If your phone is turned off, you will not immediately receive text messages. However, what happens to these messages depends on the type of technology used for messaging and your service provider’s policies:
- SMS (Short Message Service):
- SMS messages are stored temporarily by your mobile carrier when your phone is off or out of service range.
- The carrier will attempt to deliver the message for a predetermined period, typically 24-72 hours, but this can vary depending on the carrier.
- Once your phone is turned back on or comes back into the service area, it will receive the SMS messages that were sent during the time it was off.
- MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):
- MMS messages, which include pictures and videos, are handled similarly to SMS. They are stored by the carrier and delivered when your device is turned back on, assuming it is within the carrier’s retry period.
- Messaging Apps (WhatsApp, iMessage, etc.):
- For messaging apps that use the internet (like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, etc.), messages are stored on the server.
- Once you turn on your phone and the app reconnects to the internet, you will receive all the messages sent to you during the downtime.
- Calls that you miss while your phone is turned off will generally be directed to your voicemail.
- Carrier Policies:
- The exact duration for how long messages are stored and the process of delivering them after your phone is turned back on can vary between carriers.
- Device Settings:
- If your phone has features like scheduled powering on/off, it can receive messages automatically when it turns back on as per the schedule.
- SIM Card Considerations:
- If your SIM card is removed and placed in another device, the messages will be received on the new device instead.
While your phone is off, you won’t receive messages right away, but most service providers will store your SMS and MMS messages for a limited time and deliver them once your phone is back on. For internet-based messaging apps, you will receive messages as soon as your device reconnects to the internet.