How to use iMessage text effects on your iPhone

May 13, 2020

The messages app on the iPhone is more than a texting app! You can use it to send your messages with effects like gilded garlands, balloons, donuts, or bursting fireworks. Scroll through the post to learn how to use iMessage text effects on your iPhone.

Send Messages with Effects

How to enable iMessage text effects to your iPhone

For animation-obsessed pals, Apple adds 2 unique iPhone message tricks that cause certain words to animate while sending iMessage text effects to others. these are the Bubble & Screen animations. Here's how to use them!

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  1. Open Messages app
  2. Type a message
  3. Press and hold the Blue arrow button until Send with effect screen appears.
  4. Select any one iPhone message effects.
  5. Switch to Screen tab and send the message with Echo, Spotlight, Balloons, Love, or other animations.

What words trigger effects on iPhone?

These iPhone text message effects are primarily used to enhance text appearance sent between iOS devices and can be easily enabled by typing key phrases, such as Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Happy New Year, Pew Pew, etc.

How to use iPhone text message effects?

Open the texting editor, tap ‘Compose’ to compose a new message.

Compose Message
Compose Message

When finished, a blue arrow icon pointing upwards should become visible to you.

Tap and hold the button to show up on the ‘Send with effect’ screen.

By default, the Bubble tab is selected.

iPhone Text Effects List
iPhone Text Effects List

Under it, choose the desired option - Slam, Loud, Gentle or Invisible Ink and send the message.

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Send with Effect Screen
Send with Effect Screen

To enable Screen effects, switch to the ‘Screen’ tab. Choose the desired screen effect (9 options are available).

Send Message with Text Effect
Send Message with Text Effect

Hit the ‘Send’ button.

iPhone Text Message Sound Effects

In addition to confetti, you can choose iPhone text sound effects animation like fireworks that display a spectacle of glittering and colorful sparks with sound effects.

That’s it!

Hope it helps! Also read our previous post - How to use Markup with iOS Mail app in iPhone 11.

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