How to Tell if Text Message Was Delivered iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Have you ever sent a text message from your iPhone and wondered if it was delivered to the recipient? Well, you’re not alone.

Many iPhone users are curious about the delivery status of their messages. Fortunately, Apple has built-in features that can help you determine whether your text message has been successfully delivered.

Delivery Status Indicators

When you send a text message from your iPhone, you may notice different icons or indicators that represent the delivery status of your message. These indicators can provide valuable information about whether your message has reached its intended recipient.


The “Sent” indicator appears when your iPhone successfully sends the message to Apple’s servers. This means that your message has left your device and is on its way to the recipient’s device.


The “Delivered” indicator appears when the recipient’s device receives your message. However, it’s important to note that this does not necessarily mean that the recipient has read or seen the message.

Read Receipts

If both you and the recipient have enabled Read Receipts in your iPhone settings, you will see a “Read” indicator when the recipient opens and reads your text message. This feature provides a clear indication that your message has been seen by the recipient.

Enabling Read Receipts

To enable Read Receipts on your iPhone:

  • Open the Settings app on your device.
  • Scroll down and tap on “Messages”.
  • Toggle on “Send Read Receipts”.

By default, Read Receipts are turned off on iPhones. If you want to ensure that you receive confirmation when someone reads your messages, make sure to enable this feature in your settings.

Additional Considerations

While the delivery status indicators and Read Receipts are useful features, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Delivery status indicators only work when both you and the recipient are using iPhones with iMessage enabled. If the recipient is using a non-iPhone device or has iMessage disabled, these indicators may not appear.
  • Read Receipts also require that both parties have enabled this feature. If the recipient has disabled Read Receipts, you won’t receive confirmation when they read your message.

It’s important to remember that these indicators and features are not foolproof methods for determining if someone has received or read your text message. Various factors can affect message delivery, such as network issues or device settings.


While it’s natural to be curious about the delivery status of your text messages, it’s important to understand that these indicators provide an estimate rather than absolute certainty. The “Sent” and “Delivered” indicators give you an idea of the progress of your message, while Read Receipts offer confirmation if enabled by both parties. By enabling Read Receipts and understanding their limitations, you can have a better understanding of the status of your text messages on your iPhone.

So next time you send a text message from your iPhone, keep an eye out for those delivery status indicators. They can provide valuable insights into whether your message was successfully delivered and even read by the recipient.

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