Determining Message Type - Apple iOS

Note Notes:

  • Apple uses different colored message bubbles to indicate whether a message is sent via iMessage (blue) or standard SMS/MMS (green).
  • iMessage is an Apple service that allows unlimited messaging to other iOS 5 and higher devices. For more info, refer to the Apple iMessage web page.


  1. From the Messaging app, tap a message.
  2. Verify the color of the message bubble.
    • Blue bubble is for iMessage.
      Note The text entry field displays iMessage and requires a valid Apple ID.
    • Green bubble is for SMS/MMS.
      Note Text entry field displays Text Message and requires a messaging plan.