How can I tell if I am sending an iMessage or an SMS text message?

How can I tell if I am sending an iMessage or an SMS text message?

Apple has included several cues in iOS 5 to make it very clear when you are sending a message via iMessage as opposed to normal SMS text messaging.

Here is what to look for:

  • Before you begin text entry, you should see "iMessage" in faint grey letters in the text entry box.
  • The "Send" button will be light blue when sending an iMessage (as opposed to green for text messages).
  • The bubble that contains your sent message will also be blue (again, as opposed to green for text messages).
  • If you're seeing "Text Message" or green buttons and bubbles, you're sending a standard SMS text message and not an iMessage.

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