iOS 10: Getting the Most Out of iMessage’s New Features

iOS 10 was just released to the public last week, and iMessage was updated quite significantly. iMessage now has stickers, effects, tap back, and many users are now scratching their heads on how to use them. Don’t know how to use stickers, or get the new text message screen effects to work?  Continue on!

Apps in iMessage

Probably the biggest change in iMessage in iOS 10 is that users can now have applications right in iMessage. There are everyday applications like Open Table, Fandango, ESPN, etc. There are also new sticker apps that allow users to have different stickers to use in their everyday conversations. 

Users can add and manage applications in iMessage by opening iMessage. Open a current conversation. Then tap on the App Store icon to the left of the text box. This will then open page showing you different apps currently installed. You can either select one of the apps or click on the 4 circle button at the bottom left which will open the store when you can download new apps or manage the applications you currently have installed on iMessage.

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Stickers

Once you have installed some new stickers you have a few choices. In a conversation you can tap on the sticker to send it like a picture, or you can tap, hold and drag your sticker over a previous response in the conversation. This allows you to annotate things that were sent earlier, allowing for a new way to communicate. Each sticker has its own section in its app, but iMessage does have a Recents page where all of the stickers you have used recently will live.

iMessage Effects

Another new feature is iMessage Effects. This allows users to send their text or photo with an effect using the entire screen. To do this, enter the text or photo in the text field and then 3D Touch or Long-press on the blue send button for a few seconds. Then a screen with different effects to choose from will appear.

Note: Reduce Motion MUST BE ON for the screen effects to work. You can change this by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion > Off

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Apple

Handwriting

You can send handwritten messages as well. While in an iMessage conversation turn your device horizontal (Rotation Lock has to be off) and the handwriting screen will appear. Users can write their own message or use some defaults provided by Apple.

Digital Touch

Digital Touch was first introduced on the Apple Watch. Users can send taps or small drawings over iMessage by clicking the little heart to the left of the text box in a conversation. Users can also import a photo to draw on and then send it to friends or family.

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Apple

Emoji

Before sending the next message to a friend or family member try hitting the emoji button. Key words will highlight and turn orange. If you tap on these words they will be replaced by emoji. This feature alone will make using emojis that much easier.

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Apple

Tapback

Finally, iMessage has gained support for quick responses. You can now double-click on a response to quick reply with 6 default responses.

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Apple

iMessage has gained several new features with the latest installment of iOS. Many of the new features are helpful and time saving, but are also somewhat hidden and take time to learn. Once these new features become normal to everyday users, it will be hard to live without them.