What is iMessage?

iMessage is Apple's instant messaging service available on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. iMessage may be found in your iPhone's default messaging app. This programme can send both iMessages and SMS messages. Text messages are green, whereas iMessages are blue.

If there is no accessible data network, conversations to other iPhones will be sent as SMS text messages, and unless you have a messaging package, your carrier will charge you.


What is an SMS Message?

SMS, or Short Messaging Service text message, was the name given to this form of transmission. Sending SMS texts was cumbersome back then since it required the tedious job of entering letters on a numeric keyboard. Then came cellphones with touchscreen keyboards, and texting rapidly became the dominant mode of communication. Smartphones also transmit data, allowing us to connect to the Internet via cellular networks. As a result, we were able to exchange more photographs, videos, and other material in our text messages, making them even more important.

SMS Message

What is the distinction between an iMessage and a text message?

You can use your iPhone's Messages app to send texts or photos to your contacts in both of these methods. On the other hand, iMessages and text messages are not the same things.

iMessages are in blue.

Because of the colour coding, it's easy to recognise the difference between an iMessage and a text message.

Let's begin with the most obvious. iMessages display in blue bubbles on your iPhone, whereas text messages appear in green bubbles.

This is done, however, just to help you distinguish between them.

iMessages use the Internet

The biggest difference between iMessages and text messages is how data is transferred. Text messages are sent across your phone's connection, which bounces around from tower to tower. iMessages, on the other hand, use the Internet to send and receive data.

To send an iMessage, you'll need WiFi or cellular data. You may, however, send a text message from any mobile reception.

iMessages are free while connected to WiFi, but they consume your data allotment otherwise. And SMS messages are constantly deducted from your phone contract quota. Although most contracts now provide unlimited texting.

WiFi is available at home, at work, and on the train, with 3G, 4G, and 5G filling in the gaps. That implies we can nearly always use our iPhone to send an iMessage by connecting it to the Internet.

Despite this, there are still locations with poor cellphone data coverage and no WiFi.

You can't send or receive iMessages in these locations, however, if you have any phone coverage, you may send an SMS.

iMessages are only available to Apple users.

Only Apple smartphones are capable of sending and receiving iMessage. 

On the plus side, there's no need to do anything unusual when sending a message to someone who doesn't possess an Apple product. If you often use the Messages app, your iPhone will instead send a text message.

Disable and re-enable iMessage

iMessage is not activated by default on an iPhone, but you have the choice to enable it when you initially set up the phone.

  • Navigate to Settings and then to Messages.
  • Toggle the iMessage option in the Messages settings. 

Disabling Deliver Quietly in iMessage

Managing message alerts might be challenging. You want to get iMessage notifications but don't want to be bothered by irritating spam texts. Many people end up selecting to send alerts silently for messages in the hopes of being rid of the notifications for spam messages, only to discover later that it also silences all notifications, including your iMessage.

To turn off deliver silently for iMessage, keep in mind that the notification settings apply to the whole app. As a result, you'll have to disable silent delivery for all your mails.

  • From the notification centre or your iPhone settings, you may disable deliver softly and revert to prominent notifications.
  • If you presently see a notice for the Messages app on your notification centre, consider yourself lucky! You may quickly disable 'deliver silently.' Swipe left on the notice to dismiss it.
  • On the right, a few alternatives will display. Select the 'Manage' option.
  • A 'Manage alerts' pop-up will display. If your notification is configured to deliver silently, you'll notice a 'Deliver Prominently' option; touch on it. Deliver Quietly will be disabled, and you will resume getting alerts as usual.
  • Choose 'Notifications' from the 'Settings' app.
  • Scroll down the list until you locate 'Messages.' To open it, tap on it.
  • Enable notifications for the 'Lock Screen' and 'Banners' in this section.
  • Then, select the 'Sounds' option. Choose an alert tone for the notice from the selection that is 'None.'
  • Return to the previous screen and toggle the 'Badges' toggle to return to the standard notifications.
  • After you disable 'Deliver Quietly' for all of your communications, including iMessage, the notifications will revert to normal.