To get the most out of iMessage effects, though, you’ll need to check a few things first. To use effects in Messages, here are the things to turn on and how to do it.
iOS devices running iOS 10 and later can follow the steps in this article. Is there a way you can send message effects between iOS and iPad OS devices?
How to Adjust iOS Settings for Message Effects
There are a few things in your Settings app that will change how message effects show up and play. Here’s where you can find and set up the settings so that you can use the effects feature without any trouble.
- Take a look at the Settings app on your phone.
2. Then, choose Accessibility.
3. Tap the Motion button under the Vision section to get to the next page.
4. Reduce Motion and Auto-Play Message Effects are the two settings that are important.
5. The full-screen effects may not work if Reduce Motion is turned off. To turn it back on, tap the toggle to the right of it (green).
The Auto-Play Message Effects setting can be turned on or off. Play sounds as soon as you open a message with one if you have this on. As soon as you turn it off, the effect won’t work until you press a button to start it.
As of iOS 10.1, effects can be played even if Reduce Motion is turned on, so they can still be used.
How to Send an iMessage with Effects
It’s now possible to both send and receive message effects now that your settings are in order. Here’s how to get to them.
- Take a look at the Message app.
- Tap a conversation or the New Message button to start a new one.
- Type the message you want to make more interesting.
- Tap and hold the Send button next to the text field until it turns blue. This will send the text.
- As soon as you send something, the Send with effect window will show up. By default, you’ll see the Bubble options, which let you change how the message looks.
- Select an option to see how it will look. It’s your choice:
- It will “slam” down on the window from above, shaking the other messages
- .Loud: The message will come up from the screen and shake, making it look like someone is yelling.
- Gentle: The text of the message will start out small, as if it were whispered, and then get bigger until it’s the same size as other text.
- Invisible Ink: Messages will hide your message under a layer of distortion until the recipient swipes to see it. This is called Invisible Ink.
7. Tap the Screen button at the top of the screen to get to screen effects that cover the whole screen.
8. Swipe to the left to see more options. You can choose from:
9. There are copies of your message on the screen.
It also works when you get messages in Mac OS Sierra and later.
How to View Effects in Messages
After you send or receive a message with a special effect, you can watch the animation again at another time. It’s easy to do: You just have to tap the link that says “Replay [name of effect].” You can use an effect as many times as you want. You can do this.
Shortly after you or the recipient show the message, the Invisible Ink effect is over.
Automatic Screen Effects in Messages
If you send certain messages, some screen effects start to show up. You don’t have to do anything extra to use them. Here are some words you can type and the effects they’ll have. The trigger phrases can also be used in other languages, so try them out to see which ones work best for you.
- There will be confetti for you:
- Happy birthday!
- The Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate.
- Happy New Year!