iMessages to a offline iMessage user

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Itzamna, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. Itzamna macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2011
    Hello there.

    Both me and my GF have iPhones and we are used to use iMessages as our primary messaging system.

    Until recently, if one of us is without Internet (WiFi, 3G, 4G, whatever) the sender would see his/hers iMessages converted to SMS (green bubble) and the message would be delivered the same and almost instantly..

    Now... All of the sudden, this behaviour started to work randomly or, in case of working, taking too much time to deliver as SMS (3-4-5 minutes).

    Now, it either converts to SMS or the recipient receives the iMessage when gets access to Internet. We can just press the blue bubble not delivered and force to send as Text, but since this would work automatically i wonder if i can do something to make it work again 100% of the times.

    P.S. - I have the SMS relay active on my iPhone to my Mac.
  2. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    Not entirely sure what you want. But in messages settings you can enable send as sms if iMessage fails. If it's disabled you have no manually press the failed iMessage and choose send as sms.
  3. Itzamna thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2011
    I have that enabled...

    What I want is to

    a) know if it's a isolated problem (the part that its random behaviour, as it either doesn't send or it takes ages to send)

    b) if anyone knows a solution...

  4. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    If the iMessage is a phone number to a phone number and it doesn't send after five minutes, it will be resent as a SMS message. When the receiver gets internet connectivity again, they will receive the iMessage copy of the message. It has been this way since iOS 5.
  5. Itzamna thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2011
    Humm... I know that (didn't knew the five minutes part, thought, and in my experience it looked that it was faster before this randomness...

    But my main problem is not that it might take 5 minutes before it converts to SMS... My main problem is that half of the times the receiver doesn't receives the SMS... For instance i sent a few iMessage that were supposedly converted to SMS due to the fact that my GF was in a no Internet Zone, and they haven't arrived yet... That was 3 hours ago... (I didn't forced the send as sms so i can see if they would eventually arrive before she would get Internet)
  6. shotts56 macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2008
    Doesn't work all the time, and I know of one particular occasion when it can fail. If you are connected to a wifi hotspot but not logged into it, the iMessage can fail without you knowing about it.

    For example, my wife was in hospital recently and I sent her an iMessage. It showed as delivered on my device. At the hospital, she was connected to the hospital wifi but not logged into it (it logs you out automatically if you don't use it for any period of time, like most public wifi), and she never received the message. The iMessage showed to me as delivered so it never followed it up with an SMS, but the iMessage was never received by her as she wasn't logged into the wifi. It just got lost.

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