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What happens to a text message when the phone is off?

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In today’s digital age, text messaging has become the most commonly used form of communication. Whether you want to catch up with friends, make plans with family or you want to communicate with your colleagues, sending a text message is a quick and convenient way to stay connected with everyone.

However, However, what happens to a text message when the recipient’s phone is turned off?

In this article, we have discussed what happens to a text message when the phone is off to clear your doubts.

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Will a text message be delivered when the phone is off?

When a text message is sent, it travels through the cellular network until it reaches the recipient’s phone. If the recipient’s phone is turned off, the message will not be delivered. Instead, the message will be stored in the Short Message Service Center (SMSC) of the recipient’s mobile network operator.

The SMSC is responsible for routing text messages to their intended recipients. When a text message is sent, it is first delivered to SMSC, which then forwards the message to the recipient’s phone. If the recipient’s phone is off then the SMSC will hold the message in its memory until the phone is turned on or the message expiration time is reached.

The expiration time varies among carriers and typically ranges anywhere between three days to a week and even more in a few cases.


Will the message be delivered when the phone is turned on?

When the recipient’s phone is turned back on, the phone will connect to the cellular network, and the SMSC will attempt to deliver the stored message to the recipient’s phone. The recipient will receive the text message as if it was just sent.

If the text message has not been delivered after several attempts, the SMSC may return the message to the sender as undeliverable. This happens if the recipients’s phone is turned off for an extended period, or there is a problem with the recipient’s mobile network operator.

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Akash Singh

Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: singhakash95@pm.me

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