If you're an iPhone user, you're probably familiar with the following situation: You join a group chat and — dun, dun, dun — your texts show up green. This just means that someone in the chat doesn't have an iPhone and can't see your emoji as you intend them to look, right? Well, kind of. Green text bubbles on an iPhone can mean that you're texting with someone who doesn't also have an iPhone, but they also mean that the texts are not encrypted through iMessage.
The person you are texting uses an Android which means the bubbles are normally green. But the reason they could be DARK green is because you have turned on “Increase Contrast” in settings. Q2: My iPhone ex S half of its screen doesn't work I'm only left with this it's yours me a green lid light I hope one day I will fix it. Have you ever met any flicker or even a green screen when you are using your iPhone? Such flashing green light or green screen of the phone may be a problem of system or software compatibility. In case you see a Green send button, your iPhone is letting you know that the message will be going as a paid SMS Message, using your Carrier’s Cellular Network. In case you see a Blue send button, you can bring a smile to your Face, as the message will be going through Apple’s servers as a Free iMessage (See image above). Fisher type 2390 manual download.
When you send texts — blue texts — through iMessage to someone else with iMessage, the messages are end-to-end encrypted. As explained by Wired, 'End-to-end encryption is a system of communication where the only people who can read the messages are the people communicating. No eavesdropper can access the cryptographic keys needed to decrypt the conversation — not even a company that runs the messaging service.' This is to say, when the message is passing from the sender to the receiver, it's just a bunch of gibberish.
Apple notes in the privacy section of its website that it uses end-to-end encryption on iMessage and FaceTime conversations across all devices. 'We designed iMessage and FaceTime so that there’s no way for us to decrypt your data when it’s in transit between devices,' the Apple site explains.
With a regular SMS (short message service) text message, end-to-end encryption is not used. Micah Lee, a security technologist, told USA Today in 2016, 'Unfortunately, with normal SMS [text messages] you have very little privacy because they’re not encrypted.'
That said, iMessage isn't the only way around this if you want to protect your messages. WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption by default and is available for iPhone and Android. There's also Signal, for both iPhone and Android, which also has other privacy features, including blocking people from taking screenshots and setting time limits on texts before they disappear, as reported by CNBC. And there are other apps out there, too, so it's really just about choosing the one that best suits you. Either way, keep in mind that both people texting have to be using the same app for it to work. Just as an iMessage sent to an Android owner using SMS won't be end-to-end encrypted, any messages sent from one app to another won't be end-to-end encrypted.
On March 14, Apple released an ad focused on privacy measures that are available on the iPhone. The company captioned the video on YouTube, 'Your privacy matters. From encrypting your iMessage conversations, or not keeping a history of your routes in Maps, to limiting tracking across sites with Safari. iPhone is designed to protect your information.' More information about Apple and privacy can be found here.
Now you know what those green and blue chat bubbles really mean. And if you are worried about your messages being kept private, you can think twice about sending unencrypted messages. But, if you're just sending green messages to talk to your friends about what's happening on The Bachelor, you're probably fine.
Try these steps first
- Restart your device:
- Check your network connection. To send a message as iMessage or MMS, you need a cellular data or Wi-Fi connection. To send an SMS message, you need cellular network connection. If you turn on Wi-Fi Calling, you can send SMS messages over Wi-Fi.
- 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. If you don't see an option to turn on MMS Messaging or Group Messaging on your iPhone, then your carrier might not support this feature.
- 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.
If you see a Waiting for Activation alert, learn what to do.
If you still need help, find your issue below to learn what to do next.
If you see a red exclamation point
If you try to send a message and you see with an alert that says Not Delivered, follow these steps:
- Check your network connection.
- Tap , then tap Try Again.
- If you still can’t send the message, tap , then tap Send as Text Message. Messaging rates may apply. Contact your carrier for more information.
If you see a green message bubble
If you see a green message bubble instead of a blue one, then that message was sent using MMS/SMS instead of iMessage. There are several reasons for this:
- The person that you sent the message to doesn't have an Apple device.
- iMessage is turned off on your device or on your recipient’s device. To check if iMessage is turned on for your device, go to Settings > Messages > iMessage.
- iMessage is temporarily unavailable on your device or on your recipient’s device.
When Your Iphone Texts Are Green
Learn the difference between iMessage and MMS/SMS messages.
If you receive messages on one device but not the other
If you have an iPhone and another iOS device, like an iPad, your iMessage settings might be set to receive and start messages from your Apple ID instead of your phone number. To check if your phone number is set to send and receive messages, go to Settings > Messages, and tap Send & Receive.
If you don't see your phone number, you can link your iPhone number to your Apple ID so you can send and receive iMessages from your phone number. You can also set up Text Message Forwarding so you can send and receive MMS and SMS messages on all of your Apple devices.
If you have issues with a group message
If you’re in a group message and stop receiving messages, check if you left the conversation. Open Messages and tap the group message. If you see a message that says you left the conversation, then either you left the conversation or you were removed from the group message. You can rejoin a group message only if someone in the group adds you.
To start a new group message:
- Open Messages and tap the Compose button to start a new message.
- Enter the phone numbers or email addresses of your contacts.
- Type your message, then tap the Send button .
If you have other issues with a group message, you might need to delete the conversation and start a new one. To delete a group message:
- Open Messages and find the conversation that you want to delete.
- Swipe left over the conversation.
- Tap Delete.
When you delete a message, you can't recover it. If you want to save parts of a message, take a screenshot. To save an attachment in a message, touch and hold the attachment, tap More, then tap Save.
If Your Iphone Messages Are Green
Why My Iphone Messages Are Green
- If you still can't send or receive messages, contact Apple Support.
- If you don't receive SMS messages, contact your carrier.
- If you switched to a non-Apple phone, learn how to deactivate iMessage.
- Learn how to report unwanted iMessages.