Why are my iPhone messages green?

Are you trying to figure out why your iPhone message is turning green? Look no further; I carried out extensive research and wrote the most comprehensive guide on why iPhone messages turn green.

So you don’t have to waste time experimenting with different methods. I’ve included all relevant information.

The green messages on your iPhone are a common occurrence. They’re not a problem, but they do mean something different than the blue ones. Continue reading if you want to learn more.

What do green messages mean?

  • You’ve got a new message.
  • You have received a text message from someone you don’t know.
  • You have received an incoming call on your phone, but there is no voice mail or missed call waiting for an indicator available on your device (this happens if you are using iMessage).
  • Your friend has sent you an SMS/MMS and it hasn’t been delivered yet because they haven’t enabled cellular data for their carrier’s network (this happens when they use Wi-Fi only).

When do messages turn green?

Things to know when the message appears as green

  • When you send a message through SMS/MMS and not iMessage, it will turn green.
  • Green messages are sent through cellular data and not wifi.
  • Green messages are sent via cellular data and not wifi

How to change the iPhone message color from blue to green?

To change the color of your iPhone messages, you’ll need to go into Settings and select General. Then, under Accessibility, select Display and highlight the Highlight Color option at the top of the screen.

Finally, tap Green on your keyboard to set this as your highlight color for messages from people in the green text (or any other color).

If you want an easy way to access these settings without having to navigate through multiple screens within iOS 11’s Control Center (where most features are hidden), simply double-tap anywhere on Home Screen > Messages app > Tap More > Scroll down until you see Messages > Tap Settings icon next to Show highlighter slider bar

Why do some text uses cellular data

Green messages are sent through SMS/MMS and not iMessage, which is why some of your texts (with blue bubbles) use cellular data and other text messages (with green bubbles) don’t.

If you’re wondering why your green messages aren’t being sent through iMessage, it’s because they are sent through SMS/MMS and not the data-based platform that iMessage is.

In other words, if you’re using the Apple messaging app with an iPhone or iPad, all of your text messages will be green. If you have a Samsung device (like my Galaxy Note 8), however, your texts will show up as blue bubbles on their screen so there’s no confusion between them.

The reason why I’m writing this post is that I’ve been seeing a lot more people asking me questions like this currently:

Why do some of my texts (with blue bubbles) use cellular data while others don’t? And if we take a look at how those different types of messages are delivered:

  • Cellular data is used only when sending an image or video via iMessage; otherwise, it uses voice and text services instead. Voice services consist mainly of outbound calls made from one device to another one via Wi-Fi connectivity but can also include conference calls within certain companies which use VoIP technology. Text messages can only be sent over data connection types such as GSM at this point.


When you see a green bubble in your iPhone’s chat app, it means that your message has been sent successfully. However, if you’re still getting the blue bubble then this could mean something has gone wrong with your connection or device settings and needs to be reset.

If this is the case then we recommend contacting Apple support immediately so they can assist further down this process. You’ve come to the right place if you want to know why you’re your iPhone message green.

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