How to turn iMessage on and off on iPhone 11 [Tutorial]

iMessages are contents like text messages, photos, videos, contacts, and location sent from your iPhone 11 to other iOS devices such as iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and other iPhone devices without incurring additional charges for as long as your phone is connected to a wireless network. In case there is no Wi-Fi available, the messages will be sent over via cellular data in which charges may apply. iMessages are also encrypted and the indication that you are sending iMessages from your phone is if the messages appear in blue text bubbles. Otherwise, the messages will appear green on your iPhone 11 and these messages are not encrypted at all. If the text bubbles are not in blue color but you are certain that you are sending a message to an iOS device, it is possible that you have yet to enable the iMessage on your iPhone 11. Being said, you need to enable iMessage to enjoy this feature. The process won’t take that long as it is a bit quick and easy. Check out the walk through that we have provided below.

Also read: What are iPhone 11’s basic Features and Functions

How to enable iMessage

iMessage is a built-in instant messaging service developed by Apple. And most often, this service is free as long as you are connected to a wireless network. Again, data charges may apply when sending iMessages over cellular data. So if you would like to use iMessage on your iPhone 11 device, follow these steps to enjoy the feature:

  1. From the Home screen, launch the Settings app.
  2. Select Messages.
  3. Scroll to iMessage and toggle the switch to turn the feature on.

Once you have successfully enabled iMessage on your iPhone device, messages and other contents that will be sent to other Apple devices are now in a form of iMessage. 

How to disable iMessage

If you are out of your wireless network coverage and don’t want to get extra charges for iMessage when using cellular data, you can simply disable this feature and send the messages as regular SMS or MMS. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Messages.
  3. Scroll to iMessage and tap the switch to disable the feature.

How to send iMessages from your iPhone

The Message app on your iPhone device will let you send iMessages. Sending an iMessage from your phone on the messaging app is just the same when you are sending a regular text message. If this is the first time you will be sending a message on your iPhone 11 device, here’s how it’s done:

  1. From the Home screen, launch the Messages app.
  2. Tap the compose button located on the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the “to” field to enter the number of the recipient. You can also type the name of the recipient if it has already been saved in your contacts. 
  4. Then tap select the contact to whom you will be sending the iMessage to.
  5. Start typing the message in the messaging field.
  6. Then tap the send arrow icon to send the iMessage. 

When the text message is in blue bubbles, you have successfully sent an iMessage. But if it is in color green, it is either you have sent the message to a non-iOS user or you haven’t successfully enabled the iMessage feature on your iPhone 11. It is also possible that iMessage is currently offline or your phone is not connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile data is not enabled. Therefore, the messages will be sent as regular SMS or MMS which would be in color green bubbles.

I hope that this article is able to help you set up iMessage on your iPhone 11 and also help you understand how iMessage feature works on you iOS device. If you know someone who might need help in managing this feature on their iOS devices, don’t hesitate to share this post. Thank you for reading!