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After some overseas travel my imessage conversation with my contact (also an iPhone user) switched from blue (iMessage) to green (SMS) - due to problems with international roaming.

We're back in our home country, but the message conversation persists in SMS (green) and we'd like it to go back to iMessage (blue). I don't know how to click it back over.

My question is: How to get an iMessage conversation to go back from green to blue?

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  • Try temporarily turning off Settings > Messages > Send as SMS. Then send some messages. It their back to blue you can turn Send as SMS back on and sent additional messages to ensure they're still blue. Jun 22, 2016 at 12:19

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Settings

Before doing anything:

  1. Quit the Messages app (Double press your home button and swipe up on the Messages app).
  2. Go to Settings > Messages and Turn OFF and then back ON your iMessage option.
  3. Now open back Message and try to send a message to your friend 's iPhone, but make sure to use the button at the Top-Left corner to find your friend and start the conversation, don't just open your recent chat with him/her.

This should have reset your iMessage settings, so you should be able to send iMessages to your friend now.


Restart

If the process above didn't solve the issue, you may want to:

  1. Restart your iPhone, long press the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo again, then release, OR you can long press until you see a slider which can be used to turn OFF the iPhone, once done that, press again the Sleep/Wake button to turn the iPhone back ON.
  2. Try to send a message to your friend

I'm sure you already know the difference between iMessage and normal SMS/MMS, although that, I'll leave you a link to the Apple Support page about the difference, have a great day!

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    Why does clearing app switcher do anything ? Surely all you need to do for what you suggest is kill Message - and even then what does that do
    – mmmmmm
    Jun 22, 2016 at 14:42
  • Its just a good practice in order to have no processes running in the background, a way to have anything clearer @Mark
    – FET
    Jun 22, 2016 at 14:54
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    but apps do not run in the background in iOS when you switch away the process is shut down by the OS
    – mmmmmm
    Jun 22, 2016 at 15:18
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    It is not even a clearing process as a closed app has no resources open (OK they might be in memory but will be removed f needed)
    – mmmmmm
    Jun 22, 2016 at 16:40
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    -1 for suggesting that 'Clearing the App Switcher' is a good way to start any phone triage. Jun 22, 2016 at 17:31
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  • Close your Messages app (double click the home button then swipe from bottom to top on the app)
  • Restart your phone.
  • After the phone boots back up, open Messages.
  • Initiate a message to the other person via the Compose button.

Restart your iPhone by holding the Sleep/Wake button until you see a slider. Slide to shutdown your phone and wait until it is fully powered off before powering it back up.

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  • Interestingly enough - this was all that was required.
    – hawkeye
    Jun 22, 2016 at 21:26
  • I take it back - I thought this worked but it didn't - now trying other options
    – hawkeye
    Jun 23, 2016 at 0:44
  • @hawkeye, it's still stuck on green? Jun 27, 2016 at 13:31
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I read many comments to try and solve my inability to use iMessages with my friend, They all overlooked what my problem was. I turned iMessages on and off in Settings, restarted my iPhone 7 and deleted the entire past message thread between us. The problem was, there are two ends to a message. My friend simply didn't have iMessage turned on on his end.

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Send a photo or attach a screenshot to the message. That pushes data through the pipe and will show you that the iMessage network refreshes. This usually fixes the issue.

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  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. - From Review
    – Allan
    Jun 22, 2016 at 21:22
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    If you send a photo or an attachment in a message it solves the issue. ie messages go from SMS back to iMessage (blue)
    – Deesbek
    Jun 22, 2016 at 21:23
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Delete all messages in your feed to the effected person that were sent via SMS. Then the green send arrow will be blue (just like it was when you originally sent the current message).

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Delete the conversation that has text messages messaging. Create a new conversation. Basically, replacing it. This is of course, a 'last resort' kind of option.

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