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.

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!

  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.

Send message icon
Send message icon

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

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

By default, the Bubble tab is selected.

Send With Effects
Send With Effects

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


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

iPhone Screen Effects
iPhone Screen Effects

Hit the ‘Send’ button.

iPhone Text Message Sound Effects

iPhone Text Message Effects
iPhone Text Message 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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