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An iPhone has a dead battery. While off, an iMessage was sent at 3:45pm. The phone was recharged and turned back on at 5:00pm.

Will the iMessage come through as being sent at 3:45pm or 5:00pm?

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I'll will show as sent at 3:45.

Your phone only matters in terms of the message being delivered/read.

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The message will be marked sent at 3:45, but not Delivered... unless:

If you have

  1. Messages running on your computer, or
  2. your same iCloud account as an active profile on a computer,

then the message sent at 3:45 will be delivered to that device.

iMessages are not restricted to iPhones.

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