How to Send Text Message Instead of iMessage on iPhone

SMS text messages are pretty standard on all phones, so it’s the best way to communicate with people who use all kinds of service or operating system. iMessage, on the other hand, is proprietary and specific to Apple. This means that not everyone can communicate with you if you insist on using it because not everyone is part of the Apple ecosystem. How do you send texts instead of iMessages on your iPhone, though? Let’s take a look at a few different methods that allow you to easily do this:

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1 Change iMessages to Text Messages by Pressing iMessages

You can do this by long-pressing the iMessages:

1. When you are done creating your message, you can send it off as you normally do.

2. Long-press and keep your finger on the body of the message (kind of like you do when you are playing with the copy and paste function).

3. A little dialog box will come up giving you a couple of options. One of those should be "Send as Text Message". Tap that, and your iMessage will be turned into a text message.

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For this to work, you must press it quickly after you tapping the Send button, before the iMessage has arrived to its recipient.


2 Turn Off Your Wi-Fi and Cellular Data

Follow these steps to turn these off:

  • Go to Settings and go into the Wi-Fi/WLAN section.
  • Turn the Wi-Fi/WLAN off with the switch.
  • Go back to the main Settings screen, and tap Cellular.
  • Tap the switch to turn your data off.

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You can now text your recipient. Since data and Wi-Fi are turned off, your phone will default to standard SMS texts.


3 Turn Off iMessage on iPhone

You can also simply turn off iMessage. Do this by following these steps:

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  • Tap Messages.
  • Change the iMessage switch to OFF.

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You can also optionally turn off MMS messages if you don’t want to send larger multimedia texts, such as texts that have attachments or that are very long.


The Importance of Backing Up Your Messages

Regardless of whether you use iMessage or standard SMS text messages, you could potentially lose all of your important saved communication if something happened to your phone. That is why using an application like iMyFone D-Port iPhone Data Exporter can be a life-saver. Once data is lost, it’s hard to recover, so it’s always best to take preventative measures.

4 Back Up Messages and iMessages on iPhone

D-Port helps you back up your data from your iPhone in a few easy clicks, including your text messages and iMessages. It has a lot of great features, including:

  • The ability to export both textual content and attachments, such as pictures, videos and audios in message conversations.
  • The ability to export from any iOS device, including iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
  • You can preview your data before you back it up, so that only important files are moved.
  • D-Port supports 20 types of files, including WhatsApp, notes, voice memos etc.
  • You can use D-Port to check your iTunes backup without restoring it to your device.

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How to Transfer Text Messages and iMessages from iPhone to Computer

You can easily transfer your text messages and iMessages from your iPhone to your computer by following these steps:

Step 1. Choose Data You Need to Back Up

Download D-Port from the iMyFone official website and install it on your computer. Click "Export from iOS Device" and click "Start" to select the files that you want to transfer. Here you can check Message and it will includes text messages and iMessages, then click "Next."

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Step 2. Connect and Scan All Messages on iPhone

A message should come up on the screen telling you that you can now connect your iOS device to your computer. Do so at this time using your USB cable. And click “Scan” to search text messages and iMessages on your iPhone.

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Step 3. Preview and Back Up iPhone Messages

After scanning, D-Port will display all the messages on your iPhone. You can preview them and check the text messages and iMessages you need to back up. Then click Export to transfer them from iPhone to computer.

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In summary, there are three main ways to change iMessages into text messages. The first is to long-press the message while it’s sending and quickly switch it to text. Next, you can turn off all your WI-FI and data connections to force your phone into using SMS only. Finally, you can just turn off iMessage in the settings.

For backing up your messages (which is extremely important), a great application to use is iMyFone D-Port iPhone Data Exporter. You can get a free trial version of this software, so there’s no risk in giving it a try.

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