If you’re an iPhone user, I am sure you must have noticed something odd about the iMessage bubble color. Some of the text bubbles appear in blue while others are in green. This change is not by choice but by design. We’ll cover those differences and also help you configure your smartphone for optimal messaging.
Why the iMessage bubble color is different from SMS bubble color
Both iMessages and SMS messages represent a method of text messaging with some very noticeable differences. First, the color of iMessage text bubble is always blue while that of SMS messages is green. The reason, blue ones are sent or received using an Apple device while green ones are exchanged via Android or other mobile OS.
So, if you are sending a message via iPhone to a contact using an Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone, the iOS system will automatically recognize there’s no iMessage at the other end and switch from iMessage (Blue color bubble) mode to SMS (green color bubble) mode. In short, it will change iMessage bubble color from blue to green of SMS.
iMessage texting has a lot more features than basic text messaging and offers some really good advantages over green iPhone messages. For example,
1] iMessage shows delivery status indicators
Underneath your sent messages, you can see the delivered or read status indicating when the message was delivered or read.
2] Supports Device syncing
With iMessage, you can read and send text messages on your Macbook, iPad, or any other Apple device. It’s lovely to have your world in sync, isn’t it?
3] Enables transfer of large files without hassles
iMessage allows you to send large files easily (up to 100 MB). Most cellular providers restrict MMS file size to just a few MB.
4] Live typing
Much like the read receipts, iMessage texts let you find or discover if the other person is typing as a message bubble with an active ellipse starts flashing at the bottom of the message history when someone is typing a new message to you (make sure your data connection is On).
So, despite being an iPhone user, if you end up seeing a green chat bubble even when you’re corresponding with another iPhone check the iMessage status.
How to change the color of iMessages?
There are two relevant toggles under the Messages settings that should be on – iMessage and Send as SMS.
Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Scroll down to the Messages tab.
Expand it to go to the Messages screen. Here, locate and enable the following options –
- Send as SMS
The first option allows you to send iMessages between iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac using wireless data while Send as SMS allows you to send an SMS when iMessages is unavailable.
By default, these options are set to On. However, if you find them disabled, enable them right away.
Hope that makes sense!