iPhone Force send SMS to user on iMessage?

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by telegix, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. telegix macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Seems force to send SMS to someone who's on iMessage is no longer possible... Any ideas?
  2. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Are you trying this with an iMessage that hasn't been delivered yet?

    What iOS version and what device?
  3. telegix thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Latest 12.2 and indeed, it does show delivered... Probably to some other device which is online not my friend who is roaming in germany somewhere... So I guess that's the issue..
  4. Mayanja macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2017
    It's very annoying iMessage is linked to the sim card, and doesn't use a more flexible system like whatsapp, which allows you to use the same number even if you switch sim cards temporarily.
  5. Minorite macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2018
    What about disabling iMessages in Settings before sending? Also you can try turning off cell data and Wi-Fi, it should send as SMS.
  6. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I really wish we did NOT have to do this.

    I find the ONLY way to force send as SMS without screwing with disabling ... which requires you to RE-Initiate iMessage registration once it turns back on again ... is when you're out of any network connectivity. You send an iMessage which fails and is paused until network connectivity is re-initiated, and before that occurs tap and hold the send icon and you have send as sms ... yet will only work once you of carrier connection ... so initially it'll fail yet hold and then you send and it'll goto SMS.
  7. JokerPower macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2017
    Yes, indeed that’s a problem. I can’t send SMS if the cellular/WiFi connectivity is poor.. disabling iMessage is the solution
  8. George Knighton macrumors 65816

    George Knighton

    Oct 13, 2010
    Can we not send an iMessage as an iCloud user instead of a phone number user?
  9. Mayanja macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2017
    Yes, but you can't keep them linked unless your sim remains active. And once a thread starts with a phone number, you can't switch. So if someone starts a conversation on your phone number, and you swap sims, those messages will stop coming. Unless you send them another message first from your iCloud account.

    It's incredibly clumsy.

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