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Will iMessage Say Delivered if Phone is Off?

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Will iMessage says delivered if phone is off?

In general, iMessage won’t say delivered if the recipient’s phone is off. However, in some particular cases, it might say delivered. Let’s take a closer look.

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iMessage Requirements

A couple of conditions need to be met for iMessage to be delivered to the recipient’s phone.

  1. The phone needs to be turned on.
  2. iMessage needs to be enabled.
  3. The phone needs to be connected to the internet (Wi-Fi or mobile data).

iMessage servers can’t deliver iMessage without any of the conditions mentioned above. If you have activated the “Send as an SMS” option on your phone, the message will be sent as an SMS. It will only say delivered when the recipient’s device goes back online. Otherwise, the iMessages will be stored on Apple servers for up to 30 days for redelivery.

Do iMessages go through if phone is off?

Now there will be times when you have signed in with your Apple ID on multiple Apple devices such as iPad, iPod, MacBook, iMac, or Apple Watch. In that case, your phone can be off and iMessage will say delivered to the sender.

For example, I have set up iMessage on my MacBook Pro. When someone texts me on iMessage I receive those messages on both my Mac and iPhone. My iPhone can be off or without a network connection and iMessages will still be delivered to my MacBook.

That may confuse the sender since he/she will think that I received the message, when in fact my phone’s been out of power for several hours. The sender may even think that you have blocked him/her, which is not the case. Here’s how to know if someone blocked you on iMessage.

Wrap Up

Now, does iMessage still say delivered if phone is off? If the recipient’s phone is off, iMessage will not say delivered to the sender until the phone is powered back on. iMessage will only go through and says delivered if the recipient has other Apple devices with iMessage enabled.

For any concerns or questions, please let us know in the comment section below. We read and answer every single comment.

  1. Hi I have a question for you. Let’s say a person is off the grid camping. They say they have no service. But my text message to them says delivered. They do have a MacBook at home that has their info on it. But it is not in use as the person is camping. Should it still say delivered or does the person actually have service and it was received on their phone?

    1. Hi Jen. Thanks for dropping by. If the person’s MacBook is turned on and connected to the internet, the text message will be delivered there. It doesn’t have to be in use, as long as it’s on with an internet connection and iMessage enabled, it can receive iMessages. So yes it’ll say delivered even if the person’s phone has no service. Hope that helps.

  2. Hello. I wanna ask if it’s possible for iPhone users to have iMessage disabled because of a data problem? Or do they only turn from blue to green if they switched to Android or disabled iMessage?

    1. Hey AG. The answer is no. A data problem won’t disable iMessage. You can only do so when you turn off iMessage in your phone settings. Yes, if they switched to Android or disabled iMessage, the text bubbles will turn green. Another common reason is when you got blocked. You can learn more about this with this guide.

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