mastering messages in iOS10

Mastering The Basics Of Messages in iOS10

Apple’s messaging app has been revamped, and it’s more feature-rich, more powerful, and more fun than it has ever been.

At first glance, Messages for iOS 10 looks a lot like Facebook Messenger. But it’s clear that other popular messaging apps, such as Snapchat and WhatsApp were also in Apple’s crosshairs when they were developing the latest Messages. And this can only mean one thing – that it could quickly become the go-to communication device for iDevice users.

From emojis and stickers to bubble effects and handwritten notes, mastering all of the new features could take some time.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get into the basics of the new Messages.

Requirements & Caveats

If you want to use the new Messages, you need iOS 10. In addition, you need to be using a compatible device. This means you’ll need an iPad 4, iPad mini 2, an iPhone 5 or later, or a sixth-generation iPod touch.

In order to take advantage of all of the new features, you will also need to be using iMessage. Otherwise, SMS messages will be converted to MMS messages, and this could incur additional fees with your service provider. Might as well avoid unnecessary costs while you’re busy having fun, right?

What’s New With Messages?

We’ve alluded to some of the new features already, but we haven’t really gotten into any specifics yet. We know you’re eager to delve in, so let’s take a look. This standout update of Messages gives you:

  • The ability to convert written text into emoji.
  • New bubble animations.
  • Handwritten notes.
  • Full-Screen iMessage animations.
  • The ability to hide images or text behind an invisible message.
  • Tapback: respond to messages quickly and visually.
  • New stickers for iMessage speech bubbles.
  • The ability to search images and videos with Messages.
  • Preview websites in Messages.
  • The ability to take photos and videos within Messages.
  • The ability to listen to music within Messages.
  • Now let’s take a look at how to take advantage of these new features.


If you’ve used emojis in your messages before, then you already know how they work. But the new emojis on Messages are three times as large, and aren’t constrained by the size of speech bubbles, which makes them more readable.

With predictive typing, finding emojis is easier than ever. Simply start typing, and corresponding emojis will appear in the QuickType bar, just above the keyboard. Tap to add any emojis you want.

You can also add emojis after typing your message by switching to the emoji keyboard. iOS will automatically highlight, in orange, words that can be replaced by an emoji. This is also how you would add emojis to your conversation without predictive typing.

Replying With Tapbacks

The Tapback feature is very similar to Facebook’s “like” options. To use a Tapback:

1. Double tap on an iMessage.

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2. Choose an option: heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, “Haha”, two exclamation marks, or a question mark.

3. Send it.

When you don’t want to type any text to respond to a message, or when a message doesn’t necessitate a lengthy response, this feature comes in really handy.

Using iMessage Bubble Animations

Looking to stamp your message with a bit of added impact? Try using bubble animations. Here’s what to do:

1. Write your message.

2. Tap and hold the blue arrow button for sending messages.

3. Choose one of the following options: slam, loud, gentle, or invisible. This will change the style of the bubble.

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4. Send it.

Each option produces a different effect – try them out and see what happens!

Handwriting & Personalizing Messages

Whether you’re looking to handwrite a note or take a photo and video and add annotations to it, Messages gives you that ability. To get started:

1. Tap on the heart icon on the left-hand side of the text field box.

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2. A small black pallet will pop up.

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3. Draw your messages using the pallet.

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4. Send it.

If you want to use your camera and draw on your media:

1. Tap the small arrow on the right-hand side after the pallet pops up.

2. Tap on the video logo on the left side of the screen.

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3. Take a photo or record a video.

4. Draw on the photo or video.

5. Send it.

Using Full-Screen iMessage Animations

If you want to use a full-screen animation, the process is essentially the same as bubble animations.

Here’s what to do:

1. Tap and hold the blue arrow button.

2. Tap on the “Screen” effect at the top.

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3. Swipe through the options to choose an animation you like.

4. Send it.

Hiding Images Or Text Behind Invisible Messages

Do you have a secret confession to make to a friend, or are you sending a sensitive message that you don’t want anyone looking over the recipient’s shoulder to see?

In that case, an invisible message is exactly what you need. Here’s how to use this feature:

1. Tap and hold the blue arrow icon.

2. Choose the “invisible” option. When a recipient receives the message, they will be required to swipe before they can see it.

3. Send it.

In order to see the message, you have to ‘wipe it’ with a gesture.

Adding Stickers On iMessage Speech Bubbles

Want to up the fun factor of your messages? Try stickers. You can add them by following these steps:

1. Tap on the compass icon.

2. Choose your sticker and add it on top of your bubbles, photos, or another sticker.

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3. Send it.

You can find stickers on the App Store, and you can use them with iMessage.

Searching For Images & Videos With Messages

To look for images and videos in Messages:

1. Tap on the compass icon.

2. Swipe between tabs within the menu.

3. Choose from a popular image, or search for one using the web interface.

Previewing Websites & Watching Videos In Messages

In previous versions of Messages, if someone sent you a URL, there would be no preview for the website.

But with the latest update, Messages will pull in an image from the website and offer you a preview.

Additionally, you can also watch videos directly in Messages without having to use a different app.

Taking Pictures & Videos With Messages

If you want to snap a photo or take a quick video and add it to your conversation in Messages, you can.

Here’s how:

1. Tap on the camera button (on the left-hand side of the text box).

2. Take a photo or record your video. If you want to use media that’s already on your phone, swipe to the side.

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3. If you’d like to edit the picture, tap on the inserted image. Edit away!

Listening To Apple Music Within Messages

If you’d like to listen to Apple Music within messages:

1. Tap on the compass button.

2. Wipe to the side.

3. Look for the option to send songs from Apple Music to your recipient. You can also listen to songs within Messages.


You should now have a better idea of how to take advantage of all of the new features within Messages. Happy chatting!

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October 17, 2016