Do iMessages Still Deliver When Phone is Dead? (Explained)

iMessage can be delivered between apple devices over the internet without any cell service.
This has been a relief for many people because it means they can still communicate with someone even in an area with poor or no signal reception.

But what happens when your phone dies? Does the iMessage still deliver even when iPhone is dead? In this blog post, we will explain that question in detail.

Requirements for iMessage Delivery

For an iMessage to be successfully delivered, both the sender’s and recipient’s devices must be using Apple’s iMessage service.

The message will not be delivered to a recipient if their device is not using iMessage, whether or not their iPhone is turned on or has service.

Additionally, for an iMessage to be successfully delivered, both devices must have an active internet connection. If the sender’s device is not connected to the internet, a regular text message will be sent instead of iMessage to the recipient’s phone.

To send an iMessage,first, you need to make sure your iMessages is turned on on both sender and receiver’s devices.To do this,

1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.

2. Scroll down, and select Messages.

Messages selected from iPhone settings

3. Toggle the iMessage switch to the On position.

iMessage option turned on from Messages

4. If it’s already turned on, you don’t need to do anything else.

Next, you’ll need to have a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection . So if you’re outside and your phone dies, make sure you can find an internet connection to send the iMessage.

Finally, you can send an iMessage through your phone number or your Apple id. But remember, iMessages can’t be sent to people who aren’t using ios8 or later,

Do iMessages Deliver when Phone is Dead?

There is no one definitive answer, as this depends on various factors. Primarily, whether or not an iMessage will be delivered to a dead phone depends on whether the receiver has their phone turned on and has service.

If their iPhone is turned off or does not have service, the message will be held in Apple’s servers until their phone turns on or gets service.

If the recipient’s phone iPhone is turned off or they do not have service, the message will be deleted after a certain amount of time.

So, in short, some messages can be delivered to a dead phone, but it is not guaranteed. Keep this in mind when sending messages, especially if you are concerned about their delivery.

Sending an iMessage When Your iPhone is Dead

If your phone is dead and you want to send an iMessage, you can do so by using any other Apple device.

All you need to do is login into the Apple device(iPad, MacBook, etc.) using your “Apple id” and wait for iCloud to finish syncing. After syncing, all your Messages from the dead iPhone, including your contacts, will show up on the new device. You can now send iMessage to anyone just like you do from your iPhone using mobile data or Wi=Fi.

If the messages still do not appear, make sure messages and keychain is enabled in iCloud’s settings and try syncing again.

Can You Tell if An iMessage was Delivered or Not?

Yes, under the “Details” view of the message in the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad. It will say either “Delivered” or “Not Delivered.”

If it says “Not Delivered,” then the message was not delivered to the recipient’s phone for one of the reasons mentioned above. If it says “Delivered,” then the message was successfully delivered to their phone.

Comparison of iMessage delivered vs not delivered

Also, if its says “Not Delivered” then you can hold the ‘i‘ icon next to that message and select “send as a text message” to send text message instead of iMessage.

IMessage not delivered and sent as a text message

Identifying Message Bubble Colors

When you send a message to someone, the bubble that appears around the message on your iPhone will show what type of message it is. There are two types of messages:

  • Green: a standard SMS message
  • Blue: an iMessage that is being sent to someone on an iPhone or iPad
'Hi' sent as text message vs 'Hi' sent as iMessage

So, now you know what the different colours of message bubbles mean. If you’re unsure of what type of message a bubble is, just take a look at the colour, and you’ll be able to tell.

Alternatives to iMessage Delivery

If you cannot send an iMessage due to one of the reasons listed above, you can use a few alternatives. These include:

  • Sending a text message. A text message is the most basic form of communication and is available on any phone.
  • Calling the recipient. Calling someone is a more direct way of communicating and is available on any phone.
  • Using an app like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. These are available on both Android and iOS devices and allow you to send messages to people who do not have an iPhone.


If your friend’s phone is off or they don’t have service,your iMessage will be delivered once they get on their phone again with an active internet connection.

But beware–if your friend still doesn’t have service after a while of waiting, the message may just go away because apple has those rules about how long you’re allowed to store messages in its servers before deleting it.

So there’s no way to be 100% sure, but your messages will get through most of the time. Thanks for reading this article. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comment section.

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