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Easily resend iMessage as text message Apps
Sometimes, such as early this week, Apple's iMessages servers go down. If so, and you try to send iMessages, you may want to resend those messages as standard text messages or SMSs. OS X Daily had a nice hint about how to do so easily. After you've sent the iMessage, if you see that it's not delivered, or if you simply want to use a belt-and-suspenders approach to make sure your recipient gets your message, just tap and hold on the blue bubble containing the message text, then choose Send as Text Message. It will get sent as a text message, and you can tell this by the green text bubble.

For this to work, you have to have your contact's phone number in their card. However, if you only have an email address for that contact, tapping and holding the text bubble shows Send to Email Address. In my tests, this failed every time, so I'm not exactly sure how this is supposed to work. (I assume that it would try and send the message as an email…) If anyone can get this to work, please post in the comments.
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I already submitted that over a year ago
Authored by: Geobunny on Nov 20, '12 07:41:19AM

I already submitted this as a hint last year...and you ran with it!

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Easily resend iMessage as text message
Authored by: Sigma on Nov 20, '12 04:12:26PM

The original hint didn't mention the email thing, but this is basically the same hint.

I think the main purpose of 'send as email' is this: If you are iMessaging someone who does not have an iPhone and you don't have any data reception or their Messages application is not open. If you send as email, it will compose an email and send it whenever you next have data reception. In contrast, if the iMessage fails it will never try to resend it unless you manually tell it to.

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