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Will iMessage Say Delivered if Phone Is Off? It Depends!!!

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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.

See alsoGotechtor’s guide to fixing common iMessage problems

iMessage Requirements to Follow

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: Do iMessages Deliver When Phone Is Dead

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.

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17 thoughts on “Will iMessage Say Delivered if Phone Is Off? It Depends!!!”

  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?

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • Hi Pishahangi, It will not say delivered unless if the receiver has set up iMessage on other Apple devices, like a MacBook. In that case, the message will be delivered to any Apple devices that are online. I hope that helps.

  3. If when you send a text message and it is blue and a couple of seconds later it turns green and says iMessage on top of the text then under it it says sent as text message is that saying your blocked or is that poor connection?

    • Hi Teetee, It could be either way based on your situation. You’d have to try a few things before you can say for sure whether you’re blocked or not. The steps in this guide go into details on how to know if you’ve been blocked on iMessage. Check it out here.

  4. I have a question, if my phone is off as in my service is not on and I’m connected to WiFi and I turn my iMessage off, will I still receive messages from someone with an iPhone?

    • Hi Loren, Whether or not you have an internet connection, you won’t be able to receive or send iMessage, if you’ve turned off iMessage. However, You’ll still be able to send and receive regular text messages. I hope that helps.

  5. I have been sending messages to a person I no there phone off but they use Wi-Fi but have not send no messages back to me I’m I block or they are all messages and not responding.

  6. Can you help please?

    A was texting me, and I blocked him on my iPhone.

    When I got home, I turned on my (unplugged) laptop and new messages popped up.

    I quickly blocked him on my laptop as well.

    Will his messages to me turn blue or green? In other words will he know I read the latest messages or not?

    • Hey Ashwin, Yes he’ll know if you’ve opened and read the latest messages on your Mac before blocking him.

      Maybe you’re sending and receiving Messages using your Apple ID on your Mac while on your iPhone you could be using your number. That’s why he’s still able to reach you using your Apple ID email address associated with iMessage.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions.


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