iPhones have made their way into the hands of all kinds of people in almost every part of the world so it’s no surprise when we meet an iPhone user who doesn’t know how to fully use it. More than that, if you trust an iPhone into someone’s hand chances are they’re going to be overwhelmed by what the phone can do, I know I am at times.
From seemingly complex features like the Control Center to simple things like why are some of the messages, I send in a blue bubble while others are in green? If in case you’re too shy to ask why or you’re just really not a tech-savvy person, have no worries because that’s what we’ll be going through today!
Blue and Green Message Bubbles: What does it mean?
There’s a fairly simple explanation as to why the messages you send are green. Green messages signify a text message. Before you go asking “Aren’t all messages text messages?” we’d like to explain further. Yes, your iPhone sends text messages but other than it also sends iMessages. iMessage is the native messenger app of Apple that sends online messages. Hence, in order to send an iMessage, you need to be connected to the internet. So that’s the basic gist of it — green bubbles mean you’re sending a text message and a blue bubble means you’re sending an iMessage.
iMessage may seem like a hassle since you need to be connected to the internet but there are benefits to this. An example of this is the ability to send photos and videos. You can’t send pictures and messages through standard SMS unless you pay some carrier fees which are obviously not what you’re looking for. Another is that you can share your location, send voice messages, send stickers, and even send messages with cool bubble effects. There are also other subtle changes found in iMessage that make it better than texting like seeing if the person you’re talking to is typing a reply and a read receipt that tells you if the person has read your message. The
There are also other subtle changes found in iMessage that make it better than texting like seeing if the person you’re talking to is typing a reply and a read receipt that tells you if the person has read your message. The catch, however, is that in order to send iMessages, the person you’re messaging also needs to be an iOS user. Good thing there’s no need to stress about that because if you’re typing an iMessage and you’re sending it to an Android user, your iPhone will automatically turn it into an SMS.
Should you turn it off?
To be honest, we don’t see any need to turn off iMessage unless getting data or Wi-Fi is scarce. It’s also not heavy on data but that’s not taking into consideration all the photos, videos, and audio files you send to family and friends.
Also, if you do decide to turn it off you’ll be missing out on some fun ways of talking to them so at the very least we suggest you try it out. To turn iMessage on or off simply go to Settings à Messages. Once you’re there you’ll see some options which you can suit to your liking. iMessage is probably one of the best things you can experience as an Apple user and it’d be a shame if you didn’t get a taste of it!
Blue and Green Message Bubbles, not too hard after all.