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Can you force your iPhone to use SMS instead of iMessage?

It seems that iOS 5 uses iMessage by default wherever possible, but is it possible to choose regular SMS instead?

Most Useful Answer AlexWilliams  Apr. 22, 2012 at 23:11

After it send the iMessage, tap the message, and along with cut and copy you will see an option to "Send as Text Message"

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MDrX  Nov. 24, 2011 at 15:41

I haven't found a way to send messages as SMS on a per message basis. If it knows it can use iMessage then it will do that and only go for SMS on failure.

The only thing I can think of is to turn off iMessage in Settings > Messages

AlexWilliams  Apr. 22, 2012 at 23:11

After it send the iMessage, tap the message, and along with cut and copy you will see an option to "Send as Text Message"

deeman666  May. 22, 2012 at 15:15

Or just switch off iMessage if it's that much ov a problem! I dnt c y it makes any diff

MrMako  May. 8, 2013 at 00:38

Or just switch off iMessage if it's that much ov a problem! I dnt c y it makes any diff
It makes a big difference. No Parental control on imessage and Apple doesn't care.

JanSt / MOD  May. 8, 2013 at 11:52

Or just switch off iMessage if it's that much ov a problem! I dnt c y it makes any diff
It makes a big difference. No Parental control on imessage and Apple doesn't care.


Ahem, you can disable iMessage and set a passcode. Or you can buy a non-Apple product.
No offence, but there is no perfect way to parentally control any smartphone or computer or bicycle. How far should Apple or Samsung go? Make a whole OS just to control every single feature? It's called not-giving-in-to-hype-and-peer-pressure OS... it's called NOT buying a phone until maturity and accountability go hand in hand...

I understand parents' need for some safety features and support from 'society', 'community' etc... but there is no 100% safety and security in this world.
"bullying" has now become the stock excuse for all censorship not covered by the "war on terror" and "pedophilia"... Sorry... I'll stop here. I'll be accused of "digression" by people who do not want to connect dots.

Carry on.

But carry on: maybe WP is more suitable? Or a featurephone? If you use an iPhone with all
parental control on "stun", you're paying for a phone that has most features you're paying for disabled. That makes no sense to me...

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