation because he was traveling and entered a weak signal area.
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Blue means you are tx'n someone with a iPhone. Green means you are tx'n other cell phones. Now that apple made it free to tx from one apple to another it comes up blue. Also if you notice in setting you can see now when the other iPhone user is tx'n back and when they read the message.

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How can I see when someone is answering my text. Are you talking about "Send Read Receipts"?
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It's an actually bubble with three periods in it. But that's only in iMessage which is between iPhone 4 and up users. I checked it out n changed my settings. :)
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I text lots of people with IPhones, some are blue some are green.
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My iPhone 4s switches the text color from blue to green and it is being sent to the same person who also has an iPhone 4s. Sometimes it says " delivered" after a blue text and then it says " sent as a text message" when the text is green! Who knows!?!?
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I text someone in blue who has an iphone then when i look back at those messages to the same person with an iphone some are green ansd some are blue so it has nothing to do with if they have an iphone or not this still is not answering the question
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this answer doesn't explain why, sometimes when I send a text to another iphone, the message appears green.
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iMessage allows you to send unlimited text, photos, videos, locations, and contacts using Wi-Fi or 3G* from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to other iOS 5 users. For more information on how to use iMessage, see the user guide for your iOS device.
A valid Apple ID is required to use iMessage on iPad and iPod touch. A valid phone number or Apple ID is required to use iMessage on iPhone.
Note: On iPhone, if iMessage is unavailable, the message may be sent as SMS or MMS, depending on content. Carrier messaging rates may apply. You can turn this on or off in iPhone at Settings > Messages > Send As SMS. Messages sent using iMessage will appear in a light blue bubble, while messages sent using SMS or MMS will appear in a green bubble.

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you don't like it? give ur handset to me, question resolved

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i have a iPhone 4s it use to send imessages but now it send them in green to my mate that also has a iPhone 4s, i don't know whats happened or changes this,
anyone know?

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I have the same issue. It came out of the blue just recently. iMessage communication has failed and all my messages to another iPhone 4 are now being sent as SMS texts! What gives?
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Sorry, this link has a better answer (FYI, I can get some blue or green to same user (obviously same phone)) http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-blue-and-green-messages-on-the-iPhone-in-iOS-5-0-1

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After my texts were changing from blue to green during one conversation I went to settings and turned off SMS. That put it right and I can also still send texts to other phones which are green

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how do you turn off SMS?
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Basically, if your data is turned off and you are not in a wifi area, your messages will be delivered green...regular text message. You need to have an internet connection to take advantage of the imessage function.... blue messages.

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blue means iMessages was used meaning its free unlimited messages because both parties are iPhone users and you both are 'unlimited data' or using wi-fi... by green means regular paid Text Message was used since the other end is Not Unli data or not in wi-fi zone or simply is not an iPhone user... be thankful if all your SMS are blue that means you'll never be charged since its unlimited free text offered to all iPhone users.

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Hi, if you go into settings, click on the messages icon, then ensure iMessage is in the on position. This then ensures that if you are sending a text to someone who has enabled iMessages, it will be sent as an Imessage. This is for iPhone 5, but would think its the same for iPhone 4 and 4s as well

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this helped me get my blue messages back. thanks! I have iPhone 5 and was connected to the internet and texting someone else with the iPhone 5 and they were all green messages until i turned on iMessage.
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Some of these answers make no sense at all because I text my daughter (who yes, also has an iPhone), but occasionally a text or two will show green. Mostly they are blue.

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When they are green one of you are not hooked up to WI FI
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That's what an apple store told me
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if someone you are texting has an Apple Product they will turn green for iPhones. for an ipod all of your iMessages will be turned blue, and only blue.

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Texts in a green balloon are SMS, while those in a blue one are iMessage. Both parties have to be be on iOS 5 to use it. However, they also have to have an active data connection for it to work. It is possible that one of you may lose a connection and the message will go through as an SMS. One way to prevent this is to turn off, Send as SMS in the iMessage settings.

BTW: share one article about how to recover iPhone text messages
http://iphone-ipad-ipod-data-recovery.blogspot.com/2013/05/iPhone-sms-recovery.html

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I'm getting ripped off then, for having an iphone4. All my messages are blue by default and they don't get delivered. I have to press and hold each blue message to select 'Send as text message' and then it goes green. Every frkn message!! Going into settings is just a frustrating disappointment because it's an ancient iphone4. What a jip!!

Thanks for nothing apple!!

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I have the same problem. My green texts go through right away, my blue texts always fail to send!!!! WTF? Dumb! The ONLY thing I like about my iPhone is the camera. Want a Galaxy!!!!
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By the way - my plan is unlimited everything - so I don't care how my messages send, I just want them to send!
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Go to settings>messages>Send as SMS and turn it on. (Green) this will fix it! I struggled for days until I figured it out. I wish they would give a manual with the damn phones so we could just look up what we need to know.

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I don't have an answer-just more questions. Why are the green messages not being sent while the blue ones go right through

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When they are green one of you are not hooked up to WI FI
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Of course: when you are manly its blue. If you get defensive or girlie it turns green. check it!

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As far as I am concerned, some of your messages are green because those are text messages sent through SMS while others are blue because they have been sent through iMessage. If there is no internet connection to use it will fall back to SMS instead of iMessage.
There is no need to worry about it, but if you have lost some of your messages and want to recover them, you can have a try of: http://tiny.cc/g145cx

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