For fffffffff sakes apple! iPhone trying to send iMessage to Android friend

Ebok

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My iPhone thinks my friend has an iPhone and it won’t send texts.

Once it sent, it goes to “delivered” right away but he doesn’t get anything.

My friend does not have an iPhone and hasn’t had one in years. This started a few days ago when I got a replacement device.

I don’t wanna restore again so hopefully someone has a solution. Things I tried:

- told him to unreg his # with apple
- deleted contact
- deleted message thread
- restarted my phone
 

C DM

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https://selfsolve.apple.com/deregister-imessage/

Send him that link to enter his number then confirmation code to force it to deregister iMessage

It’s not your device, it’s not Apple and it’s your friend’s fault for not signing out of iMessage before switching to Android.
Seems like based on what's in the OP that has already been done and the friend hasn't even had an iPhone (and I assume hasn't used iMessage) in years.
 
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danmart

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In the UK at least mobile numbers get recycled after a period of non-use. If your friend has only gotten that number recently it’s possible a different person was receiving iMessages on that number.
 
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cra19j

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I had the same problem texting a friend with a Google Pixel 2 - when I took my iPhone into Apple and showed them, they suggested sending the text again, and the second time it went as an SMS. It had to be sent as a new text, because the first one showed it as iMessage and delivered, even though it never arrived. I haven't had the problem occur again.
 

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https://selfsolve.apple.com/deregister-imessage/

Send him that link to enter his number then confirmation code to force it to deregister iMessage

It’s not your device, it’s not Apple and it’s your friend’s fault for not signing out of iMessage before switching to Android.
Perhaps you should read the whole post.

But thanks for everyone’s suggestions.

This literally happened out of no where
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Did you turn on the option to send as sms when iMessage is unavailable?
It says iMessage is available. It even says delivered but to what device? Who knows
 

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Perhaps you should read the whole post.

But thanks for everyone’s suggestions.

This literally happened out of no where
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It says iMessage is available. It even says delivered but to what device? Who knows
The poster means do you have ‘send as SMS’ on in your message settings.
 

Ebok

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The poster means do you have ‘send as SMS’ on in your message settings.
I do, but that doesn’t mean anything when the message gets sent. Messages show as delivered but he has no iOS or MacOS devices, trying to figure out which device it’s getting delivered to
 
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C DM

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If you turn off iMessage, then send them a text, then turn it on again, maybe that'll work?
That might be wroth a try. Might even be good to delete the existing conversation and start a new one (if possible) in that scenario.
 

DeanLubaki

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Tried it.

It’s not just my phone it’s multiple phones with different numbers doing the same thing.
So if what you're saying is that different people with iPhones are having the same issue, by the laws of obviousness, your friend's phone number is the issue. And as other people said, if it says "Delivered", that means another device is getting the texts because delivered means a device has acknowledged the receipt of the message.
 
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Ebok

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So if what you're saying is that different people with iPhones are having the same issue, by the laws of obviousness, your friend's phone number is the issue. And as other people said, if it says "Delivered", that means another device is getting the texts because delivered means a device has acknowledged the receipt of the message.
Ya I know that but he’s trying to figure out which device that is..

It’s apples fault if he didn’t register his number to a device and it was registered some other way.
 
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