Some text messages are more important than others. My partner and I send each other text messages all the time. We provide each other with updates on our kids and reminders about things we each need to do during the day. Sometimes the content of the texts is not particularly significant or time-sensitive. Other times it matters when we receive them. Sometimes those texts don’t arrive as expected.
We both have iPhones and are relatively late converts to having iPhones. We have only had them for a year or so and until recently we were both experiencing delays receiving text messages. Sometimes we would get batches of them arriving at the same time when we got home or when we connected to a wifi network somewhere. Neither of us have data turned on for the majority of the day. We rely primarily on wifi for our data access and we gradually realized that the text message batch arrivals were related to wifi / data access.If your partner doesn't pick up the kids after school it might be because your text never arrived. Click To Tweet
It turns out that iPhones default to using iMessage when you send a text message. This means that it sends the message via the web instead of through the cell network. This is a great system for saving you money if you are paying per text message. It is not great if you are not connected to the web. The good news is that there is an easy fix to this situation, which increases the chances that your kids will get picked up from school.
To change the setting, go into your iPhone settings and then into the settings for your messages. Once there, you can change the SMS setting to ON which will cause your phone to send your message as a text message when iMessage is not available.
Now your world will be a happier place and your partner will have one less excuse for not picking up the bread or kids on the way home from work!