What is the difference between my messages and my iMessages on my iPhone? I’m trying to figure out why my regular messages from other people come in on green and my iMessages come in on blue. Why?
What’s the difference between messages and iMessages?
- iMessages are texts, photos, or videos that you send to iOS devices and Macs over Wi-Fi or cellular-data networks. These messages are always encrypted and appear in blue text bubbles. To turn iMessage on or off, go to Settings > Messages.
- If you aren’t using iMessage, you can use SMS/MMS. These messages are texts and photos that you send to other cell phones or iOS devices. SMS/MMS messages aren’t encrypted and appear in green text bubbles on your device.
In a nutshell, blue is iMessage which you send and receive to fellow iPhone users, Green is regular text messages sent and receive, with wireless carriers to non iPhones, like Android, Windows, etc.
What if you get an error when trying to activate iMessage?
- Check your device settings
- Make sure that you’re connected to a cellular data or Wi-Fi network.
- Go to Settings > General > Date & Time and make sure that your time zone is set correctly.
- Turn off and restart iMessage and FaceTime
- Go to Settings > Messages and turn off iMessage
- Go to Settings > FaceTime and turn off FaceTime
- Restart your device
- Turn iMessage and FaceTime back on
- Wait 24 hours
- Make sure that your device has the latest version of iOS
- If you’re using an iPhone, contact your carrier to make sure that you can receive SMS messages
- Contact Apple Support
What should I do if I can’t send or receive messages?
- Restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Make sure that you have a cellular data or Wi-Fi connection
- Check with your carrier to see if the type of message you’re trying to send, like MMS or SMS, is supported
- If you’re trying to send group MMS messages on an iPhone, go to Settings > Messages and turn on MMS Messaging
- Make sure that your device has enough space to receive images and videos
- Make sure that you entered the correct phone number or email address for the contact
Is it possible to get deleted messages/iMessages back?
The answer is yes! With the help of iFonebox, you can retrieve as many as 17 file types as long as they were not wiped out by new data.