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Why are some of my texts green and some blue?

There are a few potential reasons why some of your texts may appear green while others appear blue:

Different Messaging Apps

The most common reason for seeing different text colors is that you are using different messaging apps. Many messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, etc. have the option to customize chat colors. For example, in WhatsApp you can change the color of your own messages to be green while your friend’s messages remain blue. This allows you to easily distinguish between who sent each message in the chat. So if some of your texts are green and some are blue, it likely means you are messaging between different platforms that have customized chat colors set up.

Group Chats

Similarly, in group chats across many messaging platforms, different participants will have different colored texts. This again allows you to see at a glance who sent each message. Your own texts may show up as green, while texts from John show up as blue, and texts from Sarah show up as orange. The color-coding helps keep group chats organized.

Status Indicators

Some apps also use text color to indicate the status of a message. For example, on WhatsApp, when a text has a single gray check mark, it means it is sent. When it has two gray checkmarks, it means it has been delivered to the recipient’s device. Green checkmarks indicate the recipient has read your message. So your own outgoing texts may turn from gray to green once read, while the recipient’s replies remain blue. This provides a quick visual indicator of message status.

Quoted Messages

On messaging platforms like SMS, email, and more, replies often quote the original text. The original text is then displayed in a different color to separate it from the reply text. So if you are having a back-and-forth conversation, the quoted original texts may appear green while the latest reply texts appear blue.

Date/Time Labels

Some apps like iMessage on iOS will label each text message with the date or time it was sent in a different color. This label frequently appears green, while the message bubbles themselves remain blue or gray. So the green you are seeing may just be timestamp labels rather than the message bubbles themselves.

Encryption Status

On encrypted messaging apps like Signal, the color of a message may indicate its encryption status. For example, messages sent while encryption is enabled may appear green, while messages delivered when encryption is disabled appear blue. This allows you to see end-to-end encryption status at a glance.


In summary, some common reasons you may see a mix of blue and green text messages include:

  • Using different messaging apps with custom chat colors
  • Group chats with multiple participants
  • Status indicators about message delivery/read receipts
  • Quoted original messages in reply texts
  • Date/time labels
  • Encryption status indicators

So if some texts are suddenly green, it is likely due to one of these factors rather than an issue with your device. The colors are usually intentionally added by the messaging app to aid visualization and organization of your conversations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my outgoing texts green and incoming texts blue?

Having green texts for your outgoing messages and blue texts for incoming messages from contacts is very common. Messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger use this color-coding so you can easily distinguish your sent messages from received messages when glancing at a conversation.

How do I change the text colors in WhatsApp?

In WhatsApp, tap the Settings icon > Chats > Chat colors. Here you can tap “My messages” and select a color other than green. You can also select different colors for group messages, other users’ messages, and message info.

Why are some texts light blue and others dark blue?

Some messaging apps will use light and dark shades of blue to further differentiate incoming messages. For example, iPhone’s default SMS/iMessage app shows texts from you in green, texts from the recipient in light blue, and texts they quoted from you in dark blue.

What do the other text colors mean?

Colors beyond green and blue often have specific meanings in different messaging apps:

  • Orange – Group chat messages from other participants
  • Purple – Important system notification messages
  • Red – Urgent messages or errors
  • Gray – Unsent draft messages, or messages waiting for delivery confirmation

So the colors act as visual cues to help quickly understand the status or sender of each message.

How do I turn off colored texts?

Most messaging apps have settings to disable message color coding and make all texts appear black or white only. Look for “theme”, “chat colors”, or “accessibility” settings. Disabling colored texts can help readability in some situations.

Comparing Text Colors in Popular Messaging Apps

App Your messages Recipient’s messages Group chat Quoted texts
WhatsApp Customizable (default green) Customizable (default blue) Customizable (default orange) Dark gray
SMS/iMessage Green Light blue Assigned colors Dark blue
Messenger Customizable (default blue) Customizable (default white) Assigned colors Purple
Telegram Customizable (default blue) Customizable (default white) Assigned colors Light gray
Signal Green Blue Assigned colors Gray

As you can see, most popular messaging apps use different text colors to help differentiate between users and message types in chats. Customizing the colors in the app settings is a common way to make your own messages stand out in conversations.

When to Worry About Text Colors

In most cases, the colors of your texts are intentionally added by the messaging app itself. However, here are some instances where strangely colored texts could indicate an underlying issue:

  • All your outgoing texts are red – This could indicate an issue connecting to the recipient. Red often notes failure to send.
  • Green/blue texts suddenly turn black – A black SMS message can sometimes mean a sim card failure.
  • All messages show as gray – Gray is often used to indicate messages that haven’t been sent yet. This could mean a poor internet connection.
  • Texts are rainbow colored – Rainbow texts can indicate your messages are being intercepted or spied on by malicious software.

So if you notice your texts are all turning black, gray, rainbow, or other unusual colors, it may be a sign of a larger technical issue that should be addressed.

Customizing Text Colors

If the default green and blue text colors aren’t working for you, many messaging apps allow you to customize them:


Tap Settings > Chats > Chat colors. Here you can change the color of your messages, recipient’s messages, group chats, and quoted messages.


In iOS, open Settings > Messages > Text Message Color. Choose a color other than green. On Android, SMS apps generally don’t allow color customization.

Facebook Messenger

Tap your profile pic > Settings & Privacy > Theme > Chat colors. Select your own chat color here.


Open Settings > Chat settings > Your messages. Choose a customized color here.


Unfortunately Signal does not currently offer chat color customization options.

Customizing your own text color is a great way to make your messages pop in any conversation. Have fun selecting your favorite hue!

Troubleshooting Tips

If a messaging app starts showing texts in odd colors, here are some troubleshooting steps:

  • Restart your phone – This resets app colors and connections.
  • Update the app – A new version may fix color glitches.
  • Clear the app cache – This erases corrupted color data.
  • Reset app preferences – Force default colors to reload.
  • Check connection status – Weak connections can cause color issues.
  • Test other apps – See if the issue is isolated or widespread.
  • Contact app support – Report the issue for further help.

Following these steps can often resolve strange color behaviors and get your texts looking normal again.


Text messaging colors aid visualization and add flair to conversations. While most color differences are intentional for organization, be on the lookout for abnormal colors that could signal technical issues. With customization options and troubleshooting, you can keep your texting colors coordinated and optimal for your preferences and needs.