Use message effects with iMessage on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Apples new iOS 10 makes your iMessages more expressive. Now, you can add effects to your message bubbles, send animations that take over the entire screen, add a personal touch with a handwritten note, and more!

Send a message with effects

With message effects, you can use bubble effects to change the way your message bubbles look. You can also use full-screen effects to animate the screen when you send a message.

How to add a bubble effect:

You can use bubble effects to animate your message bubbles with different expressions. To send a message with a bubble effect, follow these steps:

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Tap and enter a contact or go to an existing conversation.
  3. Enter your message or insert a photo, then touch and hold .
  4. Tap to preview bubble effects.
  5. Tap to send.
  6. To replay a message effect, tap under the message.

How to add a full-screen effect:

With full-screen effects, you can animate your screen with balloons, confetti, and more. To send a full-screen effect, follow these steps:

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Tap and enter a contact or go to an existing conversation.
  3. Enter your message.
  4. Touch and hold , then tap Screen.
  5. Swipe to the left to see full-screen effects, like balloons, confetti, and fireworks.
  6. Tap to send.
  7. To replay a message effect, tap the under the message.

How to respond to a message with expressions:

With Tapback, you can quickly reply to messages with expressions, like a thumbs up or a heart. To reply to a message with a Tapback, follow these steps:

  1. Open a conversation in Messages.
  2. Double-tap the message bubble or photo that you want to respond to.
  3. Select the Tapback that you want to send.

How to send a handwritten message

Send a note in your own handwriting! Your friends and family will see the message animate, as if it were being written in front of them. To send a handwritten note, follow these steps:

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Tap and enter a contact or go to an existing conversation.
  3. If you have an iPhone, turn it sideways. If you have an iPad, tap on the keyboard.
  4. Write your message or select one of the options at the bottom of the screen.
  5. If you need to start over, tap Undo. If not, tap Done. Then tap to send.

Note: You need iOS 10 to sendand receive an animated handwritten message. If you have iOS 9 or earlier, you’ll receive a still image.