iMessages not automatcally sending as texts

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Bugeyeblue, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Bugeyeblue macrumors 6502a

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    Ever since I installed ios 7 on my Verizon iphone 5, when an iMessage doesn't go through, it just keeps trying to send as an iMessage instead of converting to a text message after a minute or two. I have to go back to all my messages and make sure they've been sent, or long press on which ever one hasn't been sent, and select the "send as text" option. And yes, I have the option checked already for iMessages to deliver as text messages as needed in settings.
     
  2. Fontane macrumors regular

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    Not sure why your imessage is not sending as texts, but somewhat related to your issue, I had a problem with imessage not sending my messages at all. I went into Settings>General and reset the network settings. That fixed it.

    Maybe your imessage is having the same issue as mine? Try resetting network settings.
     
  3. Steviejobz macrumors 68000

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    Actually happy that it doesn't use text as default. Used to seem so arbitrary when it would do that. Rather I be given the option.
     
  4. Kelcoshows macrumors newbie

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    Are any of your messages successfully going as iMessages? Noticed today that I had iMessages 'stuck' since Saturday. After testing, found that all my iMessages were getting stuck like this. Turned phone off and on and all ok after.
     
  5. davidra macrumors 6502

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    Same here. iMessages to one person in particular who is on Sprint (I'm on Verizon) are not going through intermittently but when I reboot the phone they go through. Could this be a Verizon network issue?
     
  6. rotlex macrumors 6502a

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    Jumping in here to follow. I'm seeing the same issue, ATT phone. iMessage keeps doing it to. I'll go to send a message, think it went etc., then look later in it is stuck in "sending". The only way to get things back appears to be a reboot of the phone. Happened more than once now.
     
  7. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    There's an option to disable that if you want to.
     
  8. Parise macrumors 6502a

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    It's happening on sprint as well. This has been going on since last week and it's becoming quite annoying.
     
  9. Bugeyeblue thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll post back again after I try using iMessage again today. Seems to be still having the same problem this morning unless I turn off my phone and turn it back on again.

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    Me too, but if it never says anything, you get no notification, and it just keeps "sending", it's going to kill the battery and you (or I) won't know why.

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    I'll give that a try. Thanks.
     
  10. CorbinDallas macrumors member

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    By default, sending as SMS is not selected in IOS 7. To enable this go into settings>messages>send as SMS. This will send messages as regular SMS messages when imessage isn't available.
     
  11. palmerc2 macrumors 65816

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    This.

    This is how I had it set in iOS 6, but in iOS 7 reverted to not send as SMS when iMessage isn't available.
     
  12. Bugeyeblue thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I posted in my originally post that I already had it set up that way. Thanks for the input though. I'm sure it'll help someone reading this.
     
  13. ttinc macrumors regular

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    I turned that feature off and told my friend in Brazil to turn it off as well after a slew of iMessages turned into texts that ended up charging both of us.
     
  14. CorbinDallas macrumors member

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    Sorry about that, not sure how I missed it.
     
  15. AppleCore77 macrumors member

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    I've been having problems with iMessages all weekend. And like others, even with the setting set as "send as SMS" it doesn't send it that way unless I hold the individual message and tap "send as text".
     
  16. aDRock1154 macrumors 65816

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    I've noticed the same problem, too. I have it set to send as a text if iMessage is unavailable. I also noticed that it takes forever to send as a text and I can hear the "sent" sound with my screen off like a minute or two later.
     
  17. Bugeyeblue thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Using Verizon in NC here. Started having issues yesterday, turned off my iPhone 5 and turned on again, then had to tell Messages to try again. I t never fell back to SMS even though I had the option turned on. I just did the reset network thing, so we'll see if it helps. Fingers crossed.
     
  19. Bugeyeblue thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I did the network reset and it helped for about a day. Started to be unreliable again today. Turned the phone off and on and it works. I don't know what's causing it to stop working and then start again.
     
  20. dmrowley macrumors 6502

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    Yep, me too. Had to turn it off and back on again today. Feels like an episode of The IT Crowd..
     
  21. Bugeyeblue thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My next idea is to restart the phone once a day whenever I put it on the charger, probably in the morning.
     
  22. Nebulance macrumors 6502

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    I haven't tried the network settings reset, but restarting the phone yields the same result -- works for about a day, then I'll have to do it again.
     
  23. Max(IT) Suspended

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    This is clearly a problem of iOS 7 and it's not operator related ...

    Sometimes I need to restart my iPhone (and my iPad also) to have iMessage works again.
    Reset network settings works just for a couple days so I think it's not different than a reboot ...

    I hope they'll fix this problem in a shot time, btw be sure to give apple a feedback on this via their site.
     
  24. srharris22 macrumors member

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    Now I am not receiving texts, iMessages

    So I've struggled with this for over a week now. Was happy to see Apple announce they are aware if the issue on Tuesday. I have found all options such as turn phone off /on and reset network will work for maybe a day. But starting 2 days I go I realized I was now not receiving texts/iMessages. My wife had been texting but I never got them and I had an iMessage on my iMac that never came through.
    I have tried to turn off iMessage but still not receiving texts.
    I have since decided to go under iMessage and opt to just use my email
    Address when sending iMessages and it seems to be working - vs using my cell number.
     
  25. enuenu, Oct 30, 2015
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    enuenu macrumors newbie

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    Necrobump warning, here we are in late 2015 and I am having exactly the same problem (iOS 9.1). I have "iMessage" and "Send as SMS" selected in message settings. The phone is my child's so data is disabled in settings.

    When at home in WiFi range, iMessages send OK (IF greyed text "iMessage" is in message field). Then you walk up the street out of WiFi range and try to send a SMS. The phone keeps trying to send as an iMessage. I check settings for WiFi and it shows "Not connected". So the phone should immediately know it cannot send an iMessage. However it will not abandon its attempt to send as iMessage and revert to "Send as SMS" without the manual "long press" and then selecting "Send as SMS"

    So I use the long press method to force it to send as SMS. Then the greyed text in message field now is "Text message". I walk back to the house and now I can't send an iMessage. It is stuck in "Text message" mode, despite the fact it is now connected to WiFi again. The opposite problem to the one I had 10 minutes earlier. This is all very frustrating.

    The phone seems to get stuck trying to send a message the same way it sent the previous message, regardless of what message settings have been selected and whether the phone has Internet access or not.
     

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